Digital Media

Oct

06
2011

Just Accepted Students Are Twins

6a00d83452491d69e2015435e6990c970c-250wi Next summer, twin sister and brother Jamie Hoopes and Mike Hoopes will attend FIDM to study Merchandise Product Development and Digital Media. Speaking about their career goals, this dynamic duo says,

"Jamie: There are so many options! But I would really love designing under a surf/skate/snow company. I am a beach lover and a snowboarder so it would fit the lifestyle I have perfectly. One day, if the opportunity came my way, you might see some designs under my own label!

Mike: My career goal is to be part of the process in which movies are produced, directed, and edited. I wish to make powerful films that will leave the viewers begging for more."

Read the entire interview at FIDM's FashionClub.com Daily Blog.

Aug

16
2011

Graphic Design and Digital Media Alumni Network at LACMA

FIDM_Tim Burton_LACMA-1022 Ninety FIDM Graphic Design and Digital Media alumni met on Saturday, August 13th, for a networking picnic and tour of the Tim Burton retrospective at LA County Museum of Art (LACMA). Organized and hosted by Bill Cliatt and Carrie Shay of the FIDM Alumni Relations Office, the event was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon—networking with industry friends and viewing Burton's art. Chair Marlene Morbitt-Dunn and Directors Gene Le Brock and Steve Reaves were on hand to greet alumni.

Jun

16
2011

Two FIDM Digital Media Alumni Work at Leading Motion Graphics Design Firm Greenhaus GFX

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Read all about motion graphics designer Kyle Brosius, and lead motion graphics designer Kyle Thorsen, two FIDM Digital Media Alumni who work for leading design firm Greenhaus GFX. As motion graphics artists, they design typographic titles, contributing to movie trailers for films like PriestBattle Los AngelesConan the Barbarian, The Taking of Pelham 123, The Other Guys, and The Karate Kid for film studios like Sony Pictures, Columbia, Warner Bros., Universal, Screen Gems and Relativity.

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Greenhaus GFX's executive creative director and founder, Helen Greene, shares her experience working with FIDM Digital Media Alumni.

“I saw that [they] went to FIDM, and that made a big difference to me. That will stick with you– if you have a good experience with certain people from different schools,” she says. “FIDM graduates don’t take [criticism] personally, they have really thick skin. That’s one of the most important things that you have to have. This is not fine art, this is advertising.”

(Photos above, from left: FIDM Digital Media Alumnus Kyle Brosius, executive creative director and founder of Greenhaus GFX Helen Greene, FIDM Digital Media Alumnus Kyle Thorsen, and Greenhaus GFX creative director Jason Doherty.)

Read the entire article on the FIDMDigitalarts Blog now.

For more inspirational work by FIDM Digital Media Alumni, visit www.fidmdigitalarts.com.

Jun

07
2011

FIDM Alumna Launches LovingEco Website

Picture 2 FIDM Alumna Katie Bogue Miller has launched the new website LovingEco.

"LovingEco 's mission is two-part: to contribute to the movement towards a healthier planet, and give people the opportunity to be "conscious consumers." To do this we are working with innovative companies who are truly trying to improve the way products are created and will bring their products (fashion and accessories, beauty care and products for moms and children) to LovingEco members in private sales at discounted prices (up to 70% off retail). And, best yet, three percent of net proceeds will go to support an environmental or social cause.  Each week will yield new vendors with 72 hours sales beginning on Monday and Thursday, so hurry up as sales come and go!

Also, each week we will have "Tastemaker Picks," which will bring in favorite brands and tips for going green from "celebrities, entrepreneurs, designers, actors, leaders and stylish women and moms."

LovingEco has already been featured on InStyle.com.

May

10
2011

FIDM Graphic Design Alumnus Designs Packaging for World Champion Boxer

The latest headlines from the FIDMDigitalarts.com Blog:

FIDM Graphic Design Alumnus Designs Packaging for World Champion Boxer, Manny Pacquiao’s new Fragrance “MP8 : Scent of the Champion”
Mark Wood Imagine being hired for someone who is idolized around the world to design the look of their logo and branding. Mark Wood, a Graphic Design Alumnus from FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is familiar with the excitement, hard work and even the stress involved in this process as the packaging designer behind the MP8: Scent of the Champion men’s cologne developed by world-class boxing champion Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao.

Four FIDM Digital Media Alumni work at Create Advertising, a Creative Entertainment Powerhouse, Developing Movie & Video Game Trailers
Create Read all about Create Advertising where FIDM Alumni Jonathan Gitlin, Justin Hamilton, Mario Hernandez and Ryan Verseman work in the Motion Graphics department. Some of their work includes trailers for film studios Universal, Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Bros., Disney and 20th Century Fox; and video game distributors Sony PlayStation, NAMCO, Square Enix, Nintendo, EA, Ubisoft and Konami.

Q&A with FIDM Alumna Bri Emery, the Graphic/Web Designer Behind Lauren Conrad’s New Blog, The Beauty Department
Bri Emery FIDM Graphic Design Alumna Bri Emery takes on some amazing projects as the art director of Rue Magazine, and as a freelance graphic designer. Her most recent endeavor? Designing the graphics for The Beauty Department, a Blog dedicated to all things beauty-related by Lauren Conrad.

 It’s Not Too Late! Don’t Miss Fender® Guitars Designed by FIDM Students at the Grammy Museum
Grammy Museum There are only a few weeks left to visit the Grammy Museum’s “Graphic Guitar Designs that Rock” exhibit, featuring custom-designed Fender® guitars created by FIDM Graphic Design Students.

 Featured Competition: “Young Guns 9″ from ADC/Art Directors Club for Creative Pros Under 30
Young Guns Competition Attention young creative professionals! Here’s a chance for you to align yourself and your work with other inspirational and pivotal designers in the ADC Young Guns 9 Competition, “the only international, cross-disciplinary, portfolio-based awards competition that identifies today’s vanguard of young creative’s."

 26 Graphic Designers Reinterpret the Alphabet in “Getting Upper” at Pasadena Museum of California Art May 15 – Sept. 4
Pasadena Get a glance into the upcoming exhibit, Getting Upper, at the Pasadena Museum of California Art that explores what happens when 26 graphic designers reinterpret the letters of the alphabet in their own style.

FIDM Graphic Design Student Re-Imagines Logo and Branding for Virgin Blak Apparel Line
Virgin Blak Virgin Blak, a contemporary clothing line based in Seoul, South Korea with a burgeoning Internet following, caught the attention of FIDM Graphic Design Student, Kristal Lindo who loves its apparel, but feels that its logo doesn't reflect the company’s chic image. Check out Kristal's rendition of the logo, which she developed in Logo/Symbol Design, taught by Kevin Reagan.



Check out www.fidmdigitalarts.com for examples of work developed by FIDM's Graphic Design and Digital Media Alumni!

Mar

23
2011

Pivotal Punk Rock Photographer, Edward Colver, Visits FIDM’s Graphic Design Portfolio Presentation

The latest headlines from the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog:

Know Your Design Roots: Read About Joseph Christian Leyendecker in a Report Written and Designed by FIDM Graphic Design Student
History-of-Design-Designer-Paper-Leyendecker_Page_01-275x100 Meghan Cornejo, a Graphic Design/Branding Student at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising wrote and designed a report about prolific illustrator, Joseph Christian Leyendecker, also known as J.C. Leyendecker. “The way he illustrated people was amazing, and his techniques were so reflective of the time period, it was really interesting,” she says.

Pivotal Punk Rock Photographer, Edward Colver, Visits FIDM’s Graphic Design Portfolio Presentation
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/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising was honored to host Edward Colver, a pivotal photographer who captured the spirit of the punk rock subculture in California during the late 1970s and early 1980s, as an industry guest during Winter finals week.

Attention Animators, Motion Graphics Aficionados: You Really Can’t Miss “Motionographer”
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FIDM Graphic Design Students Preparing for European Study Tour to Florence, London, Paris and Rome
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Get Inspired: Movie Frames Condensed Into Movie “Barcodes”
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Submit T-Shirt Graphic Designs to Help Earthquake and Tsunami Victims in Japan
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 Two Articles to Help You Avoid Graphic Design Clichés
Ethnic-signage1-275x100 Read the “do’s and don’ts” of the use of script typefaces by Ilene Strizver, owner and founder of The Type Studio, and also a discussion about avoiding design clichés such as using predictable typefaces to provide a sense of ethnicity by Dan Mayer of Smashing Magazine.

Read more on the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog here.

Feb

23
2011

Just Accepted Digital Media Student Dreams of Working at Pixar

Michael-on-a-rock Riverside native and Just Accepted Student Michael De Avila is a talented and accomplished singer and actor, but he also has a passion for Digital Media. The 18 year-old is a member of the International Thespian Society, sings the Star Spangled Banner for his school, and hopes to one day be a top editor for Pixar.

"I thought FIDM was just a fashion school, but when I took a tour of the Los Angeles campus and talked to some of the teachers to see what the Digital Media program had to offer, I knew this major would be perfect for me. I still wanted to go to a University of California college, so I looked at all the UC schools to see which one had the best program for what I wanted to go into. Sadly nothing came close to what I wanted. What I saw at FIDM was what I wanted and that's when I knew I needed to go to FIDM."

Read the entire interview on FIDM's FashionClub Blog.

Feb

01
2011

The Latest Headlines from the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog

90th_stbrief_popindiana-275x100 Featured Competition: The 90th Annual Art Director’s Club (ADC) Student Design Awards

Attention design students! Registration for the 90th Annual Art Director’s Club Awards is open. Read more here.

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The FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog is introducing a new section featuring the creative portfolios of FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising’s Graphic Design and Digital Media’s most recent graduates! To celebrate the launch of the new portfolio section, we bring to you four articles, written by industry professionals with advice on how to develop an effective creative portfolio. Read more here.

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Not many design students get the opportunity to work with real-life clients while in school, so imagine the added feelings of excitement and nervousness, and industry experience that FIDM Graphic Design Students gained while designing logos for Vespa San Francisco for three months. Read more here.

Giselle_Blanco_Portfolio_Page_11-275x100 Congratulations! FIDMDigitalArts.com Interviews Recent Graphic Design Graduate, Giselle Blanco. 

Often seen sporting mutli-colored hair and spunky fashion choices, Giselle Blanco’s personal style is not unlike the vibe of her graphic design portfolio, which combines a mixture of bright pops of color and grungy typographic choices on her T-shirt designs, skateboard and surfboard designs, and magazine covers. Read more here.

D4g11_logo-hires-275x100 Featured Competition: "Doodle 4 Google" (K-12) 

Google has launched the fourth annual Doodle 4 Google competition, inviting K-12 students to use their artistic talents to think big and redesign Google’s homepage logo for millions to see, around the theme of “What I’d like to do someday…” Read more here.

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Many of the students in FIDM’s Graphic Design program are members of The MODE staff, a FIDM Student publication. Students of all majors collaborate to organize and execute photo shoots, art direct the layout of the publication, conceptualize and write articles, and develop their overall skills as future graphic designers. FIDMDigitalArts.com caught up with some of The MODE student staff members at the Spring 2011 launch party, hosted at a rooftop venue, 1010 Wilshire, in downtown Los Angeles. Meet the staff, read more here.

Nov

01
2010

FIDM SF Graphic Design Students Redesigning Logo for Vespa/SF

The latest headlines from the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog:

SPD (Society of Publication Designers) Announces 2011 Student Competition Details
Every year, 2011rulespic_thumb_w_5801-275x100SPD (Society of Publication Designers) holds a professional competition to find the best editorial design out there and the SPD has officially announced the details for the 2011 Student Design Competition. Entries are due Monday, March 7th, 2011 at 5pm. Read more about it on the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog.

FIDM SF Graphic Design Students Redesigning Logo for Vespa/SF

Vespa-thumb-275x100 Graphic Design Students at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in San Francisco have been given the exciting opportunity to design new logo for VespaSF. “The client is looking for an updated logo that does more than just mix the iconic VespaSF logo together with the words ‘San Francisco,’” says Lisa Hoffman, the Graphic Design Department Coordinator for FIDM/San Francisco. Read more about it on the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog now.

Poster Gallery for Lost TV Series from Mattson Creative
Lax-02-275x100 Check out these great posters for the TV series Lost by Mattson Creative. These posters were developed by Ty Mattson, principal of Mattson Creative and a long time fan of the show who created these as a personal side project to invite his friends to a series finale watching party at his home.  His designs were noticed by HOW Magazine who featured the posters in its September 2010 issue, and also by the ABC television network. Read more on the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog now.

FIDM Alumna Authors, Designs and Illustrates a Vegan Cookbook
Thumbmb-275x100 From designing a stage set out of duct tape for a United Kingdom based band, to Websites for models, boutiques and actresses, and now a self-published book, Melissa Bergen’s organic hand-illustrative style of graphic design is picking up momentum since graduating from FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising just two years ago. Don't miss The Kitchen & Garden Patch cookbook release party on November 6, at 6:00 p.m. at ME&Blue (566 Rose Avenue, Venice, CA 90291) Read more on the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog now.

The Latest Events from AIGA/LA and AIGA/SF
Aiga_logo Stay in touch with the design industry through the AIGA (the professional association for design). By attending events hosted by the AIGA, you not only get the opportunity to learn about your industry, but also to network and promote yourself as a design professional. Check out the latest events from the AIGA/Los Angeles and AIGA/San Francisco on the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog now.

Oct

18
2010

Graphic Design Alumna is Art Director of Rue Magazine

The latest headlines from the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog:

Gap Changes Its Logo... then Switches It Back. Check Out other Brands that (Successfully) Refined Their Look.
Gap Last week, apparel company Gap, Inc. introduced a new logo on its website, integrating a san-serif logotype with a gradient blue box set behind the “p” against a white background in lieu of its original logo, a blue box with knockout white serif letters. Visit the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog to more about Gap, Inc.'s logo re-design and view other brands' before-and-after versions of their logos as they evolved over time.

FIDM Graphic Design Alumna is Art Director of Rue Magazine, a New Online Lifestyle/Interior Publication
Briemery It’s sunrise and while most of us are likely sleeping, FIDM Alumna Brieanne “Bri” Emery is probably glued to her computer, working on her latest project, which could be anything from designing a logo, to laying out the pages in a magazine. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Bri graduated from FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in December 2007 in Graphic Design/Branding, learning various aspects of print design, including logo development, corporate identity, product branding and licensing, packaging, and publication design, an education that has aided Bri in translating her passion into a career as a graphic designer. Read more about Bri Emery's career as a graphic designer and Art Director on the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog.

An Article You Can't Miss: "The Art of Film Title Design Throughout Cinema History," from Smashing Magazine
Titledesign If you get inspired by movie title design as much as I do, check out this article written by Julia May at Smashing Magazine entitled “The Art Of Film Title Design Throughout Cinema History." May outlines the history of title sequences (a.k.a. the motion graphics that you see in the beginning of feature films) from silent movie films to current day box office flicks, and incorporates lots of great photos and movie clips so you gain a thorough understanding of the movie-title design evolution. Read more on the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog.

FIDM SF Graphic Design Student Travels to NYC as the Third-Place Winner in a National Design Competition
Icmad Maggie McCormick, a Graphic Design/Branding Student enrolled at FIDM's San Francisco campus, was selected as the third-place winner in a national design competition sponsored by the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) trade association. Maggie traveled to New York City during the Summer Quarter break to attend the 2010 ICMAD Young Designers Dinner where the top three winners of the competition were announced. Read more about Maggie's experience on the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog.

"The Dieline" and HOW Magazine Join Forces to Present a One-of-a-Kind Packaging Design Conference
Dieline The Dieline and HOW are pleased to announce the development of The Dieline Package Design Conference – Presented by HOW, a new design conference addressing the challenges and opportunities unique to packaging designers. Read more on the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog.

Oct

12
2010

Graphic Design Alumnus Operates Successful Design Firm

The latest headlines from the FIDMDigitalArts.com blog:

FIDM Graphic Design Alumnus Operates Successful Design Firm 
Recreate It was more than 10 years ago when Ryan McKay, after losing a baseball scholarship due to a broken arm during his senior year in high school, began considering an alternative career. Fortunately, McKay was not only a skilled baseball player, but also a fine artist, canvas painter, and illustrator. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, he’d heard about FIDM from a speaker at Mountain Ridge High School and decided to pursue a degree in Graphic Design. Today, it looks like an unfortunate incident in McKay’s life has turned out to be a fortunate one for Arizona’s design industry. Read more about Ryan and his company, RECREATE Media, on the FIDMDigitalarts.com Blog.

Get Inspired: “A Better Bullseye for Target” by Motion Theory
Motion theory Check out this advertisement developed by Motion Theory, a multi-faceted design/advertising firm located in Los Angeles. This dynamic and charming commerical was overseen by Motion Theory Director Chris Riehl and CG/Animation Supervisor and Character Lead Danny Zobrist,and themed ”A Better Bullseye” for Target. Read more on the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog.

FIDMDigitalArts.com Featured on Communication Arts!
Commarts FIDM's Graphic Design & Digital Media website, FIDMDigitalArts.com (www.fidmdigitalarts.com), was featured on Communication Arts'  in the“Webpick of the day” section on October 6. Communication Arts Magazine is "the premier source of inspiration for graphic designers, art directors, design firms, corporate design departments, advertising agencies, interactive designers, illustrators and photographers—everyone involved in visual communication." If you haven’t already explored the multiple exhibits of FIDM student and Alumni-designed work on FIDMDigitalArts.com, check it out now (click here). Read more on the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog.

Congrats to New FIDM Graphic Design Graduate, Natasha Ramay
Natasha ramay With a prior degree in Textile Design from Karachi University in Pakistan, FIDM Graphic Design graduate Natasha Ramay’s passion and influence for textile design is evident in her final graphic design portfolio, which she presented in September. After working in textiles, Natasha chose to switch gears to focus on graphics due to its ever-evolving platform in communication, she says. Read more now on the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog.

FIDM Digital Media Alumnus Chris Mumford Embraces Photography
Chrismumford Whether he’s filming movies or taking photographs, FIDM Alumnus Chris Mumford has an eye for capturing moments from behind a lens. As a graduate from FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising’s Digital Media Program in December 2009, Chris is well-educated in the various aspects of film-making, from digital composition and motion graphics, to editing and sound design. And now, he’s utilizing some of those skills and focusing his attention on another passion: still photography. Read more now on the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog.

Contribute to FIDMDigitalarts.com!
Contribute Are you a current student or graduate from the Graphic Design and/or Digital Media departments at FIDM? We’d love to hear from you! FIDM is always looking for Blog ideas, links, comments and feedback regarding the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog. Email all comments and suggestions to Blog Editor, Mani O’Brien at mo’brien@fidm.edu. Read more on the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog now.

Sep

30
2010

Graphic Design Student Is Finalist in Demands of Denim Scholarship Competition

The latest headlines from the FIDMDigitalArts.com blog:

Peacock FIDM Graphic Design graduate James Peacock left his role as co-founder of a succesful online business to pursue a career in design. Check out work samples from his final portfolio and read his interview on the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog.

Thumbsiv-275x100 FIDM Graphic Design Student is one of 10 finalists in the "Demands of Denim" Scholarship Competition. During his studies as a Graphic Design/Branding student at FIDM, Sivakumar Swaminathan has been studying how to develop brand identity systems to communicate ideas visually through graphics and typography, but this week his focus will be on an entirely different type of design. Read more on the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog

Sketchbook Attention Creative Minds: "The Sketchbook Project" 2011 deadline is October 31. The Sketchbook Project invites anyone, from anywhere, to participate in the 2011 traveling exhibition that showcases thousands of sketchbooks filled with hand-drawn images. Read more on the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog.

Cutandpaste-460 The AIGA San Francisco chapter presents "Cut&Paste"- a digital design tournament on October 8. Cut&Paste, a social arena for the discovery, advocacy and elevation of design, is back with the 2010 Digital Design Tournament, a live action battle in 2D, 3D and motion design. Check out the details on this featured event on the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog.

Ats_logo_web-275x100 Website you can't miss... "The Art of the Title Sequence." Whether you have an interest in graphic art, film or music, the Website "The Art of the Title Sequence” offers a vast array of visual goodies for you to feast your designer eyes upon. Read more on the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog.

Thumb-orlovsky-275x96 Graphic Design graduate Igor Orlovsky completed freelance projects for a professional photographer, a social networking website, and even the Consulate General of Israel during his studies at FIDM. Read his post-graduation interview and check out work samples from his final portfolio at the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog.

Aug

19
2010

New FIDM Graphic Design and Digital Media Website Showcases Top Student and Alumni Work

FIDM's Graphic Design and Digital Media programs are excited to announce the launch of fidmdigitalarts.com, the new website celebrating some of the best work of FIDM Students and Alumni. You'll navigate through an eye-popping array of cutting edge designs for the fashion and entertainment industries, including branding campaigns, movie posters, movie trailers, and 3-D modeling. 

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Particularly inspiring is a behind-the-scenes look at the students and alumni who created the work – where they're from, what makes them tick, and how they embraced their passion to pursue a career in an industry where the technology changes literally every day. Whether you're interested in a career in Graphic Design or Digital Media, or just love looking at great work, you'll want to check out every page of the site. Oh, and prepare to be blown away.


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Aug

10
2010

Alumna Amy Gan Has New Career at My Fashion Database

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FIDM Alumna Amy Gan is Social Media Manager & Account Representative for My Fashion Database (MyFDB), the web's largest credited fashion database. "I really like the creative aspects of my position," she explains. "It's an exciting time at the company because our blog is about to be relaunched and new features will be rolling out soon."

In addition to sourcing images and fashion news for the blog, Amy comes up with contest ideas, approaches brands for potential collaborations, and takes care of the corporate accounts. She recently attended Career Connections to share her experience with future graduates of FIDM. "It was a great event and I ended up being swarmed by students of all different levels," says Amy. "I answered their questions about the 'real world' and talked about my professional history."

Aug

04
2010

Two "Fabulous" FIDM Grads Score AOL Online Style Show

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Mary Darling and Leah Ashley, two FIDM Alumnas who started the popular Fabulous On a Budget blog, are busier than ever thanks to a new collaboration with AOL for their online style show, Cambio. "In the segment, Mary and I will be giving one lucky college co-ed a dorm room makeover and offering quick, inexpensive tips on how to transform a small space," explains Leah. "We are so thrilled with all of the fabulous opportunities that are coming our way. It really just goes to show you that if you believe in yourself and never give up, you can accomplish anything."

Jun

14
2010

Digital Media Grad Cody Stauder Joins Woodward Digital Media Camp

Cody Congrats to recent Digital Media program grad Cody Stauder who joined Woodward Digital Media Camp as Graphic Arts Instructor and Video and Graphic editor. Camp Woodward is a residential Action Sports and Gymnastics/Cheer camp for kids ages 7-17. From the Camp Woodward site: "Waiting for Graphic arts camp to start in a couple weeks, Cody can be found in front of his IMAC editing for hours on end and coming up with some really amazing motion graphics." Get the rest of the story from Woodward Media on their new hire, Cody.

Feb

09
2010

Digital Media Grads Create Trailer For "Alice In Wonderland"

 During the Super Bowl you may have seen the trailer for Tim Burton's upcoming Alice In Wonderland film starring Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway. We're pleased to report that Digital Media Graduate Justin Hamilton worked on this exciting project at Create Advertising. Justin works with a fellow FIDM Alumnus Jonathan Gitlin, who is Create's Creative Director of Motion Picture Graphics.

Nov

18
2009

Watch the Films Digital Media Students Created for Public Citizen

In this 10 week project, FIDM Digital Media Students created 13 films using scripts provided by nonprofit consumer advocacy group Public Citizen. AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts), the professional association for design, reports that FIDM students "used After Effects to animate graphics, kinetic typography, illustration, photography, and videos, all with voiceover, expanding their knowledge of important issues with an end result that will hopefully encourage other young people to take action, maybe even make their own films." The videos tackle such important subjects as renewable energy and Wall Street. Watch all 13 films here.


Oct

08
2009

Graphic Design and Digital Media Grads Reunite in L.A.

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A record 90 grads turned out for the recent Graphic Design and Digital Media Alumni Event at the Target Terrace at The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, while catching up with one another. "Since graduating, I took the top design students in my class and started a small design firm made up of all FIDM students," said new alum Matthew Mau of Undefeated Creative. "What we learned in school is being applied in the real world, so if a client comes to us with a project, we'll sit down and go through the creative process just like we did in school."

Jun

01
2009

Interview With the Digital Media Students Behind Living the FIDM Life

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Read FIDM Fashion Club's interview with the Digital Media Students behind Living the FIDM Life. Students Hartley Haverty and Melissa Wong produce, film, edit, and bring to life everything that's in the reality show. Read the full Q&A here.

Learn more about FIDM's Digital Media & Graphic Design Boot Camp for High School Students in August!

Apr

22
2009

New Season of Living the FIDM Life

In Season 2 of Living the FIDM Life, students in the Digital Media Program brainstorm to come up with a brand new concept for their reality show. Take a sneak peek at what it's really like to go to FIDM and see FIDM Students in action.

High School Students: If you're interested in FIDM's Digital Media & Graphic Design Programs, attend our 2-day Boot Camp, and get an inside look at how Designers are transforming the movie industry.

May

30
2008

FIDM Student Wins Hollywood Reporter's Publisher's Award

Dsc_4678 FIDM Graphic Design Student Sarah Neyhart won the highly coveted Publisher's Award at Hollywood Reporter's Key Art Student Awards reception held at the FIDM Museum & Galleries last night. Students from all over the United States, and as far away as Greece, took part in the magazine's competition which called for entrants to submit either a movie poster one-sheet or a movie trailer.

Knockedup_2Contestants were asked to choose from among the movies 300, Knocked Up, and Dreamgirls. Sarah's winning movie poster for the film Knocked Up clearly impressed Hollywood Reporter publisher Eric Mika (pictured above with Sarah). Sarah had the opportunity to go to college because, as she puts it,  "A complete stranger stepped in, got me through school, and completely changed my life to give me this opportunity."

Dsc_4659 In addition to winning the Publisher's Award, Sarah was one of three FIDM Students who were finalists in the Key Art Awards Student Competition. "Of the twelve finalists in the Trailer division, FIDM took two places and in the 'one sheet' or poster division, we took one spot among the twelve," reports FIDM Department Chair Marlene Morbitt-Dunn (also pictured with Sarah). Congratulations to Sarah as well as FIDM Digital Media Students Samantha Young and Michael Asmus!

All the one-sheet entries and trailers are on exhibit in the FIDM Museum and Galleries Tuesdays - Sundays from 10am-4pm through June 19th.  --Kim

May

21
2008

FIDM Students Are Finalists In Hollywood Reporter's Key Art Awards Student Competition

FIDM congratulates Digital Media students Samantha Young and Michael Asmus and Graphic Design student Sarah Neyhart, finalists in the 7th Annual Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards Student Competition. "Of the twelve finalists in the Trailer division, FIDM took two places and in the 'one sheet' or poster division, we took one spot among the twelve," reports FIDM Department Chair Marlene Morbitt-Dunn.

"The competition this year increased by approximately 62% more entries in the poster division, and 50% more in the trailer division. Stiff competition!" Marlene continued. Stephanie created a trailer for the feature film 300, while Michael's trailer was for Dreamgirls. Sarah created a poster for the comedy Knocked Up.

The reception and the announcement of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category will take place on May 29th at a reception in the FIDM Museum & Galleries. Watch the video and see the posters from the FIDM Students who won last year's competition. --Kim

Aug

21
2007

New Episode of LIVING THE FIDM LIFE!

In the latest episode of the FIDM reality series, created by and starring FIDM Students, Digital Media Student RJ learns how to take feedback from his client, Graphic Design Program Director Steve Reaves, while Jordan goes on a coffee date with a co-worker. Jordan and RJ also audition FIDM Students vying for the chance to be the next female correspondent for FIDM's Fashion News Network (FNN). Meanwhile, Hideka applies for the 3rd year Advanced Study Program in Fashion Design. Head to our youtube channel to watch earlier episodes. --Kim

Jun

19
2007

FIDM Students Win "Hollywood Reporter" Competition

We're thrilled to announce that FIDM Digital Media Student Meme Ellis was awarded FIRST PLACE in theKeyart Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards Student Competition's audiovisual category for her Brokeback Mountain trailer (above). Explains Meme, "I chose Brokeback Mountain because I knew from the start that it would be a complete challenge for me.  The film itself is so beautiful, raw, and subtle." She continues, "It's very gratifying to know that my hard work has been appreciated. The Key Art Awards brings so much opportunity to students like me, and for that, I am so grateful!"   

Mwong_walktheline_2 FIDM Graphic Design Student Melissa Wong, who won SECOND PLACE  in the print category for her Walk the Line movie poster, says of the Key Art Awards, "Being a finalist is such a surreal feeling, especially since the caliber of work from all the schools is so high. I feel fortunate to be a part of a competition that represents student work in a real-life industry of Entertainment and Marketing. It is an honor to be recognized and I'm proud to have represented FIDM in this competition." --Kim

More Info

* Read an article about the awards on the Hollywood Reporter website.
* Watch more movie trailers by FIDM Students
* Learn about FIDM's Digital Media and Graphic Design programs.
* Read our earlier post on the Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards Reception.

Feb

22
2007

All New Episode of "Living the FIDM Life!"

You saw the teaser promo, now watch the first episode

"Living the FIDM Life" is created by and starring FIDM students! In this episode, meet the boys of FIDM and see the challenges Digital Media student RJ faces making a short film about the amazing Fender Guitar project, where FIDM Graphic Design students create custom-designs for the guitars. Will he finish it in time?! Plus: find out what it's really like to go to FIDM and see what FIDM students actually wear to class. (Also, stay tuned because I'll be posting a new blog feature on Style Scoop in the next couple of days called "Campus Style.") --Kim

More Info:
* To watch more FIDM videos in a larger format, including the Fender Guitar piece, head to our YouTube Channel.
* Get the details on FIDM's Graphic Design and Digital Media programs.

Feb

22
2007

FIDM Students Design Fender Guitars

Watch as students in FIDM's Graphic Design program create custom-designed Fender guitars while students in the Fashion Design program design rock star outfits! In this video, created by a FIDM Digital Media student, you'll meet the Graphic Design and Fashion Design students, see them in action, and find out what it takes to make a project this cool a reality! --Kim

More Info:
* Watch more FIDM videos on our YouTube Channel.
* Find out more about FIDM's Graphic Design, Fashion Design, or Digital Media programs.

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