IDI Irish Graduate Design Awards 2018 – Exhibition

IDI Irish Graduate Design Awards 2018 – Exhibition

The shortlist of entries in 2018 were exhibited at IADT for one week in December,

IDI Irish Design Graduate Awards prizegiving was held on December 6th at IADT, who were wonderful hosts two years running. We had a really great spread of prize-winners from 12 colleges all over Ireland.The IDI Grand Prix trophy went to our overall 2018 winner Shauna Buckley, a graduate of IADT and a winner of prizes in four different categories.



The prizes were presented by IDI Director Danielle Townsend; Arup Engineer, Amber Kehoe;  Cormac O'Conaire of Design Partners and Áine Higgins Ní Chinnéide of CEUD who managed the Universal Design judging. We were very grateful for help and support from Arup, Boxclever, Design Partners and CEUD over the year who all presented prizes on the night.

The event was managed by Dominic Southgate of Boxclever and IDI . It was  hosted by run in asssociation with IADT  with special thanks to Ger Fox, David Smith and Linda King of IADT for their input over a number of weeks -We acknowledge and appreciate the help from our sponsors and partners at CEUD, Boxclever, Arup and Design Partners for this wonderful graduate design competition. We are pleased and proud to collaborate with them on this unoque event in design in Ireland

The finalists chosen as part of our Graduate Design Awards 2018 exhibition at IADT represented a very wide range of design colleges across the country and the very best of student work in Ireland.





Award Categories 2018

Animation and Motion Design (Including Video) 
Clothing Design (Stage, Costume and Fashion) 
Design Research 
Digital Design - UI/UX Design 
Exhibition Design/ Visual Merchandising 
Fashion Design - Textiles Design
Handmade/ Artefact Design- including craft and product for stage and screen
Interior Design/Interior Architecture 
Ove Arup Award for the built environment (includes architecture, engineering etc.)
Product Design - Furniture 
Product Design - Industrial and Consumer Products 
Product Design - Social Products 
Product Design - Medical Devices 
Transdisciplinary Design Project 
Viz Comm – Book Design 
Viz Comm- /Printed Material ( all except books) 
Viz Comm - Digital Design  
Viz Comm -  Brand Identity 
Viz Comm - Use of Illustration 
Viz Comm – Use of Typography 
Universal Design   
Sustainable Design   

We'll also award prizes based on how entrants describe their project and its qualities in respect of both Universal Design and Sustainable Design.

Sponsors & Partners


IADT has again offered to host this year’s exhibition in November.  Based in Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology is Ireland’s only institute of art, design and technology with a specific focus on the creative cultural and technological sectors.


Boxclever is a product design consultancy working in Dublin. A Boxclever design can be the difference between a product that gets to market and one that defines the market. As we create physical products every day, it is a natural fit for us to design and produce the award itself.


The Centre for Excellence in Universal. Design is dedicated to enabling the design of environments that can be accessed, understood and used regardless of age, size and ability. They have partnered with IDI over the past six years on various design awards and other initiatives aimed at promoting ‘design for all’

Design Partners

Design Partners is a product & interaction design agency based in Bray. They design exceptional product experiences that make life better. Combining strategy with execution, they  have delivered beautiful, innovative and differentiated design for over 30 years In that time, they have been designing best-selling and award-winning product experiences for brands around the world in our three specialist categories: Consumer, Healthcare and Professional.


Arup is a worldwide consultancy and one of the largest engineering consulting firms in Ireland. They are associated with these awards for four years, and particularly with The Ove Arup Award for ‘Total Architecture’. This is an inclusive interdisciplinary graduate design award. It aims to demonstrate the spirit of Ove Arup’s approach to total architecture;  which includes a consideration for all elements in an integrated holistic manner.





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