Tim Wightman makes the Tool Blacks

ACG Yoobee graduate Tim Wightman is heading to Brazil in August to pit his skills against young graphic design guns from all over the world.

Following outstanding results in recent national and Oceania competitions, Tim has been chosen to represent New Zealand in the Graphic Design category of the biennial WorldSkills International competition. 

“I’m so excited for this chance to go to another country,” says Tim.  “I’ve never been to Brazil, so at the moment I’m feeling more excited than nervous.  But I’m sure once the competition starts the nerves will kick in!”

The event will involve four different graphic design briefs which competitors have to complete over four days.  To ensure he’s match-fit, Tim will spend the next few months training 20 hours a week with ACG Yoobee tutor/WSNZ Graphic Design Skill Manager, Sherein Abdel-Al. That’s on top of his day job as a Graphic Designer for iMerch.

“In the competition we are given a brief each morning and have six hours to complete it.  An example of one of the briefs I did in the Oceania competition was to make a magazine.  We were told the target audience along with other information about the magazine, and were given all the articles and images.  From that we had to create a masthead and cover page, lay out the text and manipulate the images to ensure they looked good and were technically correct.  Then we had to print it out and mock it up, cutting out all the pages and binding it together.”

Tim gained an overall score of 489 in the Oceania competition, and has his sights set even higher for Brazil.

“Sherein and I have a goal of getting a Medallion of Excellence at the international competition, which is a score of 500 or more.  It’s definitely obtainable, but so long as I feel I’ve done the best I can, it will be a win for me.”

WorldSkills International is held every two years, and brings together young people from 73 countries around the world.  At each competition 50 skills are put to the test – from welding to hairdressing, restaurant service to automotive refinishing.  The main purpose of the competitions is to encourage young people to excel in vocational skills.

For Tim – who has completed iCreate, a Diploma of Computer Graphic Design and a Diploma of Digital Media (Advanced) at ACG Yoobee - it’s a great opportunity to test his skills on the world stage, meet like-minded people and open his eyes to a different culture.

2015 has been a fruitful year for Tim.  As well as landing a place in the WorldSkills New Zealand team – the Tool Blacks – Tim has just been ‘Packaging Design Served’ on Behance.  Take a look at his awesome package redesign for Mexicano Corn Chips here:http://www.packagingserved.com/gallery/Mexicano-Corn-Chips-Package-Redesign/16959367