Our parents' hearts are in the right place when they tell us to follow our dreams, but it can be pretty darn tough to do that when you fancy a career designing skateboards or cover art. There's no traditional channel to pursuing a creative calling, and the industry can sometimes seem like an impenetrable world.
Enter The Design Kids: your key to bursting the bubble. The friendly crew behind the online resource are looking out for Australian design students, giving them a welcoming push into their industry network. They know what it's like to be a wide-eyed kid stuffed full of ambition, because most of them are uni students stuffed full of ambition – this is a peer-to-peer project, no snooty old timers involved. The whole shebang was started by designer Frankie Ratford, now a lecturer herself, when she realised up-and-comers needed more opportunities to get involved with their design heroes.
No matter your craft, the website is an extensive archive of information, listing upcoming exhibitions and events, design-related competitions and a growing directory of creative talent. They've recently taken the tools offline as well, hitting the road in a converted Toyota Hiace to inspire students around the country. The Design Kids Travelling Design Van will give folio workshops, run competitions (a typographic treasure hunt, anyone?) and a whole bunch more, and it's driven by some pretty dishy folk, might we add.
Pop by their website for all the details.