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It is always fantastic to have a round table of brainstorming with students after a coffee break and a solid session of ‘what makes you memorable’? This year, Henry Quach did something different. He built his brainstorm out of the paper he should have written notes on. As we went around the table, I asked, ‘so Henry, what

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The Art & Design Education Resource Guide (ADERG), has a brand new website for improved access to the best information about what and where to study creative arts at an Australian university, TAFE or private college. Our brilliant GREAT SCOTT graduates feature some fine work on the Central page (or ‘North Metro TAFE’ page) which

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Agile Coach and change guru Michael Grau from the upcoming Australian Design Festival spoke wonderfully last week about What is UX and Why is it Booming in Perth? A carefully constructed and gentle paced walk through unpacking people’s existing frameworks in order to make calculated guesses on which interaction touchpoints are likely to drive people to a desired goal.

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With limited time and the ‘term’ break used for pre-campaign reports, our seven teams performed exceptionally this year for the 2016 Google Online Marketing Challenge. Katrina Hibbs from Hyperactive Digital kept teams on the sharp incline of learning during week two and encouraged experimentation using extensions, display adverts, live search updating of keyword lists and better use of keyword match

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A full on hour-of-power with Katrina Hibbs last week threw the spotlight on more than just Adword Fundamentals, as she outlined her outstanding Google Online Marketing Challenge legacy at ECU and gave our seven Adv Dip GOMC teams an impressive amount of tips and tricks to maximise their second and third weeks of the challenge. The masterclass was

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A great flurry of activity prior to our first Work In Process with Music Business students who came across from Leederville. Students were able to listen to each other present, hear general feedback directly from the client groups and shortlisting of the various music festival was able to occur immediately. Just like cooking rice, it is important

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A capacity crowd packed Central’s Library theatre to hear Ben and Monelle’s graduate talk yesterday. Brimming with a freshness and insight from last year’s Graphics Graduate group AKA ‘Great Scott‘ – BENJAMIN CLARK  (who won the Travis Walker Award and passed ISTD) and MONELLE TRACHEZ  (who picked up both digital design and visual communication awards and

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Great to see students instructing students today as Jordan helps this weeks group with the finer points of setting type and printing from a ’newbe’ perspective. A few pics of Brad in full flight also. (*Behind the scenes all of staff photo also features in todays gallery as we prepare to farewell Alice and Gail.)

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Kudos to Bain Media’s Creative Director Richard Keenan for his time and energy critiquing work last week for the newly named ‘Clean Slate’ graduate group. With a long coffee in hand he gently teased out the goodness of 35+ simulated Award School entries. Strong concepts. Great ‘baby naming’ session. Always a buzz to hear the group debate

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A relatively small CIT graduating group battled through 2015 with a major ArtSchool brief, a distinctive Outpost 51 branding gig and an epic ISTD assessment – This year, they were known as Great Scott! Last week saw them pull together a classy, well lit exhibition with customise letter-pressed catalogues and posters, design folios of distinction, a fair

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Great work to all of the students, both AGDA and DIA at the annual folio review last weekend. Graciously hosted by Curtin, we had a good response from both students and industry professionals. On that note; a MASSIVE thank you to all of the great industry professionals who gave up their time on such a

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A tough second semester brief for Adv Dip this year. Brand – but don’t re-brand, add flexibility – but don’t dilute, say ART – but don’t forget DESIGN and MEDIA. Tough gig for any designer, let alone students, however, feel the love in the level 7 boardroom at Central Institute of Technology and count the nerves.

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Wondering who made those engaging and collectable hand crafted AGDA WA mentor program ‘student characters’? Introducing the talented duo of Central Adv diploma students Monelle Trachez and Zoë Walker, who helped me collage each characters from old stock photo books, pantone swatches and found objects and who stood by the laser cutter for each piece. Then, went to the

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Neil Hollis, was born in 1954 and has been teaching for nearly forty years at the Western Australia School for Art Design and Media (then, Central TAFE, then Central Institute of Technology). That is, he has been teaching longer than I have been alive, although he claims to have ‘started young’… He retired at the end

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A fantastic end of term exhibition fundraiser by GREAT SCOTT! last week called WHERE’S MY HOVER BOARD?! was a huge success. Well done team. A busy silent art auction saw some skate decks, tees and sneakers attract a premium price and the night was accompanied by some huge sounds from BASKERVILLES, APOLLO’S SON, MR.MCLEAN, MJB DR.T (Sydney). Shots of the action below:

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