Graduation day in the Digital Design program at the Vancouver Film School left me with a variety of options when it came to picking a career path. I didn’t have to wait very long to start my career, because on that day, between the graduation and award ceremonies, there was only one choice I wanted to make. So when it came time to decide whether or not to accept the job offer put before me, I did what all job candidates would do: I chose a role that would enable me to do what I had been trained for. I would never have gotten this opportunity without the help of the program’s faculty, most notably Amber Bezahler, Department Head for Digital Design at VFS. I wouldn’t have had the knowledge and confidence to take the job without the guidance from my teachers and mentors at the school.
Commanding audience attention is not as easy as it might appear. That was the motivation behind a challenge he gave to four teams of Term 3 students: take all that knowledge, savvy, and talent you’re amassing during your year and focus it on increasing awareness for three great causes. The Interactive and Information Design course is a seven-week bullet train ride through the creative process. Students present information across multiple mediums to increase audience understanding, influence opinions, and encourage action. It was VFS students tackling real issues, providing real solutions, to get real results.
That’s a lot of reality. Digital Design makes it happen by working with actual not-for-profit organizations with very real design needs. Client Proxies act as intermediaries to facilitate the process and ensure that students are getting what they need out of the experience, from an educational point of view.
When VFS Digital Design instructor Myron Campbell won Interactive Designer of the Year at the Canadian New Media Awards gala in Toronto, he had a global booster club cheering him on: his most recent employer, current and former students, and the entire VFS community. Here’s Myron’s own account of the evening – and the creative work that got him there.
I arrived early to a packed pre-show gathering at The Design Exchange building in Toronto for the 10th annual CNMA awards. This was my third time being nominated for this individual achievement award, and I’ll admit, I was pretty nervous. I even went so far as to bring one of my two-year-old daughter’s toys as a good luck charm, a little Grim Reaper Gogo toy that she named “Suzie”. It was on me all night.
Myron is an accomplished designer whose recent work has included (as then-art director at Switch Interactive) attention-grabbing interactive installations at this year’s Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.
He also spearheads Draw by Night, a bi-monthly drawing party that has frequently been held at VFS. (Here’s an awesome video by Myron and Digital Design student Ryan Smith that should give you a pretty good idea of what DBN’s all about.)
Myron was given the award last night at a gala in Toronto. We couldn’t be happier to see these well-deserved kudos being heaped upon him! Congratulations, Myron!
See the full list of CNMA winners here.
Today, we peer inside another corner of Digital Design: Information Design. What is it? Only one of the greatest – and most rewarding – challenges a designer can face. Information Design is about using design to create a kind of metamorphosis: harnessing its power to transform mere data into something meaningful. It’s about telling a story and making people care. And what could be more important?