NewStar Design Awards is a scholarship and exhibition program that offers emerging designers the opportunity to win work experience at some of the world’s most prestigious design studios and assist in their development of career pathways and skills, and to expose their work through public exhibition and a world class design publication. Working alongside the Collie Print Trust we endeavour to provide opportunity to expand the knowledge, skills and experience of our rising design stars on the global stage, expanding their international perspectives and networks. Young designers are asked to submit their best works in 2D, 3D and Multimedia categories. The entrants are shortlisted by a panel of leading Australian designers. The winners are then selected by international designers who participate in the agIdeas International Design Forum as part of Melbourne International Design Week. ‘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 Scher 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 as quoted in Desktop Magazine