Like all good things, they come to an end. Worldskills Kazan 2019 ended with a bang, a flood of social media posts, Flickr accounts bursting with photogenic young people and the almost instant regional competition cycle on the return home. A great place to start...

Super rushed notes from the first two days of competition here in Kazan. Day 1 - Solid Art House Letterpress Printers rebrand for a great vintage press here in Kazan. Complete with a legendary Zilant; four colour PMS and themed with a constructivist style 8pp...

Everyone is keen to get started. Team notifications intensify, last minute issues arise. It is hard to put down the phone and be totally present even before non-stop three hour presentations exhaust the levels of concentration in the room to zero. But, nevertheless, it is important...

Experts on site. Notes to future self: Bring your own hi-viz and avoid a half hour line. Likewise with security check, avoid bringing a bag or water bottle. Or honey. Comprehensive slide deck and MAT training really brings experts together. The variety, diversity and application of...

Four flights in 48 hours and Team Australia have arrived in Kazan, Russia. It starts slow. We walked to enjoy an impassioned farewell function at the Sydney Cricket Ground and several flights later arrived in another country, climate and timezone. C-6 and C-5 has seen swift...

Early start to squeeze in a coffee and quick souvenir shop before a super-cool masterclass with Anna Moskaleva from ANVIL FRAME who delivered strongly on her "Styling images and compositions for the target audience" promise. Thoroughly enjoyable. Great results. Excellent technique. It has been a fascinating...

Indy and I have been particularly fortunate on this trip to be hosted by Olga Minaeva – Our no-nonsense Russian expert and local host for this Moscow Friendly before Worldskills Kazan 2019 – only 55 days before the mayhem of international competition. Today's workshop produced a...

Привет from sunny Moscow. Sunrise is at 3:30am and it never really gets dark. Our host college is literally translated as: State budgetary Vocational Educational Institution of the City of Moscow  "Moscow publishing and printing college named after Ivan Fedorov" http://mipkif.mskobr.ru They have strong class sizes, interesting course design and...

The 2019 Global Skills Challenge, was staged in conjunction with the Victorian Skills Commissioner and WorldSkills Australia and lived up to its claim as the biggest international skills excellence competition to be held in Australia this year. Padmé Skills Squad Graphic Designer (Skill 40), Indy Griffiths enjoyed a...

Preevyet from Kazan A quick visit to Russia before Christmas with Indy Griffiths for Worldskills training at the Digital Skills warm up at the Kazan Expo. Very much like the real thing – noisy school groups all day, zero snacks, nose bleeds, ill-prepared competitors mis-timing their day with tardy...

Indy’s Skills Squad training took us across the ditch to practice alongside the Kiwis this week at Wintec Trades College in Hamilton. Australia’s top young Graphic Designer (Gold Medal winner from our Sydney Skills Show) took on the challenge and performed exceptional well. We both learnt a stack from...

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...

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...

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....

A funky little brief put together at the last minute for our diploma graphic design students — The Central Library Bookmark project is now on show from June–July 2015 at 25 Aberdeen Street in Northbridge. Some good team-building and exhibition system practice for Diploma Group C as...