Victoria design graduates awarded

JAZIEL CROSSLEY
Last updated 05:00 15/11/2012

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The best work from Victoria University final year media design students was awarded at a graduation reception last night.

The 2012 Click Suite Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Media Design went to a stop motion animation by Christopher Callus and a project titled Lamp by trio Adam Ben-Dror, Joss Doggett and Shanshan Zhou. 

Callus’s stop motion video shows the story of two characters side by side who lives are joined through sounds that travel through a chimney. They enjoy a meaningful connection communicating only through noises sent up and down the chimney, but never meet in person. 

Click Suite director Emily Loughnan said it was a lovely story that was beautifully told through animation.

 “The animation, lighting and sound are beautifully crafted, and the way the story was directed meant it really captured us. We didn’t want it to end.”

The Lamp uses customised computer code and electronic circuit design to make a lamp aware of people nearby and other movements in its environment.

“[In The Lamp], physical computing allowed us to use our different skill sets to bring together mechanical and digital systems and ultimately to bring an everyday object, a lamp, to life," one of the makers of the project, Adam Ben-Dror, said, adding that he and his friends were excited to receive the award.

Wellington-based Click Suite, which itself has won 93 awards for interactive media work during the 18 years it has been in business, has a close relationship with the media design programme at Victoria University. Senior lecturer Anne Niemetz said the awards created a bridge for the graduates to enter the design profession.

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- The Dominion Post

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