Design student features in AGDA Awards

Design student features in AGDA Awards

Design student Farrell Rolfe has been recognised in the annual awards of the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA). The AGDA Award program is Australia’s barometer for creative excellence and is in its 20th year.

Rolfe’s website, created as part of his Bachelor of Media Arts 3rd year study in Digital Design, made the successful group of submissions selected to receive an AGDA Design Biennale Award classification and also featured in the top 100 student submissions.

The full group of AGDA Award recipients can be viewed here.



Third-year Design student nominated for International award

[singlepic id=693 w=320 h=240 float=left]Third year Graphic Design student, Ryan Delaney, has been nominated for the International CCS Design Award which is run by a company that is dedicated to showcasing and awarding outstanding website designs.

Ryan created this website for a third year Media Arts paper, Advanced Intenet Design, and he now relies on votes from the public to increase his chances of winning.

After the public have voted, a panel of 4-8 judges, made up of qualified and professional designers that have at least 5 years experience in their specialised fields; graphic design, wedsite design and website development, assess the submissions.

The judges choice of stand-out submissions then go onto the nominees page, where Ryan’s website is sitting, waiting for the final decision.

There are a range of prizes, like Designer of the Month, which receives a $199 1 month subscription from stock photography site, Pixmac.

All winning nominations will be automatically accepted for the newly established Designer of the Year award also.

Have a look at his entry here  and submit your vote!

Also check out his Facebook page also to let him know what you think!

Innovative project explores virtual space

pranesh-websiteStudents from far afield traditionally have difficulty exploring their future learning environments, but a postgraduate project by Pranesh Lal allows them to do just that – from their desktop.

While the School of Media Arts conducts regular Friday tours around its facilities, Lal’s website project offers a taste of how potential students may choose to tour institutions in the near future. The user is able to navigate themselves around the different rooms of the Commercial Music block using similar technology to Google Maps’ ‘streetview’. A floor plan guides the navigation, academic information is available in a side box, and students are able to simultaneously access songs and videos by students and graduates.

Lal completed the project in 2009, while working as the graphics technician for the School of Media Arts.

The website address is

Below is the project’s exhibition essay by Andrea Wilkinson, also available at the Ramp Gallery website.

Ramp Gallery, Hamilton, New Zealand
27 November – 11 December 2009

New Zealand is known for its technological portrayal of statistics and information. From the innovative real-time portrayal of 3D America’s Cup races to analogue on-field advertising in skewed perspective to heartbeats-per-minute of bowlers in one-day internationals, New Zealand viewers and audiences have come to expect layers of information. In Pranesh Lal’s project entitled Ze.nith, he has considered the experience and expectation of the modern user.

image_4With the incessant reinvention of new ways of presenting, the virtual world touches contemporary life in more ways than realised. These new ways of showcasing material provide endless opportunities for marketing, education, recruitment, the portrayal of products and the delivery of services. Having analyised existing models for virtual tours, Lal has developed a project that presents, showcases and leads a user through a self-led tour of what is on offer in the Music Department at the School of Media Arts.

Contemporary users have little regard for the technology behind the tools presented online. Beyond accessibily and ease of use, the magic of interactivity no longer provides a spark of awe, but rather users approach media with an embedded expectation of what it can/should provide. Today’s portal-based websites are built on a modular framework that Pranesh Lalallow for a user to decide what he/she sees. Information is no longer presented in a linear structure. In the case of Lal’s subject, objects which were formerly the bedrock of pre-tertiary decision-making are shared in their virtual counterparts; a CD is offered as downloadable mp3s, a tour of facilities is provided as a 3D interactive environment and what was once a newsletter is rendered as an RSS feed.

Not only does Lal’s virtual showcase offer users the possibility to sample the department’s offerings, but as a work it has far-reaching implications; it projects a vision of currency. His project is both a model and a challenge to organisations and businesses of what they will need to succeed in the years to come.

Andrea Wilkinson

Click here to visit Andrea’s ‘thirtysomething’ website.

A Range of projects in Sequential Comp

Sequential Composition is a second-year digital elective sitting with the design stream. Students from various visual arts areas get the chance to manipulate video and still imagery using After Effects. In assignment two, students are asked to develop a project around the theme of Ritual. All sounds and imagery are created or sourced (with copyright approval) by the students and show a wide array of not only interpretation, but design strategies. 

To see more examples of this student work, visit the Mediarts channel on YouTube.

Russel Twiddle, Graphic Design, Ritual // 2008

Luke McConnel, Graphic Design, Ritual // 2008

Scott McGill, Graphic Design, Ritual // 2008

Ryan Lind, Moving Image // 2008