Academy students love their Communication Design Coordinator Donna O'Neill! We all know it, but this was confirmed last year when she was voted teacher of the year last year in a vote by students. Part of the reason for her popularity is that she gets results! She coached the 2016 final year Communication Design class to be shortlisted in the prestigious Big Idea International Advertising Association competition! Known for her distinctive fashion style and skyscraper heels, Donna started teaching Communication Design at the Academy in 2009. Her education background has been focussed on communication design, completing qualifications in Fine Art & Design, Bachelor of Arts (Graphic Design) and more recently a Master of Design Communication. All that being said, ultimately the sign of a good teacher is the graduates they produce…read more on that here.
A little about her company “ZOM8IE” is below, where she works with Horologist Patrick O’Neill to restore, refashion and transform time pieces from a bygone era is below. No prizes for guessing who wrote the company profile!
The business of ZOM8IE When a Scholar of Horology (Time) and a Master of Communication (Graphic) combine forces they design with brains, resurrecting the dead with a combination of 8 found elements from the past to be utilized for the present. The inventors Patrick Thomas O’Neill and Donna Lee Kirkwood are the animated corpses that use a combination of techniques to; burn, flange, drill, mill, tap, thread, polish, strip, heat, solder, wire, coil, bend, turn, straighten, cut, rivet, remove, burnish, bush, calibrate, wind, regulate, tune, oxidize, attach, lacquer, paint, fumigate, sand and design their utilitarian industrial objects into a new life of form and function. They, like zombies are hypnotized by objects of a bygone era and hungry for mixed and diverse artefacts that make up our material culture. These ordinary tools, instruments, utensils, devices and machines are refashioned and transformed so that they assume new and important social and cultural functions. These new functions are far removed from each object’s original use in everyday life but their impairment leads to the resurrection of new industrial furnishings. Hidden within the intricate structure of each finely wrought piece is the symbol of perfection and the timeless infinite in the form of the numeral eight.