Billy Blue to be at White Night festival 2018

01 February 2018
Communication Design International Student Swenja Huners

 

Project: The Future Sees You
Date: Sat 17 Feb

For the first time, Billy Blue College of Design together with The Cutaway design studio will be part of this years White Night festival program with a large-scale projection called The Future Sees You.

Billy Blue lecturers Beck Storer & Paul Meeuwsen (aka The Cutaway ) lead a team of talented students; Beth Forrester, Candice Cooke, Jaime O'Meara, Thalia Galea and all have been working hard over the past few months during class time, and overtime, to develop this exciting public activation.

 

LOCATION

Billy Blue's new Melbourne campus at 196 Flinders Street will be the canvas for The Future Sees You projection. The Gothic-style building sits directly opposite popular hubs such as ACMI, Federation Square, Flinders Street Station and St Paul's Cathedral - one of the festivals most prominent strips.

Communication Design International Student Swenja Huners

WHEN

The Future Sees You will be revealed at White Night on Saturday 17 February. Thousands of festival goers are expected to hits the streets to see the city of Melbourne light up at night, don't miss it!

MEET THE TEAM

Communication Design International Student Swenja Huners

Beck Storer, Billy Blue lecturer and Founder + Creative Director of The Cutaway

How important is it that design students have real industry briefs to work on in the classroom before they graduate?

I have a strong belief that the best education for designers is by designers - that is why The Cutaway plays a leading role as industry led design lecturers at Billy Blue College of Design. University is a brilliant environment for young creatives to gain the knowledge and skills required to play a role in the design industry. What makes the University experience empowering for these great young creative minds is having the opportunity to learn from doing - in particular learning "on the ground” and playing a role in real life industry projects. This is where they experience all the beauty of our industry, including the ups and downs, learning how to quickly adapt to change, be accountable for their actions and to rise to the creative challenge presented.

How do you think the experience of working on this White Night Project benefit the students in their future careers?

Having White Night as part of your graduating folio is a once in a life time opportunity ( hello…! I wish I had it in my first folio!). It's one of the biggest art festival's in Australia, many artists, designers and studios literally fight to get this opportunity to be part of it - and these students are!

Tell us about The Cutaway, what does the studio specialise in?

The Cutaway plays in the area of immersive spatial design. We don’t really specialise in one true design form - we tend to gravitate to projects that challenge us, embrace new technologies and enable us to collaborate with emerging creatives. We do though like to uphold and respect three words in everything we do - Make. Create. And Play! We make immersive spatial design experiences through our love for design and craft. We create magic for the next generation of designers with our commitment in design education. And we play! We love what we do and have fun doing it.

What do you think is unique about Billy Blue?

What I love about Billy Blue is that a majority of its lecturer's are practising creatives who bring their wealth of knowledge and network to the students. That old saying - "it’s not necessary what you know, but who you know” I think this rings true in todays design environment for young creatives to get ahead and land that job they want and deserve. At Billy Blue the students have access to some of the best creative minds in Australia as their lecturers, which hugely opens up their network for potential employment and mentoring.

Communication Design International Student Swenja Huners

Paul Meeuwsen , Billy Blue lecturer and Paul Meeuwsen Creative Director at The Cutaway

How important is it that design students have real industry briefs to work on in the classroom before they graduate?

We as educators are constantly wanting to demystify this idea of “Industry” which really means experience. When students are exposed to not only the history an appreciation of what we do as creative but happy it as well the “Penny Drops” for them. We often hear about what’s needed is “industry ready students” and we as practicing educators ensure that we demystify the tools we use as well. Having said that Whats more important is the critical thinking. we can only create a better world that we found if we are consistently thinking about how we can make it better.

How do you think the experience of working on this White Night Project benefit the students in their future careers?

Let’s face it White Night is a big deal! The scale of the project execution and audience can not be ignored. When i was a student I would have leapt at a chance like this.

What do you think is unique about Billy Blue?

What I love about Billy Blue is that lecturers like ourselves are also practising. As a result there is a direct connection with industry and industry bodies such as AGDA, DIA - Design Institute of Australia.

Communication Design International Student Swenja Huners

Beth Forrester, Billy Blue Bachelor of Communication Design Student

What are you enjoying most about working on The Future Sees Your Project/White Night?

It's hard to note the 'most enjoyable' part of the design process of this project. Honestly, I have enjoyed the whole experience.
The filming, the editing, the communication and management; all of it.
I am so grateful to The Cutaway (Beck and Paul), Billy Blue and White Night.
I cannot thank them enough for allowing me to be apart of this project and bringing it to life on one of Melbourne's biggest events of the year.

Why did you choose to study at Billy Blue?

Honestly, it was a total roll of the dice. I didn't know anyone that went to Billy Blue.
I just did some quick research online and applied! Best decision I have ever made;
I mean, look at the opportunities they have given me!

What are your career aspirations after you graduate (or are you already working)?

I would love to mash my passions together to create the most amazing and personalised career path for myself.
To work in design and extreme sports. I would love to work for companies such as AFL, Fox Racing, GoPro, Thor MX, Red Bull, V8 Supercars, etc.
I cannot wait to get into the industry and I am so excited to see what the future holds.

Communication Design International Student Swenja Huners

Candice Cooke, Billy Blue Bachelor of Communication Design Student

What are you enjoying most about working on The Future Sees Your Project/White Night?

It's a massive scale project, I haven't done anything like it! Plus the cutaway aren't too bad either

Why did you choose to study at Billy Blue?

It offered small classes which allows for a lot of one on one time with lecturers. This time is definitely a massive contributor to my success in the course so far.

What are your career aspirations after you graduate (or are you already working)?

My dreams are currently being realized at www.mincer.co!! I launched my own design agency called MINCER.CO earlier in the year and I plan on specializing in niche brand personality development including industrial fitouts! insta: mincer.co>

Communication Design International Student Swenja Huners

Jaime O'Meara, Billy Blue Bachelor of Communication Design Student

What are you enjoying most about working on The Future Sees Your Project/White Night?

I'm enjoying working with a team of talented and creative people to achieve one main goal at the end.

Why did you choose to study at Billy Blue?

I chose to study at Billy Blue because I had heard of the amazing things their students have gone on to do after they had graduated.

What are your career aspirations after you graduate (or are you already working)?

I'd like to continue working in a team, because I find it inspiring how others view and solve problems. So I'd like to start out working in a studio, with others and see where that takes me.

Communication Design International Student Swenja Huners

Thalia Galea, Billy Blue Bachelor of Communication Design Student

What are you enjoying most about working on The Future Sees Your Project/White Night?

I'm most enjoying working with great people and working on something that will be seen by millions. I think thats really impressive and great. Especially because I'm still a student.

Why did you choose to study at Billy Blue?

I chose to study at Billy Blue because Tractor Design School closed down and I felt that Billy Blue had the most to offer in terms of where I wanted to be once I graduate.

What are your career aspirations after you graduate (or are you already working)?

My career aspirations would be to work as a designer and do freelance as well once I get into the swing of it all. I currently have an internship with The Township where i do a mix of social media and graphic design based tasks for them.

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Links

https://whitenight.com.au/melbourne/program/the-future-sees-you/
https://www.thecutaway.com.au/

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