Nominations open for DIA Graduate of the Year Awards program

Nominations have open for the Design Institute of Australia’s 2020 Graduate of the Year Awards (GOTYA), which celebrate and support exceptional young Australian designers.

Awards are made according to discipline, with categories for interior, product, fashion, jewellery, textile, furniture and visual communication design.

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The program is notable for the diversity of designers that it recognizes. DIA invites tertiary institutions to nominate six graduates per category, per state, based on their work, work ethic and perceived ability to integrate their skills into the work place.

The top prize in 2019 – the Australian Design Graduate of the Year, Madeline Lester Excellence Award – went to Jordan Domjahn from the Queensland University of Technology. Domjahn was chosen for a submission comprising a number of product designs, including a a drone lighting rig for automotive photography, a wearable device that warns users about possible asthma attacks and a portable washing machine for homeless youths.

For more information on the nomination process, visit the DIA website. Submissions are open until 21 October.

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