The Power of the Human Spirit

Usually we reserve OOMPH for posts on design, thought leadership or creative inspiration. Today we felt it was important to share inspiration of a different sort. An inspirational story about the power of the human spirit.

They are children who have no home of their own, let alone cherished material possessions. When the wife of their prime minister came to visit recently, they were thrilled when she gifted each one the equivalent of about $12 Cdn. Yet these Cambodian children at the Place of Rescue Orphanage have donated $900 to Alberta flood relief.

Read more of this amazing story at theprovince.com:

You can donate to the Calgary Flood Relief effort at the Red Cross

In addition I encourage people to pay it forward. For more on Place of Rescue, including donation information, visit its website at http://www.placeofrescue.com

The Role of Gamification in Design

Designers Responsibility Slide

In November 2012, I had the opportunity to attend the Adobe Max and Design Thinkers Conferences in Toronto. I would highly recommend attending these annual Design Conferences.

Design Thinkers Conference

Design Thinkers Banner

This year speakers for the Design Thinkers Conference, which is put on by RGD Ontario Group included:  Sean Adams & Noreen Morioka, Glenn John Arnowitz, Susan Bradley, David Butler, Nadine Chahine, Tom Eslinger, Justin Ferrell, Francesco Franchi, Bryony Gomez-Palacio, Chris Hacker, Stephen Hart, Julia Hoffmann, Randy J. Hunt, Neil Kellerhouse, Mike Kruzeniski, Jake & Pum Lefebure, Harry Pearce, Andy Pratt, Stefan Sagmeister, Gabor Schreier, Christopher Simmons, Steve Slaunwhite, Kris Sowersby, Lisa Strausfeld, Sophie Thomas, Oscar Tillman & Nicole Muniz, Jason Tselentis.

Topics included: Sustainable Design, Design Approaches, New Technologies, Engaging with New Cultures, Storytelling, Information / Data Design, Intuitive Design Approaches, Dealing with Clients, Best Practices, and many more.

Visit Design Thinkers to register for this year’s conference.

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Digital Design 2012 : Memorable Moments

January & February

The year got off to a quick start as the students at the half-way point of their studies focused on their project to work with non-profit organizations, giving them a taste of what it takes to be an effective designer in the ‘real world.’ In the What’s the Big Idea — Clients & Collaboration class, students explore and are challenged to create digital strategies that align with their own growth opportunities, while still meeting the core needs of the client. This becomes a test of, not only their conceptual abilities, but their ability to execute a precise strategy within a strict timeline.

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Staff and Students Ready for Appetizers Grad Show 12-12-12

Digital Design's 23rd Graduating Class 12-12-12

VFS Digital Design is proud to present its latest group of talented new graduates at its Industry event Appetizers: Delicious Bites of Digital Design.

Appetizers showcases Graduating students’ work and ideas, and offers Industry leaders the opportunity to meet with them and talk informally over drinks and snacks about how they might improve the future of their companies and add to its creative life.

Many companies have found new members for their teams by this key event in the Digital Design program, and the news of its success is spreading. Each edition shows more Industry representatives in attendance.

Wednesday December 12th, 2012 (Tonight)
5:00PM | Wine, Beer & Buffet
5:30PM | Showcase of Work 

Networking to follow the event.

420 Homer Street | Main Theatre and Lobby

RSVP: digitalRSVP@vfs.com
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