Featuring success stories from IDEA School of Design Grads.
Andrea (IDEA Grad 2008) returned to IDEA School of Design to complete her degree in 2017/2018. We recently caught up with her for an interview. Little Andrea started life in a jungle village in Indonesia. Her experience being an outsider for so much of her childhood has planted in her a deep wonder for the different ways people do life, and an appreciation for authentic diversity. She always wanted to be self-employed, so she never put much effort into getting hired by an agency. It’s not always balanced, but she loves the variety of her projects and continues to split her time between graphic design, illustration, commissioned portraiture and fine art. Check out our interview with her!
Jessica Peng (Grad 2019) interviews her practicum host and IDEA alumna Diana Castañeda (Grad 2014) about her role at TRIUMF, Canada's particle accelerator centre, and her take on graphic design as a career.
Thank you to IDEA School of Design Grad 2016 alumni Virginie Menard, Stephanie Brennan, Maria Centola, Benjamin T. Stone and Lera Nyukalova (shown above) for their words of wisdom to Grad 2019 as they approach the final weeks of their 8 week industry practicums in agencies and studios across Vancouver and embark on their careers in visual communication.
Their advice includes don't let yourself stay in the comfort of being a junior, be picky about clients and job offers, try out different places and be pleasant to work with!
Meet the next generation of promising creative professionals at the IDEA 2019 Grad Show – Harbour Centre Lobby in downtown Vancouver, April 8th–12th, 2019.
Thank you to IDEA18 alumni Annie Chang, CK Papilla, Vivay Li, Danielle Vallée, Angela Schmold and Juliana Vieira for their words of wisdom to IDEA19 as they begin their industry practicums.
Their advice includes cracking some jokes, keep asking for advice, meeting new people and socializing!
Shanene Lau’s practicum last year turned into an internship and then a job as a Junior Designer. In this Grad Spotlight, Shanene shares her advice to art school students regarding “paralyzing fears”, making decisions and concludes “Remember that you already have everything you need, in here *points to heart*”. Catch up with Shanene!
Five of our grads work at Vancouver’s Will Creative. We asked them to share some career advice for our 4th year students as they prepare for their practicums.
Shown left to right above: Will Erickson (Grad 2015), Allison Chambers (Grad 2013), Jennifer Hicks (Grad 2006), Briony Crane (Grad 2006) and Rory O'Sullivan (Grad 2005).
Alex Maertz graduated from IDEA School of Design last year, got married and moved to Cumberland, BC. She is currently finishing off illustrating her first children’s book, The Girl and Her Sun, coming out late Spring 2019.
In this grad spotlight, Alex shares her process illustrating children’s books and how she is growing her own little business on Vancouver Island at her makeshift standing desk in her kitchen using a cardboard box from Costco for ergonomics. Catch up with Alex and her dog!
Vivay Li (IDEA18) is a graphic designer at Phoenix Labs for their free-to-play monster slaying game, Dauntless. She did her practicum at The Sequence Group, a boutique animation studio in Vancouver and split up her time between volunteering, freelancing, and networking during the summer.
She continues to volunteer for industry events, such as Artbreakers, Full Indie, Vault 100, and Global Game Jam, provide support for minorities in the games industry and believes “everyone deserves to be loved, regardless of what they do or do not achieve.” Catch up with Vivay!
Lenka Prochazka (IDEA16) interned at Origin, an outdoor-focused, digitally driven creative and marketing agency in Whistler, BC between her 2nd and 3rd years at IDEA School of Design and was hired full time Fall 2016.
Her highlight project this past year was creating a brand identity for the lululemon 10k runs in Toronto and Edmonton. She’s recently been exposing herself more to motion design using After Effects and Cinema 4D. Read her story!
Freelance designer Rachelle Hynes graduated from IDEA School of Design in 2009. Her advice to design students is to “trust your gut” and “integrate YOUR uniqueness into whatever path you choose”.
We recently caught up with her about her journey as creative director, designer and thought-leader in Vancouver to her “deep passion to do something more and something with a richer purpose”.
Read Rachelle’s story about her new Zesty Life in Squamish, BC!
Shay Klassen (IDEA18) started off as a concept artist her first 3 months at Vancouver’s Gámomo Creative Lab and recently art directed an animated short for HOPR Bike Share and Scooter Share. Her advice to anyone wanting to work in the animation industry: “USE YOUR SKETCHBOOK DUMMY. For real.” Catch up with Shay!
“In IDEA I failed, a lot. I failed constantly. I’m so glad I failed so much, because I really learned and grew from those experiences.” says Syd Danger who graduated from Capilano University’s IDEA School of Design in 2015. We caught up with her after her recent SADCAST interview about her time working at Capilano Courier to Adbusters, Geist and now SAD. Read our full interview with Syd!
Graeme Jack graduated from IDEA School of Design in 2005. He got his first break doing ad campaigns and was “hooked”. His advice to graphic design students: “You are a brand. But, don’t be afraid of looking stupid and just be yourself, stay a good person. We choose to be creative because we enjoy it, remember?“ Graeme is the Senior Art Director at Wasserman + Partners Advertising Inc. in Vancouver. Early Applications for Fall 2019 open on November 2, 2018. Check out our recent interview with Graeme!
Making lifelong friends through the IDEA program is a huge highlight for Amanda. She originally graduated from the three year diploma program in 2015. After two years of working at a signage company, she wanted to switch gears and focus more on branding so she decided to go back to school to revamp her portfolio, brush up on her skills, and earn a degree. Amanda returned in fall 2017 to complete the fourth and final year of the new degree program. IDEA School of Design was one of the most challenging things she’s ever done, filled with lots of work and many late nights, but Amanda says it was so worth it and that she loved every minute of it! She encourages anyone who is interested to apply. Early Applications for Fall 2019 open on November 2, 2018. Catch up with Amanda!
“Everything is still sunshine and rainbows” for Alice Zeng (IDEA18). She gets to work on a lot of different types of projects spanning a variety of mediums including illustration projects in conjunction with design and branding. "For someone who was torn for the longest time whether to go into design or illustration, being able to have a balance like that was essentially my dream" she says. Her advice to other students: “Hang in there, I promise the workload gets easier in the real world.” Catch up with Alice and her paper flower making skills!
Kate "stumbled upon" IDEA School of Design and believes it was "the perfect choice” for her. She graduated from IDEA in 2016 and then spent a year abroad completing her degree. Her takeaway: "surround yourself with smart people, remain a neophyte, and look for heroes and mentors." She currently works at Traction Creative Communications in Vancouver as an Art Director/Graphic Designer and wants to continue creating art and design that will "encourage meaningful conversation in our city." Catch up with Kate!
Adam Briggs is an Oil Painter, Illustrator and Art Director based out of Vancouver, Canada. Adam graduated from IDEA School of Design in 2013.
Kathy Ager is a Canadian-born artist based in Amsterdam who graduated from IDEA School of Design in 2007. She was encouraged by instructor Kiff Holland and has recently transitioned into painting mixing the classical with pop contemporary. Represented by Thinkspace Gallery in LA, her first group show in the US opens June 9, 2018 at Antler Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Check out her interview with us.
Since graduating from Capilano University’s IDEA School of Design in 2005, Camilla has gone on to work with publishers, companies and galleries across North America and worldwide including Disney, Hasbro, Mattel, Dark Horse Comics, Random House Books, Line Webtoons and Skillshare. While a lot of her art style is self-taught, she says that IDEA School of Design taught her how to complete her work to the best of her ability and meet your deadlines. Her big solo show with Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles debuts April 7, 2018!
Graduating in 2009 after the recession gave Darcy Clelland no choice but to pursue freelancing. Now loving life on Vancouver Island, he works for a new company that is making apps in the farming industry but he still gets excited when he sees the records, shirts, hats and general merch that he makes for his friends bands. Read his story.
Jackie Kai Ellis graduated from IDEA School of Design at Capilano University in 2004 and ran a thriving design firm in Vancouver for several years when in 2011 she closed her company and set off to Paris to pursue her life-long love of baking. Her memoir comes out tomorrow, March 6 2018! Check out her story and podcast on Vancouver Is Awesome.
This illustration by IDEA School of Design alumni Aaron Campbell was created for Adobe's university recruitment program to be used as a large backdrop for their booth. The concept was about discovering new paths while working at Adobe and exploring your passion. Read his recent interview.
Applied Arts is pleased to present the 12th annual Creative Calendar showcasing a stellar collection of student and graduate work from Capilano University's IDEA School of Design. Congratulations to Capilano University on its 50th anniversary and to the wonderful talent it is adding to the creative industry.
“What if we don’t land that nine-to-five at the award-winning agency as soon as we graduate?” Catch up with Grad07 alumna, Adriana Koc-Spadaro, one decade after graduating from IDEA School of Design plus check out her 2018 Moon Calendar available for purchase starting today!
IDEA grad and freelance illustrator, Samantha Leigh Smith, recently illustrated a timeline detailing the history of transit in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia for The Buzzer's 100th Birthday. Check it out!