Industry Drawn to Digital Design Student Presentations

Read our posts about Appetizers, a showcase for Digital Design students in which they get 3 minutes to present their best work to an audience of leading design professionals and thought leaders. As one of the defining moments – a culmination, really – of a year in Digital Design, the industry presentation night is an experience to remember for students, faculty, and attendees alike.

In this video, we bring you inside a recent Appetizers night. You’ll see what the event is like, and hear directly from industry attendees, students, and grads. Check it out:

Digital Design Assembly Draws Tangible Creative Director


This week, Digital Design held a program-wide assembly that saw two current students, one grad, and a design industry heavyweight present projects that all reflected a ‘tactile’ theme.

Student Karen Poon kicked things off with a typography project (featured left) that involved laser-cutting Caslon Pro font letters from a thin wood panel, and using those letters to spell out the main parts of a story in evocative photographic images. Karen has documented it all in a mini case study on her blog.

Kashiya Taylor then displayed her work-in-progress motion design piece. She gave the audience a look at the amount of coding involved with interactive media, explaining that her goal is to create an interactive music video that will relieve stressed out viewers/users.

A recent grad who just took part in Digital Design’s Appetizers showcase, Kelsey Armour talked in detail about the highs, lows, and learning outcomes of designing and developing an interactive reading experience for the Entertainment Business Management-led initiative, Project Space Squid.

Rounding out the evening, the Creative Director of Tangible Interaction Design Alex Beim returned to the Digital Design Assembly stage. Three years ago, he had wowed the audience with “Zygotes” — giant colour-changing balls of light, recently displayed at the closing ceremonies of the Vancouver Winter Games earlier this year.

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Digital Design’s Appetizers Showcase Draws a Crowd


VFS Digital Design recently hosted numerous industry guests and program alumni for a fun night of presentations, where graduating students showcased their favourite design projects of the year.

With only three minutes of stage time, each student took the podium and gave a concise rundown of their work, which ranged from interactive design in the cross-departmental ‘Project Space Squid‘ initiative to a community-minded social networking system, a biology-inspired motion graphics short, a darkly funny website that offers customizable wallpapers about cat overpopulation, and much more.

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After Appetizers: Recent Digital Design Grads Look Back


Appetizers! Food, drink, and delicious bites of design. Now, doesn’t that sounds like a good reason to ditch the office for a couple of hours? Especially if it means first dibs on some of the hottest young designers in the city.

Back in April, many of Vancouver’s top design creatives and recruiters gathered at VFS for the Digital Design program’s first “Appetizers” graduate showcase. These three-minute, rapid-fire presentations generated a talent feeding frenzy during the mingler that followed.

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