Design students recognised internationally at 2023 Indigo Design Awards

2023 Indigo Design Awards

Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia Diploma of Graphic Design and Bachelor of Communication Design students took out 3 Gold, and 1 Silver in the 2023 Indigo International Design Awards.

The international Indigo Design Award showcases innovative, cutting-edge design work from design agencies, as well as students. Recognition at these awards is an invaluable chance to be promoted across a global network of peers.

The winners of the 2023 Indigo Design Awards

The Gold Winner in Branding for Beverages – Tea was awarded to Marcus Cheong’s ‘Bestea’ who created an identity based on the idea of a drink that was as “weird, quirky, playful, but wholesome as your bestie - your Bestea.”

Marcus Cheong's Bestea

‘Bestea’ - Marcus Cheong

The Gold Winner in Poster and Brochure Design for Social Change was won by Jennie Bentley for ‘No Comment’, a campaign that aims to create dialogue and discussion around the seriousness of sexual harassment and the impacts it has to someone's life.

Jennie Bentley's No Comment

‘No Comment’ - Jennie Bentley

Allanah Deluca won the Gold Winner in Branding for Graphic Design for ‘Rumi - Art for Advocacy.’ Allanah’s design was inspired by the traditional bazaars, souks and the ancient silk road trade routes that connected the East and West. It was designed for a social enterprise initiative that connects their consumers to original, sustainable and fair-trade goods from independent creators.

Allanah Deluca's Rumi Art for Advocacy

‘Rumi - Art for Advocacy’ - Allanah Deluca

Rosie Conway picked up the Silver Winner in Branding for Food – Other for ‘Bang Bang Hot Sauce,’ Rosie’s designed a full-bodied brand identity to stand out on shelves and create a niche audience.

Rosie Conway's Bang Bang Hot Sauce

‘Bang Bang Hot Sauce’ - Rosie Conway

Each of the Gold Winners will be up for the Student Indigo Award Winner of the Year, which will be officially announced and awarded during the Indigo Award Ceremony in Tbilisi, Georgia on 25 May.

“The international recognition for our students in the Indigo Awards is a testament to the calibre of their exceptional work,” said Professor Scott Thompson-Whiteside, Executive Dean, Design and Creative Technology.

Elicia Simon, Program Director, Diploma of Graphic Design and Bachelor of Communication Design, agrees.

“As an educator, it is an honour to see our students recognised for their hard work, dedication, and high calibre of creative work,” said Elicia. “International nods are not just a reflection of their individual accomplishments but also highlight the dedication of our lecturers who provide education that prepares students to succeed in their design career as they launch into the industry.

Allanah shortlisted for the Young Ones International Student Awards

In addition, Allanah Deluca has also recently been shortlisted for the Young Ones International Student Awards 2023 in the Portfolio and Type Design Categories. Shortlisted entries will now enter another round of judging in the hope of being announced as a finalist in late April, before the Young Ones Awards Winners Ceremony in New York City on 15 May.

“These accolades show my unwavering passion for nurturing creativity and innovation as I strive to transform brands by forging meaningful connections and sparking curiosity,” said Allanah. “My dedication to promoting empathy and engaging in cultural discourse remains a cornerstone of my projects, and I am eager to advance along this path.”

Each of our Indigo Award recipients also received recognition in the 2022 Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) Awards. Last year, Billy Blue College of Design students racked up a mighty haul including 23 AGDA award wins with 7 Distinctions and 16 Merits, all from a whopping 63 nods in the initial shortlist.

“These students are emerging into the industry as multi-award winners, with local and global endorsement, and we’re very proud of their continued success,” said Professor Thompson-Whiteside.

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