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filmSpark Call for Entries! July 22, 2009

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Is now open!
filmSpark is hosting three short film screenings for SparkCon 2009:

1. Freaks, Geeks, and Weirdos – Interpretation of what this means is left to you.
2. Animate! – Innovative Animation Shorts.
3. Make Me Laugh. I Dare You. – Comedic Shorts

Deadline is AUGUST 14, 2009 AT 5PM.

Please see here for more details and the entry form. For any questions, please email film@sparkcon.com.
Looking forward to your submissions!

Figure Drawing Workshop – Glenn Vilppu March 19, 2009

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The College of Design’s Art + Design department welcomes master teacher Glenn Vilppu for a very special set of figure drawing workshops.

Glenn Vilppu

Glenn Vilppu is one of the premier figure drawing instructors to the hollywood animation studios. He teaches figure drawing at the American Animation Institute, the Masters program of the UCLA Animation Department, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Warner Brothers Feature Animation, Ryhthm & Hues Studios, as well as Disney TV studios in Japan, Canada, and the Philippines. Vilppu has also worked in the Animation industry for 18 years as a layout, storyboard and presentation artist. His drawing manual and videos are being used worldwide as course materials for animation students.

Glenn Vilppu has an unbelievable technique that will teach you how to understand the construction of the human figure so that you can create any pose from any angle from just your imagination.

“Analyze the model, don’t copy the model.” – Glenn Vilppu
Come learn the art of conveying gesture, understanding the difference between drawing for animation and illustration, and improving your overall drawing skills with Glenn’s method for breaking down each step into smaller steps, making the impossible – possible.

Don’t miss your opportunity to get better, by learning from a master.

Friday, March 20, 2009
9:30 am – 12:30 pm in Leazar – Room 310
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm in Leazar – Room 312

Saturday, March 21, 2009

10 am – 1 pm in Brooks Hall – Belk Rotunda
2 pm – 5 pm in Brooks Hall – Belk Rotunda

For questions, please email Elena Page at elena.e.page@gmail.com

These are participatory workshops. All attending participants should bring supplies for drawing the human form. Bring materials that you are comfortable working with, whether it is a clipboard with paper and a pen, a sketchbook and pencils, or your laptop and a pressure sensitive tablet.



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“Design Center Tour”

Friday, March 27th, 2009 –  2:00PM to 3:30PM
IBM RTP Campus, Building 201

Get an email invitation to this open-house event where you will hear about design projects from several IBM Designers in various fields such as Client Experience, User Experience and Industrial Design.  These designers will walk you through projects where they have created new technologies, processes, products and experiences.  Time for Q&A, along with the opportunity to view design models will follow the tour.

Questions: Linda Brown, blinda@us.ibm.com


Design Expo (DXR) Expands to Charlotte in 2009 February 20, 2009

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After two extremely successful years, Design Expo Raleigh will expand to a second location (Charlotte, NC) in 2009 and will simply be known as Design Expo or DXR.

The theme for DXR’09 is “Designing Change.”

The purpose of DXR ’09 is to present great design to the public and to give designers, both professionals and students, a forum to display and discuss their work. A unique showcase of applied arts coming together as a whole, Design Expo promotes broader awareness of many different design disciplines and creates an opportunity for local designers to network with each other, students, and the public. Among the diverse applied arts to be represented at DXR ’09 are Animation, Architecture, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, and Textile/Fashion Design.

The schedule for this year’s event will be:

Raleigh: May 1-9 at Flanders Art Gallery
Charlotte: August 20-22 at the Mint Museum of Craft and Design

DXR’09 depends on innovators like you to make it a success. Come be a part of this great celebration and show what you have created!

Click Here to learn more about this event and how to get involved.


Writing For Video Games April 18, 2008

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Firefly Rain, Richard Dansky

Richard Dansky
, Manager of Design for Red Storm Entertainment will be at Cameron Village Library to speak on May 3rd, 2008. 2-4pm

He’ll discuss the art and craft of creating fiction for video games as well as present on the business and craft of storytelling in video games.

Richard Dansky Interview @ Gamasutra.com

Richard Dansky, Manager of Design/Writer, Red Storm Entertainment

Richard is the Central Clancy Writer for Ubisoft and the Manager of Design for Red Storm Entertainment. Richard has written for numerous video games, including END WAR, SPLINTER CELL: DOUBLE AGENT, AND RAINBOW SIX: BLACK ARROW. A former executive of the IGDA Game Writers’ SIG, Richard is also a novelist, with his latest book, Firefly Rain, available from Wizards of the Coast: Discoveries.

NCSU Human Factors + Ergonomics Presentations March 21, 2008

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HFESFaculty from the College of Design at NCSU will give a collection of presentations next week at NCSU College of Design. They are interested in sharing their research and design ideas with the HFES community.

Time: Thursday, March 27, 5:30-8:00pm
Location: Kamphoefner Hall, College of Design complex, Burns Auditorium, NCSU

Professor Haig Khachatoorian will moderate this event. Presentations will begin at 6pm and will include the following:

  • Bryan Laffitte / Associate Professor &   ID (Industrial Design) Dept. Head – “Visualization as a Tool for Collaborative  Innovation”   
  • Percy Hooper / Associate Professor & Director  of  I D Graduate Programs – “Invention, Innovation & Design : Transforming Propositions to  Products”  
  • Bong-IL Jin / Associate Professor  – “The World Traffic Safety Design Competitions”  
  • Dr. Sharon Joines / Assistant Professor  – “Ergonomic Interventions for  Ultrasound Technicians”
  • Tim Buie / Assistant Professor – “Game Design :  Designing the Interaction Experience”

Each presentation will last approximately 20 min. and there will be a question and answer session to follow. More information about HFES Carolina chapter please visit their website – HFESCarolina.com

Design Intercom February 19, 2008

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E V E R Y O N E W E L C O M E !
Please plan to attend
Monday, February 25, 5:30 p.m.
Leazar Hall 311+312
NC State University, College of Design.

An evening of informal presentations and discussion among College of Design colleagues on current and anticipated research projects. Your participation supports and stimulates the vital design research activities in progress, and fosters the nascent pursuits among us.
Presenters List 

Design Intercom

Hosted by the SREE committee

intercom + design research exchange January 17, 2008

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Submit a 250 word summary using the attached Word file “intercom_submission.doc.”

7 minute presentation on any research agenda: funded/unfunded, big ideas/inklings.  All proposals from faculty will be accommodated. Graduate+PhD Students are welcome to attend this event.

Direct inquiries and summaries to Vita Plume, vita_plume@ncsu.edu.
General & Technical info: Lee Cherry 513-1259 or lee_cherry@ncsu.edu

INTERCOM: February 25, 5:30 p.m. SAVE THE DATE
Hosted by the SREE Committee.

Seeking Anime/Manga Artist January 15, 2008

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marbles kids museum Marbles Kids Museum is seeking a quality, anime/manga-style artist in the area for an event planned for Saturday, February 16 that will focus on kids in Japan – what’s popular now and what traditions are still being kept alive.

Anime is such an important element of contemporary Japanese kids’ (and adults’) culture that they can’t see NOT including it in the programming.

They are interested in someone who may be adaptive to a kid-friendly anime/manga style, can do large-scale work (may use dry erase, paint, markers, etc. on a 4′ x 6′ or so surface), is good with people and is available on Saturday, February 16.

The current/tentative schedule for this even is:

Taiko drumming performance – confirmed
Storytelling – confirmed
Aikido demos – confirmed partial day
Nature – bonsais, zen gardens, volcano activity, ikebana – in the works
Origami – small and large-scale – confirmed
Haiku – this will be an opportunity for visitors to write haikus for a
sister school in Japan – confirmed

Karaoke – already in one of our exhibits
Anime/manga – looking for this large-scale artist but will also do
small-scale hands-on activity – NEED HELP…
Origami – crosses the line in some cases – confirmed
Interactive table of items from Japan that kids use here in the US – needs
Baseball – interactive display of Japanese players, rules, etc. – needs

If you are not heading to the DC Katsucon Anime convention that weekend and are interested in this opportunity please contact Sarah Wolfe. Also, if you are interested in volunteering for this event feel free to contact her about this as well.


Sarah Wolfe,Program Events Manager
Marbles Kids Museum
201 East Hargett Street,Raleigh, NC 27601
919.857.1008 office
919.834.4040 main number


Apple “Remix” Speaker Series December 11, 2007

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“Remix” speaker series event at University of North Carolina for Wednesday, December 12 at 3:00 pm.

C-TRL LabsThey are featuring Nika Offenbac from C-TRL Labs as the keynote speaker for this event… Nika will be speaking about her creative process, inspirations, how her agency’s work has evolved, and some of the things she is seeing in the creative industry today.

This is a great event for students and educators to learn about what is expected in the “real world” today, what students should be prepared to tackle, and the opportunities that are available after graduation.

Please feel free to bring a friend or colleague to this event. They do not need to be pre-registered to attend.

Below is a link to a recent profile on C-TRL Labs that is featured on Apple’s website.


Wednesday, December 12
3:00 – 4:30 pm

University of North Carolina
School of Journalism
Carroll Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Below is a link to directions for parking at UNC Journalism School.