BJ Ball and Ball & Doggett have partnered to facilitate a Design Contest for all tertiary visual communication students in New Zealand and Australia. 

The contest is an opportunity for the students to practice their design skills on a complete project – from brief to supplying print-ready artwork. 

This year’s project, “12 Months of Type – a series of seasonal interpretations through typography and colour”, revolves around typography under the Seasons in Type slogan.

Each contestant is asked to select one of the four seasons and a word that describes the colour palette that invokes the season name, which should include the name of the dominant hue, such as “Cool Grey”, “Hot Pink”, “Fresh Orange”, etc. 

The contestants are asked to choose a typeface or create the type that represents the seasonal palette and create a single visual image combining the name and colours.

All images must be typography-based but can be illustration, photography, or hacked or redrawn/traced fonts. No stock or found imagery is allowed.

Lastly, each contestant is asked to select a BJ Ball or Ball & Doggett paper stock that enhances the design.

Judging will be based on a few criteria, including concept, idea, how words, type and colour work together and the general visual appeal.

Judges in New Zealand include Mark Spurgeon of Publica, Mike Tisdall of Insight Creative, and Angelique Sparnaay-Martin of Consult Ongee. The Australian panel comprises David Lawson of Design People, Lindsay Tucker of AGDA and Emilio Roccioletti of eRD.

Nine successful winners will be selected from each country who see their work come alive in print in the relevant 2024 calendar distributed to print and design industry contacts. Three winners from each country will also be featured in the opposite country’s calendar to complete the calendar to 12 designs.

Each winner will also walk away with a $100 gift card and artist profiles on social media channels and bi-annual GSM magazine.

Entries close on Sunday, September 3, 2023; all winners will be notified by Friday, September 22.

More information is available on the GSM Magazine’s website.

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