It is with great pleasure and pride that I welcome you to our graduation show for Design Visual Communication 2014, at the University of Newcastle.
There has never been a more exciting and challenging time to start to build a career in Design. Visual Communication Design takes many forms, It can be argued that the role of Visual Communication in society has become so pervasive that its presence goes almost unnoticed in our daily lives. As you will see from visiting our exhibition or website, Visual Communication at UoN takes many forms. This reflects the fact that the language of Design has become interdisciplinary and international, transcending cultural and political boundaries. While the audience for Visual communication Design has expanded and the discipline has become increasingly multi-faceted, the core elements that designers use have essentially remained constant. These are drawing brainstorms, making images, grids, using measures, typography, colours, research, theory, creative and communication strategies. These elements are used to communicate messages and ideas — in printed, digital environments such as web design, moving images or interactive forms of designs. All of them are used to solve problems for the client and enhance the end user experience.
This show demonstrates that Visual Communications Design as a discipline is attractive to a range of businesses and potential employers because it has real world impact. The world has become a far more complex place within which to run any organisation, the role of Visual Communication has never been more important in helping to ease communication within these environments.
Finally, on behalf of all the staff I wish to congratulate all the student graduates on their work and on their time studying with us.
Best of fortune to you all
Professor Mario Minichiello
Exhibiting an entire cohort of budding designers was not an easy task, nor one that was accomplished by a single person nor small group. Thanks and gratitude go to the design staff at the University of Newcastle, of particular note Caelli Brookers, Michelle Catanzaro and Ralph Kenke and Stu McDonald for their help, guidance and endless wells of advice. For keeping us all fed and watered we wish to thank The Edwards. In terms of production, design, management and general sufferance we wish to acknowledge the team that brought everything together; Finbah Neill, Kate Cross, Timothy Moad, Sally Stainton and myself. A personal shout out goes to Megan Clarke for her excellent photography editing skills, who made us all look professional and attractive and to the hard working members of Design Club for their work throughout the lead up to the exhibition.
Last, but the most importantly, we give thanks to our graduating cohort; our peers, our friends and success stories waiting to happen. The work presented in this look book and exhibition was only made possible through their talent and dedication.
Thank you to everyone who made this journey possible.