Vancouver Creative Jam

Congratulations to Digital Design alumni, Scott Strathern and Jorge R. Canedo Estrada, who were part of the winning teams for the visual design and motion design categories respectively at last week’s Vancouver Creative Jam. The teams had three hours to create a visual design or an animation to fit the provided theme of “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken” by Oscar Wilde.

STUDIO TOUR: Giant Ant

(guest post by Carolina Cortes)

There’s nothing like the fresh air of a Friday morning. You can feel how happy people are by the look on their faces. I mean, nothing can go wrong when you are one step ahead to enjoy your two beloved days of no-morning-alarms. But for the DD32′s, this meant something more. It was the first time we were able to take a peek into how our dream job really works in reality. So after lunch, we were happily ready to go on an adventure to Giant Ant, located in the heart of beautiful Chinatown.

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Salazar Awards 2015

Congratulations to recent graduate Ignacio (Nacho) Osorio for winning a Salazar Award in the Video & Motion category for his project, The Path. This follows last year’s win by Cesar Martinez in the same category. VFS Digital Design (DD) students have historically done extremely well in creating award-winning motion projects almost every year since 2007 when VFS was first eligible for the Salazars. These awards are presented by GDC/BC and founding sponsor Metropolitan Fine Printers. DD also captured a record number of finalists and honourable mentions in both the Interactive and Video & Motion categories this year.

Finalists
Kelsey Hemphill/Jordan Barber (Interactive)
Stephanie Ching Yee Leung (Interactive)
Shafakat Reshamvala (Video & Motion)
Yan Jamacaru (Video & Motion) for two entries
Ignacio Osorio (Video & Motion)

Honourable Mentions
Lina Plata Chung (Interactive)
Shafakat Reshamvala  (Video & Motion)

 

Animated Typeface – Blackout Midnight

It’s that time again where students in Term 3 at VFS Digital Design get to work on the Animated Typeface project. Recap: It is a collaborative class initiative where each student makes a second long animated sequence for 3 – 4 glyphs. This time Blackout Midnight was used and this typeface was created by Tyler Finck.

These sequences needed to be 25 frames long using three or fewer of the chosen colours. It has been amazing to see the incredible work DD31’s turned in.

To view the full project, please check out:
http://dd.ourvfs.com/animatedtype/dd31-blackout.php

Here is what some students have to share about their experience:

David Cho

David Letters Process

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STUDIO TOUR: Giant Ant

(guest post by Miguel Barragan)

One needs to say something new, or at least say something old better…

Sometimes, when it comes to telling stories, it seems as though everything has already been said, every story has been already told, and it’s difficult to come up with innovative ideas.

Through exploring one inner-most layers and digging deep into emotions and thoughts, it’s possible to find valuable hidden treasures that can trigger the true potential of an authentic piece of art or design. The studio Giant Ant is aware of this, and they decipher their clients’ minds effectively, sometimes when the clients themselves are working out their own thoughts.

The Giant Ant team finds inspiration by going out of their habitual environment, starting projects in new and unusual places, talking to strangers, and hopefully gleaning that small missing piece of the puzzle.

They start projects right away, wherever they are, and even though not everything might be very clear at the beginning, things usually elucidate once they’re already in the artistic process.

Sometimes, it even seems as though the solution finds them instead of them finding the solution. They tend to experiment with serendipitous moments. Ask them how one of their projects evolved, and chances are they could barely describe it, not because they don’t want to tell the story, but because they let the process flow naturally, and stories often write themselves.

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