06 May Victor Davila – Vitito The Giant
I am absolutely honored to introduce my next guest on this exciting journey. For two years and four classes, Victor Davila was my Graphic Design professor at theUniversity of Central Florida. When I met professor Victor, I was eight years into my higher level education. I was 25 years old, married for six years and had a three year old son. From the outside looking in, I looked like I had life figured out, but in reality I was lost and struggling to find myself. But there was one thing professor Victor made me certain about; my love for design.
Professor Victor Davila is an Assistant Professor in the Emerging Media – Graphic Design program at the University of Central Florida. He was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Orlando Florida when he was three years old. Over the last few years he’s become the light at the end of tunnel for many stumbling in the dark students. Professor Victor’s been leading, educating and inspiring students into becoming extraordinary problem solvers. He’s helped launch so many careers in design, spanning print media, digital media and industrial design.
The most valuable lesson I learned from professor Victor was to get involved and become a part of the design community no matter where in the world you end up. He is an AIGA Orlando board member, one of the organizing team members of Creative Morning Orlando and the founding member of the Central Florida Illustrator Collective; Giant Illustrators.
In this episode professor Victor Shares stories about his Puerto Rican heritage and why his family decided to move to Orlando when he was three. He talks to us about his upbringing feeling different and how illustration helped him cope. Professor Victor also shares with us the story behind the origin of his nickname “Vitito” and the traditions that’s been developed by his students over the years.
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