NMTAFE students today enjoyed a ‘Paper Play’ — jam-packed with new ideas using paper; premium stock samples and showbags filled with eye candy and real candy. Kellie Cooke and the Designline Team at BALL & DOGGETT have helped our student throughout the years — sharing advice,...

META launched tonight at Gallery Central to a bumper crowd. This year featured a notably higher standard of artwork, wonderfully curated and managed by Dallas Perry and Thelma Johns.  On show from the 1 -18 AUGUST 2018. Showcasing innovative and exciting creative works completed by year 11 and...

Well done to the Communication Council for another fantastic Award School result and to NM TAFE for putting up four current and one alumni students into the program. Excellent standard. Laugh a minute. Plus, it was also a great viewing experience to have GOLD CIRCLES this year...

A fantastic three days of competition featuring six of Australia’s finest young graphic design talent and a strong Russian guest competitor has just concluded. The biennial WorldSkills competition aims to find the best young apprentices, trainees, tradespeople and VET (Vocational Education and Training) graduates in the...

North Metropolitan TAFE Graphic Design students have just completed the 2018 Global Online Marketing Academic Challenge. The GOMAC is a worldwide competition open to students enrolled in higher education institutions. This year, North Metropolitan TAFE Advanced Diploma students were tasked with developing digital marketing campaigns for...

Living up to their reputation firstclass.grads put on an epic show, which is best summerised by a direct quote from Uwe, a German investment banker that attends each year after flying First Class from Düsseldorf: The graduation event was the BEST I’ve ever been to. As I mentioned...

A fantastic weekend with Becky Chilcott (Asia Pacific Co-ordinator) of the International Society of Typographic Designers and productive, positive assessing alongside Dot Georgoulas. Amazing work in clearly the most rigorous student assessment scheme in the world. Absolute honour to be involved. Students note: The new 2018 briefs out now.   [gallery type="rectangular"...

The cycle starts again with North Perth with a solid eight competitors undertaking the Worldskills Regional competition in Skill 40: Graphic Design Technology. Stay tuned for results at the end of this week and Team WA presentations later in November. Well done Cert IV and Diploma student...

Competition Ends Closing Ceremony After four intense and exciting days, the winners of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 — the world's largest vocational skills competition have finally been announced, during an unforgettable ceremony held in Abu Dhabi on Thursday evening. More than 10,000 people filled Yas Du Arena stadium,...

Competition Day 4

Removing Barriers. Working together. Making friends.

With all three major assessments completed, today offered a short test project focused on ‘collaboration’ to develop an interactive PDF to showcase competitor mosaic tiles. Fun stuff. Teams of different nationalities re-configured and push aside the privacy dividers and began working with each other (naturally, interpreters are vital for this). It was a terrific morning. Smiles all round. Whilst time was short, small huddles formed and tasks divided. Competitors now work for each other, rather than against. The presentations following lunch were well considered and laugh a minute. A few rushed notes:
  1. Fairness and trust is a personal responsibility. There is very little grey area for experts.
  2. Presentation of completed work is worth every piece of effort. Take some tips from the Visual Merchandising skill. Practice makes perfect. Wield a glue stick and a blade as deftly as a Wacom Pen or mouse.
  3. Network early, so you make connections during day one. It gives you a chance to deepen bonds with different cultures,  rather than just getting to know people during the end of the competition. Attend the Skill Out.

Competition Day 3

Packaging is lit

Think about the typical house in your neighbourhood, or local city. It has a texture, a colour, a vertical or spread layout. It has a character. Now, let us imagine the people in this house. They clichéd, cultural aspects of the families that live in that house. Who are they? How do they look? What do they wear? Now build it. In 3D will limited time and the added pressure of a LED candle inserted into the main house structure. Successful (well, what I thought was successful) was focused on:
  1. Fantastic solid colour roof and details on walls and authentic decoration (ie: curtins, doorways, tiles on roof etc)
  2. Make a kid (we had a few) stop and stare at your project. If they are enthralled, you are on the right track.
  3. Consider gardens.
  4. Consider sizing perspective of the family / characters around the building.
  5. Leave plenty of time to mock and cut out the die.
  6. Refine. Decorate. Showcase an amazing diorama.
  7. There should be no 'white paper' walls.
  8. See number 6.