Alumni Wins BE OPEN Young Talent Web Choice Award

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Alumni Wins BE OPEN Young Talent Web Choice Award

Recent Graphic Design graduate Caroline Konarkowska is the Web Choice Award winner of the 2016 BE OPEN Young Talent Awards. She wins €2,000 for the award. The first prize of €16,000 was awarded to the Otros Perez Design Studio in Santiago, Chile. Jennifer Wisler of Denver, Colorado was the ‘Founder’s Choice’ winner and received the second prize of €5,000.

Visitors to the BE OPEN Facebook page were able to pick their favourite design entry made up of a shortlist of ten contestants, including Caroline, selected by the international jury. The international jury for this year’s awards included Annabel Pretty - Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Architecture at Unitec; Umberto Tolino - Professor of Communication Design at Politecnico, Milan; José Allard - Dean of the School of Design, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; Fred Murrell - Professor of Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design.

Caroline reacted to her win and commented, “Thank you BE OPEN for the opportunity to showcase my work alongside talented designers from all over the world. It was wonderful to see all their hard work and what they are up to in their design careers. I really admire what the BE OPEN Foundation does, promoting young creatives from many different fields and celebrating their level of commitment to innovation. Thanks BE OPEN—I’m inspired!”

BE OPEN is “a global initiative to foster creativity and innovation, a think tank whose mission is to promote people and ideas today to build solutions for tomorrow. It is a cultural and social initiative supported by the Russian philanthropist, businesswoman and entrepreneur Yelena Baturina, behind whom stands an international team.”

Caroline was also the 2015 Wikiriwhi Scholarship Award winner. The scholarship was established in 1983 and is awarded annually to a top Whitecliffe student who shows exceptional talent and is a great ambassador for the college. She is planning to use the scholarship to attend the 2016 Typography Summer School Residency in New York, taking place in early August. Typography Summer School is “a meeting place for graduates of graphic design, wanting to bridge the gap between student and professional and learn more about typography. The school brings together leading practitioners and participants to study, exchange ideas, and investigate the discipline.”

We congratulate Caroline on her success!

(design by Caroline Konarkowska, from her project called Eat Local)

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