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"...

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 ISTD submissions. Anthony is a qualified printer by trade so has a keen understanding of print production and colour management in both offset...

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 extraordinaire, our graphic design students from CERT IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma were able to 'magpie-up' new paper stocks, ask questions and...

Brilliant wrap up to last weeks Google Online Marketing Challenge (GOMC); a speed test live brief with diploma tourism students; an inspiration talk by three of Perth’s leading designers from three different eras of design, who explored their inspirations, recounted their creative experiences and shared their passion (Particularly ex-student...

WOW. Ten years of Advanced Diploma graduate shows, finishing with CLEAN SLATE Small group of 25 graduates and some fantastic folios, personalities and pure design in amongst it all.

It has been a busy November with a fantastic 2017 Skills Squad Training Camp with WorldSkills Australia.  If you haven't heard of Worldskill's, their mission is to actively engage in the development of policy and the practice of skills excellence in Australia through competitions, international benchmarking and applied research. Learn more at http://www.worldskills.org.au/
 
I'm currently the Australian skills expert in Graphic Design and look forward to taking Team WA and Chris Williamson to Abu Dhabi in 2017.
 

Meet Clean Slate. The bright, passionate, graduate graphic design students at North Metropolitan TAFE in Perth. A clean slate is an exciting thing to have, it’s a fresh approach with a wealth of possibilities. We are a diverse group of students with our own skills, strengths...

Did you know that TAFE’s Graphic Design Course is taught in Zhejiang College, Hangzhou in the People’s Republic of China? Designed in Perth. Made in China is a snapshot of life teaching and studying Graphic Design at Zhejiang College. It showcases Chinese students tackling the interpretations...

We were blessed by a serendipitous series of connections (thanks Henry) and had Peter Drew talk to Diploma and Adv Diploma students last week. A packed computer lab on 133 Newcastle Street in Northbridge, enjoyed Peter's outstanding presentation — featuring amazing early viral work and examining his most...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...