GDC/BC Hosts Design Industry Associations BBQ

On Thursday, August 25th, 2011 the local chapter of The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) hosted the 5th annual Associations Summer BBQ. Creative professionals from associations such as GDC, CAPIC, BCID, SIGGRAPH, TAAC, IXDA, and SEGD got together at Trout Lake on a gorgeous summer evening to enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers and a few games of bocce and croquet!

As usual, this was FREE for all to enjoy, and numerous VFS students and alumni were among the nearly 100 people, including kids and dogs, who showed up to network, swap industry stories and otherwise just have a great time in the sun together.

If you missed it this year, photos of the evening can be viewed on GDC’s Flickr page. Keep your eye on BC’s page on and subscribe to their e-newsletter to keep informed of upcoming industry events.

Big Wins at the 2011 Salazar Awards

The Salazar Awards are handed out every year by the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (BC), and recognize the best in student design work for that year. This year, VFS Digital Design students walked away with two of the major awards and an Honourable Mention in the Motion Design and Interactive categories.

Kim Oxlund won in Motion Design for ‘Paper War‘.

Also for Motion Design, Luis Barros and Bruno Marchand were given an Honourable Mention for ‘Cyclus‘.

And in the Interactive category, Salim Hassan, Arcelia Ocana, and JL Lum won for ‘Square One“, an interactive website aimed at sharing immigrant experiences with new immigrants.

‘This area of the country is occupied by immigrants,’ says Salim’s mentor, Mark Busse, of Industrial Brand. ‘Smart, talented people who, were it not for the kindness and support of their community, might struggle to find their way when they arrive in Canada. Square One can act like that community and help others find their way. The people here work hard. Very hard. So did the team behind Square One. So much so, that even though I was technically only Salim’s mentor, his dedicated team mates showed up to many of his mentor meetings.’

Congratulations to everyone!