Student Design Contest: Colour & Typography

Our Student Design Contest is an opportunity for Graphic Design students to showcase their talents to the industry. 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.

Seasons In Type – Entries are now closed

Seasons & Colour

  • Open to all tertiary design students in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Steps:
    • One: Choose a Season
    • Two: Choose a one to five word name that describes that season Eg Hot, Fresh, Cool Grey, Fresh Orange.
    • Three: Use typography & colour to represent your chosen word
  • The image must be typographic based – but can use illustration, photography, or hacked or redrawn/traced fonts. No stock or found imagery is allowed.
  • If you use Photography – please ensure this is 300ppi at the required size below.

Paper Choice

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

Winning Entries

Each winner walks away with a $100 gift card as well as artist profiles on various social media channels, and in our bi-annual GSM magazine.

The contest is trans-tasman. Your artwork will feature in either the BJ Ball or Ball & Doggett 2024 calendar – There will be 9 winners from each country, with our top 3 favourites featuring in the other country’s calendar as well, meaning even more exposure!


This year’s Judges are:

NZ Judges: AU Judges:
Mark Spurgeon, Publica, CHCH David Lawson, Design People, ADL
Mike Tisdall, Insight Creative, AKL Lindsay Tucker, AGDA President, BRIS
Angelique Sparnaay-Martin, Consult Ongee, WLG Emilio Roccioletti, eRD, MEL

Important Dates

Entries close: Sunday 3 September 2023 @ 11.59pm

Winners notified: Friday 22nd September 2023


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 280gsm / Knight Linen 350gsm / ECO100 250gsm / ECO100 Hi White 170gsm / Via Felt Cream White 216gsm

Ball & Doggett – Australia – Knight Smooth White 280gsm/ Royal Design Bright White 350gsm/  Lessebo Jade 225gsm/  Reef Sand White 330gsm/ Majestic Light Gold 250gsm/ Colorplan Natural 270gsm/ Kingdom Brilliant White Wove 300gsm/ Sovereign Gloss 300gsm

File Requirements:
High Res print ready pdf in CMYK to a size of 380mm x 260mm (landscape)
Artwork can be illustration, photography, graphic design, or a mix of all three. File size is capped at 10Mb, and please check the T&Cs to ensure your design does not breach copyright rules.

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