Digital Design Talks : Coast to Coast

Digital Design Talks May 22 : Coast to Coast

On Wednesday May 23, 2013 VFS Digital Design presented another in its series, Digital Design Talks, featuring current and past students, as well as key industry representatives of the Design field. The theme for Wednesday’s talk was Coast to Coast. The two guest speakers, who presented to students from all the current classes, were Arm Sattavorn and Marcos “Boca” Ceravolo. Arm is a current student in the program (Class 26) and Boca, who just happened to be in town visiting from São Paulo, Brazil, is a graduate of the Digital Design program (Class 7) and now Partner / Head of Design of the São Paulo based creative powerhouse Consulado.tv.

Digital Design’s Head of Department Miles Nurse introduced the evening and the first speaker, current student Arm Sattavorn.

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Interactive Design : From Function to Form

Coding Image — Min Choi

Every child builds their dreams and thinks about their future career by starting with what they like most at that moment. My childhood dream kept on changing dramatically from pursuing a singing/performer career to being a veterinarian…

Not really knowing what I liked to do, I grew up and continued further on in my studies knowing the one thing I had to do: get good grades. I was lucky enough to have parents that encouraged me to build a strong foundation in all areas of study, but I soon found myself pursuing studies in an area that I had the least interest in. My first and only choice was obtaining a degree in Sciences, and I did end up graduating with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Computer Science. My major was also not a result of my choice, but came out of a random process of elimination of the majors I did not like in Sciences.

Little did I know, however, that I would actually enjoy most of my first classes in this program, because most of the projects revolved around basic front-end coding with a focus on user interfaces. Of course, as I progressed further in my studies, the courses became harder, and I found myself losing interest, to the extent that I wanted to give up.

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Kim Jung Gi : Fantastic Drawings

Kim Jung Gi Drawing

Kim Jung Gi is the master of drawing and illustration. People who are interested in illustration or animation probably already know him. But I just recently found his videos while watching just a bunch of random videos on Youtube.

Most of his videos are 30 minutes to an hour long. You might think they would thus be quite boring to watch, but they’re not, because he never rests — he just keeps on drawing for an hour without thinking about what he’s going to draw.

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Digital Design Talks : Futurists — Plus, The 45 Hour SLAM Brief!

Digital Design Talks : Futurists Poster

On Wednesday March 22nd, 2013, Digital Design presented another in its series of guest speaker presentations: Digital Design Talks. The theme for this edition of Digital Design Talks was Futurists. The featured speakers were Erian Trotland and Bill Mainguy.

Storytelling Slide

First up was Digital Design Grad (19th graduating class) and VFX Artist at Gloo Studios Inc., Erian Trotland, who spoke about the central importance of Storytelling and about getting inspiration from unlikely places. As an example, he showed a sheet of his doodles done during a brainstorm, and pointed out that what may look like chaos to someone else is actually an idiosyncratic communication system for developing your own creative ideas. He recommends cultivating these idiosyncratic systems for stimulating your own creative ideas.
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