TDK Awards

TDK Awards '13

November 2013 – January 2014
Australia only
TDK picks
14 winners

Its been a HUGE year here at TDK - our biggest and best one yet, and we're really stoked with everyone involved. We met a tonne of people on our epic 2013 road trip around Australia - covering Brisbane, Gold Coast, Byron, Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Geelong, Adelaide and Perth. We're really excited to see Terrible Twos student participants and Threesome students and grads really making a dent in our industry. As a wrap-up post for this year, we want to feature our favs for 2014, in design, type and illustration. Happy Christmas!

Design work by Bradley Pinkerton - TDK Awards '13 Award Winner

Bradley Pinkerton — @bradleypinkerton

Central Institute of Technology

We first met Bradley after our talk at Central Institute in Perth, he followed it up with a cracking folio application for Threesome Perth and then sold us on one of his prints for sale – [Hard Work Club]( He’s just graduated this November and wants to stick around Perth for a while before a possible stint overseas.

His personal highlights of the year – graduating! Bradley’s tips for current students – “I’d say put 110% into everything you do. No matter how small the project is. Do something you want to remember and allow for criticism. Oh and TIME MANAGE. This year has really taught me to time manage my skills better. Time is fast. And it will bite you in the ass, without buying you a drink first.”

Next year, he’s looking for creative new jobs/collaborations, plus working to brand a new disco/house night for Perth.

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Design work by Merren Spink - TDK Awards '13 Award Winner

Merren Spink — @merrenspink

Swinburne University

Merren has taken part in both our annual shows to date, with Andrew Ashton (Pip and Co.) in 2012 and with Andy Sargent (SouthSouthWest) in 2013. Her folio deserves a look online, from simple editorial to understated packaging, its really something else. She also fought off many many other applicants to join the Motherbird team this year, nice one Merren!

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Design work by Gabby Lord - TDK Awards '13 Award Winner

Gabby Lord — @gabbylord_

Billy Blue College of Design

Ohmylord, its been a huge year for Gabby since graduating a year ago. She took part in THREESOME with Gemma O’Brien and Jonathon Key. She won the AGIDeas Newstar award, sending her off to Italy in September this year (where we had a chance to catch up with her and have a sneak look around Fabrica), as well as many other awards. She work, attitude, smile and work ethic is second to none and she deserves every success.

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Design work by Anthony Gagliardi - TDK Awards '13 Award Winner

Anthony Gagliardi — @anth.otf

TAFE Adelaide

Apart from the fact I can never spell his name, Anthony is one of the stand out students/grads from our Adelaide show! Teaming up with Voice and Georgina Jones, they produced “[Grids not guns](” made of action figures. He’s been doing work along side his studies for AGDA and has been freelancing at [Mash]( since August. This year has seen him pursue his long time interest in Type Design and he hopes to have his first commercial release available in 2014. Plus he’s pretty stoked to be included our list!

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Design work by Kasper Raglus - TDK Awards '13 Award Winner

Kasper Raglus — @kasperraglus


We first met Kasper in Byron when he came to visit a friend in our studio at the time. We ended up stealing him for one of our big empty walls! He lives in Aireys Inlet on the Great Ocean Road and has a studio with his dad, well know Australian Mambo illustrator Jeff Raglus. His pieces are insanely beautiful and his style is very unique. He’s had a few shows this year, including his first solo exhibition at Boom gallery, a mural at Mr T and Me cafe, plus design work for manufactured housing company “Kitco”. He’s locked in another show for 2014 – at Outré gallery in April next year. We caught up with him on the road trip in Airleys and got to check out his awesome ride – a Mazda 1500 and have a coffee at his local. Total legend.

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Design work by Luke Day - TDK Awards '13 Award Winner

Luke Day — @lukehday

Gold Coast

Frankie first met Luke when he gate crashed her birthday dinner by mistake a few years back. Since then Luke has been part of all things TDK – Terrible Twos with This is Neu, Threesome with Paul McNeil from Artpark, opening our warehouse party with live art and anything else that comes up. We love Luke because he’s a dark horse – this boy can draw. His beautiful type, concepts, style mixed with a solid graphic design background means he’s more than capable that taking on every project. We’re predicting big things for 2014!

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Design work by Deane Featonby - TDK Awards '13 Award Winner

Deane Featonby — @dpfeatonby


Originally a Perth boy, Deane moved to Brisbane to complete his design studies and just graduated this month. He’s a great designer, but his passion lies in typography. You can find Deane at all Brisbane based design events, exhibitions or conferences, he’s the keenest person we know! We got to work with him in Threesome and have since taken him on as our Brisbane contributor. Legend!

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Design work by Tristan Kerr - TDK Awards '13 Award Winner

Tristan Kerr — @tristan_kerr


Although we didn’t technically meet Tristan when we were in Adelaide as he was overseas, we stumbled across his beautiful type work and have plans for 2014 to collaborate. He lives between Paris and Adelaide and takes part in group shows everywhere and anywhere. His type creates a lovely sense of nostalgia, yet feels completely his own. His highlights this year – “Moving my Sign-Painting practice to Paris and working for a design studio (Anamorphee) there, painting an entire global advertising campaign by hand and travelling throughout Europe and meeting like minded artists and designers who share a passion for Art and Typography.” Jump on instagram and drool over that type!

Design work by Bianca Cash - TDK Awards '13 Award Winner

Bianca Cash — @biancacash

Swinburne University

Bianca was part of our THREESOME show with former Happy Studio (now Pennant) this year. After a bit of instagram stalking, we noticed she has 27K, holy moly!! Her type work – I’m sure you’ll agree – is plain beautiful and she’s up there with the boys in the Type section. Nice work Bianca! Her highlights from this year: finishing her course, getting a typographic piece screen printed and starting an online store. Tips for grads: embrace social networking and collaborations. Things she’s looking forward to in 2014: traveling, adding to her online store and meeting new creatives!

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Design work by Alice Oehr - TDK Awards '13 Award Winner

Alice Oehr — @aliceoehr


What to write about Alice? Her work is insanely odd/funny/wonderful/cute and we cant get enough. She’s been working with Beci Orpin (jealous!) and has a steady stream of clients including Readings, Lavazza and many many more. Her instagram is a constant feed of happy design treats and we were proud to have her take part in Melbourne Terrible Twos alongside Suzy Tuxen from AFOM in 2012.

From Alice: My advice for fresh grads is to stay very busy and make sure to balance out lots of hard work with a healthy dose of socialising- this is just as important as the work part! In 2014 I’m looking forward to drawing on as many things as I can!

Design work by Shay Colley - TDK Awards '13 Award Winner

Shay Colley — @shay_colley

Western Australia School of Art & Design

Shay’s work with AGDA, Artpark and many others got us very excited when we hit Perth in July. His blog – Landlocked Salmon – shows a cross between line drawing illustrations and old school collages with a twist. His playing cards are a must see! From him: “2013 has been rad for me personally really because of the amount of people who have contacted me and said nice things about my work. If I could give students or graduates any advice I’d suggest they keep experimenting and developing their own work. It can be pretty disheartening trying to find a position straight out of uni. I found that happiness and stoke can be found working on self-initiated projects and balancing out the greyness and frustration of many junior design jobs. Stay weird and keep moving.

Design work by Julian May - TDK Awards '13 Award Winner

Julian May — @yournumbersup


An illustrator and designer from Melbourne, who we crossed paths with last year during our Hands On! Workshops last year. After graduating a year ago from Graphic Design at RMIT Brunswick TAFE, he’s now focused full time on his illustration and collaborating with Desktop, The Club of Odd Volumes and finishing Top 30 for Positive Posters, with many more exciting plans for 2014. Check out his full TDK interview below.

His tips for graduates – be different, take chances. Put yourself out there and just be happy! Here’s to 2014…

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Design work by Anya Brock - TDK Awards '13 Award Winner

Anya Brock — @anyapaintface


We discovered Anya’s work on the Bird’s toilet door and fell instantly in love with her fluro geometric patterns. She’s originally form Perth but resides eastside now, in sunny Sydney. She spoke at Artlab’s first conference this year and we found a plate collab in Byron with an interior design company. Her highlights for this year – moving to Sydney and more recently painting fish! Next year we can see her doing more product and moving into new mediums. We’re looking forward to seeing more of Anya next year!

Design work by Magdalena Ksiezak - TDK Awards '13 Award Winner

Magdalena Ksiezak — @okaykiosk


Magda and Samantha Curcio (Terrible Twos 2012) run the popular design blog []( Their crazy illustrations rotate between the two Melbourne graduates and bring us daily happiness! Madga’s application for an [internship at The Hungary Workshop]( really got us – we hope she got it! That extra mile really pays off and I know she’s an inspiration to many. Paper craft, 3D, food and a whole lot of burgers. We like it alot.

From her: I’m looking forward to what 2014 has to offer. No doubt it will be a busy year as I try to build on my folio of paper craft and design projects. 2013 felt like a roller coaster with many high points, such as announcing my first set of greeting cards, and also many ‘hang in there’ moments. It’s easy to forget that good things take time.

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