Digital Design Talks : Coast to Coast

Digital Design Talks May 22 : Coast to Coast

On Wednesday May 23, 2013 VFS Digital Design presented another in its series, Digital Design Talks, featuring current and past students, as well as key industry representatives of the Design field. The theme for Wednesday’s talk was Coast to Coast. The two guest speakers, who presented to students from all the current classes, were Arm Sattavorn and Marcos “Boca” Ceravolo. Arm is a current student in the program (Class 26) and Boca, who just happened to be in town visiting from São Paulo, Brazil, is a graduate of the Digital Design program (Class 7) and now Partner / Head of Design of the São Paulo based creative powerhouse Consulado.tv.

Digital Design’s Head of Department Miles Nurse introduced the evening and the first speaker, current student Arm Sattavorn.

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Digital Design Talks : Futurists — Plus, The 45 Hour SLAM Brief!

Digital Design Talks : Futurists Poster

On Wednesday March 22nd, 2013, Digital Design presented another in its series of guest speaker presentations: Digital Design Talks. The theme for this edition of Digital Design Talks was Futurists. The featured speakers were Erian Trotland and Bill Mainguy.

Storytelling Slide

First up was Digital Design Grad (19th graduating class) and VFX Artist at Gloo Studios Inc., Erian Trotland, who spoke about the central importance of Storytelling and about getting inspiration from unlikely places. As an example, he showed a sheet of his doodles done during a brainstorm, and pointed out that what may look like chaos to someone else is actually an idiosyncratic communication system for developing your own creative ideas. He recommends cultivating these idiosyncratic systems for stimulating your own creative ideas.
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Storypanda Mobile Publishing Partners with Vancouver Film School to Change Children’s Publishing

Wallers Wild West by Amrit Pal Singh and Hasan Habib

A press release was sent out last Monday (February 25, 2013) from Storypanda, announcing a partnership with VFS. As anyone who attended the recent Digital Design Talks Childish Charms would know, there is a long standing association between the program and the interactive storytelling company by way of StoryPanda’s Art Director and Digital Design grad Simon Vieira. Now we can add two more Digital Design grads to their team: Amrit Pal Singh and Hasan Habib. The two graduates from Digital Design’s 21st class have worked together on producing two books for Storypanda that reimagine classic tales. The first of these, Wallers Wild West has just been released for the iPad and is available at the App Store.
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Digital Design Talks : Childish Charms — Review

Simon Vieira talks about interactive storytelling

On Wednesday, January 30, 2013 VFS Digital Design presented another in its series of talks. Digital Design Talks: Childish Charms featured two art directors involved in the development of Children’s Literature, but from slightly different aspects of this changing industry.

Simon Vieira is a Digital Design grad and Art Director for StoryPanda, who produce Collaborative Kids Stories in the digital domain, using the iPad as their medium. And Sara Gillingham is an award-winning art director and designer, formally the Design Director for Chronicle Books, a significant player in the Children’s Books print industry, and she now also developes her own books and gifts.

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Digital Design Talks : Review

Still from Surface Presentation

Digital Design Head of Department, Miles Nurse, said it best after the latest edition of Digital Design Talks: the bar has been set very high. It was truly an awe-inspiring evening. Each presentation represented the theme Layered Experiences perfectly, iterating it in different ways, while showing correspondences in each case.

Digital Design students, Ryan Ali, David Calderon Navarro, Ivan Aguilar, Alejandro Davila, with sound design by Logan Smith, and with critical technical assistance by Colin Gray, presented their Projection Mapping Project Surface.  This amazing piece of work was a grand collaborative experiment conducted by the team over a number of months outside of any specific program requirement, but wholly in the spirit of the program’s principles.

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