Taylah takes home silver

Naracoorte’s very own Taylah O’Brien has come home with the silver medal in Graphic Design Technology after participating in the World Skills Australian National competition. 

Recently held in Sydney over the span of three days, Taylah said she learnt much more about graphic design since participating in the once in a lifetime opportunity. 

“The competition was extremely tough and I feel that all of the competitors did an amazing job considering the pressure that the comp puts on you,” Taylah said. 

“We weren’t actually allowed to speak to the other competitors or look at their work during the competition so I had no idea where anyone else was at, so I wasn’t sure if would receive a medal or not. But it really was an amazing feeling have my name called as the silver medalist.”

World Skills showcase skills from all different areas of tradesmanships with the nationals having over 400 different competitors from all across the nations. 

Speaking to The Naracoorte Herald before she left, Taylah explained how nervous she was in competing against designers from all over the nation. 

Pulling through, Taylah said she loved the experience especially as it was her first time in Sydney. 

“It was amazing, and I have learnt so much during my time in the competition that next I am hoping to qualify for apprentice of the year in 2019.”

Taylah also said winning silver gave her a whole new confidence in her own work, something that couldn’t come from just working in general. 

“The competition was spread out over three days, with seven and a half hours for each day where we were given a brief to complete in that time, so I now have more confidence to produce work quicker too.” 

Taylah’s briefs came in all different shapes and sizes, ranging from logos, brochures and banners to packaging for a kids smart watch. 

Undecided on where to go from here, Taylah is enjoying knowing she made it to nationals and the skills learnt on the journey. 

She would also like to thank Hansen Design and Print from Naracoorte for their amazing and incredible support through the entire process.