We premiered our talents to Perth’s creative industry on the 3rd of December. The collection of thirty-five graduating students from Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design at North Metropolitan TAFE had an assortment of portfolios on display, showcasing their skills and savvy design solutions.

The Gallery Central space was transformed to fit the Even Odds brand of charming patterns and punchy colours, with a projected showreel of all the students’ work to show off their motion graphic capabilities. True to their self-description, Even Odds proves to be one of the most diverse groups of fresh designers, not
only in strong personalities, but with a wide range of contemporary skills. 

Students displayed a strong understanding and knowledge in areas of Digital Design, Illustration, Branding, Typography, and Packaging. Industry judges had a challenging task choosing award winners out of a selection of stand-out graduates.

Even Odds students had the chance to participate in the highly acclaimed 2019 International Society of Typographic Designers Assessment Scheme (ISTD), a flagship project which aims to raise the profile of typography in design education across the globe. Out of the eighteen submissions, half passed, including one with merit — the largest submission and best pass rate North Metropolitan TAFE has ever seen.

Lecturer Brendan Hibbert was thrilled with the resilience of the 35 students, “They approached all set tasks with gusto and passion right up to the last minute, taking on a giant painted mural, the largest ever undertaken at Gallery Central, with a can do attitude. They didn’t give up and showed great comradery.”


2019 Even Odds Graduate Awards for Excellence

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Award for Excellence Judge 2019 Winner
BEAUMONT AWARD Aimee Johns & Drew Turner | The Butcher Shop Monique Reeves
TYPOGRAPHIC EXCELLENCE AWARD Isabel Kruger & Becky Chilcott | Media on Mars & Chil3 Aksana Rybakova
BRANDING EXCELLENCE AWARD Cameron Murray & Mark Braddock | Block Branding Aksana Rybakova
DIGITAL DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARD Adam Graveley | Firefly360 Rebecca Rumball
PACKAGING EXCELLENCE AWARD Neil Turner & Sue Mawer | Turner Design Queenie Thum
ILLUSTRATION EXCELLENCE AWARD Oakley Fletcher | Likable Creative Jennifer Kostner
AGDA – BEST OF SHOW Sam Gorecki | AGDA WA (State Chair) & With_Architecture Studio Aksana Rybakova
TRAVIS WALKER MEMORIAL AWARD All lecturing staff for the students who demonstrated “Noble acts of selflessness” Eliza Zaikos & Melannie Lai


All photography by Shannon Skinner from Shannonuncut Photography.

Check out her Instagram and here. And her Facebook.


Review the full capture of the opening night here: