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Thinking and Reflecting on Nine Years As MDM Director

May 5, 2020 By Richard Smith

After nine years as MDM director at the Centre for Digital Media, Richard Smith is moving on to a new phase in his career. Below are his thoughts on the last nine years. So, looking back, what do I see? The first thing I see is that the MDM has been a learning experience. I have...

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CDM Bids Farewell to Director Richard Smith, Welcomes New Director Larry Bafia

May 5, 2020 By Crissy Campbell

After nine years as MDM Program Director, Dr. Richard Smith is moving on to a new phase in his career. Smith came into the program back in June 2011, just as construction began on the current Centre for Digital Media building. As the MDM program’s longest serving Director, he...

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Avoiding Disinformation During COVID

Apr 29, 2020 By Richard Smith

Last month I received a "helpful" email from my mother, who received it from a friend of hers. The friend who forwarded it to her is a health professional with many years of experience, and her husband is a crop scientist. Credible people. When I received it, my first reaction was "huh...

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Why Digital Media?

Jul 4, 2019 By Richard Smith

This is a guest post from Master of Digital Media Program Director Richard Smith. In previous blog posts I have considered the "what" question of digital media — what is it? But I haven’t yet considered the "why?" I don’t mean "why does it exist?" That would be a whole other topic,...

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Challenge To Graduate Students: Create a Better Future

Jun 5, 2019 By Richard Smith

When I first took the job as Director of the MDM program, one of my colleagues at SFU pulled me aside to give me some advice. He had been director of a professional school for some years and he cautioned me about the way in which industry demands can sometimes divert a program from its mission. What I would find, he said, was that the industry (and even the students) would be keen for me to provide an education that would reproduce the people and skills that the industry already had, to fill the jobs that they had right now.

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On Agility, Fragility and "Watergile"

May 23, 2019 By Richard Smith

Last week I posted something to our Facebook page about the old adage: "when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail." Trite though it may be, this kind of sentiment seems to be a useful way of looking at something our alumni are telling us: the tendency to "over agile" things.

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What is (Augmented and Immersive) Digital Media?

Jan 10, 2019 By Richard Smith

A while back I wrote a blog post titled What is Digital Media? Judging by the traffic to the article, a lot of people have the same question. I recently re-read that post and decided I wouldn’t change a thing. I do think that it could do with some addition, however.

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CDM Welcomes New Faculty Member, Laura Ballay, With 20 years Experience in Interaction Design

Sep 19, 2018 By Crissy Campbell

Centre for Digital Media is pleased to welcome Laura Ballay as the newest full-time faculty to the Master of Digital Media program. Laura has worked at the intersection of human-centered design and technology for the past 20 years and is an expert in leading creative teams and defining...

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