The final batch of semifinalists was recently announced for the Adobe Design Achievement Awards. VFS Digital Design now has 17 nominated projects in total combined with the work previously selected in May. Good luck to all the recent graduates and current students!
Congratulations to the following semifinalists:
WHO’S NEXT CARE-Y?
DRIVE FOR IMPACT – SOAP BOX DERBY FOR CHARITY
BRAVE NEW WORLD
The accolades for Ainara Sáinz Gutierrez continue to pour in. Her graduate project, FRAME, was named the winner of the Web & Mobile category yesterday by a judging panel of The Rookies, an international competition for young designers, creators, innovators, and artists. Judging criteria were based on Overall Impression, Creative Skills, Technical Skills, Range of Skills, Complexity, Presentation, and Industry Employability. Congratulations also to Ignacio Flórez and David Rivera for being selected as finalists in the Motion Graphics and the Web & Mobile categories respectively. 479 schools from around the world (77 countries) were also ranked, and Vancouver Film School was named the School of the Year in the Web & Mobile category and the Runner-Up for Motion Graphics.
Five Digital Design graduates were named winners of the 2016 Applied Arts Student Awards competition yesterday. The work was judged by a panel of senior communications professionals, and the winners were selected based on creative merit, technical excellence and suitability for end use. The following is a list of the six projects and names of the winners:
Ainara Sáinz Gutierrez
Maggie (Juei-Hsuan) Wang
Maggie (Juei-Hsuan) Wang
The winners will receive the following:
- Their work published in the November/December 2016 Student Awards annual
- Their work published online in November
- A complimentary copy of the November issue
- Digital tear sheets of their published work
- A personalized award certificate signed by the founder of Applied Arts, noted graphic designer Georges Haroutiun
- Their work displayed at the Creative Futures Expo, November 8-9 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, where more than 1,500 aspiring creative artists, high school students and their teachers will visit
Congratulations to all the winners!
The Adobe Design Achievement Awards celebrate student work in disciplines of interactive experience, motion/video, and traditional media from the world’s top institutions of higher education. Prizes for this competition include Adobe software, mentorship from creative professionals, trophies, and a trip to San Diego for the winners. Early-bird Semifinalists for 2016 have been announced recently, and a number of Digital Design projects have been selected. They will receive an official digital certificate from Adobe, as well as an online badge for LinkedIn and Facebook issued by Credly and authorized by Adobe.
Congratulations to the following alumni:
KITH | HEALTH ECOSYSTEM
HANDS OF COMPASSION | EMPOWERING DREAMS CAMPAIGN
Karam Mahmood, Adriana Ogarrio, Maggie Wang, David Rivera, and Jay Lee
THE POWER OF MY CHOICE
The winners will be announced in September.
(guest post by Jordan Barber)
I’ve heard it said that designers should be loved, not understood. I can’t say if that’s true, but I’ll wholeheartedly admit we’re a strange breed. We obsess over form, font, color, and composition. Some of us communicate ideas through storytelling, and others spend countless hours unraveling complex systems to build better experiences.
When I entered my undergraduate design program, a professor told me that I would never see the world the same again—later another instructor called it a curse. I never knew how true these statements were until I entered the world of user experience design. In the Digital Design program at VFS we learned the tools to transform our obsessions into a problem-solving skillset by letting the problem dictate the solution; not the other way around.
For our graduate projects, we drew inspiration from our lives and the world around us. We learned to observe, hypothesize, validate, and examine our ideas while always keeping the user at the center of our designs.