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.
The Salazar Awards are handed out every year by the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (BC), and recognize the best in student design work for that year. This year, VFS Digital Design students walked away with two of the major awards and an Honourable Mention in the Motion Design and Interactive categories.
Kim Oxlund won in Motion Design for ‘Paper War‘.
Also for Motion Design, Luis Barros and Bruno Marchand were given an Honourable Mention for ‘Cyclus‘.
And in the Interactive category, Salim Hassan, Arcelia Ocana, and JL Lum won for ‘Square One“, an interactive website aimed at sharing immigrant experiences with new immigrants.
‘This area of the country is occupied by immigrants,’ says Salim’s mentor, Mark Busse, of Industrial Brand. ‘Smart, talented people who, were it not for the kindness and support of their community, might struggle to find their way when they arrive in Canada. Square One can act like that community and help others find their way. The people here work hard. Very hard. So did the team behind Square One. So much so, that even though I was technically only Salim’s mentor, his dedicated team mates showed up to many of his mentor meetings.’