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Student Design Contest 2023 – Seasons in Type

student design contest seasons in type

Our annual Student Design Contest, Seasons in Type, yielded another fab crop of entries – Here are the winners…

The annual BJ Ball/Ball & Doggett Student Design Contest for 2023 followed the same format as in previous years.

Two calendars were produced—one for Australia printed by Special T Print in Sydney, and a New  Zealand version printed by Centurion in Auckland. Both featured winners from their respective countries as well as a selection of ‘best of the best’ trans-Tasman winners that appeared in both.

The Brief

The contest brief was simple—create a colour palette for one of the four Seasons, come up with a name for this; then develop a visual expression using type, graphics and/or photography. Students were also required to match their design to a paper stock from a provided swatch of samples.

The Judges

The judging team for 2023 comprised some industry heavy hitters:

From New Zealand; Angelique Sparnaay-Martin from Consult Ongee, Mike Tindall from Insight Creative, Mark Spurgeon from Studio Publica.

Representing Australia was; Lindsay Tucker, National President of the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA), Dave Lawson, founder of Design People, and Emilio Roccioletti, founder of ERD.

Judging was based on the work’s aesthetic appeal, suitability for offset print, and the appropriateness of the choice of paper stock.

Winners received a gift card and more importantly—gained bragging rights …just look at those grins!


Seasons in Type01 Glaszia Luwenta (NZ)
seasons in type02 Jackson Roache (AU)
seasons in type03 Abbey Luong (NZ)
seasons in type 04 Milli Kami (NZ)
seasons in type05 Louise He (AU)
seasons in type06 Sam Weavers (NZ)
seasons in type07 Vivian Doan (NZ)
seasons in type08 Peter Du (AU)
09 Leila Davies (NZ)
10 Laura Bolger (AU)
11 T White (AU)
12 Kayleigh Erwee (NZ)
13 Maddison Bayliss (AU)
14 Faisal Rashid (AU)
15 Luke Dixon (AU)
16 Amy Lewis(AU)
Not pictured: Ellen Hetrelezis

2024 Student Design Contest

BJ Ball Student Design Contest The Student Design Contest for 2024 is now open. The theme is ‘Visions of the Future—a visual expression of the future through type and colour’.

We have sent details to all Design Institutes but you can also check our website for everything you need to know—go to: //

Entries close midnight Sunday 29 September 2024.

GSM would like to thank our judges for their time and support in making the student contest a real hummer!

This article was originally published in GSM22. To read this and other great articles purchase this issue here.