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Valeriya Kim (IDEA21) wins RGD Award for Visual Web Design with Firetold educational website prototype

Congratulations to Valeriya Kim (IDEA Grad 2021) for winning the RGD Award for Visual Web Design with her educational website prototype dedicated to Reconciliation and designed with in InVision. Instructor: Judy Snaydon. Course: IDES 244—Design Studio II.

Truth and Reconciliation Week takes place between October 15–18, 2019. This important week at Capilano University demonstrates our commitment to deeper understanding and systemic change.

Interview with freelance artist, illustrator and designer Andrea Armstrong (IDEA 2008, 2018)

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!

Emerging artist, Tina Trinh (IDEA22), wins 2nd place in CAPIC Rodeo 11 national Canadian student competition for her oil painting

Congratulations to Tina Trinh (IDEA22) on winning 2nd place in this spring’s CAPIC's Rodeo 11 national Canadian student competition for her oil painting and surpassing 15,000 Instagram followers! Her body of original work is rapidly growing. Shown above: ‘Sara’ oil painting. Check out more from this talented young emerging artist!

Teresa Cantu (IDEA20) gains RGD Honourable Mention for Packaging Design

Congratulations to Teresa Cantu (IDEA Grad 2020) for gaining the RGD Honourable Mention for Packaging Design for her “Scotch & Ginger” branding project.

Teresa incorporates storytelling of Celtic mythology into her product packaging for a fictitious barber shop with Scottish roots. This was a very fun project for Teresa and she learned that thorough research is extremely important in design.

Some great final projects from IDES 142 Survey and Principles of Design II, a study of the global dialogue of design movements

The final project in the First Year Design Survey course is for students to design a shopping bag to represent a country, city or geographical location.

There was some extraordinary work created overall, showcasing both the students' design and illustration skills. Check out a few of the standout projects including ‘Istanbul’ (shown above) by Geraldine Yaris.

Haluka Yagi (IDEA21) wins Global Class of Top Talent Adobe Design Achievement Award

Congratulations to Haluka Yagi (IDEA Grad 2021) for winning the Global Class of Top Talent award from Adobe! Braille Literacy Canada Community Report was her first big design project in 2nd Year at IDEA School of Design at Capilano University. This fictional community report incorporates braille and braille imagery throughout the book to familiarize the reader with this non-verbal form of communication. Check out this award-winning project!

2019 Annual IDEA Interprets “Growth” Poster Exhibit by 2nd year students runs April 23–May 12, 2019

IDEA Interprets explores a single theme through typography and illustration. The poster show and sale helps to support the development of emerging local artists. The theme of the 2019 show, “Growth”, has been imaginatively interpreted by second year illustration and design students. Opening Gala: April 23, 2019 | 6pm-8pm. Shown above: “Lies Grow on You” by Anna Tsybulnyk.

Emily Rose—illustration and design practicum at Chairman Ting Industries Inc., Vancouver, BC

"So many promo packages!" writes Emily Rose regarding her practicum at Production Road working under the owner of Chairman Ting Industries Inc., Carson Ting. Emily never thought she’d be part of an email chain with over 100 emails, working on a project from all different countries and different timezones!

Her practicum included designing icons to be animated, an album cover, learning different ways to apply her illustrations and even transferring domain names for a website client.

Check out Emily's practicum story!

IDEA 235 and COMM 190 Collaborate on an Illustrated Story Project

This project was a collaboration between Communications 190 writing class and IDES 235 Illustration class. Comm 190 writers were paired with an IDES 235 illustrator to design an illustration that would visually introduce the story in a magazine. The results were impressive, and the students of both classes really enjoyed the collaborative development.

Shown above: How I Weave Reconciliation written by Cohen Isberg and illustrated by Aidan Zecchel.

First year IDEA student, Joyce Chan, rolls with themes of self care and positivity

First year IDEA School of Design student, Joyce Chan is really grateful to be in such a comprehensive program where she gets to learn about creative thinking, photography and life drawing in her first year. Being a first year student in Capilano University’s Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication is both a reward and a challenge for her.

Joyce has always been interested in photo manipulation shown above in her self portrait inspired by a quote by author Mark Manson. Read her story.

Annual Valentine’s Day Card Fundraiser Sale by IDEA students at Capilano U starts today!

Second-year students at IDEA School of Design, Capilano University's Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication degree program, design, illustrate, print and sell Valentine's Day cards each year as a fundraiser for their third-year class field trip next year. The sale starts Thursday, January 31, 2019 in the library and cafeteria at Capilano University.

Alex Maertz is growing her own little business in the creative village of Cumberland

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!

First year IDEA student, Annika McFarlane, reflects on her first term in a 4 year art school degree program

When she got the assignment to do a self-portrait (shown above), Annika McFarlane (IDEA22) created herself out of some of her most iconic pieces of clothing, and surrounded herself with pieces of the places that she often finds herself in. It took her about 5 hours to collect all of the objects, arrange them and shoot the portrait.

In this story, Annika reflects on her first term at IDEA School of Design and shares some of her work. She could not be more stoked to be spending the next 4 years at IDEA. Early applications for Fall 2019 close on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.

Early Applications for Fall 2019 close on Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Study art and design in Vancouver! Capilano University’s Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication is a career-oriented program for the next generation of creative professionals, with concentrations in branding, illustration and interactive design.

Applicants must submit a portfolio and other documents through the online portal SlideRoom. Shown above: Herald One illustration by 1st year student, Jonathan Pachkowsky.

Lenka Prochazka, Designer at Origin in Whistler

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!