TDK Awards ’16





Oh yes, this is happening! YEAR TWO of our TDK Awards and we have some very exciting new judges this year. The awards are a chance for you to show off what you’re made of – and we’ll promote the sh*t out of you for doing it! Want global fame? Just send us your folio and we’ll do the rest! Big thanks to Hoyne Design (with studios in Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane) for jumping on as our sponsor this year to make it happen!

We have a judging panel of nine industry heavyweights, based across Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada. If you win: a full TDK interview with you, social media shouts outs promoting you, winners blog post sent to every single studio we’ve ever met (thats a lot), plus its FREE to enter (of course!). Its very easy, just submit your folio to win – we’re looking for graphic design, typography, illustration and digital/product design. Good luck!

Artwork by Melbourne illustrator Zac Fay


Andrew Hoyne, Hoyne Design, AUS. @hoynedesign
Armin Vit, Brand New, USA. @ucllc
Chris Doyle, Christopher Doyle & Co, AUS. @cd_and_co
Dan Pike, nee The Letter D, AUS @mrdanpike
Daniel McQueen, The Designers Foundry, NZ. @TDFoundry
Dawn Hancock, Firebelly Design, USA @firebellydesign
Phoebe Glasfurd, Glasfurd & Walker, CA. @glasfurdwalker
Sam Southwell, Studio South, NZ. @studiosouthnz
Timothy Goodman, Timothy Goodman, USA @timothygoodman

What you win!
One winner gets an paid internship at Hoyne plus $1000 towards flights to Sydney or Melbourne (Hoyne’s pick)
Winners blog post sent to all studios (hello job offers)
Judged by a panel of 8 industry peps
Full TDK interview
Industry recognition (great on that resume)
Social media shouts outs promoting you to 90,000
1 x free ‘TDK’s How to score your dream job’ course valued at $99

Must have studied at any point during 2015 or 2016 in Australia, NZ, USA or Canada to enter.

Please submit ONE landscape pdf, including your resume/CV (2 pages max) and work pages (5 pages max) together as one file. It must be named firstname_lastname.pdf so we can match it with your details. Deadline: (**extended**) Friday 16 December, 5pm AEST. Click ‘APPLY HERE’ to fill out your details, then attach your PDF portfolio after (max size 10MB). We need both to consider your work.





We’re happy to answer any questions, send them to hello [@] – we’ll copy and paste your questions on here after so check FAQ’s below before emailing us! #inboxzero #lifegoals



Q: I submitted my folio but just realised a mistake. What should I do?
A: This happens a lot. DO NOT EMAIL US! Just attach your new folio and any double ups we will assume the newest file is the correct one.

Q: Can you please confirm what day and time the deadline is supposed to be? I have seen both days Wednesday and Friday being circulated around on different sites. Thanks, Saxon. 
A: Of course, its been extended from this Wednesday 14th Dec to this Friday 16 Dec : ) We actually do this every year because 50% of the entries come in on the last day! Friday, 5pm AEST

Q: I saw that the application for the award is a PDF portfolio – are we able to submit our website as our portfolio? Thanks, Adam
A: Hey Adam! Unfortunately we do need a PDF so the judges can just flick though all the submissions in the same place. The good news is all your work is ready to go – just pop a few images and copy on each page and shoot it over : ) 

Q: How many winners? Thanks! Andrea
A: Each judge will be picking their top 3: so 15 from Aus/NZ and 12 from USA/Canada

Q: The 5 pages pdf, does it need to be under the same theme? Or each pages can contain totally different work? Regards, Linda
A: Its exactly like applying for a job – just send us your best work! We just cap it to 5 pages because the judges have to look through them all.

Q: Part of my portfolio is in video format, can I embed a link to vimeo into my PDF? Or would you prefer stills of the video? Regards, Jordie
A: A short one, if you feel it adds to your work. Don’t forget the judges have to look through a bunch, so short and sweet!

Q: I know our resume is supposed to be included in the landscape PDF—should the resume itself also be in landscape orientation? Best, Katherine
A: Please design it to be landscape too so the judges can read it easily!

Q: Is it also alright if my folio includes both graphic design and digital product design work? Thanks so much! Best, Katherine
A: Yes please, we want to see digital work!

Q: Within the 5 work pages, does that mean only 5 separate projects or 5 pages of projects? Thanks! Andrea
A: 5 pages of projects – we just wanted to cap it because the judges will be looking through so many.

Q: Does the submitted work have to be student work only? Can personal projects be submitted? Thanks! Andrea
A: Oooooh we love personal projects! Treat this as applying for a job – show us your best work – student briefs, client work, personal projects… 

Q: Will portfolios be discounted if they are not in the landscape format? Mine takes an unconventional shape and I am not sure whether it will be disregarded due to this! Thank you. Bella
A: Mmmmm sounds interesting! The reason we make it landscape is for the judges benefit (viewing lots at once) but if they can view it easily on screen, submit away. Thanks!

Q: I can’t seem to find any requirements regarding the dimensions of the portfolio? Does each page have to be a certain width or length? (11×8.5 or A1 Landscape?) Thanks! Jason
A: Hi Jason! We make it landscape orientation so the judges can flick though them easily on a screen. As long as it fits without having to scroll big time to see your work, then we aren’t fussy on dimensions. Its the work that counts!

Q: Should the submitted pdf be A3 or A4 size, optimally? Cheers, Bo
A: Hi Bo! We make it landscape orientation so the judges can flick though them easily on a screen. As long as it fits without having to scroll big time to see your work, then we aren’t fussy on dimensions. Its the work that counts!

Q: I’m just wondering if you will be viewing them through Adobe Acrobat? Because I am intending to have some interactive elements within the page and it seems like Acrobat is the only one that supports it fully. Thanks, Luke
A: Yes, Adobe Acrobat ; ) Thanks Luke!

Q: Should we put a cover page on the portfolio work to a bio and if so is this included in our 5 pages?Thanks, Ashlee
A: Honestly, it doesn’t really matter! We received 60+ page folios last year and our poor judges have to look through 300+ of them, so we just capped your work to 5 pages. Chuck your resume on there so we can see what you’ve been up to and you’re good to go. If you want to put a cover page go for it! But what really matters is the quality of your work.

Q: Just wanted to know if we should be adding a brief description on the projects included in the PDF folio? Wanted to clarify since I understand the judges will have a lot of content to go through!  Thanks, Pamela.
A: Its like applying for a job, we just cap it at five work pages. So yes, if you were sending it to a studio you would want some information so they know what they are looking at.

Q: Are you expecting a short rationale on each piece of work submitted or purely imagery? Cheers, Poppy 
A: Hey Poppy, same as applying for a job via email. Tell the story of your work : ) See above