Digital Design Talks : Layered Experiences

Digital Design Talks: Layered Experience Poster

On Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 4:30 in the Main Theatre at 420 Homer, we present another edition of Digital Design Talks. This time the theme is Layered Experiences.

As Head of Department, Miles Nurse, says: “The demands of the entertainment brand universe is ever expanding, so by understanding how installations, interactive, social, and game systems work together, students will be able to provide consumers with experiences that offer greater value and context.”
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Digital Design Talks Review : Launch Pad Lift Off

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The latest edition of Digital Design Talks, titled Launch Pad, took place recently (Wed, Sept 12) at the VFS Main Theater, exploring the theme of Startups. The speakers were current Digital Design student Novita Prasetia, and Digital Design grad and co-founder of Unbounce, Carter Gilchrist. The evening was introduced and moderated by Digital Design Head of Department, Miles Nurse.

The first speaker was Novita (Vivi) Prasetia.

Novita (Vivi) Prasetia

Vivi started her engaging presentation with an anecdote about two salesmen who went to a place in Africa to investigate a new market for shoes. The first salesman reported back to his boss, “Nobody wears Shoes here — Forget it!” …. But then the second salesman reported back to his boss: “Nobody wears shoes here — What a great opportunity!”

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Launch Pad: Digital Design Talks with Carter Gilchrist and Novita Prasetia

When starting a business, most of the owners will have a small client base already in place, but what makes your business successful and allows you to continue and grow is totally a different story. The theme of this term’s Digital Design Talks is Launch Pad. Our speakers will take you through their journeys as first-time business owners in the design world. As interesting as the business side of design can be, don’t forget that your design still has to be appealing and interesting.

As for our speakers, we have invited Digital Design alumnus Carter Gilchrist, and current Digital Design student Novita Prasetia, to present their amazing stories to us.

Carter Gilchrist has over 13 years of web experience and has worked on a diverse portfolio of projects. In 2009, he co-founded Unbounce with 5 other colleagues, and is currently the Director of Product and User Experience.

As a full-stack developer and designer, he is responsible for everything from the UX design strategy, through to UI design and development, as well as back-end implementation.

Previous to Unbounce, he lead the front-end web product development for, a revolutionary browser extension, and was a Co-Founder of Fire450 Internet Product Development. Prior to that, Carter worked with the User Experience product team at Bodog Entertainment.

Outside of Unbounce, Carter plays in a number of bands, and helps run an independent record label, Unit Structure Sound Recordings.

 Novita (aka Vivi) is a current student in Digital Design at Vancouver Film School. When she was in high school she was not sure which path exactly to choose for her future, but she knew that she wanted to be in a creative environment. After a while, she chose Film Production and got her Bachelor’s with Honors in Film and TV from Limkokwing University of Technology in Malaysia.

After about a year of working in the film industry, she realized that she has a strong passion for Interactive Design, and so she went to VFS.

While she was waiting for the program to start, she started thinking about her first step in the business world. She saw an opportunity in generating income using her other passion, which is Crafting, and got help from her parents to open her first Crafting store: Knit Knot Crafthouse. She was fortunate enough that the business took off after a month, and she launched the website. She converted her garage into a store and now, after about 7 months, the store is doing very well.

She is enjoying her time being a Digital Design student and learning about different approaches to problem solving. She hopes to get a job as an Interactive Designer upon graduation.

Digital Design Talks is happening this Wednesday, September 12th at 4:30pm in the Main Theatre of VFS at 420 Homer Street. The talk is open to public, so please feel free to come and enjoy listening to the story of these two brilliant speakers.

MOVA : Titles For a Festival We Wish Was Real

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VFS Digital Design graduates, Dominik Grejc and Nicholas Maykot Ferreira made a very nice Motion Graphic piece, entitled MOVA, which recently won the prize for Best Motion Graphic at the 22nd Digital Design Graduation Awards (Aug 17, 2012, at VFS Main Theater). They also presented the piece during a recent session of Digital Design Talks (July 20, 2012, at VFS Main Theater).

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Play / Pause : Digital Design Talks, with Johnathon Strebly, Kim Oxlund, Nicholas Ferreira & Dominik Grejc

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It’s that time of the term again: Digital Design Talks is here and the theme this time is Play / Pause — with a focus on Motion Design.

Our speakers include the VP Education from the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC BC), Johnathon Vaughn Strebly as well as Digital Design alumnus, Kim Oxlund and current Digital Design students, Nicholas Maykot Ferreira and Dominik Grejc

Here are few more details about their respective backgrounds:

Johnathan Strebly Johnathon Vaughn Strebly brings a diverse range of experience and knowledge from Photography, Design and Education. As head of Electronic Media Design, Digital Media, and Communication Arts at Langara College, he is deeply involved in the rich visual media available today. As principal and creative director of his own studio, he extends his professional business experiences and industry awareness to the academic environment. Having served two terms as President of CAPIC Vancouver and VP of Business Practices, CAPIC National, he is proud to continue his association with professional organizations as VP Education for the GDC/BC Executive Board.

Kim Oxlund

Kim Oxlund grew up in Copenhagen, Denmark. He started playing piano at 10, guitar at 13, and by 15 he was sneaking into the computer room at school to sit and draw circles and squares in Paintbrush. His talent made him one of the most interesting students to watch during his time of study at VFS. His design approach is simple: it’s all about emotion. He wants to make people feel something, whether it’s a website, a motion graphic piece or a piece of music. This is his design philosophy: “If my work can make you stop and forget about your daily routine, even if it’s just for a moment, my mission is accomplished.”

Dominik Grejc Dominik Grejc is from Krakow, Poland. His passion for film and storytelling first led him to become a Video Editor. But he also started making short movies and doing other kinds of freelance work. Then he decided to take an art course to help develop his creative skills further. After a few years, his arts eduction evolved into a fascination with Motion Graphics, which brought him to VFS, where he is currently a senior student in the Digital Design Program. In his free time, Dominik enjoys swimming, traveling and learning about new cultures.


Everything started when Nicholas Maykot Ferreira got his first camera and began to record videos of himself and his friends skateboarding. Making those short clips got him so excited about filmmaking and video editing that he decided to study Cinema at the University of Senac in São Paulo. While studying and actively looking for work in different areas of the Film Industry, he one day came across Boca (Marcos Ceravolo), a Motion Designer and VFS alumnus. After gaining more experience in the industry, he finally got a chance to work with Boca. At that time, Boca was the Art Director at New Content, a production company and publisher of customized content. Nicholas quotes: “Boca’s work inspired me so much and made me motivated to not stop when I am stuck and work on my creativity even more. I enjoyed and learned so much working with him. I believe that Motion Design is a powerful environment to convey a message, it gives us a chance to make our lives more interesting. This was one of the main reasons that made me to decided to come to VFS, to keep extending my knowledge in Motion Design, especially the conceptual idea behind each project.”

Come listen to these interesting and engaging guest speakers at our  Digital Design Talks night on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 4:30pm  in the Main Theatre at 420 Homer Street. We’re looking forward to seeing lots of designers there!