The IDI Graduate Design Awards 2018

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Do you have a creative  project up your sleeve? The IDI Graduate Design Awards is an annual event for Irish students, and is open for entries until the end of June. There’s not long left, so put on those finishing touches.

Enter the Awards

GDA18 (Graduate Design Awards) is live, online and open for entries across a number of fields. This is a unique event and showcases the very best of third level graduate work across Ireland. All graduating IDI student members are eligible to take part.

The Categories

  • Animation and Motion Design (Including Video)
  • Architecture 
  • Clothing Design (Stage, Costume and Fashion)
  • Design Research
  • Digital Design – UI/UX Design
  • Exhibition Design/Visual Merchandising
  • Fashion Design – Textiles Design
  • Handmade/Artefact Design – including craft and product for stage and screen
  • Interior Design/Interior Architecture
  • Ove Arup Award for the built environment (includes architecture, engineering etc.)
  • Product Design – Furniture
  • Product Design – Industrial and Consumer Products
  • Product Design – Social Products
  • Product Design – Medical Devices
  • Transdisciplinary Design Project
  • Viz Comm – Book Design
  • Viz Comm – Printed Material ( all except books)
  • Viz Comm – Digital Design 
  • Viz Comm – Brand Identity
  • Viz Comm – Use of Illustration
  • Viz Comm – Use of Typography
  • Universal Design  
  • Sustainable Design   


Typically anyone graduating in 2018 in design at minimum Bachelor Degree level in Ireland – BA, BArch, BSc, BDes etc. or up to taught MA, MSc etc. You must be either an Undergraduate IDI Member or Graduate IDI Member currently in full-time college in 2018. Visit for more details on how to apply.

About the IDI

The IDI is an inclusive and voluntary association of Irish designers who promote and advocate for Irish design. They are committed to advancing the value and impact of design. Join IDI and make design matter.

Entries will be accepted only from an individual IDI student Member who is graduating now from full-time design education.

Apply online at

IDI Awards







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