The First-Ever 45hr SLAM Awards : Results

SLAM 45hr March 2013

The first ever Digital Design 45hr SLAM came to a close on Friday, March 22nd, 2013 with presentations by the seven teams, which was followed by judging and the presentation of awards. The judges were Digital Design Head Of Department, Miles Nurse, Senior Instructor Kyle Norby, Teaching Assistant Thomas McKeen, and as a special guest judge: Digital Design alumnus and Futurebrand designer, Luis Francisco Baroni Coutinho. When it came time to pick winners, however, the judges found it very difficult to choose among the teams, given that the quality of both their work and presentations were so exceptional.

Everyone involved — the judges and the participants — agreed that this was an amazing SLAM, and the best format to use for it going forward.

HOD Miles Nurse was quite impressed and has this to say about the event: “Students today are faced with a rapidly expanding red ocean, where finding blue ocean strategies and opportunities is becoming increasingly difficult. Creating a malleable design process is key to being successful in today’s digital enterprises. Students must ideate, refine, design, pivot and deploy projects in a very short period under tight design constraints. The Digital Design SLAM provides students with the opportunity to innovate processes and identify their strengths, while embracing the mantra of Fail Fast.”

“Our first 45hr SLAM was a huge success, where students displayed a fabulous amount of integrated thinking, while creating beautiful identities, interactive and motion design projects. But most importantly, they collaborated, pollinated, and strengthened their bonds as digital designers.”

Here are the Award (designed by Digital Media Specialist Danny Chan) winners for the first-ever 45hr SLAM :

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Creative Beginnings : Jenny Bourne

Creative Beginnings : Jenny Bourne

In January 2013, VFS Digital Design greeted another new, excitingly diverse group of students. We’re all looking forward to watching them develop into their professional careers as designers. But first, we’d like to give you a chance get to know some of them a little better in our regular series called Creative Beginnings.

Creative Beginnings features interviews with five new students — a different one each week over a five week period, along with a nice portrait photo taken by our very own Danny Chan  — who tell us a bit about their backgrounds and what their hopes and dreams are.

This week we introduce Jenny Bourne:

Jenny
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Dark Igloo Create Video For Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project

Digital Design grad and Dark Igloo co-founder Mark Miller as Carbon Polution

Dark Igloo created another video for Al Gore‘s Climate Reality Project last month called The Price of Carbon, which launched last Wednesday (March 20, 2013). According to Digital Design grad and Dark Igloo co-founder Mark Miller, “It turned out to be pretty stylish.”

Mark and his partner, co-founder Dave Franzese, sent us some great shots, including a couple of great behind the scene moments they captured.

Mark tells us, “We shot The Price of Carbon in a rush, in the midst of another full scale production for m ss ng p eces (who is the executive producer of all our video work & our rep as directors now). Everyone was burning the candle at both ends inside a fire pit. Even the narration by our friend Reggie Watts was recorded cross country at midnight on a Friday night.”

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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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Danny Chan’s Custom MUNNYWORLD Designs on Behance Toy Design Served

Behance Served Toy Design with Danny Chan on their front page

Danny Chan, VFS’s Digital Media Specialist has his MUNNYWORLD designs currently featured on the Behance (owned by Adobe) website, Toy Design Served. Any reader of OOMPH! has seen a lot of the amazing photographic work that Danny does, and you may have seen a few of his famous Dot Drawings too, in which case you already know what a talented artist he is as well.

According to Toy Design Served, their “editorial team features only a small number of projects every day. With many thousands to choose from, we look for work that promotes new thinking in its industry.” They “feature top work in the toy collectibles category. The Served curation team chooses projects that move creativity forward in their respective industries, among a host of other top-secret but not-that-difficult-to-guess selection criteria.”

Two of Danny Chan's custom MUNNYWORLD designs

We’re going to suppose that means it’s obvious why they chose to feature Danny Chan’s work — because it’s Awesome!