TDK Awards


TDK Awards '15

November 2015 – January 2016
Australia only
5 Industry judges
16 winners

We are super excited to announce our top 16 students and graduates for 2016! Our awards this year replace our Annual Show, which each year has teamed the best students and graduates up with a Creative Director one-on-one for an exhibition. Over the last 3 years, we’ve held a total of 16 exhibitions, with 740 people taken part in total. Its been a crazy ride and we thought this was the year to mix things up a little. Combine this with our annual blog post for the hottest talent for the year to come (see 14 for 2014 and 15 for 2015 we’ve combined both initiatives into one – our first ‘TDK Graphic Design Awards 2015’. We invited 5 industry leaders to judge the work and will showcase the results to our ever growing design network. Win win! Also for the first time ever, we are including NZ in our listings, welcome.

Our judges were chosen for taking part in all our shows to date, and being heavily involved in the TDK network. Plus we love their work!

Andy Sargent, SouthSouthWest

Michaela Webb, Studio Round

Jack Mussett, Motherbird

Jonathan Wallace, Alter

Simon Hipgrave, The Hungry Workshop

Frankie Ratford, The Design Kids

*… And here are our 2015 winners, congrats guys! *

Design work by Tim Munro - TDK Awards '15 Award Winner

Tim Munro — @tim.munro

Melbourne
Tractor Design School

Frankie’s pick: Tim’s work is delightful and each project felt unique to him. Nicely laid out, consistant and well considered. Well done Tim!

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Design work by Tess Stokes - TDK Awards '15 Award Winner

Tess Stokes — @tesstokes

Melbourne
Academy of Design/La Trobe University

Simon’s pick: I think the folio is best viewed in reverse. Overall the folio displays a lot of ‘hands on’ technique and finishing: paint, paper cuts, illustrative and typographic executions, but the executions aren’t over the top. The personal identity project reflects an interest in these techniques and packages up her interests in a conceptual delivery.

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Design work by Sean Kane - TDK Awards '15 Award Winner

Sean Kane — @seankanedesign

Adelaide
University of SA

Andy’s pick: Sean’s folio resonated due to its well presented template and format, the diversity of high quality projects across different sectors and mediums as well as a fluency in describing the brief, approach, process and outcome.

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Design work by Ryan Vincent - TDK Awards '15 Award Winner

Ryan Vincent — @ryantjv

Perth
Curtin University

Andy’s pick: Ryan’s folio was a clear standout. The work is thoughtful and well resolved. With so many strong examples for each project, it clearly demonstrates ability, dedication and enjoyment which really resonated.

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Design work by Roydon Misseldine - TDK Awards '15 Award Winner

Roydon Misseldine — @roydoncvm

Wellington
Yoobee Design School

Michaela’s pick (fellow kiwi!): A really good mix of different items that all seemed very appropriate to their mediums and applications. From cheese packaging, editorial, fashion, and identity. The work is playful, contemporary and beautifully considered.

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Design work by Paul Sin - TDK Awards '15 Award Winner

Paul Sin — @paul.sin_

Melbourne
Monash University

Michaela’s pick: A refined portfolio with a mix of playful typography, considered identity and a very successful contemporary san serif typeface. All projects are really well articulated which is rare to see with designers at this level.

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Design work by Nicolaos Symeou - TDK Awards '15 Award Winner

Nicolaos Symeou — @nicksymeou.creative

Melbourne
Tractor

Jono’s pick: I’m drawn to the overall presentation of this folio. It demonstrates varied, but restrained use of colour. Beauty is visible in the details, such as a cast fluorescent glow of typography on skin. There’s a confidence in the economy of the work. Nice one.

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Design work by Madeline Deneys - TDK Awards '15 Award Winner

Madeline Deneys — @mad_deneys

Melbourne
Monash University

Simon’s pick: Great overall folio. Clean and clear resume, followed by an interesting range of work. A focus on typography concept and colour, across a range of projects. Some simple finishing techniques that are really well executed on real world projects. Common executional trends such as hand drawn type and sign painting are used in innovative, interesting and non traditional ways.

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Design work by Jess Xuan - TDK Awards '15 Award Winner

Jess Xuan — @jesskxuan

Melbourne
Monash University

Simon’s pick: Jess’ folio immediately stood out. Brief, bright and clear resume outlines her work experience, education and awards without anything extraneous. It’s simple, but has everything required for a junior position – she’s not trying to beef it up. The presentation is consistent and functional making the folio easy to digest. I didn’t have to work hard to view the work – which makes a big difference when your’e reviewing hundreds of folios. The work itself is interesting and broad. Projects show a good illustrative skills and an eye for production techniques such as binding and finishing. Great use of colour throughout, but also restraint in the final project.

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Design work by Luke Tiziani - TDK Awards '15 Award Winner

Luke Tiziani — @luketiziani

Melbourne
RMIT

Jack’s pick: Luke’s work is incredibly minimal yet doesn’t subscribe to any particular trend. The conceptual element to Luke’s work is both very interesting and nicely refreshing.

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Design work by Lachlan Siu - TDK Awards '15 Award Winner

Lachlan Siu — @lachysiu

Melbourne
Monash University

Michaela’s pick: A really good mix of different commercially appropriate projects. All beautifully presented. The work is simple, bold and beautifully executed.

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Design work by Carolyn Ang - TDK Awards '15 Award Winner

Carolyn Ang — @carolyn.ang

Melbourne
Monash University

Jono’s pick: A good example of considered colour, typography and styling. My constructive feedback would be that I’d love to look closer. Details of publication pages would be great and I would be happy to see some of the focus on treatment stripped away to make space for this.

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Design work by Brenton Osborn - TDK Awards '15 Award Winner

Brenton Osborn — @brentonosborn

Melbourne
Monash University

Andy’s pick: Brenton’s folio made an impression because his cultural and personal influences come though in his projects which is refreshing. We always look for an element of this whenever we add to our team.

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Design work by Ann Chen - TDK Awards '15 Award Winner

Ann Chen — @ann_chenna

Melbourne
RMIT

Jack’s pick: The breadth and variation in Ann’s work was very impressive. Both digital and print formats have been explored as an extension of branding, which displays a good understanding of where design is heading.

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Design work by Amery Leslie Johnston - TDK Awards '15 Award Winner

Amery Leslie Johnston — @

Melbourne
Monash University

Jono’s pick: This portfolio is a little enigmatic and challenging. It also shows discipline, process and curiosity. Next stop, client work. Love to see how that goes! Disclosure, I remembered meeting Amery after judging this folio, seems I’m always attracted to his work. (note: this folio was animated)

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Design work by Alice Mulleeney - TDK Awards '15 Award Winner

Alice Mulleeney — @a_______.m

Melbourne
RMIT

Jack’s pick: What I liked about Alice’s work is that it is immediately visually striking—it draws you in and you want to discover more. She has a strong type sensibility and a high level of attention to detail in regard to balancing visual information.

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