UTS alumni dominate design student awards

24 March 2015

UTS alumni dominate design student awardsGraduates of UTS’ visual communications degree are known for their creative, experimental, explorative and rigorously researched work. It’s this distinction that’s seen UTS alumni scoop the pool in the recent Australian Design Biennale Student Awards.

UTS alumni received 17 nominations across all the awards categories – ¬by far the most of any institution in the country – and walked away with three of the eight awards, including first-class honours graduate Gemma Warriner. Her fourth-year major project entitled Twenty Fifty was awarded a distinction, the highest accolade in the competition.

"I found myself both surprised and delighted to have been awarded a distinction for this project. It is reassuring to know that my project was enjoyed and appreciated by fellow well-respected designers," says Gemma.

Twenty Fifty is a visual exploration consisting of eight data visualisation posters, each exposing one primary issue responsible for the global food crisis predicted for the year 2050.

Gemma’s intention was to challenge and educate consumers about how the future may unfold by looking closely at population growth, urbanisation, food production, food waste, genetic modification, climate change, consumption trends and agrobiodiverty.

Since graduating from UTS in 2013, Gemma has freelanced at various studios including Frost* Design and now works in a full time position at Extrablack, whose clients range from alcoholic beverages to environmental institutes.

"Whilst completing my fourth year at UTS, I was able to build a considerable design clientele which I then was able to focus on full time once I had completed my degree. The contacts I made during the Professional Experience Program (a 160-hour mandatory industry work placement) have been invaluable and made the transition from study to work so much easier."

This award adds to a number of recent high-profile accolades for alumni of the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at UTS, including visual communications graduate George Saad being named Design Institute of Australia’s Graduate of the Year; industrial designer Adam Goodrum inducted as the 54th Indesign Luminary; and nine of the 12 finalists in this year’s National Graduate Showcase at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) hailing from the Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles degree.