Whitecliffe Graphic Design graduates Michelle So and Leah Surynt are winners in the Student Category of the acclaimed 2014 Best Awards. Michelle was awarded a Gold Pin for The New Universal Code and Leah was awarded a Silver Pin for Online/Offline. Graduates Tommy Chin and Luke Jenkins were also awarded as finalists in the Student Category for their designs.
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 - graphic, spatial, product and interactive - to honour the best in graphic design in New Zealand. The awards event took place on Friday evening, 10 October at the Viaduct Events Centre on Auckland’s waterfront. The judging process was undertaken by renowned industry professionals.
Speaking about how it felt to win the top student award, Michelle says “it was definitely an amazing feeling to see my name up there as a Gold Pin winner at the Best Awards, quite surreal really. It is great to know that my hard work is still continuing to pay off almost a year after graduation.” Silver Pin winner Leah says, “being named as a finalist for Best Awards was an achievement in itself, so when my project won Silver, I was equally shocked and over the moon. It is incredible to have a project you poured your heart into recognised on a national level. It is also an incredible thing to add to my CV. Having my work included on the Best website and in the printed Annual means my work is sitting alongside some of the best design work in New Zealand. It really is quite bizarre and wonderful!”
Leah was also involved in two projects while working for Saatchi & Saatchi Design Worldwide that received Bronze awards in the Small Brand Identity and Graphic Design Arts categories.
Whitecliffe would like to congratulate Leah and Michelle on their achievment.
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