Applied Arts 2014 Student Award Winners

Digital Design projects have once again been recognized by Applied Arts as part of their Student Awards competition. Similar to last year, the work was judged by an international panel of industry professionals and experts, and the winners were selected based on creative merit, technical excellence and suitability for end use. The work will be showcased in the November/December 2014 issue of the magazine, included in an online winners’ gallery, and displayed at the annual Creative Schools Expo and the 2014 AACE Awards Party in the fall of 2014. Last year, alumnus Kim Oxlund won the AACE award (Applied Arts Creative Excellence) for his title sequence project, Paper War. Kim had the highest score in the student category.

The winners will receive two copies of the November/December 2014 issue per project, a personalized Awards Certificate, and digital tear sheets of their winning work. The following is a list of the winners and links to the award-winning projects:

Category: Website Design – Single
Macarena Poo, Cesar Martinez, Breanne Jansen, Kyle Vandekleut, Scott Dutertre, JK Shin, Bill Sun

The Denim Effect
Category: Website Design – Single
Cecilia Martinez, Adam Wade, Felix Cha, Daniel Quintero, Julia Llanos, Sarah Gillis, Baolin Qiang

Q Headphones
Category: Digital Character Animation – Single
Thanat Sattavorn

The Story of Mr. E
Category: Digital Character Animation – Single
Kyungmin Oh

Fostering Truth
Category: Digital Character Animation – Single
Sebastian Guerrero

Category: Mobile – Single
Macarena Poo

Category: Mobile – Single
Alejandra Porta

Category: Mobile – Single
Cole Derochie

Gru Gardens
Category: Mobile – Single
Sarah Gillis

Congratulations to all the winners!


Strong showing at 2014 Salazar Awards

2014 Salazar Awards

The Salazar Awards ceremony, presented by the BC Chapter of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDCBC) and Metropolitan Fine Printers, was held at the VFS Digital Design campus this past Monday night. This annual event celebrates excellence in student design work in British Columbia based on the criteria of “the quality of the design solution, the validity of the designer’s rationale for the solution, and the quality of the execution of the piece itself.”

Congratulations to recent Digital Design alumni Macarena Poo and Cesar Martinez for capturing the top prizes in the Interactive and Motion & Video categories, respectively. Both of them received a cash prize and an award certificate. Macarena won for Quins, a mobile app designed for the 2014 FIFA World Cup that allows users to predict the upcoming matches and win points based on their accuracy. This app also promotes local businesses by encouraging them to provide rewards to the users of the app.

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Applied Arts Creative Excellence award winner: Kim Oxlund

DD alumnus Kim Oxlund’s work is featured in the April 2014 issue of Applied Arts. The article first outlines the process Kim went through to create his AACE (Applied Arts Creative Excellence) award-winning title sequence project, Paper War. This award is given to the top scorer in each of Applied Arts’ contest categories. Kim scored the highest in the student category. Some of Kim’s professional interactive design work is also showcased, and there is a discussion of his design inspiration.
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Applied Arts: 2013 Student Awards

Congratulations to the Digital Design alumni who had their work recognized in the 2013 Applied Arts Student Awards competition. The work was judged by an international panel of industry professionals and experts, and the winners were selected based on creative merit, technical excellence and suitability for end use. The work was also showcased in the November/December 2013 issue of the magazine.

The following is a list of the winning projects:

Category: Complete Interactive/Demo Reel – Complete
Novita Prasetia

Category: Mobile – Single
Owen Chen

Double Bluff
Category: Broadcast Graphics – Single
Larissa Hsia Wilcock

Category: Mobile – Single
Michael Stevenson

Category: Broadcast Graphics – Single
Nicholas Ferreira, Dominik Grejc

Paper War
Category: Broadcast Graphics – Single
Kim Oxlund

Category: Digital Visual Effects – Single
David Calderon, Ryan Ali, Alex Davila, Ivan Aguilar

Congratulations again! We’re all very proud of you.

Jullian Ablaza’s “Benched” Awarded at 48Hr Festival

Screengrab from Benched 01

It started off with Jullian Ablaza and his Team Sleepyhead getting short-listed for the 48 hour Film Project (48HFP) Competition against 12 other teams. On the night of the competition screenings, their film was last to be shown.

According to Jullian, “it got an awesome audience reaction! We were very happy about that.”

“The competition was much, much stronger than I expected. There were at least 2 or 3 others I thought could have taken the top seat.”

So, how did they do? The awards were handed out gradually. First…
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