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Would you like to know where AUXILIARY X can take you as an industrial designer? Hear from AUXILIARY graduate + designer, Raymond Dunlop (and his award-winning design boss!), talk about what he learned and where it took him.

AUXILIARY X: Where are they now? from AUXILIARY on Vimeo.

“The thing that I loved the most about AUXILIARY was having that real interaction with the client”, says Ray, now an employee at Street + Garden in Brisbane’s West End, a studio of award-winning industrial designers who specialise in furniture design for public spaces. “Having to actually interact and talk with the clients, and meet real deadlines, it was awesome”.

Ray was a participant of AUXILIARY X Sunbeam Australia, AUXILIARY’s inaugural program which put nine emerging designers in front of Sunbeam’s design leadership team. As practicing designers, the AUXILIARY Directors know the skills and quality of work needed to pitch projects to a client of this magnitude. Industry-standard skills and knowledge were imparted over a rigorous 14 week program delivered in The Edge’s Fabrication Lab, which offers all the tools and technology necessary for a hands-on industrial design experience. The results of the inaugural X program spoke for themselves with three products retained by Sunbeam for further mass-production consideration, including one designed by Ray himself.

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“From my personal point of view, [AUXILIARY] has been a success for me because I’ve been able to employ Raymond Dunlop, who is a graduate of AUXILIARY.” says David Shaw, Founder & Creative director of Street + Garden. “The skills Ray brings to us is an understanding of design, which has been enhanced through his time at AUXILIARY. There’s no question that he is a key part of the business now and a very valuable member of our team.”

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Reflecting on his experience with AUXILIARY, Ray adds: “it was awesome to be able to be a university student, work on a project from concept to prototyping, present that in front of heads of design and marketing in a massive corporation, and then for them for turn around and say ‘look we liked your presentation and product so much that we would like to take this the next step further from just a concept to actually look at manufacturing it’”.

Applications are now open for AUXILIARY X BCF.

This program will educate emerging industrial designers through a design and engagement process with industry client BCF (Boating Camping Fishing).

The program runs October 2017 to March 2018, and is open to emerging designers and design professionals. To apply, visit www.auxdesignschool.com.au or send an email too contact@auxdesignschool.com.au with enquiries.


AUXILIARY X enables you to learn supplementary, sought-after knowledge and skills from experienced practitioners. Tackle a real design brief to meet strategic objectives of industry client BCF. Develop, prototype and pitch a product to industry standards for further commercial development consideration. Exhibit your work and enter design awards to engage with industry and promote young Australian design excellence.




AUXILIARY is calling for applicants for AUXILIARY PLUS – a six week foundational Industrial Design course that teaches sketching, lo-fi prototyping and CAD. It is open to students, professionals and creatives wanting to supercharge their design skills.

AUXILIARY PLUS is also a preparatory primer for the client sponsored AUXILIARY X programme. Students from the inaugural AUXILIARY X programme recently won big in The Australian Good Design Awards’ Young Australian Design Awards category providing a shining representation of innovative Queensland design.

After almost 50 students entered and 9 finalists selected, the winners were announced at the Good Design Awards Gala Night in Sydney on May 27th. Three AUXILIARY finalists took away 3 awards on the night from the 5 available – an outstanding achievement considering competition from prestigious institutions such as UTS, UNSW and Monash.



Angelina Kwan’s Air-O Pan project won the Technology Award. Air-O Pan combines the cooking technologies of an induction fry pan, air fryer, wok, steamer and even a steam oven into one easy to use appliance.


Thomas Costello’s Botany project won the Sustainability Award. Botany is a vertical aeroponic garden designed to be a simple and attractive micro-farming solution for high density urban homes and apartments where home grown food is either inconvenient or impossible, which meets an ever growing current market trend.


David Chapman’s Essence  project won People’s Choice. Essence unlocks natural properties found in household plants; to preserve food and repel insects through air oxidisers and fragrances and even includes a self-watering system.


The 14 week AUXILIARY X programme where the above work was created saw students produce innovative and high resolution concepts for client Sunbeam Australia. Throughout the programme students were armed with the tactical, practical and strategic skills needed to meet the demands of a real world client, and the outcome speaks for itself. The entire design process behind each of these amazing projects was realised in The Edge’s Fabrication Lab, which provided all the necessary tools and resources under the one roof to enable the next generation of designers bring their ideas to life.

The deadline for AUXILIARY PLUS applications is Friday, June 24. Details of the forthcoming AUXILIARY X programme will be announced over the coming months.

For more information visit auxdesignschool.com.au or contact AUXILIARY at contact@auxdesignschool.com.au

AUXILIARY: call for applicants

Guest post by, Leon Fitzpatrick, Co-founder of AUXILIARY Design School


Auxiliary Co-Founder Leon Fitzpatrick

Auxiliary Co-founder, Leon Fitzpatrick

After returning home to Australia from studying and working the U.S., I met Neil Davidson, Carolyn Yip and Leo Yip through Brisbane’s larger-than-expected design community…

…It wasn’t long before our mutual passion for design education became regular conversations, which turned into meetings, and then into action…a design process in and of itself to address a big design problem: the growing gap between education and practical industry experience. As owners and operators of small businesses and consultancies, and as independent designers and design advocates with experience in everything from automotive, product and electronics design, starting an Industrial Design school from scratch seemed both completely crazy and totally logical at the same time. So naturally we didn’t hesitate.

As I write this, three students from our first AUXILIARY X programme, sponsored by Sunbeam Australia, have been selected as finalists in Good Design Australia’s Young Australian Design Awards, a national design competition with entries from the country’s top universities and colleges. It’s a huge honour for us and a fantastic achievement on their part to achieve this level of recognition.

Auxiliary Design School, in The Edge Innovation Lab

AUXILIARY Design School, in The Edge Innovation Lab

Auxiliary Design School, in The Edge Timber Fabrication Lab

AUXILIARY Design School, in The Edge Timber Fabrication Lab

We’re excited for what’s coming next, as today we officially announce a call for applicants for two upcoming programmes that will run at The Edge: AUXILIARY ONE and AUXILIARY PLUS.

AUXILIARY ONE will run from 28 June through 2 July. Open to high school students, AUXILIARY ONE is an introduction to Industrial Design that will have you experiencing what being an Industrial Designer is really like, covering all the tools and processes from concept to engineered reality.

AUXILIARY PLUS will run from 5 July to 13 August, and is open to creatives from all disciplines; current students, graduates and professionals. AUXILIARY PLUS teaches the fundamental foundations of Industrial Design: sketching, lo-fi prototyping and CAD. It will give you a great foundation or sharpen your existing skills.

Because AUXILIARY is about quality over quantity, we keep our class numbers small ensuring a great ratio between educator and student, which means spaces will fill up fast. Get in touch with us for expressions of interest and applications here: contact@auxdesignschool.com.au and visit auxdesignschool.com.au for more information about our programmes past and present.


Would you like to know more about Leon? Check out his story on the APDL blog.

New AUXILIARY programmes launching soon

AUXILIARY Design School is proud to announce two forthcoming programmes; AUXILIARY ONE and AUXILIARY PLUS.

Are you a high school student that’s interested in design, technology and innovation? Do you like to draw and build things? Then AUXILIARY ONE might be for you. A week long programme, AUXILIARY ONE, will give you an opportunity to explore what being an Industrial Designer is really like. You will experience the tools and processes of Industrial Design from sketching, model making, and CAD, all the way through to a functional product that you get to take home.



Are you a student or graduate of design who wants to strengthen their foundations, or are you a creative who has an interest in design? A six week programme, AUXILIARY PLUS teaches you the three pillars of Industrial Design; sketching, lo-fidelity model making and CAD. With site visits to local manufacturers, informative presentations, live demonstrations, sketching drills, and informal pin-up reviews, it’s a condensed and intensive dive into Industrial Design.

AUXILIARY PLUS from Auxiliary on Vimeo.

AUXILIARY ONE and AUXILIARY PLUS will be delivered in The Edge’s Innovation and Fabrication Labs, which provides students with all the tools and state-of-the-art equipment they needed to experience the world of Industrial Design first-hand.



Exact dates for both programmes will be announced soon.

If you have questions or you would like to register your interest please e-mail: contact@auxdesignschool.com.au


AUXILIARY wrap-up another successful programme

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Following on from a successful inaugural programme in 2015, AUXILIARY Design School recently wrapped up their first AUXILIARY PLUS programme, with a focus on the foundations of Industrial Design and core skill development.

The three pillars of sketching, lo-fidelity model making and CAD were delivered in The Edge’s Innovation and Fabrication Labs, providing students with the tools and equipment they needed to experience the world of Industrial Design first-hand.

Participants were not just students and graduates of design, they came from diverse backgrounds like computer programming, filmmaking and branding. Over the course of 6 weeks and 64 contact hours, AUXILIARY PLUS provided a rigorous, intense, but also fun and rewarding experience, with site visits to local manufacturers, informative presentations, plenty of live demonstrations, sketching drills, and informal pin-up reviews.


If you’re interested in learning industry-relevant skills from experienced practitioners, AUXILIARY PLUS is for you!

Stay tuned for announcements of AUXILIARY’s next round of programme offerings, coming soon.

To find out more about The Edge’s partner, AUXILIARY Design School, visit: auxdesignschool.com.au or check them out on Facebook and insta

AUXILIARY’S new 6 week programme

With the success of their first 14 week intensive programme earlier this year, AUXILIARY are launching a new 6 week course, AUXILIARY PLUS – delivering the indispensable foundations of sketching, model making and CAD, balanced with design strategy, theory and history.

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AUXILIARY launches 2016 programme

AUXILIARY X Retrospective

In May of 2015, the Brisbane design community gathered for an exhibition unveiling of work from the AUXILIARY X programme: real world projects for real world clients.

Over the course of 14 week programme, 9 designers executed 18 high resolution projects for 2 very happy clients. On display at The Edge were concepts for 4 Pines Brewing Company’s Vostok Space Beer project, the first commercially viable – and drinkable – beer to be sent into space. Designers were tasked with adhering to 4 Pines’ brand ethos and strict NASA regulations, and the results spoke for themselves: the client happily chose one stellar bottle design for further commercial development. Next stop, space!

Without stopping, the team then began work for AUXILIARY’s primary sponsor Sunbeam Australia to deliver designs for a broad range of product categories. Designers turned insight into strategy – and turned sketches into advanced parametric models – all the while learning by doing. Projects by designers Raymond Dunlop, Angelina Kwan, and Rohan McEvoy were embargoed by Sunbeam for further commercial development, the best possible outcome for AUXILIARY’s educational consultancy model.


Following the success of the inaugural X programme, AUXILIARY is expanding their programme offerings to meet the needs of not just the Industrial Design community, but the creative industry at large. Auxiliary is now excited to announce that applications are open for AUXILIARY PLUS.

AUXILIARY PLUS will deliver contextual, industry-relevant design skills from experienced practitioners. The 6 week programme will focus on the indispensable foundations of sketching, model making and CAD, balanced with design strategy, theory and history. Informative presentations and live demonstrations, core skill drills and informal pin-up reviews come in place of lectures, tutorials and assessments. Quick, immersive and exhilarating, it’s Industrial Design the AUXILIARY way.

Good design cannot come to fruition without the foundation and application of core skills. Benefit from AUXILIARY’s guidance and support in building a utility belt of techniques, adding polish to your portfolio and forging your career path. Develop your design confidence and capabilities. Learn by doing. Be job ready.

Auxiliary Design School

We’re pretty lucky here at The Edge. Not only do we get to open our spaces to amazingly talented individuals who wow us every day; but we also have some pretty special partners who bring with them some pretty special people!

Cue, Auxiliary Design School.

Each week students work (hang out and play really!) in the Fabrication Lab dreaming up big ideas, designing, testing, refining and the fun part… making; bringing these ideas to life with our basement full of machines and gadgets.

Every Tuesday and Friday night, the crew are down there, putting the final touches on some of their product designs, getting them ready for the big wigs. Yep, that’s right, they have Sunbeam on as a major sponsor! Could you imagine having your product manufactured and in the market? One of the Auxiliary students may ride this wave and be on the road to massive success with their very own creation on the shelves. There might be an opportunity for you to check out some of the designs that have come out of this semester’s intake, so be on the lookout for the event when it comes up.

For now though, let this den of creativity inspire you for what’s possible in the Fabrication Lab. We’ll wrap this up with a nice inspirational quote:

“The future belongs to the curious. The ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, poke at it, question it and turn it inside out.”

PS. Did we mention Auxiliary have also been rocking it with the 4 Pines Brewing Co and astrophysicists!? Beer + space + design = a very cool design project!