Applied Arts 2014 Student Awards Winners

Digital Design projects have once again been recognized by Applied Arts as part of their Student Awards competition. Similar to last year, the work was judged by an international panel of industry professionals and experts, and the winners were selected based on creative merit, technical excellence and suitability for end use. The work will be showcased in the November/December 2014 issue of the magazine, included in an online winners’ gallery, and displayed at the annual Creative Schools Expo and the 2014 AACE Awards Party in the fall of 2014. Last year, alumnus Kim Oxlund won the AACE award (Applied Arts Creative Excellence) for his title sequence project, Paper War. Kim had the highest score in the student category.

The winners will receive two copies of the November/December 2014 issue per project, a personalized Awards Certificate, and digital tear sheets of their winning work. The following is a list of the winners and links to the award-winning projects:

Category: Website Design – Single
Macarena Poo, Cesar Martinez, Breanne Jansen, Kyle Vandekleut, Scott Dutertre, JK Shin, Bill Sun

The Denim Effect
Category: Website Design – Single
Cecilia Martinez, Adam Wade, Felix Cha, Daniel Quintero, Julia Llanos, Sarah Gillis, Baolin Qiang

Q Headphones
Category: Digital Character Animation – Single
Thanat Sattavorn

The Story of Mr. E
Category: Digital Character Animation – Single
Kyungmin Oh

Fostering Truth
Category: Digital Character Animation – Single
Sebastian Guerrero

Category: Mobile – Single
Macarena Poo

Category: Mobile – Single
Alejandra Porta

Category: Mobile – Single
Cole Derochie

Gru Gardens
Category: Mobile – Single
Sarah Gillis

Congratulations to all the winners!


recap of Digital Design Talks: Scary Pixels

DD Talks

On June 5th, we hosted our Digital Design Talks event with the theme of Scary Pixels. Egbert Reichel from Digital Domain started the event by discussing his career path, the stages of production on a feature film, and his role as a compositor. He provided examples of his work on the recently released Maleficent. Egbert was kind enough to share his knowledge by answering the many questions the students raised during the Q&A portion of his presentation.

Marisa Brignole next presented Polly, her title sequence project. She spoke about her inspiration of the 1960s, her process, and the post-production techniques she used to create the look and feel of that era.

Henry Chu closed out the event by speaking about a collaborative project that grew from an in-class assignment. Students from Class 29 designed whimsical monsters and composited them into live action footage that they had shot. This group of students also went beyond the brief and created a poster to showcase their monster character designs.

Thanks to all of the speakers for making this a great event.
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Strong showing at 2014 Salazar Awards

2014 Salazar Awards

The Salazar Awards ceremony, presented by the BC Chapter of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDCBC) and Metropolitan Fine Printers, was held at the VFS Digital Design campus this past Monday night. This annual event celebrates excellence in student design work in British Columbia based on the criteria of “the quality of the design solution, the validity of the designer’s rationale for the solution, and the quality of the execution of the piece itself.”

Congratulations to recent Digital Design alumni Macarena Poo and Cesar Martinez for capturing the top prizes in the Interactive and Motion & Video categories, respectively. Both of them received a cash prize and an award certificate. Macarena won for Quins, a mobile app designed for the 2014 FIFA World Cup that allows users to predict the upcoming matches and win points based on their accuracy. This app also promotes local businesses by encouraging them to provide rewards to the users of the app.

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On the Wall : May 2014

On the Wall - May 2014

In the early weeks of each new term, the students in Digital Design are encouraged to submit images from work that they did in the previous term. They are welcome to submit anything from character or logo designs, interface mockups, to even screen captures from their motion design work. The work is then posted online so that all of the Digital Design students can vote on the work, resulting in a “Of The Students, By The Students” selection of winners, who then see their work framed and mounted On The Wall around the campus.
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