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Beaudene Birtwistle, Auckland Boys' Grammar School

My plans for 2012:

Study at Auckland University of Technology for a Bachelor of Design in graphic design.

Information about my work: ‘ENVIRO NZ

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I wanted to do something based on concern about global environmental issues relevant to New Zealand. I came up with the idea of a company that address global issues on a local scale. Making the public aware of environmental issues through advertising was the main idea.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Draft sketch of logo and initial ideas were done in pencil then gone over with a marker pen. Computer generated ideas created in Photoshop and Illustrator. Images were scanned in and coloured with colour tools. Images were multi-layered. Taking photos was part of the process of creating a print. Each idea involved multiple layers with super-imposition of images into real advertising locations.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

Loss of work from a flat computer battery was hard to process. Motivations for ideas were a problem at times but came from inspiration from researching others’ work.

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Eleanor Rose King Merton, Mount Aspiring College

My plans for 2012:

Bachelor of Arts at Victoria University.

Information about my work: ‘Odd spot’

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

In order to create my completed portfolio, I followed an established design process whereby concepts are generated from a selection of existing inspirations and each possibility is explored and refined until an outcome is reached. This process is evident particularly on the first panel.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

The distinctive treatment of images in my work was produced initially with fine tip pen or printed images and later developed to be purely digital via use of a graphics table. It allowed me to draw directly onto images in Adobe Photoshop.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

The most interesting moment that arose in the production of my portfolio was the point when I first drew on my black and white image with a brown pen. This was the point at which I began to definitively establish an artistic style which would then continue throughout my work.

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Harry Falkiner, Orewa College

My plans for 2012:

I will be working as a junior graphic designer for Novelli Apparel for the majority of the year before travelling to South-East Asia.

Information about my work: ‘Zeph Apparel’

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

My sources include: looking at magazines I like, drawing pictures and developing characters and imagery; looking at websites that I think look cool; copying and borrowing stuff from other people/ friends' photography etc.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Drawing pictures on paper and scanning into a computer, film photography, digital photography, creating patterns etc on Adobe Illustrator. Ripping, drawing on, damaging photos and re-scanning.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

I struggled when I ran out of ideas and concepts at different stages. Getting ideas from friends and family helped when I needed inspiration. I mostly enjoyed creating the magazine advertisement/billboard as I would incorporate a lot of photography and drawing, which are what I really like in design.

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Hoi Ching (Ivy) Yim, Tauranga Girls' College

My plans for 2012:

Continue my tertiary study in Sydney, studying a Bachelor of Design at the University of New South Wales.

Information about my work: ‘Brush Up’

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

Last summer I managed to have seven bad teeth and it was such a painful experience. This gave me inspiration to develop a ‘dental education’ board as my design theme.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

I just want to make everything on my own, so I tried a lot of new stuff. I used Photoshop and Illustrator for graphics. I also did freelance drawing for the logos, painted my own background for the chewing gum box and also made my own clay toys for the website.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

A high point was when I made the real products like the stickers and the chewing gum box. It made me feel like a real designer.

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Jake Watson, Queen Charlotte College

My plans for 2012:

Studying film and animation at Natcoll Design Technology, Wellington.

Information about my work: ‘World of Steampunk’

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

At the beginning of the year I began work on a wearable arts piece at my school which won supreme winner, based on Steampunk style. Steampunk being the artistic style of the Victoria period mixed with modern day technologies. From this piece arose the idea for my design board, being a new modern contemporary art gallery displaying a Steampunk exhibition. This idea let me explore ideas of alternate realities, the invasion of technology and its social effects and the idea of today’s throw-away lifestyle.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Throughout my board I endeavoured to use my own content to create the pieces using my own photos and created textures (paint, ripped paper, dirt, and wire) to create more original pieces. My work was also aided by my drawing tablet, which allowed me to create more detailed pieces.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

Through the development of my board I discovered that my theme of Steampunk limited me and was becoming generic/unoriginal. To combat this I re-invented Steampunk, making it current, dark and gory, meant to shock and surprise viewers and like many galleries, push boundaries and leave you thinking. This had me using nails, seal hearts, brains and blood; this ultimately led to a more edgy/interesting board.

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Jasper Owen, Wellington College

My plans for 2012:

Bachelor of Arts at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland.

Information about my work: ‘Seraph Records Design 2011’

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

All ideas, concepts and themes were based of the etymology of ‘Seraph’ and existing music labels and genres.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Paper was my main resource aided by Photoshop and Art Text. Photography was another large component.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

The connection between the music and the visual branding was interesting for me.

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Kirsty Randell, Whangarei Girls' High School 

My plans for 2012:

Studying Graphic Design at Auckland University of Technoloy.

Information about my work: ‘Zaldorah’

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

A lot of research of artists and designers, spending time and patience on my work, showing an interest in all types of design and using and trying different techniques.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Photoshop and illustration has been used in my portfolio to enhance and work through concepts. I used many different materials and Photoshop allowed me to piece together illustration with computer-generated media.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

Design is an interesting and imaginative process; Zaldorah was a world that I created. A lot of time and effort was put in my portfolio and I enjoyed each process, allowing no low points. By choosing a topic that I could use my imagination with I stayed interested in the portfolio for the whole year.

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Lu Lin, Burnside High School

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Madeline Stuart, St Cuthbert's College 

My plans for 2012:

Bachelor of Architecture, Auckland University.

Information about my work: ‘The Brimble Research’

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

 spent a while deciding on an interesting topic; eventually I discussed it with my chemistry teacher who mentioned the work of Professor Margaret Brimble. After a large amount of research about her work, I found there were some great visual possibilities for my design board and I was very intrigued by the work she was doing.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Photography played a large part in my work; all the photos were taken in the chemistry lab with all sorts of equipment which would be used by Professor Brimble and her research team. The mussel shell was also a large part of my aesthetic idea.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

Creating an initial starting point which I believed reflected accurately what the Professor Brimble’s research was about and also communicating what her work involved without words. I found this most challenging but am very pleased with the outcome.

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Thomas Murray, Hutt Valley High School 

My plans for 2012:

Studying Architectural Studies at Victoria University.

Information about my work: ‘BIRDEN’

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I studied artist models from both past and present movements of design. I used these as an inspiration for my design developments combining their techniques with my own ideas to create many different concepts. The best of these concepts were then merged together and further altered until the concepts reflected the finishing look I desired.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

The main technique used within my work is that of computer generated imagery, mainly using Photoshop. However, I have also used techniques such as incorporating freehand sketches of birds within my piece which provides interesting layers. The freehand sketches were used to generate the bird silhouettes used through the artwork.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

One main issue that arose was that I had to use self-generated imagery. The piece being about rare and endangered New Zealand birds, it would almost be impossible to simply go out and take interesting photos of them. This problem was one of the main reasons I looked at sketches to include rather than actual photos of the birds. Another solution used was to make all the birds silhouettes rather than detailed pictures.

One of the most satisfying moments in the creation of this piece was when the first prototypes of the invitation came back from the laser cutters, showing that my design for this part of the project was in fact possible and could work.

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Zaphia Ellery, Tauranga Girls' College

My plans for 2012:

A course in early childhood education through Waikato University.

Information about my work: ‘7 Seconds’

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I just looked everywhere for artist models - magazines, records, books, internet etc. Took some ideas and developed them to fit my theme and added my touch to them.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

For most of my briefs I would draw as many concept ideas as possible. I would then create them on Photoshop and make adjustments and play around with the images until I found one I was happy with.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

Most of the time, while coming up with ideas for my developments, I would come up with an idea that was amazing and knew that it would make a great final design so from that point I had to work backwards, which was actually quite hard.

 

 
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