The theme of our recent Digital Design Talks was Audience — an understanding that, as designers, we are advocates for the end user. The student team of Estefania (‘Fanny’) Acuna, Hasan Habib, Sadaf Rouhani Haji Agha and Marlon Soriano presented their recent campaign for Hope In Shadows, a charitable organization creating positive social change for people and communities impacted by poverty and marginalization in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and beyond. They inspired us with their solution that included an easy-to-edit WordPress site and an emotionally moving video to promote the Hope in Shadows photography contest and associated calendar sales program.
I had the chance to speak at the Adobe MAX Education Summit this October in Los Angeles. The talk I gave was entitled, “Books in Print and Books on Screen.” I spoke about changing conditions in the publishing industry, book design and some of the opportunities designers and publishers have in this very new era of mobile publishing.
I also relayed our experience at VFS Digital Design working with the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS), and showcased some of our best student work, both in print and mobile. We’ve had so much fun making children’s books as part of our Communication Design stream. A couple have even been published, such as Lady Treble and the Seven Notes by Eliyana Biklou, and The Many Faces of Peter (which we just blogged about) by Keiko Furukawa.