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FOREWORD This publication presents a showcase of the outstanding work of graduates from the Queensland College of Art (QCA). Encompassing the Bachelor of Digital Media, Bachelor of Digital Media with Honours, Bachelor of Digital Media/ Bachelor of Business, and Bachelor of Industrial Design degrees, these Gold Coast QCA degrees are dedicated to interdisciplinary practice. Founded in 1881 QCA is one of Australia’s premiere creative institutions, distinguished by its tradition of continuous commitment to art and design education for 135 years. As part of a multicampus University capturing the dynamic growth of the Southeast Queensland corridor, QCA has located the Bachelor of Digital Media at its expanding Gold Coast campus. Part of our commitment to creative education is to provide our students with real-world industry experience. Our inhouse Liveworm Design Studio and The Argus online visual journalism magazine are principal assets in ensuring our graduate students are industry ready. The featured graduate designers, artists, filmmakers, photographers, and creative innovators in this exhibition validate this commitment by continuing to make their mark on the national and international stage. The QCA is always excited to publish a yearly catalogue, as it acknowledges the outstanding work of our graduates, alumni, colleagues and peers. Beyond showcasing the work of our graduates, it uncovers innovative design and art practitioners and creative entrepreneurs.

Dr. Dominique Falla Deputy Director (Gold Coast) Queensland College of Art, Griffith University

We are once again very proud of the work featured in the pages of the 2016 graduate catalogue. It continues to demonstrate to the world that the Gold Coast is an exciting and vibrant place to live, work, and study.



CONTENTS Dru Adler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CJ Anderson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rebecca Bell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Odette Bettany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Taylor Blair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joshua Blayney . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Campbell . . . . . . . . . . . . . Connor Court . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Georgia Dal Broi . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tatenda Dhobha . . . . . . . . . . . . . Armin Eminovic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alexandra Gonzalez-Mendoza . . Justin Grant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kelsea Grant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anjelica Hazlewood . . . . . . . . . . Emma Higgins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bianca Hinricks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kelsey Holder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bi Jian Hu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Celeste Janina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grace Keidge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ZoĂŤ Keidge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Meryl Keioskie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brenda Lee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Renee Lohmann . . . . . . . . . . . . . Samantha Manchee . . . . . . . . . . Adrian McCormack . . . . . . . . . . Georgina McDonald . . . . . . . . . . Casey Milsom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aliah Murillo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hayley Peacock . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emmy Peterson . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aira Pimping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Megan Pope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jessee Rayner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phillip Rudnev . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frederick Santos . . . . . . . . . . . . Renee Stephenson . . . . . . . . . . . Rochelle Stork . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kayleigh Templeton . . . . . . . . . . Marc Thompson . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gabriella Turro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Callum Wastel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Annabel Webster . . . . . . . . . . . . Rex Whiticker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Claudette Williams . . . . . . . . . . . Timothy Wilson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jessica Wood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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I’m a resident videographer and editor at VO Creative Agency. I also specialise in VFX and 3D animation. I had been a professional surfer for most of my career before I decided to chase after a new dream of becoming a digital designer, specialising in the world of moving pictures. I started my time at VO Creative as an intern and worked hard to become a valuable member of the team. I was quickly offered full time work, which I keenly accepted. In 2016, I’m on track to graduate with a third consecutive Griffith Award for Academic Excellence. // //


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CJ ANDERSON My name is CJ, I am a paradox. Tough and soft; cool and warm; bold and understated. Drawing upon industrial elements and delicate aesthetics, my designs use both traditional craftsmanship and digital manufacturing. Striving to be dynamic and ever evolving, I place emphasis on collaboration among people in all disciplines. This allows me to broaden the focus of my designs, incorporate current trends, and cultivate growth. I make no distinction between my personal and professional self. My designs echo who I am, what I stand for, where I have been, and where I am going. I am CJ Anderson. // //

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REBECCA BELL From a young age, I’ve had a great imagination, a bubbly personality and a friendly smile. When I stepped into my first Graphic Design class, it ended in tears and a plea to leave the class. After advice to stay in the elective, somewhere between struggle street and stress, I fell into my groove, becoming top of the class. I remember finding the irony in the entire situation that something I detested so much, became something that fuels my life. // //


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Graphic design creatively challenges me. I enjoy using different techniques to achieve polished results. Designing offers me the opportunity to be able to craft ideas and words into visuals to produce tangible results. My areas of interest lie in creative styling/art direction with photography and editorial design for print publications. I enjoy experimenting and creating unique concepts/ideas by thinking outside the box to push creative boundaries. I can’t wait to move forward to the next stage and to be constantly inspired and grow as a designer. // //

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By Aurelie Maron Born in New Caledonia but currently living on the Gold Coast, Aurelie graduated from the Queensland College of Art in 2012. Right upon graduation she started working for two major design studios on the Gold Coast. Two years later, she decided to take the leap and work as a freelancer. In 2015, she opened her first design studio located in Capri on Via Roma. She has already done work for dozens of clients, in and outside Australia, including big brands such as Sizzler, Billabong and Lorna Jane. Even though Aurelie is working full time on many exciting graphic design projects, she tries to keep her passion for typography alive all the time. Her


primary focus is hand lettering and brand identities. Aurelie also teaches Typography subjects one day a week at Griffith University, where she can share her passion for type with her students. She believes typography is the best tool when it comes to graphic design and that knowing its principles will make you a better graphic designer. Her advice to future designers is simple: “Never stop learning.” She explains that “it is important to keep up to date with the latest trends if you want to get more work, as design is constantly evolving.” Another way to get noticed it to share all your work on social media: “It’s the best way to showcase what you can do and get new clients, plus it’s free!”


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TAY L O R B L A I R Hey, I’m Taylor. I may be a bit of a perfectionist, workaholic, and a goofball, but I love to create and design minimalistic and clean illustrations. My passions include good books, organic food and good designs. I wish to assist people who can’t portray their creative side, and to design their identity in the best way possible. // //

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J O S H U A B L AY N E Y I’m primarily a graphic designer and have worked in the industry for a few years as an in-house designer and freelancer. My style is usually characterised by minimal design and few colours. I enjoy learning and working in a wide range of industry areas including motion graphics, 3D modelling, website building / coding, sound design, music production, and game coding and level design. I also enjoy gardening when I need a break from my computer screen. // //

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Ever since I first put pencil onto paper I have been sketching little logos. Towards the end of high school, I had even completed work for a few clients. I’m now at the end of formal education as a graphic designer, but my resolve stays the same; Design serves to inform, a designer serves the public. Otherwise it’s in my opinion that a designer and their work is pointless. It’s this statement that I work with, most if not all my works revolve around serving someone else’s needs, whoever it is in need. // //


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CONNOR COURT With four years of freelance design work experience, I have already had the chance to hone my skills and see which techniques I enjoy the most. Having an early interest in illustration, I look for any opportunity to weave it into my designs. My specialities involve developing brand identity and all things marketing, applying my unique flare into every job I undertake. // //

WHY BEING CREATIVE IS ONLY HALF THE WORK By Bec Bates time of working in the industry, I’ve already come across instances where people aren’t committed to doing the work and they simply don’t last. Be different, committed, willing to do the work and you will be rewarded.

For me, leaving University was an exciting but daunting thought. While I felt ready to start my career in Graphic Design, I also felt like I was entering one of the most competitive industries and my success would depend on what people thought of my creative ability. • After landing contracts with some reputable business as freelance clients, I felt really lucky to have had my foot in the door as a designer and felt personally rewarded that I was able to do it on my own. It wasn’t long before I realised that having a creative flair or an eye for independent design was not the only skill you needed to possess in order to be successful in this field. Here are a few things I’ve learnt along the way: •


BE A GOOD PERSON. You can be the most unique creative out there but it will mean nothing if nobody wants to work with you. Clients have to want to hire you and collaborators have to want to work with you. It also pays to begin nurturing your professional relationships with the people you work with – you don’t know when you might need their help. SHOW UP. Commitment and persistence is one of the keys to landing good work. I have found that the ability to commit and work consistently is a trait that doesn’t seem too common anymore. Prospective clients and employers want to build trusting relationships with those who they work with and this is shown with commitment. In my short

STAY HUMBLE. I’ve never thought I was too good for a job and I never quit my first job until I had my next job. I think it’s important, especially when you’re a new creative, to come into the industry with your eyes and mind open. Be open to every opportunity that comes your way and be thankful when they do. Be willing to learn new skills and ask for help when you need to. The work that you do in your first years in the industry will be the work that you learn from the most.

Completing my Bachelor of Digital Media at Griffith University fostered the beginning of my design career and taught me the skills that I would need to graduate uni and hit the ground running. I think in this field it’s really important to never doubt yourself. Be confident, committed and show people that you are more than capable and deserving of the work that comes your way and it will. Currently, I’m working full-time at Bond University on the Gold Coast in the Marketing and Communications Department as the in-house Graphic Designer. I work really closely with Heads of Faculty, marketing managers and another designer in producing and designing the content for marketing and media collateral.


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GEORGIA DAL BROI It’s simple really, I like making stuff! After working three years professionally in digital marketing and design, I find my flow in creating, imagining and producing works that make eyes happy. Finding the balance between art and functionality has always been a worthwhile challenge for me, building each of my works with their fundamental purpose in mind without sacrificing their aesthetic look. // //

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TAT E N D A D H O B H A Tatenda Dhobha: aspiring 3D designer, illustrator, lover of podcasts, and all things nerdy. I have a keen interest in the relationship that design has with social change and have spent my time at QCA exploring sustainability within the death industry, and cultural appropriation within the wider design sphere. My passion lies in producing creative, otherworldly pieces and I’m always trying to find the balance between art and practical, commercial design. Representation is also very important to me and, within my illustration work, I strive to capture a wider, more diverse world than the one in our existing media. // //


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Who am I? You can call me Cheeboh. As early as I can remember, I’ve always loved drawing. High school is where my passion for design grew. I was introduced to Photoshop in Grade 9 and focused on furthering my design skills in my free time. I’ve always loved working with Photoshop, but have gradually moved to Illustrator in my university years. I have great skills with the pen tool, thanks to all of the years I created custom fonts. Cheeboh Graphics is my new design name. Keep a look out, you’ll see me. // //


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Growing up, Alexandra Gonzalez-Mendoza has always had a fascination with photography, and throughout her academic career at Griffith University, she’s had opportunities to grow and meet all sorts of people from all walks of life, as she learns to be a photographer and a marketer. While delving into many different fields of photography, including sports, news and editorial, maternity and even documentary photography, to name a few. Alexandra is deeply interested in documentary and event photography as well as engaging with philanthropic organisations. // //


Projects Include: The Star Gold Coast - Level 1 – 18/ Garden Restaurant / Italian Restaurant The Star Sydney - The Hotel Suites / The Residences / Balla Restaurant / Harvest Buffet /Level 12 Suites / VIP gaming Aria Development – Ivy Terrance/ Eden Lane / Breeze Your Town – Noosa, Kingscliff, Pelican Water, Maroochydore, Melbourne


By Christopher McKenzie 18 months ago while opening an artist run initiative in Southport, I attracted the attention of one of Queensland’s most profound art consultants Leanne Pearce, Director - Corporate Art, she had one simple question for me, “would I like to come work for her company?” My mind was racing, first I had gained the respect of her consideration and second, I was going be to be mentored by an industry leader post my university studies. In late August 2016 I began working for Corporate Art, a leading Australian art consultancy. Walking through the door that first day I was unsure if I was ready to start my career at such an established organisation. I started as an in-house painter, creating works for projects, applying all those years of painting in the studio, to finally using it in my career, but it didn’t stop there. I soon realised that my multidisciplinary educational background would become a valuable asset to Corporate Art. My diverse artistic skill set made it possible for me to provide knowledgeable and informed advice regarding a large installation project. I began to make suggestions and draw up concepts, which went to the client for approval. This client would become one of the biggest clients that I would deal with on weekly basis. That installation was a 7.2m x 2.4m wall sculpture for The Star in Sydney. This was constructed out of 293 laser cut, etched and hand painted MDF


sections. Knowing that our factory didn’t have the capacity to create such a specialised work, I was able to apply those valuable skills learnt while studying, to secure an alternative supplier to provide the specialised service needed to complete the project successfully. Utilising my project management experience with the end of year graduate exhibition in 2014, at Queensland College of Art (QCA), Gold Coast, combined with years of creative networking, I engaged the help of “Potato Press”. With my graphic design understanding and years of working with QCA technicians playing around with the laser cutter, I understood what would be required to complete the task to create this large scale installation. It was from this project that my employer gave me the opportunity to contribute to the design and concept of future projects. I am more than a painter now and have become the Project Art Consultant working directly under Leanne Pearce, overseeing the curation and project management of all ongoing contracts. I think the best thing I learnt whilst at QCA was that I was given the freedom to explore and absorb as much information as I wanted and gained a valuable skillset that has made me a successful graduate in the working world.


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I’m an industrial designer with a strong attention to detail, and a determination to make the world a better place through sustainable and well-resolved design. My designs focus on providing simple and practical solutions to any given challenge, and making the best use of advances in materials and manufacturing technologies. Buckminster Fuller said: “To do more and more with less and less until you can do everything with nothing.� This may seem ambitious, but I believe that we can all learn to live without wasting resources and degrading our planet, and I hope to achieve these outcomes throughout my career. // //


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KELSEA GRANT Think simple, that’s my motto. After all, good design is as little design as possible. My works are driven by the intersection between art and communication, where functionality and aesthetic unite. Challenging conventions through minimalism and structure forms the foundation of my practice and design philosophy. Where others may require thousands of lines, I require few. // //

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Film, photography, and editing are the three things I am most passionate about. During this degree, I have been given many opportunities to explore different paths of the media industry. I have been fortunate enough to create unique films that I will be able to keep and share for many years to come. The skills that I have acquired through QCA allow me to now pursue working as an educator or videographer in the field of design. I hope that the films I create will one day inspire others to create and carry on another story to tell. // //


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Hi I’m Emma. I am a graphic designer located on the Gold Coast, and am completing my third year of a Bachelor of Digital Media majoring in Graphic Design. My main skills are in print design, web design, corporate branding, 3D design, and action research. I’m very passionate about print design and action research. I am enrolling in the Honours program next year to deepen my skills and to increase my knowledge in this chosen craft. I feel that great design comes from creative thinking, process, and enthusiasm. // //


CHRIS VENNING By Chris Venning As a designer working in such a competitive and populated industry, staying with one particular style of design that I enjoyed doing was satisfying and rewarding. My work mainly consists of black with a focus on fine details, aesthetics and applying colour in the final stages if needed. Thinking of simple but functional concepts is what motivates me when I am starting a new project. I have been able to develop a portfolio of work showcasing pieces that are displayed over print and digital platforms, which serve a commercial purpose. I am always thinking of new ideas to input into my own personal projects, often leading to being used within a client brief in the future.


Working as a designer everyday has given me a more refined and successful design process and outcome. Over the last year collaboration with other designers, developers and artists has become a major part of my work, presenting outcomes that have been more beneficial to both the client and myself. By understanding the principles of design and then knowing when to break them, I believe allows for the most engaging and unique result. Website— Social—@chrisvenning


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Well, damn. It honestly baffles me that making things look good is actually a career. I would say that my passion for design began with obsessing over having absolutely flawless document layouts when doing school assignments. Sure there was content, but let’s be real, my concern was more along the lines of selecting the perfect font and wondering if there was too much white space. I would describe my design style as quirky, colourful, and clean. I love everything about graphic design, from the culture of the industry to the fact that it presents me with a new challenge every day. //


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KELSEY HOLDER Hello! My name is Kelsey Holder, and I’m a Gold Coast based graphic designer. I have been interested in design and illustration from a young age and have since realised my calling: graphic design. I specialise in illustration and branding with an interest in typography. I find inspiration in all parts of life but I favour exploring my imagination to find new and interesting designs to create. My ultimate goal is to help clients realise their brand’s potential, and the world through unique designs. // //

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BI JIAN HU Hey, I am of Chinese descent, I was born and raised in the Netherlands. Now I find myself as a graphic designer graduate in Australia. I love simple sleek modern design, but also different, edgy, hand drawn natural design. Creating illustrations is what I enjoy doing, and a cute character style is what I’d like to describe it as. My illustrations reflect me which is fun colourful, cute, and happy. // //

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CELESTE JANINA I’m passionate about innovative design, fixing the problem at the source. Graphic design allows me to experience personal and professional growth with every project through constructive criticism, visual communication and the power to evoke emotion through viewing creative works. My design work is reflective of my personal style: minimal, timeless and feminine. Steve Jobs said, “Don’t do things better; do things differently.” // //

GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY DESIGN STUDENTS PARTICIPATED IN PARK(ING) DAY By Kirsty Volz On Friday 16th September Griffith University Interior Design students participated in the global activist event, Park(ing) Day. There were 50 students participating, working in groups on eight different car parks across Southport. The event was organised in conjunction with Gold Coast City Council. Park(ing) Day involves using a car park space to create a small urban park. The space is leased via the car park meter for the amount of time normally allowed. The purpose of Park(ing) Day is to open discussions around cars and cities and how much valuable urban space we give over to cars. Space, which could be otherwise enjoyed by the public as purposeful urban and recreational space. The Park(ing) Day movement commenced in 2005 in San Francisco. It is now an event that takes place in over 100 different locations around the world.


Southport was the chosen site for students to work with as it is, technically, the Gold Coast’s Central Business District. It is well serviced by the Gold Coast’s light rail, has a cleverly designed connection to the Broadwater Parklands as well as playing host to the Gold Coast’s China Town. Southport is a very walk-able suburb and has the potential to become an idyllic urban village with the city of the Gold Coast. There are numerous new developments within Southport and Park(ing) Day aimed to remind developers about the importance of street presence, pedestrian access and the viability of Southport to become a well connected urban village. Southport will also be an important place for visitors to the 2018 Commonwealth Games, due to its connection to a number of sporting venues and the athletes’ village.


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GRACE KEIDGE I have never been much of a creative writer, which is why I am a designer. The exploration of convergence through art and science, is a recurring thought in each piece I create. From abstract organic design to rehabilitation devices, my practice shows connections to both fields. I create for purpose and creation is my purpose. // //

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So here’s the deal, if travelling was free, you would definitely never see me again, but unfortunately it’s not, so the next best thing was for me to turn my creative spirit into a legitimate profession. And so here we are: graphic design and marketing, the perfect combination of art and puzzles. For me, design is about creating important works without overdoing it. I like to explore. I like to take photos. I like to create. I like to make memories. Life is about the simple things. And that’s what my design is all about. // //


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Move fast, look at now, never look back. Some wise sod said that, and the phrase has stuck to me like refrigerator magnets ever since. I’m a Digital Media graduate who majored in Graphic Design. Illustration is the cake I enjoy baking, and my ‘cake’ has been described as: different, groovy, versatile, and yes … edgy. I am constantly inspired by what my globes spy, which primarily consists of 70s–90s pop culture and the arcane. I look forward to diving into the future of Illustration with you–hold on! Let me get my duck floatie and Monkees tape-deck. // //


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I am a passionate, Brisbane-based graphic designer who loves to experiment with colours and patterns in modern and innovative ways. I am keen on learning skills in all aspects of design and art. I strive to adapt to new ways of thinking in a sophisticated and trendsetting manner and work hard to expand my creative mind. My skillset include print design, branding, typography, packaging and art direction. My current projects revolve around my fascination for food and the many creative ways to bring it to life. // //


AMARI, BRING BEHANCE TO YOUR PORTFOLIO SITE By Omnify Amari is a responsive HTML portfolio template that integrates your Behance feed for easy portfolio maintenance. Amari was designed by former student Ariel Beninca who was inspired in university by a 3rd year class called “Major studio project” to start her own business crafting digital goods. The business was named Omnify, with the meaning ‘to make universal’. Ariel hopes to raise money by selling digital goods to one day accomplish her dream of starting her own design studio, Omnify Creative. “I aim to help creatives easily maintain their portfolio while still being able to customise their website design, making life easier. “ – Ariel Beninca


Amari has a key focus on getting creatives hired and communicating effectively to potential employers. No longer do creatives have to update their website portfolio and their Behance portfolio. Now their Behance feed can come straight to the site acting as a CMS to manage portfolio items. Because this is a HTML template, it is able to be completely customized while still being easy to maintain portfolio items. Amari can be set up within one hour, just change the Behance username and content then upload it to hosting. The documentation features easy step by step instructions on how to do it. This template is available on Creative Market for only $14.


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RENEE LOHMANN I’m a passionate illustrator and graphic designer from southeast Queensland. I’m in final year of a Bachelor of Digital Media, majoring in Graphic Design. I’ve always had a passion for drawing and illustration and by using graphic design, I have incorporated my passion into my profession. // //

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I am a photojournalist and writer who is interested in documentary, news, and combat photography. My humanitarian attitude has led me to work with a farming family in St George who have been resilient through drought and flood, and to work with Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), such as Skateistan and Handicap International in both Cambodia and Laos. I am bound by the need to capture powerful moments in reality to illuminate a truly meaningful message and pioneer serious social change. // //


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I like to be challenged. I like to express my ideas and knowledge through my technical understanding of design. I like to show my creativity through the use of 3D printing as a final manufacturing method. I like this because it makes my designs available to anyone with access to a 3D printer, sometimes even for free, which I like. I like the fact that industrial design has increased my knowledge and understanding of everything on this planet. I like that it makes me excited to work hard for my future. I like what the future holds.

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GEORGINA MCDONALD I’m a bit of a kooky old lady in the body of a twentytwo-year-old. I enjoy wearing horrendously ugly shirts, volunteering at op-shops, being involved in an online post card swapping community, and cross stitching swear words in my spare time. I’m also heavily involved in my local community theatres and hope to one day use my knowledge of 3D Printing and scanning to make a profession of 3D printing theatre props and prosthetics. But until then I’m more than happy to be known for 3D printing in chocolate for Griffith University. // //

Horsethetics Horse Cast Prosthetic

In Collaboration with Megan Louise Pope



By Kirsty Volz In semester one 2016 Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art Interior Design students were tasked with re-imagining the lane-ways in Surfers Paradise. There are numerous lane-ways and alleys that run through the heart of Surfers Paradise. There are the alleys that are formed in the gaps between low rise buildings on Orchid and Elkhorn Avenue, the pathways through privately owned buildings that connect Orchid Avenue to Surfers Paradise Boulevards, the passages through abandoned shopping centres that connect with busy pedestrian streets as well as the purpose built lane-ways through recently completed developments in the area. These alleys and lane-ways are called urban interiors. They are spaces that are public and urban by nature, but intimate and interior in scale. The Politecnico di Milano describes urban interiors as “non-built areas such as squares, streets, parks, roundabouts and other undefined urban voids, taking into consideration both the container (built form) and the content (temporary uses). Interior Urban Design requires a gradual approach to public space from its urban configuration to its vitality and role in civic life. It is not the same to “design the void” than to “design in a void.” In the first case we design the urban spatial structure that gives meaning to the city. In the second case, public space is developed and confronted with a people perspective and the temporary nature that characterises our collective life.” Melbourne’s lane-ways are a great Australian example of the success of urban interiors and their capacity to revitalise a city. Jan Gehl proposed the lane-ways project in response Melbourne’s struggling CBD in the 1990s, when the city was, “in the wake of high-rise development in a grid

city with no public squares, the Australian press had dubbed Melbourne a doughnut – a place with nothing in the middle.” Since their inception, they have not only revitalised the city, but become an integral part of the city’s identity. The students were asked to look at the work of Jan Gehl’s office as well as organisations such as Project for Public Spaces ( to re-imagine the urban interiors of Surfers Paradise. In the first instance students were asked to map out the urban interiors of Surfers Paradise using a technique called Nolli Maps. Giambattista Nolli first developed these maps in the 18th century to map out the urban interiors of Rome. Nolli maps involve drawing a map and shading the area of buildings in black and then leaving the spaces between buildings as white, as though carving out ‘urban rooms’ from between the built form of the city. From this, students could identify the urban interiors of Surfers Paradise. Students then went on to research the social and physical history of Surfers Paradise as well as reading town planning documents that describe proposed economic and infrastructure future for the precinct. From their research and observations, the students developed urban interior interventions for Surfers Paradise. They have taken various forms from libraries, public forum spaces, hospitality, retail, and art spaces. In this image students David Maclellan and Martin MacDonald proposed an interactive digital installation in the foyer of one of the privately owned buildings on Orchid Avenue. The purpose of this installation is to engage both tourists and locals to engage more closely with the current events and the history of Surfers Paradise.



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CASEY MILSOM My name is Casey, but in the world of design, I go by Sleepless Designer. I did a degree in graphic design because it was a way for me to take something I enjoy and make a life out of it. Good design is important to me; if I have a chance to create something beautiful I will do everything I can until I know it is perfect. I have a bright bubbly personality and I believe this is reflected in all of my work and my life as well. // //

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I am a Gold Coast-based based creative who is passionate about all things unique, innovative, simple and abstract within the creative industry. I advocate simple, minimal design that pushes creative boundaries. I strive to explore all creative fields to expand my skills and approach to design. I express my design style as minimal, bold, unique and quirky. My skillset ranges from illustration, branding, packaging and layout to typography and art direction. I am extremely passionate about simple illustration and the authenticity of film photography and explore these creative interests in my current personal projects. // //


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I’m an Australian photographer with a diverse portfolio including editorial, journalism, documentary, portraiture, and art photography. My work, which focuses primarily on contemporary issues, women, rural spaces, and identity, has been exhibited in Queensland, and I was the managing editor for the photojournalism e-zine The Argus in 2016. As well as pursuing freelance photo stories, I hope to work for other print and online publications after completing my degree in Digital Media majoring in Photo Media at QCA. // //

84 Instagram: @libbireed


By Libbi Reed My doctoral research investigates the process of writing and lettering by hand. With a focus on creativity and self-expression, the research questions whether regular calligraphic practice impacts on handwriting legibility and creative expression. In today’s digital environment we experience fewer opportunities for tactile experience and building dexterity through practicing handwriting. The reliance on technology across many channels of written communication magnifies this issue. How are we to improve our handwriting when there is limited opportunity to do so? As the opportunities to write by hand are increasingly reduced in daily communications, it is difficult to create good writing habits. A routine of daily practice is encouraged for handwriting improvements to occur, and the use of repetition is the key to improving legibility in handwriting. By participating in a writing challenge, opportunities are available to not only embrace long established


technologies and traditions such as a pencil or calligraphy nib, but also to provide an outlet for self-expression and creative, original thought. The writing challenge incorporates daily practice, creative thinking, and experimentation with tools; the process not only supports creativity but seeks to improve legibility of handwriting. To implement a creative writing challenge successfully it is important to build up the habit of daily practice over a number of months. A study released by the European Journal of Social Psychology shows it takes an average of 66 days to form a habit or to change a bad habit. By practicing daily over this time, not only will legibility and skill improve but it will also be creatively rewarding. Follow along with me on Instagram and we can improve our handwriting together. This article is an extract from my DVA research “How can a return to hand lettering practices be used to support literacy and legibility in an age dependent on digital communication?�


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Hello! Aira here — graphic designer and a snack enthusiast. Designing brand identities and packaging are what I enjoy doing most. I love to express ideas through clean graphic design and approachable illustrated elements. I like to find ways to challenge myself and I try my hardest to create things I can be proud of. When I’m not working, you can find me binge watching shows on Netflix or lurking on social media. I also like to spend my free time strolling about while I daydream. Or better yet, stuffing my face at local eateries. // w ​ //


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MEGAN POPE I’m a passionate student currently pursuing 3D & Graphic Design. I love clean, modern design and I always strive to create works that influence inspiration, and reflection whether it be with my 3D or 2D works. I am very interested in a variety of fields, some including furniture design, lighting design, brand design, logo design and typography ‌ to name a few. // //

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Hello! My name is Jessee and I am a graphic designer and creative all-rounder. I have a passion for brand & identity design, and enjoy working with businesses and individuals to translate their visions into finished products. I like to challenge myself and push my personal boundaries in order to create strong, professional and cohesive design outcomes. I enjoy drinking coffee, spending time at the beach, hanging out with family and friends, speaking to and learning from all kinds of different people and working on new and exciting design projects. // //


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As a young minimalist designer and entrepreneur, my aim is to break away from the crowd. I see things differently and I always aim to express this in my work. Much of my work begins with traditional design methods: hand sketching, brush work, pen-andink. So, while I have professional standards as my benchmark, the product always retains unmistakable elements of its origins. Beyond the studio, I make a point of focusing on client relations, aiming to ensure that whatever I produce has the client’s needs in mind. // //




Artist: Jenna Baker Title: Immersed In Memory – Self Portrait in VR Medium: Virtual Reality performance still


By Dr Laini Burton In 2013, Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art and The Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society (ADFAS) Gold Coast began a relationship that gave rise to the annual ADFAS Honours Award. This generous award is for students who wish to go on to study in the Honours Program after successfully completing their Undergraduate in the Bachelor of Digital Media. The winning applicant receives a $2000 stipend to support their practice – either through equipment or material purchases, hosting an exhibition, or even travel to extend their networks. How the funds are spent is determined by the candidate’s research proposal. The 2016 ADFAS Honours Award Recipient, Jenna Baker has acknowledged the significance of such a bursary. Expressing her gratitude to the organisation for their support of her Honours research, Jenna stated “Being a recipient of the ADFAS scholarship has allowed me to invest in an HTC Vive, the latest Virtual Reality Equipment, and update my computer so I could work with VR. The ability to work with this cutting edge technology would have been a dream without the assistance of ADFAS”. Working within the cutting edge technology of Virtual Reality (VR), Jenna is exploring the use of VR as a means to resurrect or reconstruct lost memories. Using her childhood home as a site to rebuild in VR, the artist considered the effects of recreating the past in order to re-consolidate lost memories. The process was a powerful one for Jenna, who notes the loss of her father and her childhood home as impetus to retrieve this

space ‘in-world’. While the outcomes for Jenna were deeply personal, she recognises VR as a technological force that has great potential for individuals with cognitive impairment, or whose memories simply fade over time, as they do for us all. When asked what she intends to do with this body of work, Jenna states: “As an artist one of my driving influences is exploring new technology and mediums. For some time I have been following updates on the emergent virtual reality trend and associated technologies and considered the potential applications for artists. I even went so far as to wire my own makeshift VR headset, before they became commercially available. Becoming a VR developer has provided me with a new and exciting platform, a space where I as an artist can position an audience within my work. My project ‘Immersed in Memory’ a self-portrait in VR, explores the potential of VR as a new type of memory archive. My studio outcome is a space that functions as a self-portrait of my childhood, demonstrating one prospective way VR can be used to construct histories. In the future I am hoping to continue my research and explore the potential of VR as a medium to assist personal and collective memory”. Looking beyond her Honours year, Jenna aims to pursue an Education degree before returning to her research into Virtual Reality environments. In 2017, the scholarship is once again placed on offer to applicants who seek to further their practice through Honours study at QCA.


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In North of Australia born and raised At my desk drawing is where I spent most of my days Chillin out sketchin, drawing something new Finally realised something I wanted to do Head over to Griffith and get a degree Be good at drawing but not do it for free Illustrating graphics, take photos too Gold Coast was the place, so over here I flew All about simplicity and making things cute Occasionally waking for a sunrise shoot So that’s a slice of me cut with a knife Hope you liked this small insight to a bit of my life. // //



Working: +75 Reading: +65 netflix: +60 SLEEPING: +60 Acai Bowls: +30

shopping: +35 Species: White Fairy

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RENEE STEPHENSON My name’s Renee and I’m a beach-loving, animal hugging, pizza enthusiast who dabbles (quite well if I say so myself) in Graphic Design. As a kid, for my final year of primary school I announced at my Grade 7 graduation that I wanted to be a cartoonist. I’ve always loved doodling and I guess that’s why my parents gently shoved me towards this degree once I finished high school. Now I love it and one of my signature scribbles is my mandalas. // //

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Design is my passion. Growing up, I always had a love and fascination with design and I knew that passion needed to be discovered more. My academic studies and industry experience have presented me with amazing opportunities to flourish as an individual, graphic designer, and marketer. My creative style is minimalistic, clean, and memorable with an emphasis on finer details and unique styling in order to capture untold stories and inspire people. My passion for creative design can be seen in my love for graphic design and marketing; in particular, branding, layout and print design. // //



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Hi! I’m Kayleigh. I currently live on the Gold Coast as a graphic designer, illustrator and photographer. I love thinking of new ideas and creating things that have a personal impact on the viewer. I focus on layouts, branding, traditional/digital illustrations, and photography. My deep thinking and free will has led me to develop a passion for the environment. I live consciously and try to incorporate sustainability into my design to have the best end product. I strongly believe that, a beautiful and sustainable world is possible. // //






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MARC THOMPSON Marc is a designer based on the Gold Coast, Australia, and a recent graduate from QCA. He believes in good design. Design that makes you happy. Design that pushes things forward. Design that is simple, modern, and eye-catching. Marc is strong in branding, illustration, and product design. His unique, clean, and fresh branding and illustrative style allow his ideas to speak loud and clear. // //

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As a creative professional emerging in the world of design, I aim to encourage creativity and experimentation through my work. I often attempt to challenge myself throughout various mediums of design and implementation as I feel that this is an important part of the creative process. I strongly believe that anyone is capable of achieving a great outcome if they work hard enough. My skillset includes typography, brand development, packaging design, vector illustrations and editorial layout design. // //


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My academic majors are in graphic design and marketing. I’ve had a passion for speed and style my whole life, and have transferred this into my designs. Black and white is definitely the way to go! Typography soothes me and clean edges are my ‘go to’. My illustrations are coming along but are not there yet. I would like to see myself owning an established brand or designing for a leading, influential brand in the USA. I have included marketing in my bag o’ tricks so I have a knowledge of what will work in each market. // //


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I find so much joy from the simple things that life brings. My work expresses the uncomplicated, innocent, and imaginative values of a child. My desire through each illustration is to not only connect with children but also to reconnect, adults with their childlike selves. Positivity flows throughout all my work, combined with an enthusiasm for all things cute, colourful and feminine. I draw as a reminder that there is beauty, and hope to be found, even in the smallest wonders of this world. // //


A Graduate Showcase of Studio Art, Photo Media and Honours artists DATES: Sat 29 Oct – Sun 20 Nov VENUE: Gallery 1, Gold Coast City Gallery, The Arts Centre Gold Coast COST: Free


By Dr Laini Burton While emerging artist’s today experience uncertainty, not unlike any other graduate, I suggest they are some of the most resourceful. A case in point is the group of artists exhibiting in Undercurrents, a curated selection of artists from across Studio Art, Photo Media and Honours. The title Undercurrents speaks to the various complexities of negotiating the arts landscape today, both explicit and implicit. Artists need to be able to market themselves across a range of platforms, master fiscal management, and of course, produce cutting edge, meaningful work that echoes the issues of our time. Leading into this graduate exhibition, all of these skill-building, life-long learning tools were integrated into the final capstone course of the students’ degree. Here, they learn to operate within a professional context through hands-on involvement in the creation of an exhibition within a respected public venue. For many, this ‘baptism by fire’ is a rewarding and fruitful venture, with each participating artist contributing to the establishment of the exhibition by working to their personal strengths. Moreover, it is in working as a team that they come together to produce this showcase of emerging talent; a skill that can be leveraged far into their status as early-career artists, where we rely on our community of like minded creatives to support practice. As the Head of the Studio Art and Honours Departments at the Gold Coast Queensland College of Art, it is a privilege to see this growth occur. Through industry experience and a long lens


focused on the ever-changing needs of artists, we at QCA can deliver incredible opportunities for emerging artists to propel them toward independence. The long history of successful artists emerging from the QCA suggests we are taking the right approach. Reflecting on the theme Undercurrents, exhibition participant Olivia Heath stated “As a collective, we wanted to have a title for the show which captured our intent with creating work that sparked dialogue and defined the next generation of art practitioners”. The works on show cover a range of concerns, from identity, technological advancement, equity, the environment and the significant trials that we humans face in times of adversity. Gallery Director Tracy Cooper-Lavery has weighed in on what QCA students are doing, saying “promising artistic talent and provocative subject matter makes for an engaging exhibition”. The artists in Undercurrents deliver exactly this, producing exceptional work that aims to ask as many questions as it answers. With 14 artists participating in 2016, the exhibition is destined to be yet another showcase of Excellence and creativity emerging from the QCA. EXHIBITING ARTISTS Adam Bradford | Alexandra Gonzalez-Mendoza | Aliah Murillo | Alyson Baker | Amber Middleton | Emmy Peterson | Jenna Baker | Jonathan Grace | Lauren Young | Lowana Davies | Olivia Heath | Raqchela Corbu-Miles | Rachel Hardy | Samantha Manchee

Artist: Aliah Murillo Title: White Space: Aftermath Medium: Digital Print on textured cotton rag

Artist: Amber Middleton Title: The Runner Medium: Watercolour paper, cane frame, bedding fabric, and thread


Artist: Lowana Davies Title: I love you, You are not alone, If you need me, I will sit with you. Medium: Performance based video (still)


ARTISTS 29 OCT –- 20 NOV The Arts Centre Gold Coast OPENING NIGHT 28th Oct from 6pm -– 8pm

Adam Bradford Alexandra Gonzalez-Mendoza Aliah Murillo Alyson Baker Amber Middleton

Undercurrents showcases the works of studio art, photo media and honours students from the Gold Coast Queensland College of Art.

Emmy Peterson

Please join us on opening night, where you will have the opportunity to meet each artist. This is a free event, with food and drinks provided.

Lauren Young

Jenna Baker Jonathan Grace Lowana Davies Olivia Heath Raqchela Corbu Miles Rachel Hardy Samantha Manchee

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I am an industrial designer with an enthusiastic approach towards design innovation and research in the sporting fields. Through my work, I holistically apply design to enhance an overall user experience. I specialise in product prototyping, testing, and 3D visualisation using informed design choices. I recently was awarded the ‘Best Presented Research Paper and Poster’ at the 2016 Australian Sports Technologies Network conference. I believe good design choices are derived from life experience. To enhance these design decisions, I love to travel, exercising my passion for user focused design. I’m Rex — still waters run deep… // //


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Hello, My name is Claudette and I am a 3-Dimensional Designer and self-taught Special Effects Makeup Artist. Currently, I focus on combining both of my skills to bridge the gap between traditional and modern methods of design. I enjoy experimenting with clay sculpting and prosthetic makeup for screen, using 3D printing to create a modern form of prosthetics and efficient moulds. Most of my designs are bold and abstract, but I love to explore and challenge myself with all different genres of makeup looks and special effects techniques. // //

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My current focus is on my furniture design and artwork practice called Hunchmark. I have a passion for fine timber furniture and products, as well as sculpture, painting, drawing and digital artwork. My ideologies are focused around sustainable production, ethics, and pushing visual boundaries. Before studying a Bachelor of Digital Media, I was a carpenter and have designed and created furniture in my spare time. For the last two years, I have also been working for Yellow Goat Design, which has given me invaluable experience working on custom lighting fixtures, sculptures, and play equipment. // //

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I’m Jess, a graphic designer and photographer, from Canada. I offer excellence in concept development, with a wide knowledge of music entertainment, and a passion for social media design. I’m a hard worker who thrives on developing a project from start to finish. I enjoy working on everything from the branding to the finished packaging. I love to travel, to photograph everything around me, to be in the sun, but also cosy by the fire. My favourite thing is to be immersed in a concert, or creating something new. I’m always creating and it’s something I never get tired of. // //







Industrial Design 3-Dimensional Design

Digital Design Studio Art

Interior Design

Photo Media

Graphic Design

Fashion Design


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CREDITS Editorial Team Alejandra Ramirez Vidal — Editor in Chief Dr. Dominique Falla — Editor in Chief Natasha Kershaw — Editor in Chief Sharon Searle — Editor in Chief Bi Jian Hu — Visual & Content Editor TALENTED CONTRIBUTORS Cover artwork: Hayley Peacock Artwork: Taylor Blair – Phillip Rudnev Contributors: Bec Bates – Ariel Beninca Dr Laini Burton – Aurelie Maron Christopher McKenzie – Libbi Reed Chris Venning – Kirsty Volz Creative: Bi Jian Hu – Phillip Rudnev Photographic: Yoko Lance – Kelly McIlvenny Zakariyya Paruk – Emmy Peterson Sonja Vilenius DESIGN Magazine designed by Bi Jian Hu © 2016 Hidden Citizen, all rights reserved. All artworks (unless otherwise noted) © No part of this book may be reproduced or utilised in any form or by any means, mechanical or electronic including, but not limited to photocopying, scanning and recording by any information and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.




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2016 Queensland College of Art Gold Coast Digital Media graduate catalogue  

Featuring graduate work from students of the Queensland College of Art Gold Coast Digital Media program, 2016.

2016 Queensland College of Art Gold Coast Digital Media graduate catalogue  

Featuring graduate work from students of the Queensland College of Art Gold Coast Digital Media program, 2016.