Chilean-ing Out at the Magic Mountain Lodge

The DD21s just submitted their grad projects. Let me tell you, they could certainly use a vacation! How cool would it be if we all took a trip to the Magic Mountain Lodge?! Sounds like a Disneyland ride.

The lodge is part of the Huilo-Huilo Hotel complex. Built by local artisans from the Chilean communities of  Neltume and Puerto Fuy using indigenous materials, the lodge is meant to look like a mystical mountain.

This 13 room hotel is located in the middle of the Andes, within Patagonia, on the is Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve, a private protected area with 100,000 hectares of native forest that supports a diverse natural habitat.

Check out the rope bridge and the cascading waterfall from the roof. Now, that’s a vacation! Come on DD21 – pack your bags – let’s go!

Team Builder

Recent Digital Design graduate, Juan Martinezguerra, emailed me today to share a very useful interactive module he came across —  Team Builder. The good folks at creative talent recruitment agency, Vitamin T, conceived of the Team Builder to assist companies in identifying and securing the talent they need.

It can often be difficult for fledgling digital designers to identify the right types of people they need to employ on a project. Which roles are needed to develop a mobile app versus the ones that are needed to deploy an email marketing campaign? The Team Builder takes some of the guess work out of the equation, while providing an invaluable resource to aspiring designers who want to learn more about the types of activities each role does.

Career preparation is a huge part of the Digital Design program. Our goal is to help our students identify their talents, find their passions and become so well versed in the tools and practices of our industry that they can hit the ground running from day one at an agency in whatever role they choose — be it an Information Architect, Motion Design, Producer, you name it. In our Industry & Career Preparation courses, we have a keen focus on career pathing and the Team Builder data visualization will be a great educational tool. Thank you, Juan! And thank you, Vitamin T!

Style In a Nano Second!

Reading the The New York Times today, I came across David Pogue’s current Latest in Technology post entitled, Hand-Washers Beware: Your iPod Nano Could Get Hurt. In it, he profiles iwatchz, a company that transforms your iPod nano into a stylish watch.

From modern to vintage, the watch bands come in a variety of styles and range in price from $21 to $90 (iPod nano cost is separate). And, if you’re a Nike+ fan, you can use your nano while it’s in the watch band clip.

Congratulations Class 20!

Digital Design Class 20, you are destined for greatness! Thank you so much for sharing your talents and experience with us and for allowing us to do the same. We had one heck of a celebration last night though, didn’t we? And we really appreciate the personalized mugs you gave us near the end of the awards show. Totally unexpected and so very thoughtful!

It was great to see you all dressed up so nicely and to meet your families. It’s nice to know that there are people out there even more proud of you than we are.

For those of you who could not attend the graduation, here is a quick summary of the night’s award nominees and winners.

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