Recently I've attended to the FITC Toronto 2011 (10th Anniversary) that was happening on May 2nd till May 4th. It was my first experience attending any large design event and I must admit that it was overall an incredible experience. So this is the recap of the presentations I've attended and the things that caught my eye at FITC.

The FITC Toronto 2011 Festival took place May 2nd - 4th with over 1100 attendees and featured over 75 design & technology presenters including MK12's own Ben Radatz and Shaun Hamontree, as well as legendary Kyle Cooper and many others.

About FITC

FITC has produced over 50 events since 2002, with over 20,000 attendees through 19 cities around the world including Toronto, Amsterdam, Tokyo, San Francisco, Chicago, Seoul, New York, Los Angeles, and many more. From Flash to Motion Design, FLEX to AIR, Mobile and more, each FITC event stands as a unique and exciting experience that inspires, educates and challenges.

For more information about FITC, you can visit FITC.ca , be a fan on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @fitc .

FITC Toronto 2011 Titles by MK12

FITC Toronto 2011 Titles from FITC on Vimeo.

Back to the Future II by James White aka Signalnoise

image by Steve Schiavello

I arrived just in time for my first presentation of FITC and it was with James White. James told us the story of when he started at the age of 4 and his progression as an artist right until now. He also shared some pretty funny stories, what inspires him and advices on his experience along the way. His parents were also present in the full room of 200 people, which gives such a great personal touch to his presentation. FITC started strong with James and right on the first day!

How do your turn this thing on? by MK12

image by Greg Davidson

The hilarious folks from MK12, a motion graphics company from Kansas, MO in the US; talked to us about how they started in the business and share some really nice footage from movies such as Stranger than Fiction to the latest James Bond Movie's Quantum of Solace and more. They also have such a tremendous unconventional way of working so that makes them pretty unique in what they do.

MK12 Summer reel 2010 from MK12 on Vimeo.

Tron GFX by GMUNK

image by Steve Schiavello

The title of this presentation says it all so in consequence a full room attended this amazing talk from GMUNK, he shared with us the work he has done with his team on the Disney's Tron Legacy movie. He showed some really awesome footages of the work behind many effects of the movie, he was pretty funny as the way he talked us through different important elements of his work along the movie.

Making Contrast with Details by McBess

image by Steve Schiavello

A very interesting presentation by McBess, a french illustrator living in London. He showed us some of his work and process behind some of them. I was really impressed about the quality of his contrast of the black and white. He also some really awesome work on his band called the ''Dead Pirates".

FITC 2011 in Pictures

image by Steve Schiavello

image by Erick Von Stackelberg

image by Saajid Motala

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image by Michael Sheedy

To Japan With Love Art Show at Function 13

image by Steve Schiavello

To Japan with Love was an art show by Linda Nakanishi , a Multimedia Art Director/Designer from Toronto. She created this art show in goal to raise some funds for helping Japan from the tsunami disaster. The art show featured designers like James White , Nick La and many more.

For more information about TJWL, you can visit ToJapanWithLove.ca , be a fan on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @2japanwithlove .

image by Steve Schiavello

image by Steve Schiavello

On a personal note, I'd love to thank Steve Schiavello for providing me most of the pictures for my post. He's an amazing photographer from Toronto and you can follow him on Twitter @SchiavelloPhoto

About the author of this post

My name's François Hoang and my alias's Aoiro Studio. I am a self-taught freelance graphic designer from Montreal, Canada. If you wanna requests some posts; I can be found on Twitter or visit my website at aoirostudio.com.