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INFO NIGHT | mid-year intake 2019

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FORGE YOUR OWN PATH

“The question isn’t who is going to let me;

it’s who is going to stop me” – Ayn Rand

The design industry is continually expanding, and the range of career paths is diverse.
As our environment and technology changes around us, design is a constant.

Design is more than aesthetics.
It is the unseen bond between the elements that make sense of the world.
It is what makes a room feel right, or a website easy to navigate.

Design is humanistic.
It solves problems with critical thinking and creative solutions.
It uses technology as a tool rather than a driver.

Design is curious.
It questions, explores and plays.
It allows continual learning and discovery.

 

Join us for an awesome night.
Ask any questions you have about curriculum, dates, prices, career opportunities etc.

Monday 6th May
5.30pm – 6:30pm

Make sure you reserve your place by completing the RSVP form below.

2019 Mid-Year Info Night
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EVENT | HDS x The Design Kids

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HDS is thrilled to be hosting April’s edition of #tdktuesdays! Join us next Tuesday at to kick off the sixth edition of 36 Days of Type!  There will be plenty of cheap drinks and a few drawing materials if you can’t source your own.  Digital and analogue tools welcome – there’s plenty of space for all kinds of experimentin’.

Come flex your type skills!

36 Days of Type (@36daysoftype) is a project that invites designers, illustrators and visual artists to express their interpretation of the letters and numbers of our alphabet. The challenge is to design a letter or number for each day of the 36 days. Participants share their artworks via Instagram by uploading their entries with the project hashtag #36daysoftype and daily hashtag #36days_[Letter/Number]. From all daily entries, a curated selection will be published on the 36 Days of Type Instagram account (169k followers!).

This is a chance to get a head start on your first few letters if you think you’re up for the challenge!  If you want to participate for a few days or even just a single letter you can too.  If you don’t want to draw but feel like some quality banter on your Tuesday night, that’s good too.

 

Not sure what #TDKtuesdays is all about? It’s a no-pressure, beginners welcome, hi-fives encouraged anti-networking event on the first Tuesday of every month.

We’ve decided here at The Design Kids HQ that there is waaaay too much emailing and not enough socialising. So roll on #TDKtuesdays, where every month our fabulous TDK City hosts across the globe organise everything from free workshops to panel discussions, to design pub trivia, to studio tours with some of our fave industry peeps, and heaps more.

It’s a great place for design students, graduates and professionals to meet other design students, graduates and professionals, have a chat, swap notes, get involved and just generally build a bigger and better design community in their cities. If you are shy and “networking” (dirty word) is hard, this is an easy place to start. Grab a friend and come say hi!

RSVP to the Facebook event HERE

Feature Image Wallphabet by @otto_baum and @copenhagensigns
Images X by @linuslohoff K by @mariasern.art

LA ISLA | t – magazines best product of the year 2018

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SANCAL, a leading manufacturing company of contemporary design, have taken out  T-Magazines Best Product of the Year for 2018 with La Isla. 

T Magazine’s debut Design Awards ceremony sought out to recognise designers who demonstrate out-of-the-box thinking, originality, talent, impact and creative vision, and products that are innovative and progressive, can integrate with the environment, and have honesty, simplicity and versatility as well as being sustainable. The awards also recognised the use of valuable resources, such as traditional craft techniques and new materials for economic efficiency. 

The Spanish company approached NOTE, Swedish design firm, for a design solution to make transit areas friendlier.
Crafted to accomodate relief for weary travellers, La Isla provides comfortable seating spaces into transit areas.

An enticing destination in a sea of nothingness…….As we travel more, we continually find ourselves in transit areas – vast seas of inhospitable and unwelcoming space that Marc Augué has dubbed “non-places”.

As the jury commented: “Finding rest in the increasingly frequent places of transit, such as lobbies or waiting rooms, is not an easy task. The conjunction between the Swedish studio and the Spanish company has led to a multiple seat that stands out for the comfort of its upholstery, the softness of its shapes and its sinuous curves.”

Images NOTE
Source KE-ZU

BREAK THE MOULD | graduation 2018

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On Friday the 11th of January we came together to celebrate our Graduates of 2018.

HDS encourages bold and disruptive design that is produced once a deep understanding of traditional design values are met. You must first learn the rules to break the rules!

Staying true to traditional design practices does not mean they are left in the past. HDS is a forward-thinking institution and proves to show consistent adaptation to their courses to incorporate new technologies, which equips their students with a broad skill set.

With this mindset, a dynamic learning environment is created and student’s creativity and experimentation results in ideas that BREAK THE MOULD.

 

Achievement Awards

STUDENT OF 2019
Carly Cousins | MSF40113 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

TOP OF THE CLASS
Michelle Allan | CUA40715 Certificate IV in Design specialising in Graphic Design
Amy-Lea Pettigrew | MSF40113 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration
Kate Batten | MSF50213 Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

MOST IMPROVED
Jessie Parker | MSF50213 Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration 2018/19

 

Industry Awards

EARPS BROS TILES
Leanne Pettigrew | MSF40113 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

INNER CITY WINE MAKERS
Michelle Allan | CUA40715 Cerificate IV in Design specialising in Graphic Design

 

Congratulations to all our Graduates!

 

WORKSHOP | rustic wreaths & native arrangements

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The Storekeeper & Co are joining up with some locals to bring you a gathering at the foot of the Watagans with like-minded folks to nourish your souls and get your hands creating.

Elissa, master floral designer from Wandering Flora, is a local from the Lake Macquarie area, who puts heart into everything she creates.

Inspired rustic textures and colours, she delights in creating fresh smelling flower arrangements that brings joy and life into peoples homes.

Join Elissa, in creating you own wild style floral goodness for your home. Using native flowers, vines and leaves you will take home your handmade pieces ready for your next gathering.

  

Other workshops to check out – vegetable fermenting, the truth about honey and nutritious meal planning.

With your ticket purchase tell us how you love to gather to win 2 nights accommodation at The Forest Cottage.

WHEN Saturday 27th October 2018 10 – 2pm

WHERE The Forest Cottage 31 Wilkinson Road Martinsville

COST Floral Workshop + Picnic Box $70

RSVP we gather

EVENT | The Brief

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Set in a relaxed atmosphere, we invite leading designers to deconstruct project briefs and open engaging discussions about the design industry.

September’s edition we are thrilled to host Ian Wrightson from Wrightson Stewart!
Ian will be taking you through one of their latest commissions, Wilston Project, from initial brief through to completion..and beyond!
Wilston Project is a Finalist in the 2018 IDEA Awards.
[see image and link to gallery below]

Whether you’re a professional, freelancer or student, this event is designed to offer personal development and advice, helping you grow in your field. Opportunities for questions throughout the night are welcomed. Complimentary nibbles and wine provided!

Not yet working or studying in the industry? No worries! Anyone with an interest in the design world is welcome!
Don’t miss the chance to gain valuable industry knowledge from our special guest.


Click for full gallery

Ian Wrightson | Wrightson Stewart
http://www.wrightsonstewart.com.au/

Ian Wrightson, a born and bred Novacastrian, is one of the Directors at Design Practise, Wrightson Stewart.

Industry-leading since 2001, Wrightson Stewart specialises in customised built environments, specialising in quality interior design, architectural adaptation, contemporary styling and original product design.

Wholly responsive to the client’s vision, Wrightson Stewart is synonymous with clever adaptation of space and an inimitable polished and timeless international aesthetic that breathes new life into hero architectural features.

Resulting from a customised, considered approach to each project, Wrightson Stewart has featured in all of Australia’s leading design and lifestyle publications, including Vogue Living, Houses, Australian House and Garden, Inside Interior Design Review, and Queensland Homes.

WHEN Friday 14 Sept 2018

 

WHERE  Hunter Design School

 

RSVP  Here

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT | kathy langlade

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT | kathy langlade

From conquering her fear of public speaking in high school to creating comic books, Kathy’s love for art has driven her to explore new territories and push boundaries within herself.

While working fulltime, as a hobby Kathy created a series of painted prints, greeting cards and comic books to sell at markets and online. Last year she challenged her knowledge in traditional methods of art making by enrolling into the Cert IV in Graphic Design.

Her mentality to get out of her comfort zone and learn new skills complements her projects and helps create unique artworks. The course also exposed her to new areas of design that she had never considered before – like typography and pattern making. She also was the winner of Inner City Wine Maker’s wine label competition and had her design [pictured] put into production!

Her first art exhibition is running now [15 May-18 August] at the Charlestown Library and features the paper craft animals made during the graphic design course as well as some new work.
If you are interested in attending her artist talk on June 5th at Charlestown Library please register anytime by the link below. It’s a free event with nibblies and question time at the end and a chance to view her art work on exhibition.

WHEN Tuesday 5th June 2018

WHERE  Charlestown Library, Cnr Smith and Ridley Streets, Charlestown, NSW 2290

RSVP  Here

MID YEAR INTAKE | interiors, events + graphic

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MID YEAR INTAKE CERT IV INTERIORS, EVENTS + GRAPHIC

JOIN US for an awesome night, meet some of our HDS trainers and industry people.
Ask any questions you have about curriculum, dates, prices, career opportunities etc.

EXPLORE HDS purpose built + exciting studio spaces
DISCOVER industry hacks + how to be your own boss
GET CREATIVE winner from the But Y 2018 Careers Expo Competition announced! [Thursday event]

DISRUPT THE NORM
BE DIFFERENT – DO DIFFERENT

GUEST SPEAKERS
Luke Burrell Mezzanine
Louise Maher Hunter Valley Events
Lisa McKenzie Graphic Design
Media Super Media Super
Donna Burrell director of HDS

WHEN Thursday 31st May at 6pm

WHERE 67 Parry St Newcastle West

RSVP  Here

for more info, please call 02 4915 7007 or contact us below

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FREE WORKSHOPS | colour & style

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Explore and experiment with colour and style in one of our FREE workshops in January.

Understanding Colour & How it Applies to Your Interiors 

The impact of colour and how it makes us feel is such a personal thing and we need to make sure we get it right.  Colour can make you feel bad or good, sick or healthy, sleepy or awake.  If you would like an opportunity to explore some of these things when applying it to your own interiors or maybe even thinking about becoming a colour consultant, then join one of our workshops in January.

Create a Vision Board 

Vision for you home, your life, your family and your business is paramount to it’s success or failure, or maybe you have just be stagnant and feel like things are going nowhere.  Come along and create a vision board for your home and leave our workshop feeling inspired, happy, ready to confidently do something or make some changes.

WHEN Saturday 6th and 13th January 10 – 12pm & 1 – 2pm

WHERE 67 Parry St Newcastle West

COST Free

RSVP Understanding Colour & How it Applies to Your Interiors  | Create a Vision Board 

INFO NIGHT | january 4th, 11th & 18th

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The facts are, more than half a million Australians now work in the creative sector, making it one of the fastest-growing, most dynamic segments of the national economy.  Everything we do, wear, use, see and read has been designed.  Our future will be built on design thinking and innovation.

Join us to discover how you can design your future.

WHEN Thursday January 4th, 11th & 18th 5.30 – 7.00pm

WHERE 67 Parry St Newcastle West

RSVP  Here

for more info, please call 02 4915 7007 or contact us below

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