A stylish new publication produced entirely by RMIT University students is set to inspire young creatives chasing a career in design.
Designed, edited, produced and curated by Petrea Dickinson and Katarina Matic, currently in their final year of the Advanced Diploma Of Graphic Design, The Young Ones (TYO) showcases the work of Melbourne-based creatives through image and interview.
The publication focuses on profiling those who provide uplifting examples of creatives working and surviving in the design industry today.
Aiming to provide insights into design process and practice, the students hope TYO will establish and inform a dialogue within and beyond the local design community.
"Given the close-knit nature of the Melbourne design scene, we feel it is important to provide a platform that introduces and celebrates new talent and inspires the next generation of designers," Ms Dickinson said.
"TYO will also act as a forecasting tool for current trends in design."
By profiling creatives at various stages of their careers, the publication presents a realistic representation of what it means to be successful and quells common misconceptions about professional creative practice.
For the students, TYO also acts as a love letter to Melbourne's close-knit design community.
"TYO has given us the opportunity to meet the tight-knit but welcoming collective that is Melbourne's design community," Ms Matic said.
"From gallery owners to illustrators to binding and finishing specialists, we have met and explored many facets of the arts community that Melbourne so loves.
"This project has allowed us a window into the industry that does not compare to any other opportunity we have had thus far."
Ms Dickinson and Ms Matic received a $1,300 grant from RMIT Link Arts and Culture for the project, with additional revenue raised through a highly-successful Pozible campaign.
Annette Cook, Program Manager for the Visual, Interior and Graphics specialisations within the Architecture and Design, praised the publication as testament to the students' expertise and the flexibility of study at RMIT.
"Their ability to plan and execute such a large undertaking whilst also completing the course requirements was a great achievement," she said.
"The flexibility of the program has enabled them the scope to embark on TYO's publication. Their efforts will distinguish them in the design community as an emerging creative team of distinction."
The Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design provides an understanding of, and skills in design, publication, marketing, print processes, finished art and typography - all of which have been consolidated into the students' self-initiated venture.
The Young Ones is available in print at Happy Valley in Collingwood and Metropolis Books in the CBD or online.
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