FITC 2005

HAPPENINGText: Yoshihiro Kanematsu

The second day of FITC was also a brilliant day with great creators on stage. The graphic designer, Tom Muller, who made web site for The Designers Republic and Warp Records, at Kleber kicked off the morning. His presentation focused on sophisticated web site usability; easy construction for site managers, how to worm up a forum on the site functionally. The picture below is Tom from the left, after his session, and Michael Cina from the right at WeWorkForThem.

As soon as Robert L Peters, the president of ICOGRADA (International Council of Graphic Design Associations), showed up on stage, the audience became quiet. The session’s title was “The Future-By Design” He used simple and effective quotes, and created a strong and reflective picture and videos in the session that was impressive to all the designers. He lectured about the responsibility of designers in society. Design delivers culture. Culture formulates a sense of value. And the sense of value determines the future. All the designers have responsibility to the children of the future because of what we do. Michael Cina who I mentioned before agreed and said that designers should work more outside. Seeing people’s reaction from the session reminded me that the definition of a designer is to be a social creator as well.

A Japanese creator who now lives in Canada, and the author of the famous animation “Catman“, Ryusuke Aoike made an appearance on the stage the first morning on the last day of FITC. In the world that focuses more on the technical side on Flash, people respect his enthusiasm for making only animation. In the presentation he revealed a lot of valuable FLA files, and introduced various little techniques for animation. Many people in the audience were eagerly taking notes.

Joshua Davis showed up on stage with crazy tattoo all over his body in the afternoon. His use of irony while talking about his project with the hardcore band called “TOOL” got the audience excited. The application that automatically generates 2D and 3D spaces back and forth, inspired from Super Mario’s new series called ” Paper Mario”, was one of the greatest innovations I’d seen in this event.

The last of this year’s FITC presenters was Yugo Nakamura known as YUGOP, who changed Flash into today’s direction. He was so popular that some people couldn’t even get inside of the room. “AMAZTYPE“, described as Typography that produces money, is a great draw from all over the world. The audiences gave him a standing ovation for his distinguished words; the mistakes you make by accident for the logics that you use without caution everyday could be a starting point for typography. Then you cultivate them so that your typography gets some kind of power to itself.

The subject for this event was very pluralistic, ranging from graphic design to business model to multimedia youth. The reason for that is the creative tools “Flash” is now the platform that has attracted many of talent to these fields. Those powerful three days were a great help for everybody who is somewhat related to web creativity, and of course to the future web site development.

FITC 2005
Date: April 9th – 11th, 2005
Place: Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto

Text: Yoshihiro Kanematsu
Translation: Mai Kato
Photos: Yoshihiro Kanematsu

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