Collaboration is one of the main approaches we use at VFS, and term one allows students their earliest experience in managing the complexity of working in teams. The Motion Machine team building exercise, which is part of the Project Management course, introduces students to team dynamics in a fun and challenging way. A twist on this day was the integration of a new Entertainment Business Management class into the teams. This was a great icebreaker for the students from the two programs to get to know one another in a team setting.
Inspired by a Rube Goldberg machine, the students are given a box of dollar store items and the objective of keeping a marble in motion for as long a time as possible, with it ultimately landing into an egg cup. The teams work to create the best contraption that meets the design objective. At the conclusion of the exercise, the students are tasked to review the experience and to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their team designs. They’re also asked to describe the level of participation among team members and outline what process they went through to resolve design decisions and any issues of conflict.
On Wednesday January 29, 2014 VFS Digital Design presented another in its series, Digital Design Talks, featuring current and past students, as well as key industry representatives of the Design field. The theme for Wednesday’s talk was 2014 Digital Trends and the speaker was Nik Badminton, Principal at DesignCultureMind.
Nik has a background in psychology, human interaction and social network theory, as well as 18 years of experience, starting out in software and management consulting, moving into the world of advertising and finally opening his own Product and Innovation Consultancy, DesignCultureMind. The 3 areas covered in his presentation were; People, Business and Things.
In my role, I have the opportunity to shoot photos for advertising campaigns, in collaboration with the VFS Marketing department, and to cover many events at the different campuses. It is inspiring to witness the immense talent of the students and the diverse range of projects. I enjoy keeping my photography skills sharp by shooting personal and freelance projects. The past week, with the city enveloped in fog, was especially inspiring and kept the creative juices flowing. The following is a selection of images I have captured. Some of the images have been published in or featured on The Vancouver Sun, Huffington Post, Vancouver Is Awesome, The Georgia Straight, Reforma, Backstage, Applied Arts, HOW Magazine, and BCBusiness. I apply the same photographic techniques I teach in the term one Motion Design camera lessons of using traditional principles of composition.
“The Do Bugs Need Drugs? program team had the privilege of collaborating with four VFS grads on the creation of two 15-second television ads which are airing on many networks in BC and Alberta. While presented with several challenges along the way, the grads worked tirelessly and professionally, consulting with us, until the ads were completed to all of our satisfaction. Our team is very proud to be able to share their creations with the public during our television ad campaign.”
Kim Dreher | Program Coordinator, Do Bugs Need Drugs
During their amazing twelve months at VFS, students are provided the opportunity to give back as they near the midpoint of their year. VFS has had the privilege of working with some amazing local organizations and causes from the past year and we were especially pleased when we had the opportunity to team up with the Do Bugs Need Drugs group out at UBC. Abuse of antibiotics has become a global epidemic and so last year our 24th class of Digital Design stepped up to the challenge of creating an awareness campaign that addressed the issue, without spreading fear of an outbreak. They needed a*Big Idea*….
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.