2016 BFA Graphic Design graduate Harrison Sarsfield was awarded a Gold Pin in the Student Graphics section of the 2017 Best Design Awards, held on Friday 6 October at the Viaduct Events Centre. Harrison, who is now a junior designer at Auckland-based design agency Iceberg, submitted his Whitecliffe end-of-year project Legacy Fonts for the awards this year. He says “the project was about how obsolete technology could be used as a process in creating design and how that could be explored in a variety of different ways and outcomes. The win is an awesome achievement and it is really humbling to be able to join and be a part of the Best Awards as a finalist and winner.”
Whitecliffe HoD Graphic Design Jonty Valentine also commented on Harrison’s win - “We are very pleased for Harrison that he won a Gold Pin at the Best Design Awards this year. This was a deserving reward for his final graduating project, but also for the consistently ambitious and challenging larger body of work that he completed over the year. It is great as an endorsement for our course at Whitecliffe to see that our students are setting the standard amongst the best graphic design students in the country.” The award judge commented on Harrison’s submission: The understated, utilitarian aesthetic is thoughtfully composed and perfectly suits the ingenious idea which made this project very memorable. A nostalgic subject executed in a beautiful way that avoided the subject appearing gimmicky, striking a great balance of tasteful, simple & charming.
Other finalists/winners at this year’s awards included Whitecliffe alumni and Head of Department Graphic Design Jonty Valentine:
Silver Pin - Caitlin Rassie (Richards Partners)
Silver Pin - Caroline Konarkowska & Luke Jenkins (Iceberg)
Silver Pin - Leah Surynt (DesignWorks)
Bronze Pin - Jonty Valentine (Index)
Finalist - Jeannie Burnside (Dow Design)
Finalist - Paul Phanoulas
Harrison’s win follows on from a recent succession of alumni that have also won awards in the Student Graphics category at the Best Design Awards in previous years:
2015 graduate Brittnee Covich won a Gold Pin in 2016 in the Student Graphics section for her end-of-year project Yes-ter-day.
2015 graduate Caroline Konarkowska was awarded a Silver Pin in the Student Graphic section for her end-of-year project The Typographer’s Stage.
2013 graduates Michelle So and Leah Surynt also won in the Student category for their individual end-of-year projects at the awards in 2014: Michelle was awarded a Gold Pin for The New Universal Code and Leah was awarded a Silver Pin for Online/Offline.
View the full awards list here.
For more information, please visit the Best Design Awards website.
Image credit: Legacy Fonts by Harrison Sarsfield