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Emily Carr 2010 Foundation Exhibition

Emily Carr Foundation Students 2010We live in a world surrounded by talent we seldom get a chance to appreciate. On Friday a chance presented itself, though I didn't know it at the time. The first year ("Foundation Year") students at Emily Carr celebrate completion of their first year with an exhibition of projects they've created in their classes. My friend Seth is one of those students. Though I went to celebrate his completion of first year and check out the work he has in the show, I found much more to enjoy.

The event is called the Emily Carr University of Art + Design's 2010 Foundation Exhibition, and this was opening night. The exhibition is open all week and is being held in the concourse gallery space and class rooms at the Granville Island campus. The entrance had this sign of the entire first year cohort, tempting many people, myself included, to play a game of "where's Waldo" looking for people I knew. The group photo gave away no clues of the sights within.

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Pixar's Dylan Brown at Emily Carr

It's gold when you find someone that is good at the thing they do, good at explaining the thing they do, and good at entertaining you when they're explaining the thing they do. Last Thursday I found gold in Dylan Brown, Creative Director of Pixar Canada, at his talk for the Emily Carr's Presidents' Lecture Series: Pixar's Film Making Process - with an emphasis on the application of traditional fine art skills in the digital realm.

Dylan Brown at Emily Carr

As you would expect from a man who's worked on A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, and The Incredibles the presentation was packed with lots of art and animation examples. Brown discussed both the physics of movement and importance of the art. What set this presentation apart from similar presentations I've seen in the past was Brown's clarity around one unifying aspect of the work:

It's all about the story.

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Feeding the Right Side

It's been a long time since I've taken a course that qualifies as creative and personally challenging. There were sessions at the Surrey Writers' Conference last October. Though creative, the sessions are only an hour and half long and it's been a long time since I've found writing a challenge. This means I haven't taken an instructor lead, full-on creative fill-my-head-up-till-stuff-is-leaking-out-my-ears non-computer course since the dawn of the new millennium.

Creative catch-up has been on my mind for a while now, and things finally came together.

This week I'm taking Introduction to Communication Design at Emily Carr Institute. With all of the web development work I've been doing it's a natural choice. Our job yesterday was taking an imaginary company, describing it in five words, then creating a business mark (logo) for it. The noose (i.e., word set) of my own choosing was community, joy, passion, dialog and sharing. It's been a long, long time since I've felt like I'm dog paddling in the deep end - it's disturbing and wonderful. And a lot of fun.

Tomorrow I spend my last day at the South Building (pictured right) being introduced to the world of colour and designing a promotional pop-can using my logo. I'm not a Graphic Designer, and have never played one on TV, but I can say they inhabit a fun world.

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