Congratulations to Parker Busswood (Interactive Design Grad 2012) for winning the Governor General’s Academic Medal, one of the most prestigious academic awards in the country.
Congratulations Parker. You are most deserving of such an honour!
I’m now two-thirds of the way through my internship with East Side Games, and I’m really excited with the progress I’ve been making on my projects. Over the last two weeks, I have been working primarily with the analytics team to develop their new analytics dashboard. This project has given me an awesome opportunity to combine my skills in information architecture, visual design, and front-end development to build a site that will be invaluable to the company’s 40+ employees.
The company is broken down into a number of teams, with each team typically operating on one-week sprints, where each team member has their own assigned tasks that they focus on during that time. The company expects a lot from its employees, but they’ve managed to create a fantastic culture in the workplace that is unlike anything you would expect to see in a more traditional game studio. I’ve had more flexibility in how I schedule my tasks as I am self-directing much of the work I’m doing, but I’ve › Continue reading
Over the past two weeks, I have been interning with East Side Games, one of the top social and mobile gaming studios in Vancouver. I got off to a late start due to illness, but I’ve had a chance to get settled in and get started on some interesting projects.
East Side Games was founded in July 2011, and has launched several titles, including their flagship Facebook game Pot Farm. More recently, the studio has another social team working on Zombinis, which is currently exclusive to the Google+ platform and will be moving to Facebook and standalone in the coming weeks. A few mobile games are also in the works, including Ruby Skies for iPad, and NomNom Combo for iPhone, which just launched recently. It’s an exciting time to get into the company while so many new products are in the works, and I feel fortunate to have opportunities to get involved with many of these projects during my internship.
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Here are several photos from my final round of photos for my photography project. I previously took photos at Lonsdale Quay (see post) and Gastown (see post). I found that there was quite a variety of subject matter to take photos of, including the Studio Art sculptures throughout the campus.
During my recent video shoot with East Side Games, I took a number of photos in between shoots outside the company’s Gastown office. As I went through the neighbourhood, I found several fantastic locations to film and incorporate into my final video project, but these spots also made for some really interesting photos. I filmed the video project on a Canon Rebel T3i, a digital SLR that can shoot both photos and video. This gave me a great deal of flexibility to easily shoot photos without having to switch to another camera to set up a shot when needed.
Over the past several weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to experiment with many different photography techniques. During a recent trip to Lonsdale Quay, I got a number of shots from the pier, including this shot of the famous ‘Q’ sign.
I’m really excited to finally share a preview of my video project, which is a company profile of East Side Games featuring three of their employees. I originally had a number of other concepts for my final project, and had focused on developing a 360-degree music video with local indie band The Modern States. It became clear to me a few weeks into planning the project that it was going to be very difficult coordinating schedules to allow for all those involved to film and edit at the same time, and I had to quickly change course and develop a new concept for my project. The result is a professionally filmed quick look at one of Vancouver’s hottest gaming startups from the point of view of three key members of their team, and I’m thrilled with how the final product has turned out.
I’ll be posting lots more details very soon, including the final video, but for now, take a look at this short clip!
For my directed study project this year, I’m conducting online usability testing and surveying to get feedback on the Capilano Students’ Union website, and using the results to generate a revised information architecture and visual design strategy for the organization. I have had the pleasure of working with the CSU over the past several months as a student representative to Senate and as a member of their Board of Directors, and I’m looking forward to giving back by leading a branding and website redevelopment project with them over the next several months.
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