A Grad Project Odyssey

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So, Term 5 is on, and it’s time for us nearly-graduated-students to modify the course of our lives to make a kickass graduate project, showcasing what great designers we are, with all of our abilities, in an elegant mashup of 2-months worth of work, which will likely take more than 200 hundred hours to develop…


This is exactly how it is: One day you’re waking up to go to the VFS Welcome event and the next thing you know, you’re halfway through your Graduate Project — What is going on here?! It sounds like a joke. But it’s not. It’s reality, and it punches you in the face with the realization of how far you have gone, and how badly you want to prove it.

Way to go champ! Now, you’re on your own. There is nothing more exciting than this. The opportunity to show off all of your learned skills. In my case, having the available help of Mark Busse, a Master in the industry, plus the amazing Digital Design instructors, while also getting valuable input from Jeff Hamada and Carter Gilchristwhat could go wrong?

…EVERYTHING. Because, whether you want it or not, it is a gigantic responsibility. It is you in a race against time with a challenging project, which is perhaps the hardest to manage. I do realize, however, that this is a once-in-a-life-time experience, so I will work non-stop and try to get the best out of all my resources. This is the last step towards a greater beginning.

Every Graduate Project is incredibly different and unique, but in my case, it is all about celebrating the creative process, through challenges that refresh the user’s mind from the corporate dailies, and that will allow the user to experiment while sharing and collaborating with a friendly global community, following the tagline:
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Want to know more about it? Want me to reveal to you all the secrets about the Grad Project process? Check out my blog! 

And you still have time to join one of my Project Challenges and be showcased in it, if you are interested — just give me a shout on Twitter!

And because reading my long post deserves a reward (thank you very much), I designed The Photoshop Key Trainer, a free, useful and easy-to-make brochure for learning the most common and basic Photoshop CS5 Keyboard Shortcuts, which might come in handy to any designer working with PSD. Let’s be honest, nothing makes you look more pro and efficient than knowing by heart the shortcut keys for the software you use.

Let me know which software you would like for the next time.

photoshop shortcuts brochure

Yes It Can! : Canstruction Design Competition Supports Sustainability & Fights Hunger

Canstruction: Year of the Dragon

The annual design and build competition CANstruction (which takes place in over 180 cities world wide) is currently exhibiting works by Vancouver teams of designers, architects and engineers in select buildings on Georgia St in downtown Vancouver until April 4. The design brief was to build large structures primarily out of canned goods – which are then donated to the Vancouver Food Bank.

Digital Design Faculty Industry Mentor, Mark Busse, participated again in the Vancouver CANstruction competition with his team the Raccoonteurs (made up of his company Industrial Brand Creative with Pacific Blue Cross and Omicron) and won Local Graphic Designer for their sculpture, which pays homage to what they consider to be Vancouver’s unofficial mascot — the raccoon.

We’re also proud to note that one of the photos taken by our own Danny Chan was used for promoting the event in the Vancouver Sun.

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Breakfast and Ian Grais: T-G-I-Creative Mornings!

The hottest ticket in Vancouver this week is Creative Mornings with Rethink‘s Ian Grais. Tickets were released at 11:00am Monday morning and within a minute all 150 were gone! Our VFS team planned ahead and lightening speed teamwork and coordination ensured we would have a few people attending this popular (understatement) event.

For those of you who are not in the know, Creative Mornings gives creative types in the world’s coolest cities a good reason to wake up early one morning per month. Vancouver recently joined the likes of New York, Zurich, San Francisco, London, Berlin, Stockholm, among others, offering a breakfast lecture series that celebrates the great creatives that live (and work) among us! Each event includes a free lecture and breakfast! How awesome is that!?

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