VFS Digital Design students assembled in the No Pixel room (no pixels allowed! …mostly) for the first day of the Experimental Practices class taught by senior instructor Myron Campbell. They may have been surprised by the tools they given to use. After all, this is Digital Design — so, practical methodology, even at the preparatory stage, could reasonably be expected to involve software and digital processing hardware. But instead, they were given pens, brushes, and markers and spray paint and water colours and paper, lots of different types of paper — also such sundry objects as feathers, wrappers, etc. Actually, you could call these “tools” ingredients — for a tonic meant to invigorate an ailing creative imagination. It’s an answer to the question: when a designer wants to be innovative, but is feeling out of it — how do they get back “into it”? the answer, in other words is, by breaking your habits, and cultivating your (peculiar) passions.
Congratulations Digital Design Class 22, we are so proud of you! I know this is the first day after an intense year that you will get to sleep in with no worry about attending any clasess. As our Head of Department, Miles Nurse, said in his speech, “Relish these moments” — Yes! Enjoy them to the max!
This week has been full of different events for our graduating students: our Industry event Appetizers took place on Wednesday (August 15), and then last night (August 16) in the VFS Main Theatre, they had their final moment of the school year: Graduation, where their families get a chance to celebrate with them, meet their peers and their Instructors, and beam with pride at their accomplishments.
We were all proud as we watch them, one by one, walk from one side to the other to receive their diplomas, to shake hands and get hugs, and celebrate the completion of a year full of tight deadlines and sleepless nights.
It doesn’t matter how many times we have the graduation ceremony with our students, each group is unique and we miss them after they are gone into the real world.
DD22, I hope your dreams take you to the highest of your hopes, to windows of great opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known! And remember to dream on — dream big until your dream comes true.
This recap is long overdue. Lots of stuff has happened in the world of Draw By Night and I’d like to fill you in. (I feel like a neglectful father or something!)
First of all, Happy Birthday to Draw By Night! DBN is now 3 years old — Whoo Hoo! I can’t believe it was three years ago that I was first nagging my friends and family to come and draw with me. DBN #1 had all of 6 people, but I’d say our little baby has grown up into a rambunctious toddler, making noise in lots of different places.
Any of you who didn’t see the Amon Tobin ISAM show at the Vogue Theatre [back in Sept 2011] and then read VFS Digital Design Senior Instructor Myron Campbell’s oomph post about the show, and then really wished you had seen it, might take heart in the knowledge that Amon Tobin is back on tour with an ISAM upgrade — that is, if you’re anywhere near the locations he is touring at (no Vancouver dates yet). Amon Tobin’s show is an incredible experience, which, if nothing else, is worth seeing just for the amazing projection mapping design. There’s a Wired Interview with him from June 2011, just before he started the first ISAM tour, which provides more info on his approach, and you can check out this little preview to ISAM Live 2.0
I sat in on VFS Digital Design Instructor Maria Kennedy’sBranding2 class, where students were presenting their work, and I was quite impressed with the results. The presentations were presided over by Digital Design instructor Karen Whistler, Senior Instructor and acting Head of Department, Myron Campbell, and Program Manager, Sholeh Atash. The feedback was encouraging, yet critical in a constructive way, highlighting the strengths of each student’s work and outlining ways to address inconsistencies and ensure more cohesion in the application of the brand essence, while also guiding them in the art of presentation itself.