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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What’s the Big Idea? — Our Experience So Far

From (Left to Right, Back to Front): Kyle Vandekleut, Bill Sun, Scott Dutertre, JK Shin, Macarena Poo, Breanne Jansen, Cesar Velazquez.

Term 3 is now well underway for us DD26′ers and, with that, we find one area demanding our attention more than anything else.

Throughout the first four months of our year at VFS we heard frequent mention of the “BIG IDEA” project that we would soon encounter. At that time, it was just another one of the many exciting things to come! Now in the midst of it, however, “exciting” probably wouldn’t be the adjective of choice for most of my classmates (see: demanding, challenging, stressful, etc.). But, all things considered, there is definitely light at the end of that tunnel.

Much like how training wheels provide stability and safety for someone new to riding a bike, so too do our instructors — Gagan Diesh & Tiffany Hamilton — provide that network of support and guidance, particularly when learning to work with real clients.

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