AG14_NewStar_ShortlistCongratulations to our NewStar winners Joshua McCormack and Amber Goedegebuure (International travelling scholarship) and Holly Le and Sarah Mote (6 month mentorship). All our winners are extremely excited about the travelling internships and mentorships that await them and we look forward to hearing about their experiences in the near future.

Our winners work can be viewed here along with all shortlisted works for the NewStar Awards.

AG14_NewStarWinner_JoshuaMcCormackJoshua is the winner of the Collie Print Trust International Travelling Scholarship. He has and has chosen to attend Pentagram’s New York studio for his two week internship, where previous NewStar winner Grace Ng is completing her scholarship.

AG14_NewStarWinner_Amber GoedegebuureAmber is the winner of the John Truscott Design Foundation International Travelling Scholarship and will be attending Pentagram’s London studio this June, working under Harry Pearce, also a speaker at the 2009 agIdeas International Design Forum.

We are delighted to announce Holly Le, winner of the Collie Print Trust Mentorship Program, will be mentored by Christopher Doyle (Christopher Doyle & Co). Chris is a previous speaker at the agIdeas International Design Forum and we would like to thank him for offering his time and expertise to mentor Holly and the NewStar program.

We are also very excited to announce Sarah Mote, winner of the John Truscott Design Foundation Mentorship Program, will be mentored by Dan Formosa (Smart Design). Dan is a also a previous speaker at the agIdeas International Design Forum and Research Conference. We are very fortunate that he is able to be part of the mentorship program and appreciate his support of agIdeas over many years.

A special thank you to Pentagram’s Hamish Smyth and Tiffany Fenner for organising the studio visits for our two lucky winners of the travelling scholarships.

We would like to also thank the Collie Print Trust and John Truscott Design Foundation for their support of the NewStar Design Awards.

Photography by David Simmonds

Melbourne International Design Week and Look Upstairs!

Last night at the launch event for Melbourne International Design Week 1-6 April we we’re introduced to the amazing line up for Look Upstairs, the landmark event, showcasing 41 speakers from here and around the world. Look Upstairs speakers can be seen here.

During these amazing and inspiring three days, we will be announcing our finalists, followed by our lucky winners. Be sure to grab you tickets asap, as per the Terms & Conditions of the competition, you must hold a ticket to the design forum ‘Look Upstairs’ and be in attendance at the event to be eligible to win. Tickets are now available at

NewStar Design Awards is closed!

A huge thanks to all who have applied for the NewStar Design Awards 2014. We have received so many amazing entries – the competition is extremely exciting!

We are looking forward to seeing you all at the Look Upstairs event. As per the Terms & Conditions of the competition, you must hold a ticket to the design forum ‘Look Upstairs’ and be in attendance at the event to be eligible to win. Tickets are now available at and the full program of speakers will be available from Thursday February 6th.
Good luck and see you there!

NewStar Design Awards

Entries now open!

This year we are excited to be offering more prizes

2 International Traveling Scholarships
Mentorships with design leaders
Public exhibition of your work
Inclusion of work in a 400 page hard cover exclusive design book

Enter now to win the Collie Print Trust Award or the John Truscott Design Award.

Past Winner: Ellesse Duncan reflecting on Fabrica

“Fabrica was one of the most uplifting and unique experiences I’ve ever had. Being surrounded by some of the most talented designers, artists, film makers and animators was so inspiring. It felt like a place where a graphic designer could make a film and an animator could design a car. The young group of people at Fabrica felt like one big family who came from all corners of the globe, creating, working and living together. The whole process at Fabrica was so collaborative, open and creative and I am so grateful to agIdeas for creating one of the most amazing memories I will ever have.
Entering NewStar was one of the best decisions I have ever made and thanks to agIdeas, it created the greatest experience I have ever had.”

Past Winner: Sam Ziino 7 Quick Questions

What year did you win?
I won the Fabrica award in 2011. The internship took place in April 2012, and I will be returning in October 2012 as a 1 year grantholder
How did it feel to win?
I was initially shocked, happy and excited. Afterwards it was relief (it was my last year that I was eligible to apply) and a sense of achievement that my work had impressed some great people who I admire in the design world
How was it working with people at Fabrica?
The Tadao Ando building is incredible and the city of Treviso is beautiful and charming. But the people are the greatest part about the experience. I met students from all over the world who are as passionate and excited as I am about design/being creative. There are 5 or so different departments focusing on different areas of design, so there is a wonderful overlapping where opportunities arise to collaborate between different fields. The combinations of cultures allows a broader thinking style that appeals internationally – it inspires a somewhat alternative design/thought process to what I was used to in Australia.
Each grantholder has left their home, their friends and their families to study in a foreign environment, so there’s this sense of community and family that seems to help the students create original and inspiring work.
What work did you get involved in?
Each trial student is required to participate in an advertisement to promote new Fabrica applicants. Another brief was for United Colors of Benetton, we were to propose new concepts for their interactive external windows. I was lucky enough to return to Treviso after my trial, where I participated in a commercial for the United Nations – Rio+20 Conference. It involved travelling all around north-east Italy to shoot different scenes with a production crew, from the sea to the alps and everywhere in between.
How was your experience overseas?
The experience was extremely rewarding, it opened my eyes to the European and international design culture. There is a great passion for design and craft in Italy, and the rest of Europe that sometimes is overlooked or under-prioritised in Australia. And having the chance to jump on a train and be in a city/country with completely different culture/architecture/lifestyle to the previous is extremely inspiring. You can’t help but pick up new ideas or references along the way.
What opportunities did you get out of winning the Fabrica Award
The opportunity to meet so many great people at Fabrica. The ability to explore Europe for the first time where I learned so many new things. And now the opportunity to work and live in Italy for one year, at this great creative hub Fabrica.

What was the best part about the whole experience etc. 
Having the opportunity to work in an internationally recognised creative hub that nutures and promotes inspired creativity. There is not one style or trend or preference in outcomes, so originality is high. And the great people I got to meet along the way who opened my eyes to new ways of thinking and designing. I was challenged everyday to think differently. And the local food is pretty amazing!
Have a look at some of Sam’s work here:

Past Winner Profile: Hamish Smyth

It’s a fairytale of sorts, After being announced as winner of both the Fabrica Award AND the Collie Print Trust Prize in 2009, Hamish Smyth got to fulfil every design students dream buy going off to experience two weeks at the infamous Benetton Communications Research Centre in Italy as well as a two week trial at his studio of choice Pentagram in New York City. This in itself is enough however Hamish was lucky enough to be granted the coveted 12 month internship at Pentagram which has now lead to where he is today, a full time employee working at one of the most prestigious design studios in the world. By entering the NewStar competition, any student has the chance to live this dream.

‘Being at Pentagram is a huge learning opportunity, seeing Michael Bierut present concepts to clients and listening to the way he deals with clients is an expedience I couldn’t get anywhere else. I’m also surrounded by amazing designers from all over the world. It is a great feeling to be a part of it all here. I still feel like everything is a bit surreal…working every day with the likes of Michael Bierut and Paula Shcer doesn’t quite seem real. I still feel like someone is going to tap me on the shoulder and say, ‘The game is up mate’.

- Hamish Smyth to Desktop Magazine, November 2010

Hamish is still working at Pentagram to this day.