02.08.19 / 2019 DIA Graduate of the Year Awards

Australia’s best design graduates announced at the 2019 DIA Graduate of the Year Awards ceremonies.

It is now more important than ever for the design and creative communities to work together and put professional design at the forefront.

The Graduate of the Year Awards Ceremony is an annual high point for the design industry as we support and celebrate our most exceptional designers from around Australia in the early stages of their career.

This program is instrumental in providing tertiary institutions and design graduates with vital, reallife feedback from experienced designers and industry figures.

Each year, educational institutions are invited to nominate their top graduates across various design disciplines. Nominee portfolios are anonymously evaluated on their design excellence based on a transparent judging process and criteria. Finalists are interviewed by a panel of judges to determine their transferable workplace skills and predicted impact on the Australian design industry.

This Awards formula is proudly perfected by the DIA Graduate of the Year Awards was founded by the DIA’s NSW Branch by past councilors Andrew Isaacson and Clive Solari in 2003 and since 2013, the DIA has adopted the GOTYA program across Australia.

Our biggest year yet, the DIA received a record number of 200 + nominations from design educators from 24 tertiary intuitions across Australia.

This year’s GOTYAs are an excellent line-up of Australia’s next generation of design visionaries.

Many of the 70 + judges have commented about how wonderful it is to see such amazing talent entering our industry.

The 2019 DIA Graduate of the Year Award recipents are:

The highest GOTYA award,
Australian Design Graduate of the Year,
Madeline Lester Excellence Award

Jordan Domjahn
Queensland University of Technology, QLD

 

Australian Graduate of the Year

 

Australian Fashion Design
Graduate of the Year

Eitan Broude
Curtin University, WA

 

Australian Industrial / Product Design
Graduate of the Year

Jordan Domjahn
Queensland University of Technology, QLD

 

Australian Interior Decoration
Graduate of the Year

Oscar Giraldo
Torrens University Australia, Billy Blue College of Design, VIC

 

Australian Interior Design
Graduate of the Year

Zarah Baitz
University of New South Wales, NSW

 

Australian Textile Design
Graduate of the Year

Lauren Stringini
RMIT University, VIC

 

Australian Visual Communication Design
Graduate of the Year

Emily Renner
University of South Australia, SA

 

State Graduate of the Year

Overall
Graduate of the Year
Eden Payne from University of Technology Sydney, NSW
Jordan Domjahn from Queensland University of Technology, QLD
Joshua Bernardi from University of South Australia, SA
Laura Tune from Swinburne University of Technology, VIC
Emma Brisbane-Cohen from Curtin University, WA

Fashion Design
Graduate of the Year Award
Charlotte Terry from TAFE NSW Fashion Design Studio, NSW
Elysia Tassis from Torrens University Australia, Billy Blue College of Design, QLD
Helena Dong from RMIT University, VIC
Eitan Broude from Curtin University, WA
Commendation
Hannah Goddard from University of New South Wales, NSW

Furniture Design
Commendation
Ivana Taylor from University of New South Wales, NSW
Cameron Moorhouse from RMIT University, VIC

Industrial / Product Design
Graduate of the Year Award
Eloise Cleary from University of Technology Sydney, NSW
Jordan Domjahn from Queensland University of Technology, QLD
Joshua Bernardi from University of South Australia, SA
Laura Tune from Swinburne University of Technology, VIC
Simon Haeser from North Metropolitan TAFE, WA
Commendation
Alexander Hayward from Flinders University, SA
Joandita Centika from RMIT University, VIC
Charlotte May from University of Western Australia, WA

Interior Decoration
Graduate of the Year
Jerrod Murphy from Sydney Design School, NSW
Amanda Lewis from TAFE Queensland, QLD
Oscar Giraldo from Torrens University Australia, Billy Blue College of Design, VIC
Commendation
Katrina Adriano from Sydney Design School, NSW
Chloe Buisson from Torrens University Australia, Billy Blue College of Design, VIC 

Interior Design
Graduate of the Year
Zarah Baitz from University of New South Wales, NSW
Kasey Wilson from Queensland University of Technology, QLD
Yin Shan Chee from University of South Australia, SA
Imogen Bird from LCI Melbourne, VIC
Emma Brisbane-Cohen from Curtin University, WA
Commendation
Luis Carvajal from Torrens University Australia, Billy Blue College of Design, VIC

Jewellery Design
Commendation
Fiona Fitzgerald from Melbourne Polytechnic, VIC

Textile Design
Graduate of the Year
Luna (Anqi) Song from TAFE NSW Fashion Design Studio, NSW
Lauren Stringini from RMIT University, VIC

Visual Communication Design
Graduate of the Year
Eden Payne from University of Technology Sydney, NSW
Ulamila Lesuma from Queensland University of Technology, QLD
Emily Renner from University of South Australia, SA
Nicole Giannenas from Swinburne University of Technology, VIC
Andrew Reid from North Metropolitan TAFE, WA
Commendation
Wilson Leung from University of Technology Sydney, NSW

 

The winners were formally announced at exclusive events in Melbourne, Wednesday 31 July and Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth on Thursday 1 August.

2019 DIA Graduate of the Year Media Pack including GOTYA’s Headshots and Projects can be found here.

For further details, please visit DIA Graduate of the Year Awards here.

The Design Institute of Australia (DIA) is the organisation through which designers work for the future of the design professions in Australia.

As Australia’s peak industry body for professional design, the DIA represents Australian design and designers both domestically and internationally.

We exist to help Australia’s professional designers to succeed in business and to enjoy their working lives, while collectively growing Australia’s reputation as a Design Nation.

The DIA brings together design practitioners with people and organisations who employ, educate, commission, support and promote designers. As such, our membership includes design practitioners and participants in Australia’s design industry.

 

Media Enquiries

Tori Tonzing
Head of Communications and Marketing
0405 101 887
marketing@design.org.au

 

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