STUDIO TOUR: Giant Ant

(guest post by Carolina Cortes)

There’s nothing like the fresh air of a Friday morning. You can feel how happy people are by the look on their faces. I mean, nothing can go wrong when you are one step ahead to enjoy your two beloved days of no-morning-alarms. But for the DD32′s, this meant something more. It was the first time we were able to take a peek into how our dream job really works in reality. So after lunch, we were happily ready to go on an adventure to Giant Ant, located in the heart of beautiful Chinatown.

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STUDIO TOUR: Giant Ant

(guest post by Miguel Barragan)

One needs to say something new, or at least say something old better…

Sometimes, when it comes to telling stories, it seems as though everything has already been said, every story has been already told, and it’s difficult to come up with innovative ideas.

Through exploring one inner-most layers and digging deep into emotions and thoughts, it’s possible to find valuable hidden treasures that can trigger the true potential of an authentic piece of art or design. The studio Giant Ant is aware of this, and they decipher their clients’ minds effectively, sometimes when the clients themselves are working out their own thoughts.

The Giant Ant team finds inspiration by going out of their habitual environment, starting projects in new and unusual places, talking to strangers, and hopefully gleaning that small missing piece of the puzzle.

They start projects right away, wherever they are, and even though not everything might be very clear at the beginning, things usually elucidate once they’re already in the artistic process.

Sometimes, it even seems as though the solution finds them instead of them finding the solution. They tend to experiment with serendipitous moments. Ask them how one of their projects evolved, and chances are they could barely describe it, not because they don’t want to tell the story, but because they let the process flow naturally, and stories often write themselves.

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Monsters Within Us

In term 2 of Motion, Digital Design students were challenged to create monsters and implement an animatic. Here is a snippet of what Henry Chu (of class 29), thinks on this project.

“At the Digital Design program, students are often times challenged to solve tricky but highly rewarding problems with our quickly developing design skills. It was no different for the DD29s as we had to design and create a monster for our Emerging Ideas class with Nida Fatima. However, instead of designing for a class assignment, we’ve decided to have more fun. With a bit of Wacom magic, endless cups of coffee and a whole lot of mindless entertainment and laughter, a whole new class of DD29s were born. On behalf of our monsterized selves, we say hello! Go ahead and pick your favourite one, we don’t bite (or do we?).”

 

Chalk Art: Dana Tanamachi

Chalk Art

Dana Tanamachi is a Brooklyn based graphic designer and chalk letterer. She did a lot of packaging design when she worked for Louise Fili, who is pretty much one of my favourite artists of all time. And being a big fan of Louise, I can see her influence in Dana’s work. I’ve always admired chalk artists because it’s such a delicate art form.

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IDEO Tackles Ending World Poverty

IDEO.org has a mission to bring human-centered design to the people who need it most — those facing poverty every day. They’re teaming up with nonprofits, social enterprises and foundations to create solutions for the world’s most dire poverty-related challenges. Imagine a world without poverty. IDEO is hoping you will help them create it.

From IDEO; “Through Human-Centered Design projects, we’re bringing stability, hope, and dignity to communities around the world that are wrestling with poverty. Along the way, we’re sharing what we learn and accomplish with everyone—so we’re all learning together. And through the IDEO.org Fellowship Program, we’re fostering a community of future leaders with expertise in design thinking, then letting them loose on the world.”

Read more on the IDEO.org