Still Shining Project

The ‘Destination Art & Design’ graduate exhibition remains on show until the 12 December 2020.

A visit to see the work in person at Gallery Central, 12 Aberdeen Street in Northbridge is well worth the trip. The entire building is filled with Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Product Design, Jewellery, Photography and Visual Art work. It offers a unique opportunity to see the diversity, quality and range of job ready graduates in the heart of Perth.

Alumna Melissa Radman (Now Design Director at Wunderman Thompson) said – “For you to be a good designer, you need to tap into your life experiences and observe the world around you.”  The good news these Still Shining graduates did exactly that and are still pushing and still learning!

“This year has tested us to push through uncertainty and adapt to the world while charging towards the future. These challenges have brought us together and pushed our creativity further than we thought we could.”

Opening last week on the 3rd of December, this Graphic Design exhibition is different from previous years in several ways. Most obvious is the new space, a move to zero touch, ‘exploded portfolios’ — partly due to a COVID safe plan, but also to allow students to adorn the walls, floors, exposed beams and change rooms in TAFE’s wooden floored, life-drawing rooms. There is also much fewer Graphics graduates this year, with a total of only 16 students — down from 38 last year.

You can still interact virtually, via their website or their instagram. Likewise, a tidy showreel also offers great insight into the depth and range of job ready skills they have on offer.

See a snapshot of some of the other disciplines on display here:


Other highlights of the Still Shining Project included a range of industry talks, workshops and design sprints, including:

  • Student Mitchell Do won the inaugural Kindling Brief — an initiative that gives young creatives a chance to see their work in the real world. Ruicong Tian, came runner-up.
  • A student team was short-listed as the Asia/Pacific Finalist for the Google Online Marketing Challenge
  • A hands on, Spray and Play date with Phil Gambrill from Fresh Lemon Print — our Letterpress/Typographer in Residence during Term 3.
  • A marathon IP Talk with Nigel Chen-Tan from FB RICE Lawyers
  • ISTD introduction and two professional concepting and crafting session with with Becky Chilcott (ISTD & CHIL3)
  • Binding and print talk with chief trouble maker Paula Siudek from GO PRINT WA
  • An onsite visit by John Hartley from Advanced Press — They also helped print this years catalogue.
  • Ruicong, Cosi and Anabel took part in the Adobe / Rip Curl design sprint AKA the Adobe CreativeJam
  • NM TAFE and Still Shining Grads hosted the 2020 AGDA WA Portfolio Review — a chance to receive industry professionals feedback and hear an outstanding keynote by Rachel Boon (Block Branding) — Several students also were placed with industry mentors as part of the AGDA WA Mentor/Mentee program

Plus, of course a big thanks to lecturing staff; gallery and technician support; our amazing industry judging team for 2020; our guests and naturally, none of this could happen without our graduate show sponsors.

North Metropolitan TAFE – Creative Industries

Advance Press



The Butcher Shop

Campaign Brief (WA)



2020 Still Shining Project Awards for Excellence

Sponsored and Supported by Campaign Brief (WA)

Award for Excellence Judge 2020 Winner
BEAUMONT AWARD Aimee Johns & Drew Turner | The Butcher Shop Kevin Wilson
TYPOGRAPHIC EXCELLENCE AWARD Betty Joy Richards & Becky Chilcott | BJR & Chil3 Anabel Cressie
ADVERTISING EXCELLENCE AWARD Melissa Radman | Wunderman Thompson Anabel Cressie
DIGITAL DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARD Luke Totterdell | BankWest Logan Mackie
BRANDING EXCELLENCE AWARD Enrico Bettesworth | Rare Logan Mackie
3D DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARD Brett Layton | TwofromTwo Kevin Wilson
STRATEGIC CREATIVITY AWARD Mike Drysdale | Lush & Dear Storyteller Anabel Cressie
AGDA – BEST OF SHOW Sam Gorecki & Alby Furfaro | AGDA WA (Co-Chairs) Ruicong Tian
TRAVIS WALKER MEMORIAL AWARD Staff award for the student who demonstrated “Noble acts of selflessness”  Cosimo Ricupero



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