Competition Minus 1 Days Opening Ceremony and first full walk around Finishing touches on competition preparations and early finish allowed time for a full walk...

Competition Minus 2 Days Familiarisation A traditional Graphic Design welcome of Worldskills 2017 competitors – who are clapped and welcomed into the briefing area, followed...

Competition Minus 3 Days

Assessment training

A day of solid assessment training for experts in the Graphic Design Worldskills workshop and test project discussions for Day 4. Highlights included going through and revising the Skill Management Plan, setting a timed agenda and talking about skill specific details relating to:
  • Bleed (it shouldn't extend or overwhelm)
  • Using Acrobat to check Layers, Overprint, Dielines, Print Production Spot Colours and ICC Profiles
  • Illustration spot colours and separation previews
  • Colour bars
  • Die fold, glue and cut lines in & outside the artwork area
  • Resolution effective PPI and DPI
  • Trapping, and
  • The sophisticated competitor hallmarks
Competition Minus 4 Days

Building the workshop, induction and the experts expert

It’s a relief to listen to a teacher who not only can instruct a class representating nearly every culture on Earth, but also in a non-native, second language. Introducing Markus Ruben Wiese from Leipzig, Germany — Worldskills’ Graphic Design Chief Expert in Abu Dhabi. Today he guided a large group of newbies through the basics and underscored each point with a genuine, authentic fair competition focus. He also completed the day with one of the best recaps I’ve ever witnessed:
  1. Hand wrote what had been achieved during the day.
  2. Asked for feedback and questioned the group “did you get what you needed...?”
  3. Posed the question—“What about the rules?”
  4. Held aloft — “and I have my presentation printed out”
  5. And tomorrow we will continue with ...
  6. Pause for effect, “How do you feel about that?”
  7. Reflected on the fact that most of the experts took mandatory assessment training... He asked “was it okay? Did you feel uncomfortable?”
  8. “You have the opportunity to do it again tomorrow”... Any comments on that?
  9. And then the kicker,  “please be all on time (8:45AM) or we will have to start earlier the following day...”
  10. Deftly wrapped it in a bow tie, staying around for another hour for further questions or some more assessment examination practice...

Competition Minus 5 Construction site, accreditation and desert experience Team Australian Experts arrived two days ago for acclimatisation at Worldskills Abu Dhabi 2017. Today, the Abu Dhabi National...

Marie Wong and Adrian Huber from WRAYS delivered an outstanding presentation last night on AGDA WA's RAW FILE. RAW DEAL unpacking native file...

AGDA and DIA members came out to support local young talent on Saturday. Always a pleasure to chat to inspired and aspiring young creatives....

Anthony Pittaway from Discus on Demand talked shop to our Adv Dips this week with tips, pre-press advice and options for graduate folios and...

A welcome change of season and another great year of Spicers Paper Play at North Metro TAFE yesterday. Featuring the amazing Geoff Earl, paper merchant...