Graduate Design Awards 2021
CLOSING DATE EXTENDED!! 5PM 23RD JULY 2021
IDI GRADUATE DESIGN AWARDS 2021
We are delighted to introduce Ben Readman of TU Dublin as Chair of the IDI Graduate Design Awards 2021, which are now open for entry! See more here.
Ben said: 'We find ourselves here again, at the end of another unprecedented year for Irish design graduates. Yet we’ve seen all students have risen to the challenge, demonstrating a commitment and resilience required in such difficult times. As the light begins to appear across the horizon, we once again open the graduate design awards in order to give graduates the very best start to your career.
The IDI Graduate Design Awards has gone from strength to strength over the last five years, doubling in size since 2016, showcasing amazing talent from across the island of Ireland. Previous years’ award winners have gone on to secure design jobs in a spectrum of companies, while others have chosen to continue their studies either here or overseas. Award winners have felt that winning an award provides an opportunity to demonstrate an edge over their peers, helping them take the next step along their chosen career path.
We have some new judges lined up to assess the work submitted, and we know that the Irish colleges will once again have produced some outstanding projects that we can all be proud of.'
For more information download the entry pack here.
1 ANIMATION In this category entrants can submit projects that use animation (2D/3D), motion graphics, visual effects, or gaming. Projects should consider the kinetic nature of the moving image and demonstrate its use to creatively contribute to the overall project. Entrants can submit moving image files or links to externally hosted content together with storyboards.
2 ARCHITECTURE Projects in this category must be for the built environment. This includes all residential, commercial, retail, office, hospitality, healthcare, education, conservation, leisure, marine, public, performance and museum based projects. The project entries can be a new build, retro-fit or fit-out. Use good quality JPGs only for your attached images.
3 INTERIOR DESIGN / INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE Projects in this category must be focused on interiors designed for commercial, educational, cultural, or residential use. This interiors category also covers fit-outs, renovations, and alterations to existing structures. The jury will consider the use of space, the adaptation, complexity, purpose, innovation, impact, clarity, accessibility, sustainability, materiality, and transition of the project. Use good quality JPGs only for your attached images. Walk-through videos are also welcome (3 mins. or less).
4 INTERACTION DESIGN Projects in this category can include Service Design, UI/UX, and Digital Product Design. The Interaction Design award recognizes user orientation and outstanding design in products, digital solutions, and designed services. For websites, please provide a link to a live site. The jury will focus on how the project met the demands of present day and future users, positive user experience, added human value, empathy, imagination, and engendered brand identity that is accessible, comfortable and sympathetic. Use good quality JPGs only for your attached images. Under the attachments section, you may include a 1 page PDF document further elaborating on the process in addition to the maximum 500 word description given under the criteria section.
5 EXHIBITION DESIGN/ VISUAL MERCHANDISING Entrants to this category are exhibition design, store, window, in-store, pop-up shop designs or any other visual merchandising displays that motivate customers towards a purchase. The jury will consider technical skill, inventive use of media, complexity, commercial purpose and/or message, creativity, innovation, visual impact, clarity, materiality, choice of merchandise, and proportional transitions. Strong photography is essential for the judging of the final submission. Use good quality JPGs only for your attached images. Walk-through videos are also welcome (3 mins. or less).
6 TEXTILES This category is for the design of fabrics, yarns and fibres; whether for clothing, accessories or other uses. The jury will be looking for ground-breaking techniques, use of fabrics, quality, functionality, and overall craft. Please include macro/close-up photographs of your fabrics and how they have been used. Strong photography is essential for the judging of the final submission as judges will not see actual fabric samples. Use good quality JPGs only for your attached images.
7 FASHION DESIGN This category is for garments or a collection of garments that are functional or experimental and are executed considering silhouette, cut, draping and movement. The jury will be looking for technical ability in the production of the garment, use of fabrics, functionality, and overall demonstration of craft. Pay particular emphasis to the quality of the photography. As well as photo-shoot images of garments worn, it would be very helpful to include detailed images to showcase your project. These could be close ups of tailoring, embellishments, and detailing. Bear in mind the judges only have images to review and important details of the design may not be apparent. Use good quality JPGs only for your attached images.
8 HANDMADE PRODUCTS/ARTEFACTS This category is for objects or artefacts made by hand. These can include objects for home, retail, jewelery, craft or heritage projects celebrating and modernizing techniques of making from the past. Pay particular emphasis to the quality of the photography. As well as photo-shoot images, it would be very helpful to include detailed images to showcase your project. Bear in mind the judges only have images to review, important details of the design may not be apparent. Use good quality JPGs only for your attached images.
9 DESIGN RESEARCH This year entries must be in by 16th July 2021. This category is for academic research in the form of an extended essay OR thesis. (Minimum word count: 6000). The Design Research category awards academic research that is embedded in any design sector and aims to improve, investigate or add to understanding of that topic. This category applies to both Masters and Bachelors projects including those submitted for a BA, BArch, BDes, BSc, MA and MSc students on a taught course. Please upload a separate abstract along with the body of text in PDF format.
10 PRODUCT DESIGN: FURNITURE DESIGN This category is for pieces of bespoke furniture or furniture designed to be manufactured commercially. The jury will be looking for ground-breaking techniques, use of material, quality and overall craft. Pay particular attention to the quality of the photography. As well as photo-shoot images, it would be very helpful to include detailed images to showcase your project. Bear in mind the judges only have images to review, important details of the design may not be apparent. Use good quality JPGs only for your attached images.
11 PRODUCT DESIGN: INDUSTRIAL OR CONSUMER PRODUCTS This category is for any project for the consumer and non-consumer market including industrial, heavy equipment, lighting, products for children, office equipment and transportation. The jury will be looking for innovative design that places the enduser at the centre of the proposed solution, use of material, high quality and overall attention to detail. Use good quality JPGs only for your attached images. **This category excludes medical devices and furniture.
12 PRODUCT DESIGN: MEDICAL DEVICES This category is for any project, product or solution that has been designed to address a requirement in the medical device sector. Projects would include those looking at assisted living technology, clinical and laboratory equipment, hospital, medical/healthcare devices and other life sciences equipment. This category is sponsored by Design Partners. The jury will be looking for innovative design, of a high quality that achieves a high aesthetic standard without compromising on usability. Design solutions should place the end-user at the centre of the proposed solution and the benefit to the user should be clear. Use of material and overall attention to detail are important considerations. Use good quality JPGs only for your attached images.
13 MOVING IMAGE In this category entrants can submit projects that use moving image; These could include but not limited to; audio visual, silent film, advertising, music videos, dance pieces, short documentaries. Entrants can upload moving image pieces with or without storyboards or link to externally hosted content.
14 DESIGN FOR SUSTAINABILITY This category is open to any projects, which address a social need. It encompasses themes in design for environmental, social and economic sustainability, biodiversity, regenerative design, climate action and socially sustainable design and which consider the ongoing global context.
15 VISUAL COMMUNICATION: BRAND IDENTITY In this category entrants can submit a variety of applications for a visual brand, including logo, stationery suites, brand guidelines, print, digital, environmental, signage etc. (all applications of the identity and visual language). The jury will be looking for an identity that shows a unified vision and tools that help the client build the brand.
16 VISUAL COMMUNICATION: DESIGN FOR DIGITAL In this category entrants can submit projects that will be viewed, used or exist online or in digital format only. These projects could be cinematic, experimental, kinetic or explore innovation through digital outcomes. They could be frontend design for online projects but must consider how the viewer connects with the information through digital means. Please provide URL links to any live projects, or upload Gifs etc. with your submission. If required you may submit a 1-page PDF further elaborating on the process. This is in addition to the maximum 500 word description.
17 VISUAL COMMUNICATION: USE OF ILLUSTRATION IN DESIGN In this category entrants are asked to submit illustrations used in the context of a design project. Illustration work must be a body of work, no singular images and can include any original artwork designed to be used for books, book covers, editorial, posters, packaging etc. The jury will be looking for creativity, concept and craft in both the illustration and how it fits into the overall design.
18 VISUAL COMMUNICATION: PACKAGING DESIGN In this category entrants are asked to submit packaging projects which can come from any sector; food, beverage, technology, FMCG, clothing etc. Entrants should consider the impact packaging has on our planet and propose solutions that do not add to landfill, but are functional, make use of innovative substrates and consider the full life cycle of the product.
19 VISUAL COMMUNICATION: PRINTED BOOK In this category entrants can submit printed books; educational, text, children’s, art, coffee-table books etc. The jury will look at the overall presentation of the object, the context for which it is intended and the inventiveness of layout and care with type as well as print decisions and execution.
20 VISUAL COMMUNICATION: PRINTED MATERIAL (OTHER THAN BOOKS) In this category entrants are asked to submit projects including; posters, booklets, printed collateral and matter that perhaps does not fit in the other visual communication categories. The jury will be looking for creativity, innovation, functionality and craft in both the design and the print choices and how well the project has managed the printed ephemera.
21 VISUAL COMMUNICATION: USE OF TYPOGRAPHY IN DESIGN In this category entrants will demonstrate excellence in typographic execution and understanding. Typography should be an intrinsic element of the overall design solution. The jury will look for creativity, subtlety, nuance or differentiating impact of the typography, craft, detail, consistency, originality, maintenance of superlative standards and clarity in visual communication of emotional or commercial message.
22 UNIVERSAL DESIGN Is your entry a Universal Design? A Universal Design should be easy to Access, Understand and Use by a wide range of people. The Universal Design is a free extra (opt-in) IDI Award category. To qualify for a Universal Design award (opt-in), you must include the words “Universal Design” as part of the text about your entry. Judges will evaluate a qualifying entry based on how clearly you show that you followed a Universal Design Approach – the extent to which you have considered and addressed the more diverse needs, abilities and characteristics of users throughout the design process (Age, Size, Ability and Disability). Judges will also be looking for you to clearly show that your entry aligns with at least 4 of the 7 Principles of Universal Design by identifying the design features and elements that specifically achieve the relevant Universal Design Guidelines.
NOTE 1: Access, Understand and Use is about how people generally interact with or experience a design: first they Access it (approach and perceive); secondly they Understand it (comprehend and decide); and thirdly they Use it (act or react). NOTE 2: Terms such as “Design for All”, “Universal Design”, “accessible design”, “barrier-free design”, “inclusive design” and “transgenerational design” are often used interchangeably with the same meaning. (“Universal Design” is the term used in Ireland and in related International publications.) Find information about Universal Design at: http://universaldesign.ie/What-isUniversal-Design/
23 DESIGN FOR CHANGE The Design for Change category encompasses any project that aims to assist, improve or enhance a group or groups of people, or places through design intervention. This can be in the context of the environment, culture, society, disenfranchised or marginalized groups. Projects cannot be entered into this category rather judges will shortlist projects from all entries, which will be reviewed by the Graduate Awards Committee and IDI President.
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. Projects cannot be entered into this category rather judges will shortlist projects from all entries, which will be reviewed by the Graduate Awards Committee and IDI President.
THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
– Entry to the awards is open to all students currently in full-time college, set to graduate in 2021.
– You must be studying on or graduating from a design programme at minimum Bachelor Degree (NQF level 7) in Ireland.
– You may be studying on or graduating from a Bachelor (Hons) Degree (NQF level 8) or Masters programme (NQF level 9). Both taught Masters are eligible. These include; BA, BArch, BSc, BDes up to taught MA, MSc.
– Entries can also be from Irish designers in full-time education based abroad, who are graduating with a design degree in 2021.
– PhD students are ineligible to enter.
– If in doubt, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
GRADUATE AWARDS 2019
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
IDI GRADUATE AWARDS 2018
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
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 2016 AWARDS
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
WINNERS AND HIGHLY COMMENDED (HC) 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