Graduate Design Awards

Welcome to Graduate Awards 2020



The IDI Graduate Awards 2020 will be open very shortly for entry to student members on Awardsforce for entries.  Due to the Covid19 situation, we are extending the deadline for entries until SEPTEMBER to allow graduates more time to prepare entries.  More information and the link to awards entry will be available on the IDI website during the coming weeks.

Judging of the graduate awards has always taken place online, 2020 will be no different, with judging taking place in September and October.  Judging criteria have yet to be finalised but will take into account the move out of the studio environment.  All graduates will have had a similar experience, though some such as furniture design, fashion or product design where there is a physical element to their project will be hardest hit.

TU Dublin had kindly agreed to host the awards and exhibition in 2020. This is provisionally booked for mid-November, however circumstances may change rapidly over the coming months.  We will know more as the autumn approaches, but we understand the need to be flexible with our plans for both the awards presentation night and the ongoing exhibition.

New this year, because of the shutdown will be an online showcase of all the shortlisted entries, in parallel with the exhibition.  This will also include curated pages for each of the shortlisted colleges, details and content to be worked out in the coming months.  This will be updated with winners and commended awards as they happen.

As always we are counting on colleges to spread the word about entry to the Graduate awards.  The IDI want to work with graduates and colleges to ensure that the best graduate work in the country has another platform to showcase their work. We are grateful to our host, TU Dublin, who is generously hosting the exhibition at their campus in Grangegorman.












This year entries must be in by 30th August 2020.  














22 UNIVERSAL DESIGN ( Special Award) - (Is your design Universal?)

23 DESIGN FOR CHANGE: ( Special Award)....For a project that aims to assist, improve or enhance a group or groups of people, or places through design interven- tion. This can be in the context of the environment, culture, society, disenfranchised or marginalized groups.

24 GRAND PRIX: The Grand Prix recognizes emerging talent from all graduate entries. This can come from any category and the winner must demonstrate the potential to become a leader in the design industry and an ambassador for the values IDI holds. 









Congratulations to Alex Defratyka, Interior Architecture Graduate, CIT who is the 2019 Grand Prix winner at the IDI Graduate Design Awards for her project Hanover Quay Community Centre. The prize giving took place at Rathdown House and the finalists' exhibition runs at TU Dublin, Grangegoman on 14th November to 21st November 2019 

We are grateful to all of our supporters and sponsors DES, CEUD, Boxclever, TU Dublin, DCCOI and Design Partners. A special thank you to Dominic Southgate of Boxclever who organised the event and sponsored the wonderful trophies, our host Barry Sheehan of TU Dublin, Aileen Dempsey of Design Enterprise Skillnet, Eugene Canavan of Design Partners and James Hubbard of CEUD who all spoke and presented some prizes. Our President, Róisín Lafferty, Founder and Managing Director of Kingston Lafferty Design presented all of the category winners and The Grand Prix 2019 trophy to Alex Defratyka. 












For all the news, video of the event, all the images, lists of prizewinners please see HERE




Eligibility 2019

Entry to the awards is open to all IDI Student Members who are graduating in 2019; you must be either an Undergraduate IDI Member or Graduate IDI Member currently in full-time college in 2019.

Your taught design degree course must either be in Ireland. However you can be an Irish Designer studying and graduating abroad at a minimum of Bachelors Degree level and up to taught Masters Degree.

Not a Member? Joining the IDI is easy

Entries will only be accepted from individual IDI student Members who are graduating in 2019 from full-time design education.

You must join IDI as an individual member before you enter the competition. If you're unsure, always check with IDI.

If your college is an IDI Institutional Member you can apply tojoin IDI for free, just use the college code on the application form. This is available from your college administrator. | | | | |

Categories 2019

Animation and Motion Design (Including Video)  | Architecture   | 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  | Product Design - Furniture | Product Design - Industrial and Consumer Products  | Product Design - Medical Devices 

Product Design - Social Products  | The Ove Arup Award for the Built Environment (includes architecture, engineering etc.) | Transdisciplinary Design Project 

Viz Comm - Brand Identity  | Viz Comm - Digital Design  | Viz Comm - Packaging Design | Viz Comm - Printed Book Design  | Viz Comm - Printed Material ( all except books) 

Viz Comm - Use of Illustration  | Viz Comm - Use of Typography 

There are also two opt-in catagories: Universal Design and Sustainable Design


Rules of the IDI GRADUATE Design Awards 2019

Please read these notes carefully:

  • Entry to the awards is open to
    • all IDI Student Members who are graduating in 2019 from a design course that is at minimum Bachelor Degree level in Ireland - BA, BArch, BSc, BDes up to taught MA, MSc.
    • IDI Student Members completing a level 7, 8, or 9 design programme – Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 7) , Hons Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8) and up to a taught Masters (NFQ Level 9)
    • IDI Student Members graduating now or later in 2019 in design at Primary Degree level, Post-Graduate Diploma level and up to graduating from a taught Master’s Degree course.
  • Your design degree course must either be in Ireland or you can be an Irish Designer studying and graduating abroad from Bachelor’s Degree level course or a taught Master’s Degree.
  • You must be an IDI member to enter. If you have any queries about the entries or membership, please do not hesitate to contact IDI at
  • All competition entries must be via the IDI online entry system only. Once your account is acknowledged you will be able to enter as many entries as you like.
  • Conceptual and completed designs are acceptable
  • The IDI jury has the right to query if an entry is eligible for these awards.
  • The IDI and Judges reserve the right to withdraw a category and refund the entries where judges feel there is not sufficient competition.
  • The judges’ decision is final. They reserve the right not to present an award in any category where they believe the work does not match the judging criteria or meet an exceptional standard.
  • No correspondence will be entered into regarding entries.
  • A project may be entered in more than one category. ​The entry system comes with a ‘copy’ facility so that you don’t need to write out all your details again if you are entering the same details into more than one category.
  • You may enter multiple projects.
  • The closing date is 30 June 2019. This date is final.
  • Please identify the college you are graduating from and please identify if you are graduating with a Bachelors or Masters degree.
  • The project entered must be original and your design/design idea.
  • You may enter up to 6 Jpeg files with each entry; resolution is important (jpg files only).
  • You may enter individual images or digital presentation boards with your text - explaining your design intent (what was the challenge, why your design resolves the problem, and identifying key features of the design)
  • Projects entered don’t have to be final year projects but they must be a project completed as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate course.
  • The maximum number of designers allowed on a group project is 3.

The online system will guide you through the GDA19 process - if in doubt, please contact IDI.



Are the Graduate Awards only open to IDI Members?

Yes, this competition is only open to IDI members

If I am a student but not graduating in 2019, can I enter these awards?

The 2019 IDI Graduate Awards are only open to students graduating in 2019.

How many entries can I make?

You may enter as many projects as you wish. You may enter the same design project in multiple categories, if it is relevant.

The entry system comes with a ‘copy’ facility so that you don’t need to write out all your details again if you are entering the exact same details into more than one category.

How much does an entry cost?

It is free to enter the IDI Graduate Awards.

Can I edit my entry?

Yes, you may edit and edit at any-time until the moment you press 'Submit'.

Once you have registered an Awards account, you can log into your account at any-time to make edits up until the final closing date. You must press Submit to enter the competition.

Can I enter a project that I created in another college year?

No. Ideally this is something you produced in the 2018/ 2019 academic year.

Can I enter a project which has already won other Awards?


Can I enter a project I have previously submitted to the IDI Graduate Awards?

No, you cannot enter project previously submitted to IDI Graduate Awards.

Can I enter self-initiated work?

Yes, as long the project is your own work.

How do I know which category to enter?

The category guide on the Graduate awards page of the IDI AWARDS website gives a brief synopsis of each category, giving a clear indication of what work falls under each category, what the judges are looking for, the types of materials to submit and who will be judging. This also includes with quite detailed guidance what to say, what to highlight...

What is the judging process?

The IDI Grduate Awards judges will have access to all entries and the jury will get make a first round of comments on all eligible entries. After that, a shortlist of the finalists will be announced in November 2019. Everyone who has been shortlisted for an award is considered a finalist. Being on the final shortlist doesn’t guarantee you’ll win a prize. All prizes will be announced and presented at the IDI Annual Graduate Awards ceremony.

What are the judges looking for in a winning project?

Quality, Creativity, Originality, Execution and Presentation.
All entries will be judged on the images supplied, your description of the design challenge, the opportunity it presented and how it was resolved.

What files and supporting paperwork can I add with my online entry?

Each entry requires a short description of the design brief, the opportunities (response to brief) and a presentation of how your finished product provided the best solution.

You can also upload digital files.
Video: files can be attached or a link provided to a Vimeo or YouTube channel. If the video is private – please provide the necessary passwords. Files should be 1280 x 720 H264 codec video with an MP4 or MOV extension.
Images: a minimum of 3 images and a maximum of 10 images should be uploaded. Images should be high resolution and saved “long edge” of 2500px in JPEG format @ 80% quality. Although our entry system has no limit on file size we would ask that all files are under 15MB.
For any websites etc., please submit a link to the live site, video etc. with text and supporting images will suffice.

Can I send in a physical sample?

No, physical samples will not be considered.

Can I name non-IDI members on the entry?

Yes, please do. Please credit all involved.

If you have any queries about the entries or membership, please do not hesitate to contact IDI at





The ORIGINAL 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.






The IDI Graduate Design Awards 2017

IDI Graduate Awards 2017 prize-giving event took place on the evening on Nov 30th at IADT. 

And the winner is…Great night at the  IDI Annual Graduate Design Awards 2017 hosted  at IADT last Thursday 30th November.The exhibition included students from 16 different colleges From the selected 92 finalists, there were prizes in all categories and overall winners in most. This had been whittled down from 484 graduate entries. The exhibition runs until Wed evening 6th December. We are delighted to congratulate the talented designer Stina Standström of IADT who was chosen as the Grand Prix winner for 2017 for her impressive work, she was sortlisted, Commended and a category winner in a number of categories. Well deserved!

And the winner is….IDI Graduate Exhibition and Prize-giving

Stina Standström 

A really big thanks to all graduates who entered, to our judges and to our wonderful GDA 2017 hosts at IADT-Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. Thanks to our sponsors Boxclever who designed and supplied the sleek new awards trophies, to Arup who sponsored and presented the Ove Arup award won by Julie McGrath's project Oasis Home Shelter. This prize was presented by Amber Kehoe of Arup. Thanks too to our long term partners at CEUD, in particular Mr. James Hubbard who presented the Universal Design prize ​to Karl Martin for his project LiteFire, this prize was chosen from all of the entries as the best Universal Design project.Big thanks also to Holly Brennan who did splendid work on the exhibition's design.

Full list of Prize-winners here - WINNERS and COMMENDED






The IDI Graduate Design Award winners were announced at a ceremony on Thursday November 10th at NCAD, Dublin.

The prizegiving was held at the NCAD Gallery on Nov 10th from 6pm - with a reception from 5pm

The Overall Grand Prix winner was Alessandra Ravida is a recent graduate of Dublin Institute of Design. Her college, DID was delighted with her success.

Sam Russell of NCAD presided over the event and George Boyle President of IDI made the presentations. Awards were made in a wide range of categories from Animation and Architecture to Viz Comm and Product and from to Fashion and Textiles to Universal Design and UX.

The exhibition of all the Shortlisted Finalists will run at the NCAD Gallery from 11th November every day for one week

Well done to Alessandra Ravida of Dublin Institute of Design and to all who made the IDI Graduate Design Award shortlist 2016


Alessandra Ravida of Dublin Institute of Design - Femmina - WINNER IDI GRAND PRIX AWARD


Jack Bowler Limerick School of Art and Design Rebranding Ireland WINNER Animation and Motion Design

Alibhe Keane The National College of Art and Design Izzy Wheels Animation HIghly Commended Animation and Motion Design
Patrick Horan LIT Limerick School of Art & Design RSA/Debra Kidd: Towards an Educational (R)evolution HIghly Commended - Animation and Motion Design

Bryan Hoey   University of Limerick Flight of Settlement WINNER Architecture
Emma O'Neill University College Cork Athens HC - Architecture
Deirdre Power CIT (CCAE) Movement of Squares : Spaces of Dissent HC Architecture

Eulich McGeown NCAD, 761: A virtual typographic experience of the Anne Frank Diary  WINNER Digital Design - UX Design

Stephanie Schmidt DIT “Recharge Naturally” HC Exhibition Design/ Visual Merchandising
Ross Phelan IADT Civil War: Conflict of Brothers WINNER Exhibition Design/ Visual Merchandising

Avril Roche Limerick School of Art and Design Outline WINNER Fashion Design
Conaill O'Dwyer National College of Art and Design Default Man HC Fashion Design

Paula Maria Czajkowska DIT D Hotel HC Interior Design/Interior Architecture
Mitchell Banks Dublin Institute of Technology X Airlines WINNER Interior Design/Interior Architecture
Tony Yuen Dublin Institute of Technology Huguenot House HC Interior Design/Interior Architecture

Kristina Malantsuk Cork Institute of Technology Bonded Warehouse WINNER OVE ARUP  Award
Daniel Morgan Eoin Bracken,  Dublin Institute of Technology CharCo HC OVE ARUP  Award

Brendan Mc Garry GMIT Letterfrack Ch.53 HC Product Design - Furniture
Catherine Grogan National College of Art and Design frank. WINNER Product Design - Furniture
Sarah Twaddell National College of Art and Design FIKA HC Product Design - Furniture

Anaïs Subrero National College of Art and Design Objects of Time HC Product Design - Industrial Products
Sarah Twaddell and Megan Sands National College of Art and Design Positie Future+ WINNER Product Design - Industrial 

John Alexander Godfrey NCAD How Much Would You Pay to be Clean for a Month? WINNER Product Design - Social Products

Stephen Burke CIT/UCC - CCAE Passive Pond Facade WINNER Sustainable Design
Stephen Walsh Dublin Institute of Technology Food Safety Sensor - The real-time use-by date HC Sustainable Design

Hien Cao GMIT Art Immune WINNER Textiles

Ross Dowd NCAD Sonear WINNER Universal Design
Diarmuid Mulligan National College of Art & Design Easy Grow HC Universal Design

Jade Yeats National College of Art and Design Buddy WINNER UX/UI

Alessandra Ravida Dublin Institute of Design Parallax HC VIZ Comm - Book

Alexandra Morehead National College of Art & Design Little Boy HC VIZ Comm - Book
Ross Phelan IADT Karōshi: Japan's Corporate Warriors WINNER VIZ Comm - Book

Euan Murphy Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology (IADT) Divvy – sharing chores happily WINNER Viz Comm - Digital

Dalian Rynne Julie McMorrow,  Limerick School of Art and Design Make LSAD WINNER Viz Comm - Identity Branding

Grace Murray Cork Institute of Technology Alice in Wonderland WINNER Viz Comm - Illustration
Mark O'Sullivan Cork Institute of Technology Cumhacht Playing Cards HC Viz Comm - Illustration

David Hussey IADT Seaweed: Crop of the Future WINNER Viz Comm - Social

Hannah Kelly Dublin Institute of Technology Einstein on the Beach HC Viz Comm - Typography
Alessandra Ravida Dublin Institute of Design Femmina WINNER Viz Comm - Typography
Jamie Smyth National College of Art and Design A0110.sfn HC Viz Comm - Typography