TAFE success at National Design Awards
Thursday, 23 September 2010
Two Bremer Institute of TAFE students have beaten more than 500 young hopefuls to take out prizes in one of Australia's most prestigious design competitions.
Final year Diploma of Graphic Design students Joshua Green and Danah Butcher both won place awards in their categories at the 2010 Southern Cross Package Design Awards, a national contest, which challenges graphic and industrial design students to create innovative solutions for a variety of briefs.
Mr Green, who won a silver medal for his modular 'Get Snacked' all in one food and beverage container, said he was extremely excited to receive such a highly rated accolade.
"I was over the moon when I found out I had won second in my brief, which was to create a food and beverage pack," Mr Green said.
"My design is an easy to carry container that holds a drink and a snack and is pitched at busy students and professionals who need to eat and drink on the run.
"The whole time I had the 'Keep It Simple Stupid' motto in mind, so it is a very minimal, slimline and compact design that can be manufactured cheaply and easily."
Ms Butcher spent a month producing her bronze winning entry in the Boutique Gourmet Ice Cream Multi Pack category, a heart shaped ice cream box replete with two decadent flavours of ice cream and a fold out gift card lid.
"My brand-name was 'Soul Mate' because I felt it went with the very rich and elegant design," Ms Butcher said.
"It is also aimed at being a gift between soul mates, for people with close relationships like husband and wife, boyfriends and girlfriends and best friends."
Bremer Institute of TAFE graphic design teacher Kristy Elliott said she was immensely proud of her students' achievements.
"Both Josh and Danah are very determined, very creative people who are not afraid to take chances and think outside the box," Ms Elliott said.
"They're dedicated and worked extremely hard on their projects in their own time, which shows they have pride in their work and want to get the best out of themselves."
Ms Elliott said the pair's success was a tribute to the calibre of The Bremer TAFE's Graphic Design Studies team and facilities.
"Our program is run by experienced graphic designers currently working in the industry, which means we are always in touch with current standards and practices," she said.
"We teach corporate branding and logo design, advertising, photography, website design, animation, developing multi page documents, a comprehensive range of graphic design skills.
"We have also recently moved into a new facility and recreated a modern design agency feel so students become familiar with working in a professional environment.
"Our aim is for all our students to graduate with the practical and theoretical skills necessary to go straight into the design industry, something we are very proud of."