The Vancouver Maker Faire was host to the 17th Draw By Night party. The Maker Faire was a two-day celebration of making and creating so we DBNers felt right at home. It was an all-ages family festival promoting the ethos of DIY on a large scale attracting hackers, drawers, inventors, craft-makers and many others.
DBN was fortunate enough to have a space in the middle of the Faire with its signature sheets of paper stretched across 4 long tables. The theme was “The Uncollectables” where participants would draw misfit toys and robots that have been long forgotten or escaped attics, warehouses and old toy stores.
We had hundreds of people pass by the event along with many Digital Design students taking part and drawing on real toys. The whole Faire, organized in part by alumna Emily Smith, was a huge success and we can’t wait till next year!
The current term 3 Digital Design class just finished the first half of their intensive year at VFS. In what can only be described as a Herculean effort, they launched multi-platform social awareness campaigns that blew minds and, in some cases, made our clients weep with joy. The term 3 information design course is always a special experience because students are given a tremendous opportunity to deliver “real” projects for “real” clients that have potentially long-lasting, positive impacts. It provides an opportunity for designers to give back, while showcasing their talents across multiple mediums.
This past term, students were challenged with briefs from Brainstreams, OceansWatch, and to create an awareness piece around the topic of Neo-Evolution — “The World’s Most Dangerous Idea.”
On our 5th and final day of the intensive, Digital Design Alumnus and Mexico Intensive Instructor, Ileana Hierro, joined us to lead the Communication Design session. She explored key print design techniques and students created campaign posters for their projects.
Day 2 of the Mexico intensive kicked off with a Creative Direction & Branding morning session. Senior Instructor, Miles Nurse, led the students through the core principles of branding and identity design. The students worked throughout the day with Miles to finalize their brand names and sketch their logo concepts.
The Digital Design program has so many gifted students from Mexico. You can hear Spanish spoken in our halls throughout the day. So we thought it was about time we hold an intensive in Mexico City!
Over the last few years, VFS has forged a strong relationship with AnÃ¡huac University. Ricardo Salas, Director of the Design School and Ana MarÃa LÃ³pez BalbÃn, the Multimedia Program Coordinator, kindly hosted us during our one-week intensive.
The week started off with meet and greets, and we introduced the brief — develop the concept for a streetwear fashion brand and realize it through the corporate name, logo, brand campaign and motion advertisement. Our wonderful students came from a variety of backgrounds and had diverse experience levels with the software applications — Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, After Effects, Pro Tools, InDesign, etc.