Enhancing Design Through Environmental Graphics02.06.23
In this roundtable discussion, VMDO Marketing Specialist, Athena Hanny, sits down with some of the big thinkers behind Environmental Graphic Design: VMDO Principal, Rob Winstead, and Iconograph's founder, Brittney Butler, and Project Manager, Rush Otis. Together, they discuss over 15 years of collaboration that underscores the importance of EGD, and how the service can provide highly affordable options that bring long-term value to educational communities.
In Conversation: The Virginia Film Festival Roundtable12.19.22
Earlier this month, VMDO Marketing Specialist, Michael R. Deitz, sat down with two key organizers of the 35th Virginia Film Festival, for which VMDO acted as a local Charlottesville sponsor. Assistant Director of UVA Arts Development, Lizzy Ramey, and VAFF Senior Programmer, Ilya Tovbis, spoke about their roles in festival curation, the relationship between the cinema and community, and the socio-cultural importance of local arts venues like ones Charlottesville has to offer. Check out the video of the roundtable conversation and for some upcoming 2023 film recommendations for the new year.
Recapping the 2022 Virginia Film Festival: The Cinema and its Community11.08.22
Last week, the 35th annual Virginia Film Festival (VAFF) took over Charlottesville for five days of special events and screenings across the city’s collection of local theaters, with VMDO contributing as a local sponsor for the arts. A program of the University of Virginia, the VAFF brings together artists and cinephiles from across the globe to partake in an impressive lineup of festival darlings and groundbreaking indies in the early heat of the 2022-23 awards season. Marketing's Michael Deitz muses on the integrated relationship between cinema and community, and the ongoing importance of supporting "our most empathetic art form."
VMDO Traveling Fellowship: A Survey of Finnish Libraries10.18.22
Since VMDO Architects was founded, we have built ourselves upon a bedrock of teaching and cultivating growth for employees throughout the firm with the belief that this approach strengthens our collective knowledge. This led us, inevitably, to create our Travel Fellowship Program. Open to all staff after about two years with the firm, VMDOers can apply to travel nationally or abroad to study architecture, design, building techniques, and the cultures that create and influence them all over the world. In 2019, one of our designers, John Trevor, was awarded the Travel Fellowship to study libraries and the elevated places they hold in Finnish culture.
Visualization at VMDO10.07.22
Thomas Bates is VMDO’s Director of Visualization. When asked to define his job, Thomas shared, “I make pictures of unbuilt buildings.” He has solidified his role as Director of Visualization and has been creating beautiful work at VMDO for over 10 years.