Honorable Mention at the Lucie Awards

Lucy Awards, Alex Aranda

One of my photos is awarded honorable mention at the Lucie Awards 2012
The 2012 International Photography Awards

As a designer I am passionate about visual arts. Naturally, when I’m not designing interactive solutions, I unwind and boost my creativity by producing visual concepts with the help of a camera.

The official IPA press release reads:

2012 International Photography Awards Announces Winners of the Competition 

Alejandro Aranda was awarded in the International Photography Awards Competition. International Photography Awards (IPA) has announced the winners of 2012’s competition. 

Alejandro Aranda was Awarded: Honorable Mention in People – Self-Portrait category for the winning entry “Paranoia!.” 

ABOUT Winner: Alex Aranda is a Vancouver-based UX interaction designer with a true appreciation for visual arts. Naturally, when Alex is not designing interactive solutions, he unwinds and boosts his creativity by producing visual concepts with the help of a camera. Alex Aranda – Vancouver, B.C. Canada. 

ABOUT IPA: The 2012 International Photography Awards received nearly 18,000 submissions from 104 countries across the globe. IPA is a sister-effort of the Lucie Foundation, where the top three winners are announced at the annual Lucie Awards gala ceremony. The Foundation’s mission is to honor master photographers, to discover new and emerging talent and to promote the appreciation of photography. Since 2003, IPA has had the privilege and opportunity to acknowledge and recognize contemporary photographer’s accomplishments in this specialized and highly visible competition. Visit www.photoawards.com

One of my photos in a Norwegian magazine

Photo in Magazine Norway

I take photos as part of my creative outpouring.
Part of the fun is contributing to different stock photography agencies and it is always rewarding to find out how people are using these photos.

Today I found one of my photos in the Norwegian magazine kk.no. In this web version of the magazine appears Vancouver model Erica Sprott photographed by Alex Aranda in Coal Harbour, here in Vancouver B.C.

Data Visualization: Conveying Information through Visual Representations.

Alex Aranda, Professional development at Harvard University

A professional development experience at Harvard
By Alex Aranda, Principal Consultant, Innovo Ideas Interactive.

Aware that our field evolves in the blink of an eye, I have made the personal commitment to frequently seek for professional development opportunities. This summer, I went to Harvard University to participate in a seminar on Data Visualization.
The location was the CGIS-south building at Harvard University; just a few steps away from Harvard yard and Harvard square, this beautiful building offered convenient, state of the art facilities -a perfect setting for this seminar-.

Imparted by distinguished Professor Hanspeter Pfister, the seminar on Data Visualization was a great opportunity to explore different visual representation methods and techniques, hear the latest on research and new ideas on how to increase the understanding of complex data.

The lectures, team activities and hands-on exercises were an excellent way to dive into the subject. The experience got even richer by sharing ideas with participants; some of them representing global innovators such as Google and HP, not to mention scholars from renowned institutions such as NYU.

The seminar was a fantastic experience that reinforced a clear goal: we need to create simple, creative and user-friendly visual representations of data to improve comprehension, communication, and decision making in a world overloaded with complex information.