Designer's Double Delight

Year 12 student Annabel Whitford has been recognised as one of Victoria’s top student designers. Annabel’s work has been seen by countless students, teachers and creative types from across the state at this year’s VCE Top Designs exhibition.

Being chosen for Top Designs is a sought-after feat for any Victorian student. Annabel has been picked to showcase not just one, but two projects, making her achievement even more special.

She is among only 10 VET Creative and Digital Media students in Top Designs for a website and an animation she created for the subject while in Year 11.

Annabel’s website was created for Steampacket Foods, after the catering company’s owner presented a work brief to the class. “It felt kind of like a real-life experience, actually getting the client notes and talking to him in real life and making the website,” Annabel said.

“It was even more exciting getting picked by him to have my website featured for his business, and that just made the whole experience feel a lot more real. I made it completely from scratch, just writing my own code and stuff,” she said.

Meanwhile, her animation tells the story of a creature who yearns to escape to another life. “A lot of my inspiration just came from watching YouTube videos … and I just picked some of the simpler ones out because I just wanted to see what other people are doing with 2D animation, because that was what I was wanting to do.”

The VCE Top Designs exhibitions is at the Melbourne Museum until Sunday 15 July.

To read our full article about Annabel, turn to page 30 of the June 2018 Ad Astra College community magazine.

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