Big Night at the Salazar Awards

Sindicato by Carlos Guimaraes Digital Design students and grads made a big showing at the Salazar Student Design Awards last night with a near-sweep of the Interactive & Motion Design category. It was the very first time VFS had work up for Salazar consideration. Impression: made.

Carlos Guimaraes took top prize in the category with his Angolan hip-hop motion project Sindicato. Stefan Belavy (Link.TV), Jeff Greenberg/Eric Wada (Orgasmic Brand Condoms), and Ryan Uhrich/Marcos (Boca) Ceravolo (Typographics) all picked up honourable mentions.

The awards are run by the BC Chapter of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, and our friends over at Emily Carr hosted the ceremony. After the awards, guests were treated to a presentation by design luminary Ian Grais.

salazar-awards2.jpg Winners of each of the three categories took home $500, and winners and honourable mentions alike will get their work featured in the GDC newsletter, distributed to design firms across Canada.

Unfortunately, Carlos was out of the country and couldn’t accept his award in person, but the rest of the gang were out in force.

Great work, everyone!

Pictured left to right: Marcos (Boca) Ceravolo, Stefan Belavy, Eric Wada, Ryan Uhrich, and Jeff Greenberg

VFS Festivals & Awards – 2007

Designers Set Sights on Adobe Awards

Adobe Design Achievement Awards The Adobe Design Achievement Awards are given out annually to top design students in a host of categories, from motion graphics to photography to interactive design. Winners get a trip to San Francisco for the awards gala, cash, and a pile of Adobe software.

Naturally, our own Digital Design students are right in the mix. Four of their projects made it to the semi-finals this year, including Dave Murawsky‘s Anatomy, Natasha Ali‘s “My Love” music video, and Typographics by Ryan Uhrich and Marcos Ceravolo (a.k.a. Boca), all in the Motion Design category.

To top it off, we’ve just caught wind that Boca’s been named a finalist and will be heading down to SF for the August 2nd ceremony, for another piece – his beautiful Term 2 live action project, Drop:

Tasty Typography

Check out this snazzy student project done by Boca (aka Marcos Ceravolo) and Ryan Uhrich for the most recent term 4 Motion Design Class in the Digital Design Program. The piece is called Typographics. Here’s what Boca had to say about the piece on a DD discussion board:

“Our objective was to use type as the main aesthetic and design element to create awareness about the evolution and main characteristics of typography. Both the music and voice over used in the piece make reference to 1950′s TV and Radio advertising. We are targeting designers and non designers who have an interest in typography and want to learn more about it.”

Good Night, and Good Luck

DD Class 06 Well, another round of VFS graduations have come and gone.

All programs celebrate differently. Many graduations involve watching the students’ final films or reels. Some grads involve the shedding of joyous tears (we’re looking at you, Acting!). And some — like Digital Design celebrate awards-show-style, recognizing huge achievements by graduating students.

Congratulations to the recent winners of the Digital Design graduation awards:

Best Motion Design — Natasha Ali (My Love)
Best Communication Design — Maggie Chu (Lang Hwa)
Best Interactive Design — Stefan Belavy (Opium Harvest) / Jeff Greenberg & Eric Wada (The Dark Shield)
Outstanding Achievement — Ryan Clark
Best Portfolio — Stefan Belavy
Best Final Project — Stefan Belavy (
Best Designer in a Supporting Role — Carlos Guimaraes

The graduates also recognized two faculty members: Brett Forsyth for Excellence in Instruction, and Gagan Diesh for Best Course (Branding).

Stay tuned for further glimpses into VFS program graduations!

Digital Design Grad Lands Rockin’ Job at MuchMusic

It causes the blood to race, induces a euphoric response, and comes from Colombia. That’s right – we’re talking about Ivan Mosquera‘s day job: writing, directing, and editing at CityTV‘s MuchMusic office in Bogota.

Ivan once stood amongst a crowd of faceless humans all rushing to nameless classes across the well-maintained lawns of a cookie-cutter University. But Ivan wasn’t like the rest – and he knew it. He loved computers and engineering, but suspected that a University degree wasn’t for him. Like many famous artists before him, Ivan left the comfort of traditional University and sought refuge in a world unknown, yet still familiar.

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