Visiting the Giant Ant

Digital Design's 25th class on their way to Giant Ant

In the third term of the Digital Design program students are taken on “field trips” — visits to a few choice local agencies and creative producers — to get some exposure to creative talent recruiters and to provide them with an inside look at the workings, creative processes, and hiring practices of the Vancouver Design industry (and for the benefit of some very valuable advice). Digital Design’s 25th class went out on such a visit recently to Giant Ant.

Giant Ant Logo written in chalk on a black board
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Wonders Start Here

Vancouver: Wonders Start Here
This video popped up in conversation the other day and I realized that it never found its way onto OOMPH. In early 2010 VFS was approached to work with Microsoft to help them create a video pitch that shows how Vancouver, rich with creative talent and innovative ideas, has been the location for the gensis of a long list of important and influential tech companies. Wanting to tap into this very energy that the video would promote, Ian Bell and Denis Pilarinos immediately thought to contact VFS.

For this special project a team of graduated digital design graduates were assembled and given access to equipment and a special computer lab for what was at the time a top-secret project known strictly as ‘Project Vancouver’. The students were Jeanette Seah, Matt Simon, Christopher Harrell, Shawn Hight, Kasey Lum, and Nate Slaco. Jenny Bourne, a recent grad from the Entertainment Business Management program was added to the team to help with production. You can read about her contribution on the VFS.com blog here.

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The National Film Board of Canada Visits Digital Design Students

The National Film Board of Canada spoke at a Digital Design assembly last month about their many award-winning interactive sites; projects that swept  design awards from SXSW to the Canadian New Media Awards to Applied Arts.

Regular assemblies are a big part of the Digital Design experience – each one is a chance for students in different classes to come together, share standout work and ideas, and hear from guest speakers.

The theme of this particular assembly was ‘storytelling’, and Adam Neilson (Operations Manager, Digital Content & Strategy at the NFB) and Steve Mackey (a key NFB collaborator from Unshift Interactive) spoke about the evolving way we, as a society, create, consume, and connect with each other through stories that reflect our reality.

Current student Arcelia Ocana Manjarrez, a natural born storyteller, shared her book design project, ‘Around the World in 80 Days’. Upcoming graduates, Brady Cackler and Walter Covarrubias gave an overview of their storytelling process for their collaborative final project, What He Left You. Finally, alumni Jeanette Seah, Matt Simon, and Shawn Hight spoke about their work on the storytelling initiative ‘Project Vancouver: Wonders Start Here’. (We interviewed Entertainment Business Management grad and associate producer Jenny Bourne about the project in October.)

Check out this slideshow of photos from the assembly:

Vancouver: Wonders Start Here

The video embedded below is the result of tireless efforts by Entertainment Business Management grad Jenny Bourne and an extremely talented team of Digital Design grads including Jeanette Seah, Matt Simon, Nate Slaco, Shawn Hight, Chris Harrell, and Kasey Lum.

Sponsored by Microsoft Canada, the Vancouver Economic Development Commission, the BC Technology Industry Association, and the BC Innovation Council, ‘Vancouver: Wonders Start Here’ was initially inspired by a conversation between Vancouver-based technology executive, marketer, and entrepreneur Ian Bell and the Site Director of the Microsoft Canada Development Centre, Dennis Pilarinos.
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