Building Our Community at Maker Faire Vancouver & SIGGRAPH

Have you ever thrown a party and had that feeling, “what if no one shows up?”  Well, on June 25th of this year, I took on that feeling in a big way, by hosting a new event in the city, known as Vancouver Mini Maker Faire. A big part of hosting this sort of event and filling a room — along the list with project management and lots of meetings — is having an effective promotional strategy, paired with great design. Design that makes sense.

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GDC/BC Hosts Design Industry Associations BBQ

On Thursday, August 25th, 2011 the local chapter of The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) hosted the 5th annual Associations Summer BBQ. Creative professionals from associations such as GDC, CAPIC, BCID, SIGGRAPH, TAAC, IXDA, and SEGD got together at Trout Lake on a gorgeous summer evening to enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers and a few games of bocce and croquet!

As usual, this was FREE for all to enjoy, and numerous VFS students and alumni were among the nearly 100 people, including kids and dogs, who showed up to network, swap industry stories and otherwise just have a great time in the sun together.

If you missed it this year, photos of the evening can be viewed on GDC’s Flickr page. Keep your eye on BC’s page on GDC.net and subscribe to their e-newsletter to keep informed of upcoming industry events.

My SIGGRAPH Wrap Up

For the first time ever, SIGGRAPH was held outside of the US and, lucky for us here at VFS, it was in our home town. For me as a SIGGRAPH frequenter, presenting at various booths for MAXON Computer Inc. since 2003, it was an interesting experience to go under the VFS banner this time and focus more on panels and talks and a little less on presenting. Unfortunately, I was so busy at the convention that I had no time to summarize the experience in daily posts, so here is a synopsis of the week as I saw it.

DAY 1

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Boca Goes South

Guerilla Poster A while back, we told you about soon-to-be-Digital-Design-graduate Boca (aka Marcos Ceravolo) was going to San Francisco as a finalist in the prestigious Adobe Design Achievement Awards. It was a big deal to be recognized, and while his Drop didn’t win, it was still a great experience – and a free trip.

And it isn’t over yet. Boca sent a dispatch to the DD Blog tonight from San Diego, where he’s working for Adobe – along with some of his fellow finalists – at the Guerilla Studio at SIGGRAPH! The Guerilla Studio team had to pull together 12 posters in 36 hours, and Boca shares the results with us all over on the DD Blog.

Incidentally – and we’ve been waiting for an excuse to post this one – Typographics, the motion design piece Boca made with classmate Ryan Uhrich, was featured on the front page of Yahoo.com a little while ago!

VFS Festivals & Awards – 2007