The Narrative. Life is a book. We fill the pages.

We all have memories and moments in our lives that set our paths in new directions. Moments that become life changing. Students studying CUA40715: Certificate IV in Design (Creative Styling for Events) tapped into these memories, creating a powerful display.



Writing on wall reads: Life is a book. We fill the pages. The Narrative - Connection by Kayley Mullen The Narrative - View of various installations The Narrative intallation by Gabbie Burke



The Brief

Students were set the task to create an event that captured a moment in their life that told a story or experience using visual design.

While working both individually and collaboratively the Event Students brainstormed and worked together, allowing them to come up with and create The Narrative.

With all the students delegated into a team role they were able to work together to overcome each challenge, all of which played an important part to make the event a success!

The students created an emotional link for all that came to see these stunning installations.



The Narrative: Remember by Sarah Gibbon

Dried Australian native flora hanging inside a blue hospital gown

Close up Dried Australian native flora hanging inside a blue hospital gown 


‘Him Before the Illness, I try to remember.

With the words of my family, I try to remember.

Something so Fond, I try to remember.

His tired blooming heart, I try to remember.’

– Sarah Gibbon



The Design

To bring this event together, the students came up with the aesthetic concept.  Featuring beautiful neutral, earthy tones allowed all of the individual installations to flow seamlessly together.

To create their work each student used a mixture of raw linens, jars with native flowers recycled book pages, cardboard and plants.



The Narrative: Document by Montanna Coulson The Narrative: Documented by Montanna Coulson The Narrative - Lane Wood's installation with friends

On The Night

The Event was held at the Hunter Design School allowing for each student’s friends and family to enjoy and see the success of all the 3D structural designs.

Upon entry each guest was transported into the story as they followed the pathway of old book pages.

Welcomed with a glass of bubbly and individual antipasto platters, talking a walk down memory lane never felt as good or emotional!


Grazing Boxes by Gabrielle Burke



STUDY Creative Styling for Events: CUA40715: Certificate IV in Design
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EVENT STYLING | Creating A Tablescape

Want to know how to create a gorgeous tablescape for your next dinner party?

With event sizes still limited to smaller numbers, what better time to host your own dinner party! Whether you’re hosting an intimate wedding reception, or an outdoor picnic don’t underestimate the power of a great design.

A simple scattering of candles mixed with a linen napkin can bring a design to life. The Melbourne Planner shows us how it’s done with this beautiful tablescape.

The Melbourne Planner Tablescape  The Melbourne Planner Tablescape 2 The Melbourne Planner Tablescape 3

Floral arrangements will never go out of style for events. However, the perfect styles and colour palettes change with our tablescape every season.

With Spring around the corner these soft pastels and burnt oranges create a feast for the eyes.



Start with your favourite mix of organic shaped plates and crystal wine glasses.

Find a style or theme that reflects the mood and atmosphere you want to create. From floral centrepieces to linens, a beautifully styled table can really set the scene for any celebration. Have fun with it!

Plates  Plates and crystal



Take your table setting to the next level by experimenting with layers.

Layers give your table settings depth and detail, which creates interesting and engaging visuals. Layering your textures, materials and décor elements like plates and linen napkins work beautifully to add visual interest. However, don’t forget to keep your design practical for your guest.




Make your tablescape seriously impressive by incorporating different heights. Adding details like floral centrepieces, candles and table numbers allow you to play around with varying heights.

Event Stylist are able to create spaces that feel lush, full and interesting by using these elements.

If your design looks a little bit flat or bare it’s time to level up and create that instagrammable dinner party moment for your friends and family.


Want to learn more about design for events? Enquire about our Event Styling course below!
Certificate IV In Design Specialising In Creative Styling for Events


EVENT | The Big Picture Fest Newcastle

Watch Newcastle’s streets transform during The Big Picture Fest Newcastle. The world-renowned street art festival is coming to Newcastle, 2-4 October 2020.

Over three days in this large-scale street art festival will bring world class artists to showcase their work alongside local talent. Artist talks, walking tours, skateboarding, music, and workshops will mean everyone can be entertained along the way.


fintan mageeFintan Magee
Sydney based social realist painter, specializing in large-scale murals.







Paintings, murals and illustrations.






Bronte NaylorBrontë Naylor
Since 2011, she has been exhibiting her illustrative works in galleries and as large-scale artworks in public spaces.





Brett PivaBrett Piva
Contemporary artist and curator based on the east coast of Australia.





Ellie Hannon The Big Picture Fest NewcastleEllie Hannon
Ellie traverses the fields of painting, drawing, ceramics and assemblage in her art practice, exploring memories and experience.





Vans The OmegaVans The Omega
Contemporary Visual artist from South Australia.






Ian McCallumIan McCallum









Olas OneOlas One
Since 2008 Olas One has been shaping his graffiti art into conceptual murals, with music sub-cultures, neo-traditional tattoo motif & the natural beauty of his local coastal environment being his strongest influences.




Tom HendersonTom Henderson
Based in Newcastle and fresh off the back of his second solo show ‘Consolidations’. Tom brings bold illustrative pieces into the world.




Patricia Van Lubeck The Big Picture Fest NewcastlePatricia Van Lubeck
Owner of Studio Amsterdam, Maitland. Patricia’s recently created oil paintings are all about ‘individualism’. Human characteristics translated into slightly neo-surrealistic landscapes.




Jordan Lucky The Big Picture Fest NewcastleJordan Lucky
A Nelson Bay born artist raised by both Newcastle and Port Stephens, Jordan has a strong connection with the cities architecture and a profound appreciation of the regions wealth of natural beauty.





Sophia FleggSophia Flegg
Artist, writer, mess maker based in Newcastle.










The Big Picture Fest is set to be the biggest event in Newcastle this year, offering a social-distancing friendly event that can be enjoyed by all members of the community. COVID-19 safety measures will be in place in all areas of the festival in compliance with all NSW safety laws. The event will be spread across several sites in the city, with capped numbers on gathering in each place. Newcastle is a large city and there is plenty of room to watch the art go up on walls in your own space.



Presented by Newcastle Afoot and supported by the City of Newcastle official event partners (platinum sponsor) and the Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation.


Stay tuned for 2 more artists to be announced!


IMAGE SOURCES The Big Picture Fest

GRADUATION | elevate 2019


You are invited to join our 2019 graduates as they celebrate; presenting their portfolios and bodies of work in an exhibition showcasing how they explore, develop and E L E V A T E design.

A range of work will be displayed from our graduates in:

– Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration
– Diploma of Graphic Design
– Certificate IV in Interior Decoration
– Certificate IV in Design specialising in Graphic Design

The graduation exhibition will be held at the Hunter Design School.

Friday 13 December 2019 from 6PM – 8PM
67 Parry Street Newcastle West.

Entry is free and open to the public.

RSVP Eventbrite
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centre for inclusive design

WORKSHOP | centre for inclusive design


As part of the ‘Count Us In’ Newcastle Festival, a month-long program of events highlighting disability inclusion across the city, the Centre for Inclusive Design is offering a free 3 hour workshop for covering:

  • Introduction to Digital Accessibility
  • Implication of inaccessible digital experiences
  • Assistive technologies – how users navigate and read a document
  • Why digital accessibility
  • What is WCAG 2.1
  • Good and bad examples of accessibility
  • Types of Disability
  • Assistive Technology

[icon color=”Accent-Color” size=”small” image=”icon-calendar”] WHEN Tuesday 22 October 2019, 10am – 1pm

[icon color=”Extra-Color-2″ size=”small” image=”icon-road”] WHERE 67 Parry St Newcastle West

[icon color=”Extra-Color-2″ size=”small” image=”icon-edit”] RSVP  Here



CFID is a centre of excellence for inclusive design in Australia. Their network of industry experts and global partners bring innovation and global best practice ID so everyone has the opportunity to connect and be a part of our society. CFID delivers innovation and insight, events and partnerships and a practice that helps people reach you.
They build inclusive platforms to create more value for industry, government and most importantly meaningful connection for and with the people who are marginalised.


City of Newcastle seeks to facilitate and support initiatives that make our city a more liveable and inclusive community for those who reside, visit and work here.
In consultation with the Disability Inclusion Advisory Committee, it was agreed to acknowledge International Day of People with Disabilities via the establishment of a pilot program of events and activities under the title of Count Us In Newcastle over the period of 27 September until 25 October 2019.
The program includes a wide range of events and activities that demonstrates that Newcastle is a caring and inclusive community.

Info Night 2020

INFO NIGHT | october 15th

INFO NIGHT | 15 october 2019


Start your journey into the design industry by joining us for an info night!
Ask any questions you have about curriculum, dates, prices, career opportunities etc.

“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.”
– Edward de Bono

Applications are now open for all 2020 courses.

[icon color=”Accent-Color” size=”small” image=”icon-calendar”] WHEN Tuesday October 15th 5.30 – 6:30pm

[icon color=”Extra-Color-2″ size=”small” image=”icon-road”] WHERE 67 Parry St Newcastle West

[icon color=”Extra-Color-2″ size=”small” image=”icon-edit”] RSVP  Here

For more info, please call 02 4915 7007 or contact us below

2020 Info Night | Thursday 28 NOV 2019

EVENT STYLING | coachella 2019: fave brand activations

Over 20 years, Coachella Music and Arts Festival has grown to be one of the most famous festival worldwide, as each year sees massive headlining artists, celebrities, big brands, influencers and punters flock to the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

Coachella isn’t really Coachella without the host of swanky, off-site pool parties and late-night soirees that take over the desert each year.
Here are a few of the eye-catching brand activations that caught our attention over the two sold out weekends!


The social media platform partnered with artist D’ana Nunez of COVL and experiential agency, Manifold, for an invite-only house called Instagram Desert Chill. Top creators were invited to come chill, create content and enjoy the sunshine.


Designed and produced by AKJOHNSTON Group, the space replicated a gas station with vintage convertibles, tour bus, towering neon lipstick sign, and bright pink gas pumps. Next to it was a field of black balloons with the YSL Beauty logo, creating a unique photo op in the desert environment.


CONTENT AND IMAGE SOURCES BizBash, LA Guest List, Event Marketer

INFO NIGHT | mid-year intake 2019


“The question isn’t who is going to let me;

it’s who is going to stop me” – Ayn Rand

The design industry is continually expanding, and the range of career paths is diverse.
As our environment and technology changes around us, design is a constant.

Design is more than aesthetics.
It is the unseen bond between the elements that make sense of the world.
It is what makes a room feel right, or a website easy to navigate.

Design is humanistic.
It solves problems with critical thinking and creative solutions.
It uses technology as a tool rather than a driver.

Design is curious.
It questions, explores and plays.
It allows continual learning and discovery.


Join us for an awesome night.
Ask any questions you have about curriculum, dates, prices, career opportunities etc.

Monday 6th May
5.30pm – 6:30pm

Make sure you reserve your place by completing the RSVP form below.

2020 Info Night | Thursday 28 NOV 2019

EVENT | HDS x The Design Kids

HDS is thrilled to be hosting April’s edition of #tdktuesdays! Join us next Tuesday at to kick off the sixth edition of 36 Days of Type!  There will be plenty of cheap drinks and a few drawing materials if you can’t source your own.  Digital and analogue tools welcome – there’s plenty of space for all kinds of experimentin’.

Come flex your type skills!

36 Days of Type (@36daysoftype) is a project that invites designers, illustrators and visual artists to express their interpretation of the letters and numbers of our alphabet. The challenge is to design a letter or number for each day of the 36 days. Participants share their artworks via Instagram by uploading their entries with the project hashtag #36daysoftype and daily hashtag #36days_[Letter/Number]. From all daily entries, a curated selection will be published on the 36 Days of Type Instagram account (169k followers!).

This is a chance to get a head start on your first few letters if you think you’re up for the challenge!  If you want to participate for a few days or even just a single letter you can too.  If you don’t want to draw but feel like some quality banter on your Tuesday night, that’s good too.


Not sure what #TDKtuesdays is all about? It’s a no-pressure, beginners welcome, hi-fives encouraged anti-networking event on the first Tuesday of every month.

We’ve decided here at The Design Kids HQ that there is waaaay too much emailing and not enough socialising. So roll on #TDKtuesdays, where every month our fabulous TDK City hosts across the globe organise everything from free workshops to panel discussions, to design pub trivia, to studio tours with some of our fave industry peeps, and heaps more.

It’s a great place for design students, graduates and professionals to meet other design students, graduates and professionals, have a chat, swap notes, get involved and just generally build a bigger and better design community in their cities. If you are shy and “networking” (dirty word) is hard, this is an easy place to start. Grab a friend and come say hi!

RSVP to the Facebook event HERE

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