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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Congratulations VFS Digital Design Class 27

Congratulations Digital Design Class 27! There is nothing more rewarding as a teacher, mentor, and design professional than seeing the remarkable work and dedication you showed throughout this amazing year, followed by the privilege of sharing a few last moments as you launch; and in some cases re-launch your design careers. For us it is bittersweet and it is difficult to let go of this experience. As educators we would love the opportunity to instill one last word of wisdom but the other hand we now get to welcome you as alumni, and more importantly, as colleagues.

Thank you DD27’s  for an remarkable year, and on behalf of all the VFS instructors, TA’s, and support staff, we would like to wish you all the best in your journey ahead. It has been an absolute pleasure to share this experience with you.

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Experimental Practices: Light Painting

Digital Design Class 28 students took part in a light painting session this past week. The students captured interesting light trails and patterns by using slow shutter speeds and various light sources from smartphones to LED flashlights. Here are some of the results.

light painting

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Monsters Within Us

In term 2 of Motion, Digital Design students were challenged to create monsters and implement an animatic. Here is a snippet of what Henry Chu (of class 29), thinks on this project.

“At the Digital Design program, students are often times challenged to solve tricky but highly rewarding problems with our quickly developing design skills. It was no different for the DD29s as we had to design and create a monster for our Emerging Ideas class with Nida Fatima. However, instead of designing for a class assignment, we’ve decided to have more fun. With a bit of Wacom magic, endless cups of coffee and a whole lot of mindless entertainment and laughter, a whole new class of DD29s were born. On behalf of our monsterized selves, we say hello! Go ahead and pick your favourite one, we don’t bite (or do we?).”