It was a good year

2014 was a busy year for the Visual Communications course, as we achieved a number of awards, both here in Ireland, with the Institute Designers Ireland Graduate Design Awards, and internationally, with the Young Creative Network.

At the IDI Graduate Design Awards held in LSAD in November Keith Hurley won in the Animation & Motion category, while Sinead Foley, Sinead, Kruis and Toni Loftus were all highly commended in the Visual Communication category. Keith went on to win the Grand Prix Award, an award given to the project deemed the best overall from the Graduate Design Awards category winners. The Institute Designers Ireland also awarded the ‘Engaging with Culture 2014’ project a commendation in the Education category at the Professional IDI Design Awards ceremony held in November.

In September at the YCN Awards in London, Jason Hunter, Mairead Murphy and Robbie Gannon were awarded for their work on the brief and were in the company of students from some of the top Design Colleges and Universities across the United Kingdom and Europe.

In addition, seven of our Year Four students were successful at the International Society of Typographic Design (ISTD) Student Assessment held in Belfast, building on our success from previous years. The ISTD is a professional body run by and for typographers, graphic designers and educators. The assessment offers students the opportunity to gain ISTD membership and we’re very proud of our students who succeeded – well done to Elizabeth Burgess, Stacey Carey, Sinead Foley, Toni Loftus, Ciara Murphy, Eleanor McHugh-Jewell and Stephen O’Neill. They collected their awards at the Student Assessment Presentations in July, which took place at the Pentagram offices in London.

Also during the summer, two Visual Communications projects from 2013 were entered into the 100 Archive, a community-centered initiative to document and record the past and future of visual communication design in Ireland. Entry into the Irish 100 Archive is a great honour for Mairead Connolly and Bridey Halliday-Sagar’s promotional campaign for the Limerick School of Art and Design Graduate Show and Brett O’Mahony, Louise O’Doherty and Magdalena Schiller-Saether designs for the LSAD Fashion Show were worthy entries.

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