There’s something electric about the atmosphere when creative minds get together, a curious buzz resonates in the air. It’s the sound of ideas forming, of feedback whirling, and the future of soon-to-be professional designers taking shape.
This was precisely the vibe at the University of Newcastle (UoN) during the recent Portfolio Review session for final year Design Visual Communication Students (VisCom).
Enter us—local creative leaders ready to sprinkle some wisdom and check out what manifested during the countless hours of study, experimentation and creative exploration.
In the spirit of this collaborative learning environment, Wayne Thompson, a Lecturer in Design & Typography at UoN, highlighted the significance of these sessions:
Representing OOTS were Alison Smith, our adept Production Director, and Ryan Williams, Graphic & UX/UI Designer. They were in stellar company with Sarah Cook from Headjam, Dan Stevens from Enigma, and the independent powerhouse, Candice Carlin.
The projects on display? A kaleidoscope of creativity. From soul-stirring branding initiatives and sleek publication designs to quirky illustrations and profound photographic narratives. Not just confined to print, the digital realm was well represented with innovative explorations in typography, user experience, and app design.
One thing is crystal clear: events like these aren’t just about critiques.
They’re about connection, community, and contributing to a cycle of continuous inspiration. They remind us that every big name in design started with a portfolio and a dream, much like the students we met at UoN.
So, here’s to the bold dreamers. May the feedback fuel your journey, may your creativity defy limits, and may you remember this: the industry awaits, not just to see your talent, but to be challenged and changed by it.
There you have it! A day of creativity, critique, and camaraderie, all wrapped up in the shared journey of design. Until next time, keep creating, keep dreaming, and keep defying expectations.