BJ Ball Student Design Competition

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BJ Ball Papers dedicated to celebrating graphic design in print right here in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

The BJ Ball Student Design Contest is back again – it’s an opportunity for Aotearoa Graphic Design students to showcase their talents and work to the design industry.This is an exceptional opportunity for students follow a project from brief through to print, and to practice their design skills in real life, the winning entries will also get to feature in the BJ Ball 2022 calendar, distributed to creatives and printers throughout New Zealand.

This year’s theme is ‘Back to the Future’  – whether it be from typewriter to computer, from mechanical to electric car, from fossil fuel to solar power or from landline to mobile, take us from yesterday to today. Artwork can be illustration, photography, graphic design, or a mix of all three. (Please check the T&Cs and ensure your design does not breach copyright rules.)

All 12 winners, with a mention of their design school, will feature in the BJ Ball 2022 calendar. They will also receive a $100 prezzy card. Artist profiles will also be showcased on various social media channels, and in our GSM magazine, issue 18.

This year’s Judges are:

  • Mike Tisdall – Strategic Planner & Founding Director, Insight Creative
  • Stephen McCarthy – Director, McCarthy Design
  • Annie Dow – Managing Director, Dow Goodfolk & Brother Design

Entries close: 
Sunday 5th September 2021

Entry website:


Project Requirements:

High Res print ready pdf in CMYK to a size of 380mm x 260mm (landscape)

BJ Ball are a paper company of course, so the students will need to match their design to one of the following papers:

  • Advance Laser 240gsm
  • Silk Matt 256gsm
  • Magno Plus Gloss 250gsm
  • Eco100 Natural 250gsm
  • Evergreen Environment Tortilla 216gsm

Students are advised to chat with their tutor to see paper samples.


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