2015 Vancouver User Experience Awards

Congratulations to DD alumnus Henry Chu for winning at the Vancouver User Experience Awards. Henry’s graduate project, Kinforman Android mobile and smart watch application that enables geographically separated families to share and to track their health information, won in the UX by Students category. Finalists also included DD alumni Juhi JaferiiKelsey Hemphill, and Jordan Barber. The awards gala was held this past Wednesday, and entries for the UX Awards were judged based on five criteria that included joy, elegance, simplicity, innovation and impact.

 

2015 ADOBE DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS: Social Impact Design winners

(guest post by Kirstin Smith)

If you want to strike fear in the heart of any young hopeful, just remind them that life on the outside will be nothing like the experience of studying and that they are completely unprepared. During most of my years as a student this sentiment was the norm. It was all too often that an instructor referred to something called the ‘real world’. They explained that when we get out there it won’t be anything like the classroom.

My experience in Vancouver Film School’s Digital Design however, was unlike any I’ve had before. In the Digital Design program, we had the opportunity to work with a client; that’s right, a ‘real’ client. The experience instilled confidence and know-how that other assignments simple couldn’t have.

The class in which we worked with Canuck Place Children’s Hospice is called The Big Idea. The intention of the class is to allow students to have an experience working with a client and using their design skills to contribute to a good cause. The team at Digital Design assigns the client, always selecting a non-profit for students to work with. DD30 were lucky enough to work for Canuck Place, a children’s hospice with a small team and a big heart. We were all excited by the opportunity to work for them and immediately felt an emotional connection to the project.

The brief included both a micro-site and a promotional motion piece. With the encouragement of the staff at DD, each team began by researching our client.

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2015 ADOBE DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

The Adobe Design Achievement Awards celebrate student work in disciplines of interactive experience, motion/video, and traditional media from the world’s top institutions of higher education. Prizes for this competition include Adobe software, cash and mentorship from creative professionals. Semifinalists for 2015 have been announced, and a number of Digital Design projects have been selected. Congratulations to the following alumni:

J.Y. LumDescent

Jonathan LaiThrill

Ignacio Osorio, Kirstin Smith and Shafakat ReshamvalaCanuck Place. Small but Mighty

Jordan Barber, Kien Nguyen, Jieun Lee and J.Y. LumHome Away From Home

Jordan BarberTeaesta

Kirstin SmithForm: An Art History Lecture Series

Hadi MuslimDuality

Yan JamacaruThe Offering

Applied Arts 2015 Student Awards

The winners for the 2015 Applied Arts Student Awards competition were announced recently. Following last year’s impressive showing, Digital Design projects have once again been recognized. The work was judged by a panel of senior communications professionals, and the winners were selected based on creative merit, technical excellence and suitability for end use. The winners will receive the following:

* Inclusion in the November/December 2015 Student Awards issue with contact information, condensed credits and a description

* Inclusion in an online winners’ gallery, with full credits and description

* Work displayed at a winners’ exhibit

* A personalized Awards Certificate for each winning entry

* Digital tear sheets of the winning work

Here is a list of the winners and links to their award-winning projects:

Jordan Barber and Kelsey HemphillFlint

Marisa BrignoleCelestial

Henry Chu – Kinform

Juhi Jaferii – Shuttle

Yan JamacaruThe Offering

Yan JamacaruThe Little Mermaid

Breanne Jansen - Live What You Believe

Madison Kaylo - Stash – Save Money

Ignacio OsorioThe Path

Mirian SilvaDoplr

Congratulations to all!

Salazar Awards 2015

Congratulations to recent graduate Ignacio (Nacho) Osorio for winning a Salazar Award in the Video & Motion category for his project, The Path. This follows last year’s win by Cesar Martinez in the same category. VFS Digital Design (DD) students have historically done extremely well in creating award-winning motion projects almost every year since 2007 when VFS was first eligible for the Salazars. These awards are presented by GDC/BC and founding sponsor Metropolitan Fine Printers. DD also captured a record number of finalists and honourable mentions in both the Interactive and Video & Motion categories this year.

Finalists
Kelsey Hemphill/Jordan Barber (Interactive)
Stephanie Ching Yee Leung (Interactive)
Shafakat Reshamvala (Video & Motion)
Yan Jamacaru (Video & Motion) for two entries
Ignacio Osorio (Video & Motion)

Honourable Mentions
Lina Plata Chung (Interactive)
Shafakat Reshamvala  (Video & Motion)