Griffith University alumnus Hannah Bryce has been named Queensland Alumnus of the Year by the Design Institute of Australia (DIA).
The Queensland College of Art (QCA) design graduate won the visual communication category. Cory Lo, QCA design graduate, was named a finalist. This is the second year in a row that QCA graduates have been recognized as the best design talents in the state.
Hannah’s innovative final year projects were applauded by the industry jury and included a journaling app for empty nesters, an AR-compatible animated book exploring fake news, and a typography book celebrating the talented teens of the Premieres. Nations.
She said she was delighted to be honored by the DIA.
“It’s amazing to be the Queensland Graduate of the Year,” she said.
“As a designer, it’s the first time I’ve been recognized by the industry and it was great to get that validation.
“All of the work I submitted was from my last year at QCA and was based on my own experiences.
“The beauty of studying design at QCA was that we had the freedom to do some pretty impressive personal projects. “
Pushing the limits of design
Hannah, who was hired by a local creative agency after graduating from QCA, said emerging designers are pushing the boundaries of augmented reality, 3D and user experience design.
“I see a lot of young designers expanding into new spaces, which is really exciting,” she said.
“Creativity is a way of life for me and it’s great to explore the different ways to combine design and technology. “
Hannah and Cory both participated in QCA’s work-integrated design studio., Living worm.
Hannah said Liveworm is a stepping stone between college and life in the design industry.
“It gave us real-time feedback from the designers and we gained experience presenting our concepts to clients and then seeing them in the world, which is really similar to a design studio,” he said. Hannah said.
“In college, I just tried to do absolutely everything I could. I had amazing opportunities – I did the Hackathon, Adobe jams, and had the opportunity to design Griffith’s journal for a year.
Building design leaders
Liveworm Creative Director Dr David Sargent said Hannah and Cory were remarkable students and future leaders in design.
“They are smart and turned on with a great work ethic,” he said.
“Hannah and Cory are both passionate about design possibilities and producing truly interesting work.
“These awards aim to find the people who will be the future leaders in the field of design.
“Many of our graduates are now working in industries that did not exist when they began their studies.
“To be recognized as one of the top emerging designers in Australia is pretty exciting.”
World-class design destination
The director of the QCA, Professor Elisabeth Findlay, said the DIA accolades reflect the high level of teaching and learning of the Bachelor of Design program.
“We are delighted that our graduates have been recognized as some of the best in Australia,” she said.
“Our design students are mentored by faculty members who are academics and industry leaders. They also benefit from exceptional opportunities at our world-class studios in South Bank and Gold Coast. “
The DIA Graduate of the Year Awards (GOTYA) is a portfolio-based program that recognizes the highest standards of excellence in final year or recent design graduates.
The Queensland finalists will compete for the national awards, which take place at the end of October.
Learn more about design at Queensland College of Art.