Thursday, July 30, 2009

Showcase of iscd Student Talent

At iscd’ recent graduation close to 20 students was acknowledged with High Achievement, having their major works selected and awarded by the Design Industries high profiles. As you read on, we have selected some of the many outstanding entries to share with you.

Daniella Kilov’s story board for an ‘Outdoor Dining’ experience was awarded Murobond’s prestigious Excellence in both Colour Design and Interior Styling, aimed at our multi-talented Dual Diploma graduates.

Mary Maybury’s ‘Rusk International’ hair salon business imaging board was awarded Murobond’s prestigious Pure Colour prize.

Donna Youssef’s creation for a franchised evening bar, suited for the inner city, won her Porter’s Original Paint’s Excellence in Colour Design.

Heather Mead’s take on rejuvenating a therapeutic medical clinic caught the eye of Dulux paint house and won her the Award of Creative Colour Application.

Lisa Lam took home the Laminex Award for Creativity for her French inspired dining style, quaintly titled ‘Le Dauphin’.

Nikki Lisle recently featured in Sydney’s NorthSide Courier for her modern bedroom creation, winning her the Warwick Fabrics Award of Excellence in Interior Styling.
Claudia Maher’s contemporary pattern gave her the Porter’s Original Paint's Wallpaper Design Award for following a brief with original creativity.

Award winning iscd Diploma in Surface Design graduate, Claudia Maher, shows some of her creative work in progress, finding inspiration from natural line work and bright, colourful elements.

Christine Bell’s ‘Fern Ball’ in true repeat and register won her recognition by Mokum Textiles for their Design Award.

All our graduates are our true success stories, and our industry recognition shows that!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

iscd students gain media coverage

Two of the recent iscd industry award winning graduates were featured in the media. Congratulations to Nikki Lisle for her Warwick Fabrics Award for Excellence in Interior Styling which was featured in The Northside Courier and Claudia Maher for her winning design with Porters Original Paints Wallpaper Design Award which was featured in Australian House and Garden Magazine.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

iscd industry insider :: Signature Prints

Helen Lennie, General Manager of Signature Prints gives iscd and insight to the design industry.

What or who inspires you?

Nature, change of seasons, levels of light, the sea, traveling (in particular Paris). Working in collaboration with other creative’s as part of a design team.

What is your signature style?

Sophisticated but eclectic

How did you get to where you are today?

Determination, hard work and an ability to learn from people who inspire me. I have had some wonderful mentoring along the way. The most valuable aspect of my personality would be stamina. To bring Florence’s designs back to life and create a global brand requires masses of stamina and determination. Each year our goals grow so you realize you are never quite “there” yet….

We are a School. What were you like as a student?

Oh my goodness…..apparently quite a distraction! I think my enthusiasm got me into trouble at times. The school I was sent to was not right for me….in hindsight I wish I had the skill to communicate this to my parents and make the necessary changes. I firmly believe if you are not enjoying the journey do something about it. I left school young and a little naive but traveled overseas straight away and never looked back

What makes you smile?

My business partner and amazing husband – David. He can also make me frown but mostly it’s a smile!

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Monday, July 20, 2009

INSPIRATION :: Advanced Beauty, 18 Sound Sculptures

Advanced Beauty 3 of 18 / Directed by Karsten Schmidt from Universal Everything on Vimeo.

Advanced Beauty is an ongoing exploration of digital artworks born and influenced by sound, an ever-growing collaboration between programmers, artists, musicians, animators and architects.

The first collection is a series of audio-reactive 'video sound sculptures'.
Inspired by synasthesia, the rare sensory experience of seeing sound or tasting colours, these videos are physical manifestations of sound, sculpted by volume, pitch or structure of the soundtrack.

Check out Vimeo for all 18 sound sculptures.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

iscd students in the media

Congratulations to Kirsty Cassidy who was featured in Australian House & Garden and the wonderful news that Chontelle Samios will be the Interior Designer for Domestic Blitz. Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

iscd Design Awards and Student Exhibition

The hallowed halls of the International School of Colour and Design have been filled with award winning designs from its celebrated and budding designers.

Twice a year the school presents its students’ body of work for the public to enjoy. iscd have found that these exhibitions work positively in two ways. Firstly, to inspire current and prospective students to perceiver on their own creative journey. Secondly, graduating students are able to showcase their work in an open to the public exhibition.

“It is my biggest reward to see students transform from someone who was timid and afraid to pick up a paint brush to a proud exhibiting and accomplished artist,” says Nikki Donald, Education Manager, iscd. “They have grown in their confidence and trust within themselves and are ready to make the transition from education to application”

All students’ final work has been presented and the top of each specialization are bestowed awards from key industry partners. Examples of industry awards given to iscd students include: Murobond Paints, Resene Paints, Warwick Fabrics, Di Lorenzo Tiles, Laminex, Zepel Fabrics, Porters Original Paints and Mokum Textiles – more industry awards then other design school.

Peter Tasker, of Murobond paints commented “The standard of graduates is very high, making them highly valued in the creative industries and Murobond has employed many graduates over the years”.

The award winner work is currently being showcased in the campus gallery until 31 July 2009, 10.00am to 5.00pm weekdays.

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Monday, July 6, 2009

iscd industry insider :: Lilly and Lolly Designer Linen and Furniture

Ashling Power, designer from Lilly and Lolly gives iscd an insight to the design industry.

What or who inspires you?

I am a great collector of magazine clippings, bits of fabrics, books and these live with me until such time I use them for something! I also get inspired by eclectic mixes like modern with antique, ethnic with classic. I think I am ‘Magazine Junky of the Year’ every year.

What is your design philosophy?

I am a believer in clean, bold lines –no clutter. But keep it fun especially when it comes to kids bedrooms. I love clear strong lines and shapes, large panels of solid colour but then mixed with an intricate pattern to throw the whole look slightly off balance. I like a bit of Quirk!How did you get to where you are today?

Blood, sweat and tears, but then a good laugh after the tears. I also attribute our success to the talent of everyone involved with the development our products. It’s definitely the team that makes it work in the end.

What makes you smile?

Cuddles and sloppy kisses in bed with my 3 and 5yr old in morning. I think we will need a bigger bed soon.

What were you like as a student?
I think I was a very stubborn one. But I also worked extremely hard and remember being asked in one of my critiques why I had done so much work. As you can imagine I was slightly amazed at the question but received great mark.

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Friday, July 3, 2009

homeMADE final four

Here is a profile of iscd graduate, Chontelle Samios and the final four contestants of homeMADE featured in Real Living Magazine. It showcases the top nine rooms from the series. Congratulations Chontelle Samios on making it to the semi-finals of homeMADE.

At 23, effervescent Chontelle Samios was the youngest of the homeMADE designers. She completed a Dual Diploma in Colour Design and Interior Styling at the International School of Colour and Design. Congratulations Chontelle!

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