2015 ADOBE DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS: Social Impact Design winners

(guest post by Kirstin Smith)

If you want to strike fear in the heart of any young hopeful, just remind them that life on the outside will be nothing like the experience of studying and that they are completely unprepared. During most of my years as a student this sentiment was the norm. It was all too often that an instructor referred to something called the ‘real world’. They explained that when we get out there it won’t be anything like the classroom.

My experience in Vancouver Film School’s Digital Design however, was unlike any I’ve had before. In the Digital Design program, we had the opportunity to work with a client; that’s right, a ‘real’ client. The experience instilled confidence and know-how that other assignments simple couldn’t have.

The class in which we worked with Canuck Place Children’s Hospice is called The Big Idea. The intention of the class is to allow students to have an experience working with a client and using their design skills to contribute to a good cause. The team at Digital Design assigns the client, always selecting a non-profit for students to work with. DD30 were lucky enough to work for Canuck Place, a children’s hospice with a small team and a big heart. We were all excited by the opportunity to work for them and immediately felt an emotional connection to the project.

The brief included both a micro-site and a promotional motion piece. With the encouragement of the staff at DD, each team began by researching our client.

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Danny Chan’s Custom MUNNYWORLD Designs on Behance Toy Design Served

Behance Served Toy Design with Danny Chan on their front page

Danny Chan, VFS’s Digital Media Specialist has his MUNNYWORLD designs currently featured on the Behance (owned by Adobe) website, Toy Design Served. Any reader of OOMPH! has seen a lot of the amazing photographic work that Danny does, and you may have seen a few of his famous Dot Drawings too, in which case you already know what a talented artist he is as well.

According to Toy Design Served, their “editorial team features only a small number of projects every day. With many thousands to choose from, we look for work that promotes new thinking in its industry.” They “feature top work in the toy collectibles category. The Served curation team chooses projects that move creativity forward in their respective industries, among a host of other top-secret but not-that-difficult-to-guess selection criteria.”

Two of Danny Chan's custom MUNNYWORLD designs

We’re going to suppose that means it’s obvious why they chose to feature Danny Chan’s work — because it’s Awesome!

The Role of Gamification in Design

Designers Responsibility Slide

In November 2012, I had the opportunity to attend the Adobe Max and Design Thinkers Conferences in Toronto. I would highly recommend attending these annual Design Conferences.

Design Thinkers Conference

Design Thinkers Banner

This year speakers for the Design Thinkers Conference, which is put on by RGD Ontario Group included:  Sean Adams & Noreen Morioka, Glenn John Arnowitz, Susan Bradley, David Butler, Nadine Chahine, Tom Eslinger, Justin Ferrell, Francesco Franchi, Bryony Gomez-Palacio, Chris Hacker, Stephen Hart, Julia Hoffmann, Randy J. Hunt, Neil Kellerhouse, Mike Kruzeniski, Jake & Pum Lefebure, Harry Pearce, Andy Pratt, Stefan Sagmeister, Gabor Schreier, Christopher Simmons, Steve Slaunwhite, Kris Sowersby, Lisa Strausfeld, Sophie Thomas, Oscar Tillman & Nicole Muniz, Jason Tselentis.

Topics included: Sustainable Design, Design Approaches, New Technologies, Engaging with New Cultures, Storytelling, Information / Data Design, Intuitive Design Approaches, Dealing with Clients, Best Practices, and many more.

Visit Design Thinkers to register for this year’s conference.

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VFS Hosts IxDA Vancouver: Interaction 12 Redux

On Saturday, May 12, VFS Digital Design will host IxDA Vancouver’s Interaction12 Redux: a half-day mini-conference with speakers and discussions about interaction design, industry trends, inspiration, and ideas.

As Presenting Partner for the event, VFS welcomes local designers to the VFS Main Theatre for a lineup that includes Scott Nazarian (Frog Design), Mike Kruzeniski (Microsoft), and Ryan Betts (Adobe). The event follows the full Interaction12 conference in Dublin, so if you missed it in February, IxDA’s got your back!

We’re working with IxDA as part of our ongoing commitment to support the design community in Vancouver and beyond. For a small group of outstanding Digital Design students, it also means the chance to attend Interaction12 Redux. We’ll have a report from one of them next week, so stay tuned.

Want to know more about Interaction12 Redux? Get all the details right here. If you’ve already got tickets, we’ll see you at VFS on Saturday!

 

Adobe MAX Education Summit: Books in Print and Books on Screen

I had the chance to speak at the Adobe MAX Education Summit this October in Los Angeles. The talk I gave was entitled, “Books in Print and Books on Screen.” I spoke about changing conditions in the publishing industry, book design and some of the opportunities designers and publishers have in this very new era of mobile publishing.

I also relayed our experience at VFS Digital Design working with the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS), and showcased some of our best student work, both in print and mobile. We’ve had so much fun making children’s books as part of our Communication Design stream. A couple have even been published, such as Lady Treble and the Seven Notes by Eliyana Biklou, and The Many Faces of Peter (which we just blogged about) by Keiko Furukawa.

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