Cormack Packaging have interviewed the 2007 winner of Cormack Innovation Awards, Sarah Stevens. In her interview, Sarah explained that alongside focusing on her studies, she has been completing freelance design work and building up a strong portfolio in preparation for her transition into full-time employment at the completion of her degree.
Sarah found that the practical nature of the Cormack Innovation Awards has prepared her for the working environment and has refined her approach to engaging and collaborating with organisations when presenting new design concepts.
Sarah observes that her work experience with Cormack Packaging made her learn about the manufacturing process used to create [Cormack] packaging.
Sarah received the hands-on benefit of all Cormack Innovation Award winners and was also able to have direct access to the in-house design team during her internship while working in collaboration on her winning design concept preparing it for possible commercial development.
Sarah also provided some tips for 2009 entrants looking to create a winning design.
According to Sarah, the entrants must undertake a thorough research of the company and its design style and also work specifically with the design brief in mind.
Sarah was of the opinion that the competition is practical in nature, so designs need to be both innovative and able to be produced. She observed that the more thoughtful the design the more successful it will be.