From today, Friday 4 September Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia graduates will present their creations to future employers, industry leaders and design lovers and aficionados at the INTRO 2020 Graduate Exhibition. The LIVE online showcase is via a phenomenal platform where incredible connections and fledging industry relationships will take seed.
Industry will connect with the eminently work ready class of 2020. These upcoming stars of Australia’s branded fashion, interior and graphic design, photography, digital media and creative technology will showcase their talents to the world in their first ever virtual graduate exhibition – which aims to inspire, showcase and set the design agenda for the future.
Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia is creative powerhouse with an entrepreneurial creative maverick energy and a 30-year legacy as a leader and innovator in Australian design education. It is a hands-on practice-based design schools with graduate employability is at the heart of everything they do ensuring students are connected to industry throughout their studies.
The curriculum is industry-driven and delivered by designers for future designers. Underpinning INTRO 2020 is Billy Blue’s commitment to ensure graduates have the best opportunities to achieve their career goals.
The INTRO platform promises an interactive experience which promotes connectivity and will act as an ongoing graduate talent pool, where innovative interns, project collaborators or design team juniors are discovered. The exhibition will also foster industry connections, enabling participants to network directly with the graduates through the online platform, with the curated collection on display for 12 months.
INTRO 2020 launches with a live free broadcast from 6pm to 8pm today, Friday 4 September via the online platform. This ‘opening night’ will include special international and national industry superstar speakers including ‘Dr. of Disturbance, Disruption and Disobedience’ and also the founder and creative director of Snask – Freddie Öst. Öst will join from Stockholm Sweden to share some hilarious and wild stories about their intern culture. They’ll share their failures, mistakes and successes which will be a feast for our graduates as they set themselves up to enter the industry they love.
Australian guest speaker Frankie Ratford from The Design Kids, is a full-time international design adventurer obsessed with design, travel and business. She’ll be joining the live broadcast from Darwin to discuss her passion for arming graduates with the skills to design their career and tips to “hustle through the shit bits.”
Elih Odgers and Katy Brown are Bachelor of Communication Design students who will be exhibiting and who led the team behind this year’s INTRO 2020 identity design and rollout. The opportunity to pitch for this project and work in real-life industry conditions again tight deadlines was an experience they’re both grateful for, as they were mentored by Billy Blue Creative studio.
Says Mel Feddersen, creative lead and Billy Blue Creative Studio manager: “Having a real client, the parameters of a brief, being accountable for each of the tasks along the way, in addition to great ideas are all part of the learning experience. It’s incredibly rich and the best practice they can get before actually landing in the industry.
“They collaborated with multiple teams and developed their soft skills while seeing how creative projects work in a real-life situation.”
According to Odgers, their winning design for the exhibition celebrates the student voice, takes nostalgia from the past and leans towards an exciting future.
Says Odgers: “The exhibition will showcase emerging talent to the world and unleash potential. We’re more visible than ever before. Who knows what may come from this spotlight, as we grow our reputation among peers and industry?”
Previous student exhibitors have said the benefits of INTRO is the immediate feedback during the exhibition, which serves to motivate and provide the confidence boost they seek, and for some, it has also resulted in a job offer.
Go to billyblueintro.com 6pm TODAY Friday 4 September.
Watch the promo from Freddie Öst below and GET EXCITED.
Hero image: Rhiannon Daly, Bachelor of Branded Fashion Design Brisbane