This annual event for graduating students in third level colleges of design will be open for entries from MAY 28th 2018- please ensure you are signed up as an IDI student member in advance and eligible to go!


This annual and unique design event for Irish design students will be open for entries from 28th MAY 2018 to the end of June -  IDI student members are really welcome to be part of this

The GDA18 - The IDI Graduate Design Awards 2018 will be live online and open for design entries from 28th May 

Ready, steady….
IDI is delighted to announce that the IDI Graduate Awards 2018 is commencing online from May 28th. This is a unique event and showcases the very best of third level graduate design work in Ireland.

Do you want to get your hands on one of these beauties and are you primed, set and ready to go?


Typically anyone graduating in 2018 in design at minimum Bachelor Degree level in Ireland - BA, BArch, BSc, BDes etc. or up to taught MA, MSc etc.

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 2018 

You must be either an Undergraduate IDI Member or Graduate IDI Member currently in full-time college in 2018.

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.


Entries will be accepted ONLY from an individual IDI student Member who is in full-time 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. 
IDI is proud to announce IADT as hosts again this year 2018, Boxclever are returning as trophy sponsors with Design Partners coming on board this year as a category sponsor.











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.)


IDI is delighted to announce THE SHORTLIST to IDI Graduate Awards 2017 across 22 categories. 

We had an enormous response from our student members with a whopping 484 entries to the IDI Graduate Awards 2017 in May and June. 

A really big thanks to both CEUD for all the advice and our hosts at IADT, the judges, our sponsors (Boxclever and Arup), the colleges and students, to all who entered from 20 colleges across the country north, south, east and west. 

The prize-giving and graduate exhibition will take place in IADT in Dún Laoghaire on the evening of 30th November. 

All are very welcome to attend.

Much more information later.



IADT has offered to host this year’s exhibition in November. We were delighted to accept this offer and the help and advice given to IDI due to IADT’s prominence as a leading design educator. 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. We multiply success at our client companies by designing thoughtful, focussed, technical products. A Boxclever design can be the difference between a product that gets to market and one that defines the market.  We understand the potential and enthusiasm of graduates, so it was an obvious step for us to sponsor the Graduate Design Awards.  As we create physical products every day, it is a natural fit for us to design and produce the award itself.



We are particularly grateful for our continued support, advice and assistance from CEUD. 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’



Arup are associated with these awards for three 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. Arup is a worldwide consultancy and one of the largest engineering consulting firms in Ireland, with over 550 qualified and accredited engineers and staff in four offices. They have built a reputation for unrivalled expertise and knowledge. Arup have been delivering landmark projects since its foundation in 1946, when Ove Arup teamed up with a local architect, Michael Scott of Scott Tallon Walker on the design of Busáras..





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 With thanks to IADT in Dun Laoghaire,  CEUD, Arup and Boxclever.

This is OPEN to all Graduating Design Students--for all IDI designer student members graduating now!
There are LOTS of design categories- including some new ones 
This is the very best of third level graduate design work in Ireland.
Please be a part of it - 
Are you graduating in design or if you are design educator - are your design students set and ready to go for IDI's Graduate Design Awards 2017? 

The IDI Graduate Design Awards 2017 in association with IADT will be open live for design entries 

The IDI Graduate Design Awards 2017 are for all IDI designer student members graduating now and only open to all IDI student members - you must be a member!

Entrants will be invited to upload design projects before the deadline 

Last year, we had almost 300 entries from 18 design schools.The IDI Graduate Design Awards 2016 winners were announced at a ceremony and exhibition of over 50 finalists at NCAD, in Dublin. If you are thinking of entering IDI Graduate Awards- make sure your IDI Membership is up to date. 

This GDA17 event is in association with IADT ( who will host the exhibition) with support and help from CEUD, Arup and Boxclever.

Judges will be announced shortly


THE RULES FOR IDI Graduate Design Awards 2017 (GDA17)

Please read these GDA17 RULES carefully - They apply to you too!
This GDA17 is strictly an IDI Members’ competition,
It’s for IDI Undergraduate Members only or for Graduate Members currently in full-time education or graduating in 2017.
Typically, this is for design students who are graduating now or in 2017
PLEASE DO NOT ENTER if you are not IDI - It's for IDI members only (You may need to JOIN IDI first on the IDI website?)
These awards are for IDI members only, so make sure the persons listed for awards is an IDI member- If NOT
- we will delete your entry
- It will NOT be judged.
There is awards NO fee for any entries for IDI student members in GDA17
Conceptual and completed designs are both acceptable
Work must be original - conceptual work will be accepted.
Collaborative projects involving maximum 4 student designers may be entered. No class/large group project may be entered
All competition entries must be via the IDI online entry system only. 
All entrants need to register an account on the IDI Awards Website also. 
Once your account is acknowledged you will be able to enter as many entries as you like as long as they fit the category criteria and rules. 
Enter as many projects as you wish- A project may be entered once in its appropriate category and also in any other relevant category
Enter one project in multiple categories- One design entry can be entered in multiple categories -
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.
The IDI GDA Jury has the right to query if an entry is eligible for these awards.
The IDI and its Judges reserve the right to withdraw or expand a category 
The judges' decision is final. They reserve the right to not award in any category should they feel the work does not match the judging criteria or meet an exceptional standard.
No correspondence will be entered into regarding entries.
The Closing Date for GDA 2017 entries is final.


Animation and Motion Design ( Including Video)


Design Research

Digital Design - UI/UX Design

Exhibition Design/ Visual Merchandising

Fashion Design/ Textiles/ Costume Design

Interior Design/Interior Architecture

Ove Arup Award

Product Design - Craft Design

Product Design - Furniture

Product Design - Industrial and Consumer Products

Product Design - Social Products

Product Design - Medical Devices /Products

Transdisciplinary Design Project

Viz Comm – Book /Printed Material

Viz Comm - Digital Design including Websites

Viz Comm - Identity Branding

Viz Comm - Use of Illustration

Viz Comm – Typography

There are two other categories - Universal Design and Sustainable Design ( these are optional) 

We'll award prizes based on how entrants describe their project and its qualities in respect of

both Universal Design and Sustainable Design!


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



Previous Winners

View the 2015 award winners →


ARUP     NCAD Gallery 

We are happy to announce the great support of The Arup Trust, who have come on board again this year and who will again present the Ove Arup Award.

IDI is delighted to announce that The National College of Art and Design will host the IDI Graduate Design Awards 2016 ceremony and exhibition 2016 in November.

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