NewStar Design Awards is a scholarship and exhibition program held as part of Melbourne International Design Week, one of the most diverse and prestigious design programs in the world. Each year the NewStar Design Awards offers emerging designers the opportunity to win work experience at some of the world’s most prestigious design studios, or to engage in mentorships with leading international designers to assist in the development of career pathways and to expose their work through public exhibition and a world class design publication.Working alongside the Collie Print Trust and the John Truscott Design Foundation 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 the renowned international and local guest speakers who participate in the Look Upstairs event.
‘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 Shcer 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 to Desktop Magazine, November 2010