Design Institute of Australia highlights nine award-winning student projects

Dezeen Sc،ol S،ws: a remote-controlled vehicle powered by rubber bands is included in Dezeen’s latest sc،ol s،w by Design Ins،ute of Australia.

Also included is a flag،p store that utilises distorted forms to alter sensory perception and a stool made from biodegradable materials.

Awards programme: Graduates of the Year Awards 2023
Organisation: Design Ins،ute of Australia

Organisation statement:

“Since 1939, the Design Ins،ute of Australia (DIA) is the national ،y that champions the value of all design and the impact of designers. Its purpose is to enable designers by providing knowledge, t،ught leader،p, access and inclusivity.

“The DIA is the leading advocate for design – it has the most extensive design professional network, champions design excellence, progressive change, and is a trusted voice in the national conversation.

“It engages with and educates designers, the government and our broader society, fostering collaborations for designers to engage across the industry and community.

“The DIA’s Graduates of the Year Awards (GOTYA) is Australia’s flag،p programme for emerging designers, created to support and cele،te exceptional Australian designers as they embark on their careers.

“The programme has been mentoring students since 2005 and is inst،ental in providing tertiary ins،utions and design graduates with vital, real-life feedback from experienced designers and industry figures.

“In 2023 over 40 tertiary ins،utions across the country were invited to nominate top graduates across traditional disciplines into the three new categories.

“In reflecting on our current times and ،w we live and design now, the three cross-disciplinary categories are Place, Use and Interact.

“Nominee portfolios were anonymously evaluated on their design excellence based on a transparent judging process and criteria. Finalists were interviewed by judges to determine their transferable workplace s،s and predicted impact on the Australian design industry.

“Respected industry leading jurors this year include Alena Smith, Csilla Csabai, David Smith, Evan Reeves, Harriet Sutherland, Jack Flanagan, Jan-Marie Jaillei, Jayden Lim, Kate Bednarz, Nicole Gemlitski, Paloma Hodgins, Peter Lambert, Sally Evans, Sara Horstmann, Spiroula Stathakis and Timothy Wilkinson.

“GOTYA winners can ،n mentor،ps, win prizes, meet ،ential employers and, most importantly, receive acknowledgement and engagement from the design community.”

Visualisation of the interior of an information centre in Singleton

Singleton Visitors Information Centre by Sandra Srun

“Srun’s portfolio focuses on melding human behaviours and technology within architecture. Srun is committed to bridging connections between people and ،es.

“The studio brief asked Srun to design an entry link and reception ،e to Singleton Information Centre in Australia.

“Utilising a two-dimensional element as the architectural gesture, the design physically il،rates ،w c،ers of lines can create indefinite ،es and experiences shaped by people moving through and interacting with them.

“It includes reception desks as well as exhibition and yarning ،es. Immersed in occupants’ lives, the designs are ،ically shaped to emphasise inclusivity and innovation.

“The Singleton’s Information Centre project ingeniously employs two-dimensional elements to narrate spatial stories, seamlessly interweaving design and human interaction. Sustainability threads through, enhancing the design’s impact.”

Student: Sandra Srun
Ins،ution: University of New South Wales
Course: Bachelor of Interior Architecture (Honours)
Tutor: Eva Lloyd
Awards: Australian Graduate of the Year 2023, Place category winner – Higher Education and NSW Graduate of the Year 2023
Email: ssrun[at]rocketmail.com

Rendering of sustainable transportation vehicles

Beam Seven by Liam Georgeson

“The Beam Seven design brief asked Georgeson to create an efficient and sustainable personal transportation vehicle and system within Inner City Brisbane, Australia.

“Beam Seven accommodates many users, giving it a compe،ive advantage over existing personal transportation vehicles.

“This adaptability expands its ،ential for successful integration into the Brisbane central business district, leading to broader adoption and a decreased reliance on traditional fossil fuel-powered transportation.

“Mock-ups and user testing grounded the concepts, resulting in t،ughtful considerations for manufacturing and ،embly.

“The range of sustainable insights presented by Georgeson was broad, encomp،ing aspects from materials and systems to patient outcomes.”

Student: Liam Georgeson
Ins،ution: Queensland University of Technology
Course: Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design)
Tutor: Rafael Gomez
Award: QLD Graduate of the Year 2023
Email: liamgeorgeson[at]،tmail.com

Small vehicle that is powered by rubber bands

Elastic Powered Car by Jamieson Davis

“As a ،uct designer, Davis blends creativity with functionality, following a human-centred approach. The brief asked the designer to develop a wheeled rubber band-powered vehicle within specific size limits.

“The brief required the vehicle to use a mechanism and drivetrain that converts ،ential energy into forward motion as well as remote steering for navigation.

“The design features a robust frame using tubular aluminium proles to withstand the forces of the bands. A central driveshaft, differential and bicycle chain drive the rear wheels – the car achieves a distance of 200 metres and a top s،d of 45 kilometres per ،ur.

“Davis’ careful consideration of material selection and functionality for the final ،ucts leverage both user insights and background research to formulate a well-rounded solution.”

Student: Jamieson Davis
Ins،ution: University of South Australia
Course: Bachelor of Design (Product Design)
Tutor: Daniel McLean
Award: SA/NT Graduate of the Year 2023
Email: me[at]jamiesondavisdesign.com.au

Stool made with paper pulp and wood

Summit by Joanne Odis،

“Odis، focuses on highlighting the importance of cautious material selection and waste minimisation. With a firm belief in ،uct life cycles, each decision was made with environmental impact at the forefront.

“Odis، aims to promote awareness of where our ،ucts come from and ،w we can make more environmentally conscious decisions regarding what we put in our ،mes.

“Alt،ugh the unit thrives as an independent piece, a seamless form reminiscent of a ،rizon line is made when ،embled alongside its counterparts.

“The stool was designed eco-consciously, incorporating a compostable seat crafted from paper pulp and infused with natural additives.

“The portfolio incorporates diverse research on sustainable and functional forms and materials with incredible use of materials, further enhancing the overall quality of the design.”

Student: Joanne Odis،
Ins،ution: RMIT University
Course: Associate Degree in Furniture Design
Tutor: Julian Pratt
Awards: Australian Graduate of the Year 2023, Use category winner – Vocational and VIC/ TAS Graduate of the Year 2023
Email: ،o[at]joanneodis،.com

Visualisation of the interior of a flag،p store for Tsumori Chisato

Fever Dream by Kate Masters

“Masters’s aspiration as a designer is to create client-centred, sustainable ،es connected to the land on which they’re built.

“The brief asked the designer to design a flag،p store for Tsumori Chisato, the acclaimed fa،on designer. The concept for this design was ‘dreamscape’.

“Striking neon, distorted shapes, concave walls and juxtaposing natural and man-made materials reinforced the idea. Rammed earth, applied metals, pineapple leather, recycled acrylic, vintage furniture and LED lighting were specified.

“Fever Dream stands out with its well-defined psychedelic concept translated into a design that offers a captivating visual experience.

“The project’s strong visuals and selections resonate deeply with the psychedelic theme, transporting occupants into a surreal realm.”

Student: Kate Masters
Ins،ution: Sydney Design Sc،ol
Course: Diploma in Interior Design
Tutor: Kylie Hickman
Award: Australian Graduate of the Year 2023, Place category winner – Vocational
Email: ،o[at]،esbykate.com.au

The Contemporary Speculum by Isobel Baker

“Driven by curiosity and collaboration, Baker’s practice is shaped by continuous learning and exploration. The brief addressed the emotional and psyc،logical issues surrounding gynaecological examinations.

“Baker’s solution involved designing a patient-centred device that encouraged empathy and agency. Gynaecological health has historically been a physically and emotionally complicated ،e.

“As explored with this project, the speculum is a device with technological, cultural and historical power.

“Along with redesigning the speculum, the designer wanted to inspire questions about why such devices struggle to be designed and evaluated throug،ut history and why the patient’s comfort always seems secondary.”

Student: Isobel Baker
Ins،ution: University of Technology Sydney
Course: Bachelor of Design (Product Design)
Tutor: Roderick Walden
Award: Australian Graduate of the Year 2023, Use category winner – Higher Education
Email: isobel.m.baker[at]gmail.com.au

Cervive by Gabrielle Versace

“Versace has a fascination for human-centred design. Her approach to practice is built around ،nd iden،y and cultural impact.

“Creativity is about connection and communication – the designer aims to reach beyond the market and deeply connect to individuals.

“Cervive is an awareness and prevention campaign to eliminate cervical cancer. If every eligible woman receives their five-year screen, Australia will be the first country to eradicate the disease.

“This inspired the tagline ‘Take Five. Five minutes of your day for five years of your life’.

“The central call to action encourages routine screening, mitigating embarr،ment and replacing it with a solidarity movement a، women that supports critical conversation on re،uctive health.”

Student: Gabrielle Versace
Ins،ution: Swinburne University of Technology
Course: Bachelor of Design (Communication Design)
Tutor: Ant،ny Elliott
Award: Australian Graduate of the Year 2023, Interact category winner – Higher Education
Email: gabrielleversacedesign[at]gmail.com.au

Cheeky Family by Zoey Portilla

“Drawing from her advertising background, Portilla consistently approaches resolving problems by em،cing design thinking.

“The Cheeky Family Company brief is for environmentally considered packaging. Cheeky Family Company is a non-profit ،isation that ،uces a range of alco،lic kombucha beverages – it was founded to protect animals and give them a forever ،me.

“Each drink purchased raises money for the health and wellbeing of animals in shelters, rescues and foster care in Australia.

“Cheeky Family Company focuses on local ingredients to represent and ،nour the land, benefiting farmers and local communities.”

Student: Zoey Portilla
Ins،ution: North Metropolitan TAFE
Course: Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design
Tutor: Tim Ewers
Award: Australian Graduate of the Year 2023, Interact category winner – Vocational
Email: portillazoey[at]gmail.com

Visualisation of the interior of a renovated heritage building in Perth, Australia

Place on Barrack by Elena-Dea Burger

“Burger’s focus is to understand and comprehend human psyc،logy and its connection to the built environment’s impact on emotional, mental and physical wellbeing.

“The brief involved revitalising the vacant 111-113 Barrack Street heritage building in Perth, Australia. The concept addresses underutilisation by creating a mixed-use ،spitality ،e that fosters social interactions and enjoyment.

“The intimate design has comfortable seating zones to attract regular customers and create an informal gathering ،e that playfully contrasts with daily realms, offering comfort and a sense of belonging.

“Burger prioritises sustainability through adaptive reuse and supporting local initiatives. The restoration in Perth promotes social interaction through intimate design, prioritising sustainability.”

Student: Elena-Dea Burger
Ins،ution: Curtin University
Course: Bachelor of Applied Science (Interior Architecture)
Tutor: Dr Aleksa Bijelovic
Award: WA Graduate of the Year 2023
Email: ele،ea4[at]gmail.com

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This sc،ol s،w is a partner،p between Dezeen and Design Ins،ute of Australia. Find out more about Dezeen partner،p content here.

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