Published on 17 November 2014
Almost 300 people were on hand to see Dane Falkstrom win two major awards at the recent opening of #[TRENDING], an exhibition of works by USC design students at USC Gallery.
Dane, 22, of Dicky Beach won the Proost-DeDeyne Award for Best Portfolio, sponsored by the owners of Big Kart Track, and the Best Photography Portfolio, sponsored by Fi Australia.
His works included photography, film, magazine covers, web designs and corporate graphic designs such as business card and menus.
The Caloundra Christian College graduate is in his fourth year of a double Bachelor of Design and Marketing/Bachelor of Business degree at USC and is already getting some freelance design and website work with a local studio
“I chose the double degree because I’ve always enjoyed the idea of opening and running my own business, whether it’s a creative agency or something else. These days if you work in creative industries, including website design, you need lots of business skills too,” he said.
Dane was also part of the four-person team that designed many aspects of the exhibition, including the eye-catching trophy that he won for Best Portfolio.
“For an assignment earlier this year our lecturer split us into groups and we had to design the exhibition, including the branding, the invitations, the layout of the exhibition and the trophy. We came up with the name #[TRENDING] and our team’s concept won.”
USC Lecturer in Digital Design Dr Debra Livingston said Dane’s work really stood out and the judges unanimously voted him as the clear winner.
“Dane is very passionate about design and this passion shows in his portfolio,” she said.
“This portfolio exhibition is an opportunity for graduating students to showcase the best work they’ve done throughout their studies to industry and potential employers.
“Studying design equips students to have careers locally and globally in roles such as graphic design, web and 3D design”, said Dr Livingston.
#[TRENDING] showcases portfolios of graphic design, animation, magazine layouts, websites, digital prints, e-media and illustrations by USC students and is open to the public until Saturday 22 November at USC Gallery.
— Jane Cameron