Whitecliffe Students and Faculty Win at the Best Design Awards

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Whitecliffe Students and Faculty Win at the Best Design Awards

Whitecliffe Graphic Design graduates Brittnee Covich and Caroline Konarkowska received Student category gold and silver awards at the 2016 Best Design Awards. Brittnee was awarded gold for her 2015 degree submission project Yes-ter-day, while Caroline was awarded two silver awards for her original winning submission to the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) entitled The Typographer’s Stage and her 2015 degree submission project Perspectives. HOD Graphic Design Jonty Valentine won gold in the Design Communication category for IAPA 2015: Cities in a Climate of Change, as part of the Index design team (the design/publishing studio he co-founded and runs with Amy Yalland). Other Whitecliffe award finalists in the Student category included Graphic Design student James Gestro and 2015 graduates Sarah Allen, Abbey Gould and Jason Richards.

Brittnee reflects on her win, “I felt privileged to have been awarded a gold pin. I found something I believed in, and worked at it until I convinced other people to believe in it as well. The level of graduate work submitted this year was absolutely phenomenal, and I am humbled to call most of them my friends. There are so many talented young designers out at the moment, so the fact that my project was recognised is incredible to me.”

“Being awarded in the student category at the Best Awards felt like a great achievement. A big thanks to all the tutors at Whitecliffe that provided the guidance that helped get us there. It's an honour to be recognised alongside great students and industry members alike, and very inspiring to be able to celebrate, see and be a part of what the NZ design community has been working on,” commented Caroline about her win.

The Designers Institute of New Zealand first pioneered The Best Design Awards in the mid 1970s. It is a yearly showcase in all aspects of design - Best Effect, Graphic, Interactive, Moving Image, Ngā Aho, Product, Public Good and Spatial - to honour the best in graphic design in New Zealand. The awards event took place on Friday evening, 14 October at the Viaduct Events Centre on Auckland’s waterfront. The judging process was undertaken by renowned industry professionals.

Whitecliffe HOD Graphic Design Jonty Valentine comments on his students’ recent success: It is really exciting to see all of our student finalists this year, and in particular Brittnee Covich’s Gold award winning final project. This was a great speculative graphic design enquiry into how we “read” compositional syntax, explored through the translation of musical structure into visual form. Brittnee started with the song ‘Yesterday’ by the Beatles and created visual information graphics and a book based on an analysis of the song’s musical structure. She then went a step further and reversed that process to make a piece of music and a 12-inch record from her information graphic forms. Also Caroline Konarkowska’s silver awards are a very well deserved reward for the huge amount of work that she put in to two publication design projects she completed last year.

Whitecliffe would like to congratulate Brittnee, Caroline and Jonty on their achievments. For more information about the awards, please visit the Best Design Awards website.

Image: (top: Brittnee Covich Yes-ter-day bottom: Caroline Konarkowska The Typographer’s Stage

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