VFS Digital Design wins at the 2017 Salazar Awards!

On May 3rd, we had the pleasure of hosting the annual Salazar Awards at the VFS Digital Design campus. The Salazar Awards, presented by the GDC (Society of Graphic Design of Canada), awards prizes to talented and inspiring students currently enrolled in design programs in British Columbia. There are four award categories: Print Design, Interactive Design, Brand Identity, and Video and Motion, and there were over 150 submissions this year. A judging committee of top professionals of the GDC/BC reviewed the student work based on the strategy and rationale of the piece, as well as the level of visual execution.

GDC/BC President Johnathon Vaughn Strebly opened the night with an inspiring and thoughtful speech about the importance of design, and the importance of inspiring and recognizing the talented design students across the province. Then came the awards! First, all of the nominees for each of the four awards were recognized – amongst them were VFS Digital Design graduates Dylan Endicott, Kelly Kurtz, Melissa Choi, Nikki Yujin Ji, Ziwei Wang, and Brandon Kim. Now, time for the winners…

Out of the four awards, VFS Digital Design graduates took home two of them! Mihaela Kandeva won the Best Interactive Award with her graduate project Iona – an augmented reality app that teaches chemistry to school students through a fun and engaging experience. Lawrence Teng took the win for the Best Video + Motion Award with his graduate project “Mr. Owen Goes to Mars” – a 90-second animated motion graphic trailer for a fictitious film set in the 1800s told through animated letters and numbers.

The formal part of the evening concluded with a special presentation by guest speaker, Ale Paul. Ale Paul is one of the founders of Sudtipos, a project that has helped place Argentina firmly on the global map of Graphic Design. Ale’s career as an art director landed him in some of Argentina’s most prestigious studios and, with the founding of Sudtipos, he has shifted his efforts to typeface design, creating fonts and lettering for several agencies, medias and magazines along with commercial faces. He has received four Certificates of Excellence from the Type Directors Club NY, eight from the CommArts Type Competition, and several awards at the Tipos Latinos Biennial of Typography. His work has been featured in publications around the globe, he has been designated ATypi’s country delegate, and is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale – the first one for Argentina.

The event ended with a lots of bubbling and engaging conversation in the hallway where audience members, presenters, students, and industry folk all had the opportunity to mingle. We’re grateful to the GDC for giving Vancouver Film School the opportunity to host this year’s Salazar Awards, and congratulations to both the GDC for a great event, and to all of the nominees and winners!


Play / Pause : Digital Design Talks, with Johnathon Strebly, Kim Oxlund, Nicholas Ferreira & Dominik Grejc

Banner for Digital Design Talks

It’s that time of the term again: Digital Design Talks is here and the theme this time is Play / Pause — with a focus on Motion Design.

Our speakers include the VP Education from the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC BC), Johnathon Vaughn Strebly as well as Digital Design alumnus, Kim Oxlund and current Digital Design students, Nicholas Maykot Ferreira and Dominik Grejc

Here are few more details about their respective backgrounds:

Johnathan Strebly Johnathon Vaughn Strebly brings a diverse range of experience and knowledge from Photography, Design and Education. As head of Electronic Media Design, Digital Media, and Communication Arts at Langara College, he is deeply involved in the rich visual media available today. As principal and creative director of his own studio, he extends his professional business experiences and industry awareness to the academic environment. Having served two terms as President of CAPIC Vancouver and VP of Business Practices, CAPIC National, he is proud to continue his association with professional organizations as VP Education for the GDC/BC Executive Board.

Kim Oxlund

Kim Oxlund grew up in Copenhagen, Denmark. He started playing piano at 10, guitar at 13, and by 15 he was sneaking into the computer room at school to sit and draw circles and squares in Paintbrush. His talent made him one of the most interesting students to watch during his time of study at VFS. His design approach is simple: it’s all about emotion. He wants to make people feel something, whether it’s a website, a motion graphic piece or a piece of music. This is his design philosophy: “If my work can make you stop and forget about your daily routine, even if it’s just for a moment, my mission is accomplished.”

Dominik Grejc Dominik Grejc is from Krakow, Poland. His passion for film and storytelling first led him to become a Video Editor. But he also started making short movies and doing other kinds of freelance work. Then he decided to take an art course to help develop his creative skills further. After a few years, his arts eduction evolved into a fascination with Motion Graphics, which brought him to VFS, where he is currently a senior student in the Digital Design Program. In his free time, Dominik enjoys swimming, traveling and learning about new cultures.


Everything started when Nicholas Maykot Ferreira got his first camera and began to record videos of himself and his friends skateboarding. Making those short clips got him so excited about filmmaking and video editing that he decided to study Cinema at the University of Senac in São Paulo. While studying and actively looking for work in different areas of the Film Industry, he one day came across Boca (Marcos Ceravolo), a Motion Designer and VFS alumnus. After gaining more experience in the industry, he finally got a chance to work with Boca. At that time, Boca was the Art Director at New Content, a production company and publisher of customized content. Nicholas quotes: “Boca’s work inspired me so much and made me motivated to not stop when I am stuck and work on my creativity even more. I enjoyed and learned so much working with him. I believe that Motion Design is a powerful environment to convey a message, it gives us a chance to make our lives more interesting. This was one of the main reasons that made me to decided to come to VFS, to keep extending my knowledge in Motion Design, especially the conceptual idea behind each project.”

Come listen to these interesting and engaging guest speakers at our  Digital Design Talks night on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 4:30pm  in the Main Theatre at 420 Homer Street. We’re looking forward to seeing lots of designers there!

VFS Digital Design Students Win at Salazar Awards 2012

Calin Island Poster and Award Notice

VFS Digital Design students Andrea Garza and Vanessa Aldana won a Salazar Award in the Video & Motion category for their title sequence project, Calin Island.

Andrea and Vanessa’s win at Salazar Awards 2012 follows wins by Kim Oxlund (Salazar 2011) and Shawn Hight (Salazar 2010).

Mr Bumbel Poster and Recognition Notice

Amrit Pal Singh received recognition as a finalist for his grad project, Mr. Bumbel’s Museum Of Toys.

Amrit Picture

The Salazar Awards are handed out every year by the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC BC) in recognition of “BC’s most talented and promising design students and their inspirational work.” This year the awards were held on May 11, held at UBC Robson Square.

Congratulations to everyone!

Salazar 2012 Poster