Tuesday, June 22, 2010

were from here (nick)

Next year if I am ready I would like to do the diploma course at Kingscliff Tafe Campus or I might move to Brisbane because there are more opportunities there, if i did i would study at Sunnybank Tafe Campus. That is if i go on to complete Cert 4 this year if not I will be doing cert 4 next year at either of these campuses. The Course I would like to do is 19211 Design Diploma course goes for 1470 hours. The course focuses on print and digital design which is were i want to focus my energy. The course also helps you improve and gain skills and knowledge and attitudes needed to develop and communicate graphic design solutions across the areas of print and digital design. Also to develop creative thinking , analytical and problem-solving skills to underpin development of successful visual design solutions. It is similar to this course at the moment you are given briefs and you must meet its criteria and demands. You can also choose electives. The course dabbles in the areas of publication, print media, packaging, marketing and advertising, digital graphics for mobile devices, web, televison and film. A marketable portfolio is needed to get in demonstating a high level of professional skill.

my top 10 design comanmants (nick)

1. don't discriminate against minorities eg. racist and sexist behavior is a big no no.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discrimination

2. no promotion of child labour

http://www.worldvision.com.au/issues/Human_Trafficking___Slavery/WhatIsThisAbout/What_exactly_is_child_labour_.aspx

3. Don't promote a bad image for the young public ie. cigaretes, alcohol, drugs, smut ect.

http://www.helium.com/debates/71655-does-hollywood-have-a-negative-impact-on-the-world

4. never discourage a green idea, always try and promote sustainable living and recycling ect.

http://www.naturalstrategies.com.au/

5. Never ever promote anything even half sexual if the girl isnt over 18. don't set a bad example i think that hollywood and the media are making young girls look bad.

http://www.hollywoodlife.com/2010/05/14/miley-cyrus-oversexed-single-ladies-seven-year-olds/

6. Don't promote that unhealthy is pretty, magazines promote an unhealthy image for young girls, skinny isnt hot its not healthy.

http://kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/problems/body_image.html

7. Never work for anything remotely do do with gossip magazines or the paparazzi , they are bad news and are scandalous

http://ask.metafilter.com/79387/How-are-paparazzi-not-considered-harassment

8. Never work for a company that i hate ie companies like mcdonalds that rip people off and basically encourage obesity by geting health ticks for their meals and having a mcdonalds on every corner and constantly advertising plus taking bussiness away from small companies that produce much better food.

http://www.trueconspiracies.com/predatory.htm

9. Don't endorse animal tested products or products made from animals

http://www.actnow.com.au/Issues/Animal_testing.aspx

10. Don't promote companies that use slave labour or unfair treatment to their workers.

http://www.witness.org/index.php?option=com_rightsalert&Itemid=17&task=view&alert_id=54

Monday, June 21, 2010

Olympic Mascots

The 2000 Australian Olympic Mascots were by far my favorite icons. This is mostly due to their cultural significance and representation of Australian heritage. Olly, Syd and Millie also represent represent earth, air and water. "Olly", a kookaburra, epitomizes the Olympic spirit of generosity and universal generosity ; "Syd", a platypus, represents the environment and captures the vigor and energy of Australia and its people ; "Millie", an echidna, is a techno-whiz and information guru, with all the facts and figures at her fingertips.


Unlike the 2000 Australian mascots, the 2012 London mascots Wenlock and Madeville have no cultural significance. Wenlock and Madville do not have any form of representation for London, they do not suggest London rather some form of mythical and aliened creature that possible is there to 'take over' the Olympics. These mascots do not portray any form of Olympic spirit.











http://www.greecetravel.com/2004olympics/mascot1.html
http://www.virginmedia.com/olympics2008/pictures/worst-olympic-mascots.php?ssid=11

Ethical fashion- Noir



The Noir aesthetic is unusually minimal for an eco-fashion label. 50% of their Spring/Summer 07 collection is made from organically certified African cotton and in 2008 they will launch their cotton fabric brand Illuminati II which will supply sub-Saharan cotton to luxury brands. They’ve treated the cotton in many ways to create what they call ‘cotton couture’. The coated cotton gives the impression of rubber with a sexy fetishistic appeal, the starched honeycomb cotton creates interesting shapes, while the cotton silks have a luxurious feel. Apart from creating beautiful clothes Noir has created an ethical collection where a percentage of profits from the clothes go back to Africa to support the cotton workers. The Noir Foundation provides essential medicine and micro loans in a so-called Humane Business Model. "We want to be known as the first brand to turn corporate social responsibility sexy” says Peter Ingwersen the founder of NOIR.IlluminatiII. The label is a member of the U.N. Global Compact adhering to human rights, labour safety, environment and anticorruption politics. It is also affiliated with The International Labour Organization. :: NOIR. Illuminati II.

The Essentials

After having worked as a brand manager at Levi’s and Day, Birger et Mikkelsen, entrepreneur Peter Ingwersen created Danish high fashion label Noir. Modeled by the likes of Shalom Harlow, the brand stands out for its sophistication and sleek sexiness. This has made Noir one of the first eco labels to gain exposure in mainstream fashion magazines such as Vogue and W. Noir’s newly launched men’s and lingerie collections add to the growing luxury eco emporium.

Ethic-Chic

While Noir’s organic cotton shirts are sold out every season, their leather and fur items (by-products that adhere to the standards of Kopenhagen Fur) are equally popular. Their pioneering work in creating organic cotton fabrics has led to the creation of the brand Illuminati II, whose purpose is to produce and sell the finest African cotton to leading luxury brands. A percentage of sales will support African cotton farmers through the Noir foundation.

Danish luxury label Noir has reinvented ethical fashion with sexy, chic, edgy designs and a business model built on social sustainability. Consumers can now look good and feel good at the same time, knowing that even as they indulge in the pursuit of fashion, they are also supporting sustainable business in the Third World.






http://www.treehugger.com/files/2006/09/noir_sexy_eco_fashion.php
http://www.ecofashionworld.com/Brands-/detail/Noir/onecat/Resources+Brands/0.html
http://www.eco-asia.info/content/f-noir

Vancouver 2010 mascots(nick)






I really like these mascots i think there cute, appropriate and are really cool designs. There's Miga who is a young sea bear, Quatchi the young Sasquatch, and Sumi the animal spirit that lives in the mountains of Bristish Columbia. I think that the stories behing the mascots are really imaginative and indepth for example Miga the young sea bear comes from the tales of the Pacific Nortwest's first nations. They believed that orca whales transform into bears when they arive on land. The Kermode bear also know as spirit bear is a rare white and black bear that is unique to the central west coast of Bristish Columbia. They believed that the Raven turned the bear white to remind people of the ice age. Orcas were know as travellers and guardians of the sea by The West Coast First Nations.

http://www.vancouver2010.com/mascot/en/profile_m.html
http://www.vancouver2010.com/mascot/en/meet.html
http://www.vancouver2010.com/mascot/en/profile_q.html
http://www.vancouver2010.com/mascot/en/profile_s.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Winter_Olympics

Olympic mascott 2012 (nick)

I personally dont like the mascots for the 2012 olympic games in London, i think they are trying to be to futurist and are fairly basic boring design. Wenlock and Manderville are there names which i think is fair enough i like the idea that they came from two drops of molten steel that came from a foundery I think that is a good concept but i think they are pretty lame and aren't really friendly or excieting they remind me a little bit of those dolarmites that you used to have at school but the dolarmites were actually pretty cool. I think they need to make this design more excieting for children as i supose that would be there target audience I am not saying that I could do better but there design is really random and different and that isnt a bad thing but if you just seen them walking down the street i don't think it would spell out London 2012 olympic games to you.

Monday, June 14, 2010

dean-the afterlife


The Martin College Graphic Design program is focused on teaching the design skills which enable graduates to move into a job in the graphic design industry.
  • Students develop a portfolio in the Diploma to present at job interviews or to use for credit into a degree.
  • Learn to use the Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop; Indesign; Illustrator; Dreamweaver; Flash; Acrobat.
  • Develop specialist skills in advertising and multimedia.
  • Become confident in using Macintosh computers: the industry standard for graphic designers.
  • Transfer to a degree with up to 1 year credit transfer.

Degree transfer
Successful completion of the Diploma of Graphic Design offers the following credit transfer options:

  • 1 year credit transfer to Raffles College of Design and Commerce Bachelor of Design.
  • 1 semester credit transfer to Griffith University Bachelor of Communication

  • Campuses & Start Dates
    Brisbane, Sydney
    16 Aug / 20 Sep
Subjects

Creative Advertising I
Digital Prepress Production
Design for Screens and Interactivity
Graphic Design III
Professional Practice II
Computer Graphics II
Make a Presentation
Enhance and Manipulate Digital Images
Creative Advertising II
Art Direction
Identify the Market
Website Design II
Multimedia Design

Entry Requirements

Entry to the Diploma of Graphic Design requires ONE of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Certificate IV in Design OR other relevant qualification/s, OR;
  • Vocational experience in a range of work environments in design and presentation of a portfolio of work for assessment.

where to

My first choice will be Graphic Diploma at Tafe Kingscliff, NSW.
My second choice will be Graphic Diploma at Tafe Ashmore

Diploma in Graphic Design (3914QLD) - Gold Coast Institute of TAFE
Campus: Ashmore
Duration: 18 months full-time, approximately 20-25 hours per week.
Full Cost: $6,155.02
Concession Cost: $4850.02

Application/Intake: Course applications are handled by the state Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC).

Students should apply through QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre), phone: 1300 467 822 or http://www.qtac.edu.au

Late entry may be possible in the case where class capacity is not filled via QTAC applicants. Late applicants may apply directly via Gold Coast Institute of TAFE Customer Service Units.

The following recommenced entry requirements are historically indicative of a successful application thus demonstrating the applicant's ability to cope with the program workload:

* Completion of Year 12
* Prior industry experience
* Ability to utilise the interview process to demonstrate suitability

Applicants must have literacy and numeracy skill level equivalent to Level 3 of the National Reporting System: http://www.nrs.dest.gov.au/theory/1oview.htm

Students will be required to submit a portfolio.

Contact: Customer Service Unit
Contact Phone: 07 5581 8300
Contact Fax: 07 5581 8333
Contact Email: Application/Intake: Course applications are handled by the state Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC).

Students should apply through QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre), phone: 1300 467 822 or http://www.qtac.edu.au

Late entry may be possible in the case where class capacity is not filled via QTAC applicants. Late applicants may apply directly via Gold Coast Institute of TAFE Customer Service Units.

The following recommenced entry requirements are historically indicative of a successful application thus demonstrating the applicant's ability to cope with the program workload:

* Completion of Year 12
* Prior industry experience
* Ability to utilise the interview process to demonstrate suitability

Applicants must have literacy and numeracy skill level equivalent to Level 3 of the National Reporting System: http://www.nrs.dest.gov.au/theory/1oview.htm

Students will be required to submit a portfolio.

Contact: Customer Service Unit
Contact Phone: 07 5581 8300
Contact Fax: 07 5581 8333
Contact Email: enrolments.gcit@det.qld.gov.au

http://www.goldcoast.tafe.qld.gov.au/cis/index.php?script_name=coursedetails&course_id=1926#student_instructions

Friday, June 11, 2010

2000 Sydney Olympic games mascot. Nari.







Olympic mascots are characters, usually animals native to the area or occasionally human figures, who represent the cultural heritage and significance of the place where the particular Olympic games are taking place.


Since the 1968 winter Olympic games in Grenoble, France the Olympic games have adopted mascots to accompany the event. The first major Olympic games mascot was a russian bear named Misha. Misha was designed by children's book illustrator Victor Chizhikov.



Misha was the first mascot of a sporting event to actuallyachieve large-scale commercial success as merchandise. Misha eve n had an animated TV cartoon series.


The 2000 summer Olympic mascots are some of my favorite, not only just because i am a proud australian, but also because they represent true native australian animals. The three mascots were named Ollie, Syd, and Millie. Not only are these mascots native australian animals but their names also represent something significant.

As we know the 2000 Olympic games were held in sydney so we have SYD the platypus, which Sydney for short and represents the environment and the energy of the australian people. Then we have OLLY Kookaburra which is short for Olympic, which represents the Olympic spirit of generosity. Last but not least we have MILLIE the Echidna. Millie is short for Millennium as these games were held during the transition of one millennium to another.

These mascots were designed by Matthew Hatton.


Another reason these Olympic games stand out for me is because I attended the 2000 summer paralympics. I was only 9 years old at the time but it was a memorable event for me. The most probably being the swimming event in which I saw a man with no arms and no legs pull in 3rd place in the 200 metre freestyle. It is forever vividly etched in my memory.

The mascot for the 2000 Paralympics games was a frill-necked lizard named Lizzie or Liz for short. Her frill was shaped like the combined islands of australia and tasmania.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic__mascots


Thursday, June 10, 2010

London Mascots -Veronica


When i first saw these mascots for 2012 Olympic Games, like the rest of the world i was stunned and started questioning myself to make out what they are. Definitely nothing like the previous mascots. The birth of these characters will probably take a while to warm up, no question about that. Especially to the kids; one eye? That's a bit freaky and not a toy I would want to cuddle up with at night.

But it provoked me to learn more. So i looked them up and after reading and watching their film, interpreting what it means, i understood the whole meaning around it.

Mandeville is named after a village shire which inspired the modern Games. Wedlock is named after the hospital which the Paralympic Games were founded in the 19th Century. After watching the film, my interpretation is that these lovable characters are made from 2 pieces of girder from 2012's stadium, creating a 'rebirth' of Mandeville and Wenlock's history.

Other Countries like Australia and Japan, who have a lot of icons where people can associate which symbol belongs where, creating mascots are easy. But countries which lack in the area, like London, would be difficult.

I mean, how exactly do we interpret London? Double Decker buses… soccer… Beckham… the Queen…tea and biscuits…cloudy skies…rain…Jane Austen…to me personally, i think they did a great job with these mascots. And the story behind them. It'll cause a lot of controversy but that just makes them become a part of history and we all love that. It's boring living up to others expectations. Why not try something different? I give them 2 thumbs up :))

Monday, June 7, 2010

(Kelly) Olympic Mascots

Since the first mascot in Olympic history made its appearance at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, Olympic Mascots have become a main element of the Olympic image.

A good Mascot is a symbol of the spirit of the Olympics in general; while, at the same time, teaching the world something about the country where the event is taking place. In my opinion, mascots should exude a positive and focused energy and enthusiasm for the games as well as the city, country and culture they represent.

The London 2012 Olympic Games mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville, is a pair who are based on a short story that tells how they were fashioned from droplets of the steel used to build the Olympic stadium. However, without seeing the film that was produced to explain their creation, you would have no idea who they were.

With a metallic finish, a single large eye made out of a camera lens, a London taxi light on their heads and the Olympic rings represented as friendship bracelets on their wrists, it almost seems they resemble characters dreamed up for a Disney animation.


Past Olympic mascots that were fondly remembered include:


Waldi, was the 1972 Olympic Summer Games in Munich, Germany the dachshund possesses qualities that are indispensable to an athlete: resistance, tenacity and agility. These are among the reasons he was chosen to be the mascot. He was dressed in pastel colours to express the joy of the Olympic festival.

Misha the 1980 Moscow Olympic bear was developed from the renowned illustrator of children’s books, Victor Chizikov. Misha became an instant international success.

Ollie, Syd and Millie are three native Australian animals chosen as mascots for the Sydney Summer 2000 Games. They represent earth, air and water. "Ollie", a kookaburra, epitomizes the Olympic spirit of generosity and universal generosity (from Olympic); "Syd", a platypus, represents the environment and captures the vigor and energy of Australia and its people (from Sydney); "Millie", an echidna, is a techno-whiz and information guru, with all the facts and figures at her fingertips (from Millennium).

As you can imagine, picking actual one-eyed monsters as its official mascots has opened London to international ridicule. I’m sure with time (lots of it), Wenlock and Mandeville will grow on you but they’re a bit too teletubbie looking for my taste. It seems so long are the days of soft, plush mascots.

stay the same or make a change?


Sam - mascot of the 1984 Olympic Summer Games

Syd, Olly and Millie - mascots of the 2000 Olympic Summer Games
Bold
Mascots - Beijing 2008 - Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Above Mascots are my favourites, they are cute, collectable and each one of them directly repersents its background,culture and history. They are easier for most of people to accept, understand and learn the culture through the little Mascot.
Wenlock and Mandeville -- the official 2012 London Olympics Mascots
They seem kind of abstract to me. They are brave design, great revolution to challenge the past Mascots. Also has giving the message to us - change your way of thinking, and try different ideas.
Here I like to keep my finger crossed to wish them the great success for being "the first person to eat the crab"(an old saying from china, lol )

^-^


Cilla: London 2012 mascots



Wenlock and Mandeville the official 2012 London Olympics mascots are not cuddly or cute, but steely, strapping and genderless. The Mascots have cameras for eyes, taxi headlights, and Wenlock has friendship bracelets in the colour of Olympic rings whereas Mandeville has a pink stopwatch which symbolises that you can always do better.

Do I like these mascots? No not really, what I see is some weird science-fiction creature made of metal and decorated in techicolour. Personally I don't feel that they do not represent the United Kingdom or the Olympics, I know that we are from a technological era however the olympics is all about the human race. The olympians are all expected to complete their chosen sport using physical an mental strength, not technology we use that to measure and document it.



While researching the mascots I stumbled onto the London 2012 website and watched the short 4 minute film that has been created to explain the mascot. Wenlock and Mandeville are animations depicting two drops of steel from a steelworks in Bolton. They are named after the Shropshire town of Much Wenlock, which held a forerunner of the current Olympic Games, and Stoke Mandeville, a village in Buckinghamshire where the Paralympic Games were first held.

Although they have a well thought out story it hasn't really changed my mind, it has softened and I have a better understanding of their characters however, if I had never seen the video I would not have worked this out myself. I think Trafalgar the pigeon (an entry in the guardian: London 2012 Olympics: your mascot designs) makes a better mascot than Wenlock and Mandeville, but thats my opinion.



The designers have advised that they took their cue from the children (target market 5-15 years) they interviewed during their 18-month creative process. Children, they said, are more comfortable than many adults with inanimate, virtual characters serving as vehicles for telling a tale, real or imagined. “The one thing that came out of our research with children is they weren’t looking for a cuddly toy or something human, but for something rooted in a very good story,” Sebastian Coe, the chairman of the organizing committee, said in a phone interview.



My personal favorite Olympic mascots were the Fuwa from the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Carrying a message of friendship & peace and good wishes from China to children all over the world. They were designed to express the playful qualities of five little children who form an intimate circle of friends, and also embody the natural characteristics of four of China's most popular animals, the Fish, the Panda, the Tibetan Antelope, the Swallow and the Olympic Flame.



Each of Fuwa has a rhyming two syllable name, a traditional way of expressing affection for children in China. Beibei is the Fish, Jingjing is the Panda, Huanhuan is the Olympic Flame, Yingying is the Tibetan Antelope and Nini is the Swallow. When you put their names together "Bei Jing Huan Ying Ni" they say "Welcome to Beijing," offering a warm invitation that reflects the mission of Fuwa as young ambassadors for the Olympic Games.

Fuwa also embody both the landscape and the dreams and aspirations of people from every part of the vast country of China. In their origins and their headpieces, you can see the five elements of nature the sea, forest, fire, earth and sky all stylistically rendered in ways that represent the deep traditional influences of Chinese folk art and ornamentation.

They get my vote, they look like their from Beijing and tell a better story.


olympic mascots - Sam






















The 2012 London mascots are fairly absurd and lack any relevance to London or the Olympics in general.
They have no real character or expression and are basically un-appealing.
Their Olympic logos are tiny and the mascots themselves do not resemble anything. What are these creatures exactly?
In the past mascots are fluffy, cute, soft, playful and colourful.
They mostly consist of animals or cute creatures, such as Izzy from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics
and the 2002 salt lake winter Olympics which were three cuddly cartoon animals, Hare, Coyote and Bear.
I believe the London mascots - Wenlock and Mandeville are highly disapointing, they appear too futuristic and modern and lack the friendly nature we have seen before in Olympic mascots.
They are intended to aim towards children but I feel as these mascots wont be appealing to children of any age.

Ryan - Oylimpic Mascots


Olympic mascot for Sydney.


Olympic mascots for Athens.

Compared to previous mascot in other Olympic years, Wenlock and Mandeville are questionable. Usually mascots are a combination of simplicity, and historical and cultural reference to the country it is being held in. Wenlock and Mandeville however show no reference or link to London or England altogether. They look like crazy retarded space beings, not to mention you can't tell a major difference between the two. At least the Sydney and Athens mascots has simplicity through shape and colour, or reference native species / culture. In the attempt to design something that expresses all of England, they've dug themselves into a hole of difficulty.

Deux fm eco wear NICK COLQUHOUN





Deux Fm eco wear is a Nova Scotia based womens wear company established in 2006. Deux Fm operates under the fair trades act most of the material they use is enviromentaly friendly and is made in North America. They quote "We are part of the global movement for sustainable future and our mission is to to inspire ethical and enviromental awareness by implementing sustainable action through inovative design". They also quote "Deux Fm is for the woman who broadcasts both style and ethics. She is sexy-understated. Confident. Modern. She is a Philoantripist. She supports local. She is ecology in action. She wears her heart on her sleave. Love think eco chic". Anna Gilkerson is Deux Fm's founder and designer born in Nova Scotia, Canada. She studied fashion design in F.I.T in New York and at the Polimoda in Florence Italy. She worked as a fashion designer in Montreal for Ladies Dennim at Buffalo and was an assistant designer at Dalia and Matt and Nat. She also worked as a coustume designer for an US tv series on CBC and also for a Canadian Cooking show while she worked on her fashion line launched in 2006.

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www.ecouterre.com/.../deux-fm-brings-glamour-to-the-greenshows
www.treehugger.com/.../new-york-fashion-week-deux-fm-fall-2010-slideshow.php
www.ecofashionworld.com/Brands-/detail/deux-fm/onecat/.../0.html
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London Olympic 2012 Mascots
I found the mascots for the London 2012 Olympic cute, but I guess my interest in them stops there. All the Olympic symbols worked into the mascot was clever, but for ordinary people the symbolism might escape them.
But to compare them to, say the Beijing 2008 mascots, would be difficult, one of the main reasons being the English don't really have a form of animation that represents their country, whereas China has... well, China and Japan have always had their cute little animations and personally the Beijing mascot, as lovely as their are, just look like any other Chinese superhero anime character... and if I had that long history of animation to follow, well I think it would be pretty easy... not to mention that the Beijing mascots were just the thing the world expected from them, so people weren't really (unpleasantly) surprised.
All that to say I think England is just to boring to come up with an interesting mascot... so give them a break!
http://i.thisislondon.co.uk/i/pix/2010/05/olympicmascots415.jpg

But I would say that the Beijing 2008 mascots, the Fuwa, are my favorite.... :D
File:Bèibei.jpgFile:Jīngjing.jpgFile:Huānhuan.jpgFile:Yíngying.jpgFile:Nini (fuwa).jpg
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic_and_Paralympic_mascots
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuwa

DEAN-olympic mascots

Without an extensive amount of research, these two characters will never be understood by anyone. I myself would not have even known what they were unless explained to. I dislike these designs for its irrelevance to London and unexplainable features. The clip of them wouldn't be anything if it wasn't for the happy music playing in the background and there little voices, nothing of the actual mascots caught my eye in a good way. They would have had a better review from me if they used red double buses that can talk or a talking cup of tea. The positives on the characters are that they are very original and they are a good inspiration for kids with there motivated lifestyle with staying healthy and playing sports and having fun..

Amik was the mascot of the 1976 Summer Olympics. Amik was a beaver. In the Anishinaabe language, amik means "beaver." The beaver was chosen as mascot, because it represents hard work and it is also an animal native to Canada, the country where the games were held.
This was by far my favorite mascot for its straight forward simplicity and the design work that built this character to be who it was back then. There isnt a huge story line to get to know the character and what he symbolizes, and that really saves time for audiences that have none. It can sink in and be remembered as being a good symbolic memory of that year.

future?

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whitehouse institute of design | design for life

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2012 Olympic Mascots



Recently, Wenlock and Mandeville were unveiled to an unsuspecting public. The mascots for the 2012 Olympics! Ive got to say it made my heart sink. Perhaps over time Ill warm to them, but Im not convinced. Here was an opportunity to produce something special, but instead we get some shoddy, silver Gogos, or worse still, one eyed mobile phones? To be frank one even looks like he's soiled his pants.

I appreciate that the brief may have been difficult: to embrace multi cultured Britain, not to offend, and to produce something modern, but they just look cheap! They lack charisma, and look like they'll have a shelf life of two minutes. The result, no doubt, of design by committee!

Michael Morpugos story may have some substance behind it, as do the characters names, but will anyone delve beyond the childish facade?

We actively sought out Cobi, Mariscals mascot for the Barcelona Olympics. We were enchanted by the five Olympic figures from Bejing, but poor old Wenlock & Mandeville look in danger of being remembered for all the wrong reasons.

Research past mascots for the olympics and comment how you think Wenlock and Mandeville rate?

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Cilla: Where to next?

My first choice is to move into the Diploma in Graphic Design at Kingscliff Tafe however as there a couple of people that also have this in mind I have decided to research this choice at the Gold Coast tafe as a second choice for this course.

Diploma in Graphic Design (3914QLD) - Gold Coast Institute of TAFE
Campus: Ashmore
Duration: 18 months full-time, approximately 20-25 hours per week.
Full Cost: $6,155.02
Concession Cost: $4850.02

Application/Intake: Course applications are handled by the state Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC).

Students should apply through QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre), phone: 1300 467 822 or http://www.qtac.edu.au

Late entry may be possible in the case where class capacity is not filled via QTAC applicants. Late applicants may apply directly via Gold Coast Institute of TAFE Customer Service Units.

The following recommenced entry requirements are historically indicative of a successful application thus demonstrating the applicant's ability to cope with the program workload:

* Completion of Year 12
* Prior industry experience
* Ability to utilise the interview process to demonstrate suitability

Applicants must have literacy and numeracy skill level equivalent to Level 3 of the National Reporting System: http://www.nrs.dest.gov.au/theory/1oview.htm

Students will be required to submit a portfolio.

Contact: Customer Service Unit
Contact Phone: 07 5581 8300
Contact Fax: 07 5581 8333
Contact Email: enrolments.gcit@det.qld.gov.au

http://www.myfuture.edu.au/services/default.asp?FunctionID=5350&CourseID=33987&ProviderID=269

http://www.goldcoast.tafe.qld.gov.au/cis/index.php?script_name=coursedetails&course_id=1926#student_instructions


Diploma of Photoimaging (Incorporating CUV40403 Cert IV in Photoimaging) - Southbank Institute of Technology

Campus: Southbank Brisbane
Duration: 2 years full time

Program articulation: The opportunity exists each year for a maximum of 5 students to enrol concurrently into the Bachelor of Photography at Griffith University (GU), in the second year of this Southbank Institute of Technology program. Selection is based on students’ academic results in the first year of study. Under optimal circumstances students will then proceed into and complete the third year of the degree at GU.

How to apply:

FULL TIME: Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC)
Telephone: 1300 467 822
Facsimile: (07) 3367 1164
Location: Level 2, 33 Park Road Milton QLD 4064
Postal: PO Box 1331, Milton QLD 4064
E-mail: use website enquiry service
Internet: www.qtac.edu.au

Apply online at the QTAC website. Applications open in July for courses commencing in the following year (eg July 2010 for courses in 2011). Applications for this program must be received by the Fixed Closing Date. Please see the QTAC website for all information on key dates and application charges. Southbank Institute of Technology will invite Folio submissions after QTAC advises applicant details following the Closing Date.

Applications close: For full time applicants there is only one intake per year and applications are made in September for a February intake.

Cost of this program is TBA

Students would be expected to have access to a reasonable quality, 35mm SLR camera (film or digital) with manual capability and a computer with Word processing and Adobe Photoshop software. Applicants need to be aware that additional sundry materials and equipment could cost up to $4,000.00

Southbank Institute of Technology has a range of scholarships available to support students. Further information is available at www.southbank.edu.au/scholarships

Shape your career information evening

Wednesday 28 July 2010
5.00pm to 7.00pm
C Block Performance Centre
Southbank Institute of Technology
Ernest Street, South Brisbane

http://www.southbank.edu.au/site/about/events/InfoSessions.asp

http://www.southbank.edu.au/course/DOM/CUV50407.htm

Friday, June 4, 2010

(Kelly) Further Study Options

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Diploma Graphic Design,
TAFE Kingscliff


This course is for persons who want to gain the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to develop and communicate creative graphic design solutions across the areas of print and digital design.


Course Number: 19211

Location: Kingscliff, NSW

Course Duration: 1470 (nominal hours)


Cost:
The TAFE NSW fee for 2010 for this course is $1242
Deadlines: Applications open for Semester One
2011 (to be confirmed) on 9 August and close on 29 October 2010.

Application Requirements: The entry requirement for this course is completion of the NSW Higher School Certificate or a relevant Certificate III qualification, or equivalent.

Student Selection: Based on the information provided on the TAFE NSW Application Form, the results from an aptitude test and the submission of a portfolio.


Contact: stacy.pollard@tafensw.edu.au


TAFE Course Information
TAFE NSW Student Calendar



Certificate IV in Photoimaging,

AICA Education

Gain practical, hands on experience in black and white, colour, lighting techniques, digital-imaging, darkroom techniques and studio work. You will explore many different areas of photography, including portraiture, fashion, nature, landscape, editorial, sport, wedding, advertising and photo-journalism.

CRICOS Code:
# 059002M

Location: Bundall
, Gold Coast, QLD
Course Duration: 935 (nominal hours)


Cost:
$12,000 (current fee); additional fees may include printing costs and some levies may apply (subject to elective choices).

Deadlines: July intake


Application Requirements: The completion of Year 10 (15 years) or equivalent and a portfolio.
An application fee of $300.00* is required; the fee will be deducted from total course fees upon commencement of studies.

Course Requirements: A laptop computer capable of processing all the software required for the course, particularly with wireless networking.


Student Selection:
Based on the information provided on the Enrolment Form including your academic qualifications and the submission of a portfolio.


Contact:
lara.kitchenham@aica.edu.au or mika.ouchi@aica.edu.au


AICA Education Course Information