Graduate Design Awards

Details of the next IDI Graduate Design Awards will be announced in May 2019.

The Institute of Designers in Ireland annual Graduate Design Awards identifies the best Third Level graduate design work in Ireland. For information on the 2019 awards programme as soon it is announced, sign up for the IDI newsletter or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


  • Entry to the award is open to all IDI Student Members.
  • Typically anyone graduating in 2019 in design at minimum Bachelor Degree level in Ireland - BA, BArch, BSc, BDes up to taught MA, MSc.
  • Those graduating design students 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 Master’s (NFQ Level 9)
  • Typically, those designers graduating now or later in 2018 in design at Primary Degree level, Post-Graduate Diploma level and up to graduating from a taught Master’s Degree course.
  • Most graduating Architects, Designers, Engineers and Designer-Makers can enter the Graduate Awards 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 BUT you can be an Irish Designer studying and graduating abroad at as a minimum on that same Bachelor’s Degree level and up to taught Master’s Degree.

Not a Member? Joining the IDI is easy

  • Entries will be accepted ONLY from an individual IDI student Member who is graduating now from full-time design education.
  • 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 simply apply to join IDI for free, just use the college code. 

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.


The GDA 2018 prize-giving took place at IADT on Thursday 6th Dec. 

The prizes were presented by IDI Director Danielle Townsend; Arup Engineer, Amber Kehoe;  Cormac O'Conaire of Design Prtners and Áine Higgins Ní Chinnéide of CEUD who managed the Universal Design judging.

Tbe 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 thioer 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.

The 2018 Grand Prix Winner was announced as Shauna Buckley who was prize-winner in four categories. The exhibition of these graduating student entries from graduates of 12 colleges all over Ireland opened on December 6th and continued until December 12th.

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






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. 



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


Exhibition is open weekdays daily from 1st Dec 10am - 8pm.

Until Wednesday 6th December at 5:00pm  ( except Saturday and Sunday/ IADT is closed at the weekend.)







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



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