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Otago Polytech student and graduate finalists in national design awards

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Otago Poly student and graduate finalists in national design awards

An Otago Polytechnic School of Design student and a graduate have been named finalists in the Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards 2019.

The Best Design Awards, to be held at Spark Arena, Auckland, on 4 October, are an annual showcase of excellence in graphic, spatial, product, interactive and motion design.

Third-year Bachelor of Architectural Studies student Bailey Nolet is a finalist in the Student Spatial category.

Bailey’s entry, "Dunedin Architectural Centre", imagines a minimalist brick building with strong curved lines and circular interior spaces. Overall, his design aims to provide a precinct for architectural students and practitioners in Dunedin, an architectural library, exhibition spaces and storage for architectural archives.

Kennedy Barnes, who graduated with a Bachelor of Design (Communication) in 2018, is a finalist in the Student Public Good category.

Her entry, "In It Together", focuses on an innovative digital publication created to support youth chemotherapy patients while undergoing treatment in Otago public hospitals. A project designed by Kennedy and the Young Adult Cancer Support Group Dunedin, "In It Together" illuminates patient experiences of local cancer survivors, using peer story-sharing to encourage resilience and courage.

"We are very excited to have student projects selected as finalists in two categories," says Caroline Terpstra, Acting Head of College - Art, Design and Architecture.

"These projects represent the talent of 3rd year students from the Bachelor of Design (Communication) and Bachelor of Architectural Studies.

"Through such projects, students have successfully researched and communicated complex ideas to an audience and addressed real-world issues using creative problem solving, technical skills and effective collaboration.

"The Best Design Awards give students the opportunity to present their work to an audience of design professionals who are always keen to support and nurture new design talent," Caroline says.

"Previous Best Awards finalists and winners have built on their success to launch their design careers in New Zealand and overseas," Caroline says, referring to Otago Polytechnic’s past successes.

Last year, Otago Polytechnic claimed multiple medals at the Best Design Awards.

Bachelor of Design (Product) graduate Tania Turei won a Gold in the Ngā Aho section; Bachelor of Design (Communication) graduate Erin Broughton claimed Gold in the Student Graphics category; Otago Polytechnic’s Food Design Institute’s collaboration with creative agency Geometry Global won a Gold in the Exhibition and Temporary Structures category; Bachelor of Design (Communication) graduates Michael Smith, Becki Jones, Jaimee Caffell and Sherman Sreedhar won Bronze in the Student Moving Image category; and Bachelor of Architectural Studies Fraser Dixon won Bronze in the Student Spatial category.

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