• Nudge by industrial design graduate Amy Leedham. Photo credit: UNSWNudge by industrial design graduate Amy Leedham. Photo credit: UNSW
  • Detail of The Seasense Project, a series of textural rugs by graduate Elizabeth Hackney. Photo credit: UNSWDetail of The Seasense Project, a series of textural rugs by graduate Elizabeth Hackney. Photo credit: UNSW

Graduate of the Year Awards for two UNSW designers

Each year the Design Institute Australia runs the Australasian Graduate of the Year Awards (AGOTYA) – a programme of awards for emerging designers.  The AGOTYA’s cover both Australia and New Zealand and the winning designer is selected from across each state’s individual GOTYAs.

There are six categories for graduating students to enter in to: Interior Design; Interior Decoration; Graphic Design; Industrial Design; Fashion & Textile Design; and Jewellery Design.

Two of the recent winners of the NSW GOTYAs are graduates from UNSW Australia who will be going through to compete in the national awards.  Graduate industrial designer Amy Leedham from the Built Environment faculty and textile designer Elizabeth Hackney from the Art & Design faculty were nominated for the GOTYAs by UNSW staff.

Nudge, one of the projects submitted by Leedham, is a waterproof, portable glucose-monitoring device that can be worn by diabetics during exercise. The discreet armband monitors glucose levels through an implanted sensor that reports directly to the user’s smartphone.

Hackney won her award for The Seasense Project, a collection of three textural rugs designed to stimulate the senses. The rugs are made from layers of hard and soft materials, including natural white wooden beads and silk chiffon, aimed at replicating the changing state of coral reefs.

Find out more about the winning designs in the original article on the UNSW website.

The winners of the Australasian GOTYAs will be announced later in the year.

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