VFS Digital Design wins at the 2017 Salazar Awards!

On May 3rd, we had the pleasure of hosting the annual Salazar Awards at the VFS Digital Design campus. The Salazar Awards, presented by the GDC (Society of Graphic Design of Canada), awards prizes to talented and inspiring students currently enrolled in design programs in British Columbia. There are four award categories: Print Design, Interactive Design, Brand Identity, and Video and Motion, and there were over 150 submissions this year. A judging committee of top professionals of the GDC/BC reviewed the student work based on the strategy and rationale of the piece, as well as the level of visual execution.

GDC/BC President Johnathon Vaughn Strebly opened the night with an inspiring and thoughtful speech about the importance of design, and the importance of inspiring and recognizing the talented design students across the province. Then came the awards! First, all of the nominees for each of the four awards were recognized – amongst them were VFS Digital Design graduates Dylan Endicott, Kelly Kurtz, Melissa Choi, Nikki Yujin Ji, Ziwei Wang, and Brandon Kim. Now, time for the winners…

Out of the four awards, VFS Digital Design graduates took home two of them! Mihaela Kandeva won the Best Interactive Award with her graduate project Iona – an augmented reality app that teaches chemistry to school students through a fun and engaging experience. Lawrence Teng took the win for the Best Video + Motion Award with his graduate project “Mr. Owen Goes to Mars” – a 90-second animated motion graphic trailer for a fictitious film set in the 1800s told through animated letters and numbers.

The formal part of the evening concluded with a special presentation by guest speaker, Ale Paul. Ale Paul is one of the founders of Sudtipos, a project that has helped place Argentina firmly on the global map of Graphic Design. Ale’s career as an art director landed him in some of Argentina’s most prestigious studios and, with the founding of Sudtipos, he has shifted his efforts to typeface design, creating fonts and lettering for several agencies, medias and magazines along with commercial faces. He has received four Certificates of Excellence from the Type Directors Club NY, eight from the CommArts Type Competition, and several awards at the Tipos Latinos Biennial of Typography. His work has been featured in publications around the globe, he has been designated ATypi’s country delegate, and is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale – the first one for Argentina.

The event ended with a lots of bubbling and engaging conversation in the hallway where audience members, presenters, students, and industry folk all had the opportunity to mingle. We’re grateful to the GDC for giving Vancouver Film School the opportunity to host this year’s Salazar Awards, and congratulations to both the GDC for a great event, and to all of the nominees and winners!

 

Salazar Awards 2016

Congratulations to Ignacio Flórez for winning a Salazar Award last night in the Video & Motion category for his project, Foxy Matter, a title sequence for a fictional animated movie. He was presented with a cash prize and an award certificate. Ignacio follows in the footsteps of a long list of VFS Digital Design graduates who have won this award. The Salazar Awards are presented by the British Columbia Mainland Chapter of The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC/BC) and founding sponsor Metropolitan Fine Printers to promote the work of students from design programs in BC. Hanna Cortés was named a finalist and honourable mentions were also given to Adriana Ogarrio and Jay Lee for their motion design projects.

Congratulations to everyone!

The evening also included a panel discussion, moderated by Johnathon Vaughn Strebly, President of GDC/BC, between Roy White (Subplot Design), Nancy Wu (Nancy Wu Design) and Katie Maasik (Lululemon) addressing topics related to agency, freelance and in-house design career opportunities.

Salazar Awards 2015

Congratulations to recent graduate Ignacio (Nacho) Osorio for winning a Salazar Award in the Video & Motion category for his project, The Path. This follows last year’s win by Cesar Martinez in the same category. VFS Digital Design (DD) students have historically done extremely well in creating award-winning motion projects almost every year since 2007 when VFS was first eligible for the Salazars. These awards are presented by GDC/BC and founding sponsor Metropolitan Fine Printers. DD also captured a record number of finalists and honourable mentions in both the Interactive and Video & Motion categories this year.

Finalists
Kelsey Hemphill/Jordan Barber (Interactive)
Stephanie Ching Yee Leung (Interactive)
Shafakat Reshamvala (Video & Motion)
Yan Jamacaru (Video & Motion) for two entries
Ignacio Osorio (Video & Motion)

Honourable Mentions
Lina Plata Chung (Interactive)
Shafakat Reshamvala  (Video & Motion)

 

Strong showing at 2014 Salazar Awards

2014 Salazar Awards

The Salazar Awards ceremony, presented by the BC Chapter of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDCBC) and Metropolitan Fine Printers, was held at the VFS Digital Design campus this past Monday night. This annual event celebrates excellence in student design work in British Columbia based on the criteria of “the quality of the design solution, the validity of the designer’s rationale for the solution, and the quality of the execution of the piece itself.”

Congratulations to recent Digital Design alumni Macarena Poo and Cesar Martinez for capturing the top prizes in the Interactive and Motion & Video categories, respectively. Both of them received a cash prize and an award certificate. Macarena won for Quins, a mobile app designed for the 2014 FIFA World Cup that allows users to predict the upcoming matches and win points based on their accuracy. This app also promotes local businesses by encouraging them to provide rewards to the users of the app.

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VFS Digital Design Students Win at Salazar Awards 2012

Calin Island Poster and Award Notice

VFS Digital Design students Andrea Garza and Vanessa Aldana won a Salazar Award in the Video & Motion category for their title sequence project, Calin Island.

Andrea and Vanessa’s win at Salazar Awards 2012 follows wins by Kim Oxlund (Salazar 2011) and Shawn Hight (Salazar 2010).

Mr Bumbel Poster and Recognition Notice

Amrit Pal Singh received recognition as a finalist for his grad project, Mr. Bumbel’s Museum Of Toys.

Amrit Picture

The Salazar Awards are handed out every year by the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC BC) in recognition of “BC’s most talented and promising design students and their inspirational work.” This year the awards were held on May 11, held at UBC Robson Square.

Congratulations to everyone!

Salazar 2012 Poster