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.
Duelity, the grad project of former VFS students, Ryan Uhrich and Boca Ceravolo, has got a lot of attention since it was first completed in 2007. In February of 2008, it was the subject of discussion on Directors Notes, a weekly podcast about independent filmmaking. In the following years Duelity was mentioned on a number of various blogs (OpenCulture, Infosthetics, BrainPickiings, CoolHunting, Palaeoblog, Ticklebooth, FPSMagazine, Motionographer). It won a PopVox award in 2007, and in 2008 it won an Adobe Design Achievement Award, an Animex Award, and a SalazarAward.
Now, an infographic video on Duelity by Ryan and Boca has been published in Informotion: Animated Infographics (Gestalten; Har/Psc edition), which is touted as “the first reference book on the fundamentals of animated information graphics.”
They came from diverse backgrounds — Ryan grew up in Edmonton and Boca hails from São Paulo, Brazil. When they each decided to come to Vancouver to hone their motion design skills and their paths crossed at VFS, they clicked right away.
Ryan contributed to Boca’s Drop, a Term 1 motion graphics piece that was featured by YouTube editors and made the finals in the 2007 Adobe Design Achievement Awards in San Francisco. Then cameTypographics, a slick animated introduction to typography that hit the front page of Yahoo.com.
The natural next step? Working together on their final project at VFS. The result is an ambitious split-screen exploration of Evolution and Creationism called Duelity. It’s already won a PopVox Award and screened at the Art of Digital show in San Diego.