Student Design Contest: Colour & Typography

BJ Ball Student Design Contest 2024

Visions of the Future – a visual expression of the future through typography & colour.

Open to all tertiary design students in Australia and New Zealand, this is an exceptional opportunity to practice your design skills in real life – following a job from brief through to print. This year’s theme revolves around typography and colour.


    1. Think about the future and how you feel the world may change for the better – this could be anything – for example: fashion, art, transport, technology, space exploration, the environment.

    2. Create a 2–5 word saying about the future – examples: Fashion Forwards (fashion trends, Reality Bites (augmented technology, Hands Free (autonomous vehicles)

    3. Create a visual expression of your saying that represents this, combining type, colour and other created graphics (the wording must appear in full). You can use chosen typefaces, hacked type, or create your own lettering.

    4. The image must be typographic based – but can also use illustration or photography – providing this material is YOUR CREATION. No stock or AI-generated imagery is allowed. If you use photography/raster-based images, please ensure these have a (minimum) effective resolution of 300ppi at the required physical size (see below Mechanical Requirements).

    5. Lastly, choose a BJ Ball/Ball & Doggett paper stock, from the swatch provided, that enhances your design.

Paper Choice

Choose a BJ Ball/Ball & Doggett paper stock from the list below that you feel enhances your design.

Winning Entries

The contest is trans-tasman. Your artwork will feature in either the BJ Ball or Ball & Doggett 2024 calendar – There will be a NZ and an Australian Supreme Winner plus an additional 8 winners from each country. The Supreme winners plus 2 others will also feature in the other country’s calendar, meaning even more exposure!

The Supreme Winners will receive a $500 gift card, while the other 8 winners will receive a $100 gift card as well as artist profiles on various social media channels, and in our bi-annual GSM magazine.


This year’s Judges are:

NZ Judges:

AU Judges:

Annie Dow – Managing Director @ Dow Goodfolk

Paul Garbett – Creative Director @ Studio Garbett

Angelique Sparnaay-Martin – Director @ Consult Ongee

Rhys Gorgol – Founder, Creative Principal @ The Company You Keep

Alec Bathgate – Director @ Bathgate Design

Abra Remphrey – Creative Director @ Detour Design

Important Dates

Entries close: Sunday 29 September 2024 @ 11.59pm

Winners notified: Friday 11th October 2024


As paper companies, we want you to tell us what paper type will match your design – they aren’t all white! Chat with your tutor to see samples. The options are:

BJ Ball – New Zealand – Sumo Gloss 200gsm / Silk Matt 256gsm / Advance Laser 240gsm / Trophee 240gsm (all colours – see here for the range), Knight Smooth 300gsm / Knight Linen 350gsm / ECO100 250gsm / ECO100 Hi White 170gsm / Via Felt Cream White 216gsm / Mohawk Superfine Eggshell Ultra White 270gsm / Mohawk Superfine Smooth Ultra White 270gsm / Mohawk Via Felt Pure White 270gsm.

Ball & Doggett – Australia – Colorplan Cool Grey 270gsm, Colorplan Mist 270gsm, Colorplan Natural 270gsm, Crush Corn 250gsm, Knight Smooth White 300gsm, Knight Smooth White 300gsm, Majestic Metallics Light Gold 250gsm, Mohawk Superfine Eggshell Ultra White 270gsm, Mohawk Superfine Smooth Ultra White 270gsm, Mohawk Via Felt Bright White 270gsm, Reef Sand White 330gsm, Renewal Hemp Clean White 324gsm, Royal Design Bright White 350gsm, Sovereign Gloss 300gsm, Strathmore Wove Ultimate White 270gsm, Tube Chalk 340gsm.

File Requirements:

  • Required size: Landscape orientation 380mm x 260mm (at a minimum effective resolution of 300ppi for photographic/raster-based entries).

  • PDF, no bleed.

  • CMYK Colour Mode only (NO RGB material please).

  • ALL FONTS need to be CONVERTED TO OUTLINES (if you do not know how to do this – ask your tutor!).

  • The Calendar is Offset printed in CMYK – please do not include any print embellishments (such as foiling or embossing) or Pantone Spot Colours.

  • Design suits the paper choice, as per the supplied paper swatch.

  • Artwork can be illustration, photography, graphic design, or a mix of all three.

  • File size is capped at 10Mb.

  • Please check the T&Cs to ensure your design does not breach copyright rules.

How exciting! We are looking forward to seeing your artwork.