The Institute of Designers in Ireland judges and presents design prizes each year in two cross-disciplinary classes:

The IDI Awards

The Graduate Design Awards

The Irish Design Awards has been running for almost 20 years – last year 2016 saw the 18th Annual IDI Irish Design Awards, recognising, celebrating and promoting exemplary design vision, uncovering emerging talent and honouring outstanding achievement across all disciplines of Design in Ireland. This was the biggest and must successful awards ever.

More details on our 2017 IDI Irish Design Awards later- with details on categories, judges, eligibility and how to enter, all will be available shortly.

The IDI Irish Design Awards 2016- Vital Statistics:

7 categories, 40 individual awards, 400 award entries, 90 shortlisted, 30 commendations, 35 winners, 1 Outstanding Achievement Prize, 1 Grand Prix awardee.

These are the numbers from the IDI Irish Design Awards 2016 that most people will see, remember, and be interested in. But, the figures that mattered to the IDI team tasked with delivering the Awards, were less noticeable 25 volunteer team members, unsolicited advisors, unwitting helpers, and general dogs bodies, that kept the show on the road. 25 day jobs that each of these people had at the same time. 15 essential sponsors and partners whose cold hard cash, benefit-in-kind, and general kindness, meant the event happened, without these organisations we would probably be in a local parish hall still talking about the idea of an awards event. 13 jury members who shared their time, expertise, and insight, free of charge. 5 Awards they chose not to award at all, a bold decision but one that highlights the standard they demand Irish Design maintain. 1 donated shop space at the ground level of Fumbally Exchange on Dame Lane, Dublin 2 where all judging and exhibitions took place. 8 meters of banquet table around which the judges were gathered at the same time. 7 Macs and 3 Ipads, 1 for each judging team. 1 building, 1 space, 1 table to facilitate both figurative and actual transparency in the process. 1 exhibition for 2 weeks. 1 gala event for 350 attendees. 1 very supportive IDI President, George Boyle.

The IDI would like to extend gargantuan gratitude to the people that made up and made possible these vital statistics, particularly the 400 who entered their work. This event is for you and we hope it helps you to create even more great design. See you all next year.

The Marker Hotel 17th Nov 2016

The 18th Annual IDI Irish Design Awards at the Marker Hotel on 17th November saw a memorable night of fun and lots of awards. The annual Irish Design Awards were held at a prestigious ceremony in The Marker Hotel, Dublin on Thursday, 17th November. The IDI Irish Design Awards recognise, celebrate and promote exemplary design vision in Ireland with DESIGN:RISING chosen as the theme for 2016.


Key winners this year included graphic design studio, WorkGroup, for Logo Design and Website Design; Hong Kong-based designer and architect, Donn Holohan, whose Wind and Rain Bridge won in the Built Structures, Sustainable Design and Overseas Designer categories; and the Science Gallery which won the Collaborative Award for its ‘SEEING’ exhibition. Other winners included Rebecca Marsden for Clothing Design, Joseph Walsh for Craft and Elements of Action for Domestic Interiors.

The Grand Prix was awarded to Llaura McGee from Dreamfeel, an emerging video game designer whose game, If Found Please Return, was highly praised by the judges for its interesting and immersive techniques.

Irish design’s highest honour, the IDI President’s Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement, went to Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects. This is the second year that this award has been presented. In 2015 it was posthumously awarded to Irish designer, Eileen Gray.

Now in the 18th year, the annual IDI Irish Design Awards recognise outstanding work across a broad range of design disciplines, with core categories including Digital Design, Fashion & Textiles, Product Design, Structures & Spaces, TV & Film, Visual Communication and the Intrinsic Design Awards. A record-breaking 400 entries were judged to an international standard by a panel of industry leaders, including Úna Burke, award-winning leather accessories designer, and Harry Parr, co-founder of culinary design studio, Bompas & Parr.



Clothing: Rebecca Marsden, Rebecca Marsden Design

Textiles: Vaida Rascuite, UPA


Website Design: David Wall and Conor Nolan, WorkGroup

Game Design: Llaura McGee, Dreamfeel


Consumer Products ( Two winners): Kim MacKenzie-Doyle, Hub Controls; Cormac O’Conaire of Design Partners

Industrial Products: Lyndsey Bryce, Mark Murray and Chris Murphy, Dolmen

Furniture Design: Darragh Breathnach, DUA

Craft Design: Handmade Product: Joseph Walsh, Joseph Walsh Design


Logo Design: David Wall and Conor Nolan, WorkGroup

Design for Print: Zinc Design

Printed Book Design: Paul Gately, Motif

Packaging (Food): Sarah Maguire, True Story

Use of Illustration in Design ( Two winners) Robin Foley, Hurrah Hurrah- Cork Tourism Postcards, Cork City Council: Steve McCarthy for City of Physics


TV Animations: Alan Dunne, RTE

Commercial Animations: Shane O’Riordan, Boys and Girls

CG Animation: Niamh Sharkey, Brown Bag


Domestic Interiors: Edward Coveney, Elements of Action

Commercial Interiors: Laura Magahy, Arran Street East

Exhibition Design ( Two winners): Steven McNamara, ROJI: Mark Leslie, Martello Media

Built Structures: Donn Holohan, Superposition

Architectural Design: Kieran Fitzgerald, MOLA Architecture


Design Education & Research: Barry Sheehan, DIT

Sustainable Design: Donn Holohan, Superposition

Universal Design: Mark Leslie, Martello Media

Collaborative Design: Sineád Foley and Claire Healy, Science Gallery


Llaura McGee, Dreamfeel


The HUB Controller- - Kim Mackenzie-Doyle

Runners up- Cellular -Tribal City and Peter Donnelly for McDonalds Coffee Cup Illustration


Llaura McGee, Dreamfeel


Website Deign: Names, David Wall and Conor Nolan WorkGroup

Game Design: Cellular, Alan Duggan of Tribal City

Product Design: Sepha Vision Scan Mini (VSM), Stephen McGilloway of bigsmall design

Furniture: Leinster Road Kitchen, Ed Coveney

Product Craft: Arran Street East: The Pots, Laura Magahy

Product Craft: Erosion V, Joseph Walsh

Interiors Residential: Shandon Crescent, Gearóid Carvill of abgc architects

Interiors Commercial: Nowhere II, Gearóid Carvill of abgc architects

Exhibition Design : STANDARD exhibition system, Peter Mac Cann

Architecture: Quadrangle, Alan Meredith, Alan Meredith Studio

Animation Design: The Leprechauns, Boys & Girls

Logo: Farrier & Draper, David Wall WorkGroup

Logo: Demonware, David Wall WorkGroup

Branding: Scoop Ranelagh, Catherine Robertson Red Dog

Branding: Bread & Butter, Shane O'Driscoll, Epsilon

Illustration: DeNiro vs Pacino Season - The Light House Cinema, Lauren O'Neill

Illustration: Concern Worldwide Someone Like Me, Paula McEntee, Red Dog

Illustration: Clúid Housing Annual Report 2015, Kim Robinson, Red Dog

Typography: BrandNew Creative identity - David Lawlor, BrandNew Creative

Education: A Novel System of Practice-Based Methods in Graphic Design Research, Kevin Dowd

Sustainable: Phoenix Park Picnic Cluster, Simon Doyle and Adrian Coen

Universal: The HUB Controller, Kim Mackenzie-Doyle, Hub Controls

Universal: Five Senses, Zinc Design

Collaborative: If Found, Please Return, Llaura McGee

Collaborative: The Future is the Present is The Past: Saint Patrick's Festival 2016, Barry Sheehan

Collaborative:: Dublin Port Diving Bell, Kieran Fitzgerald of MOLA

Fashion: Lions of Afghanistan, Paul Fitzgerald of Hummel

Illustration: Stakeholders of the Easter 1916 Rising, Alan Dunne

Photography: Concern Worldwide Photos - Red Dog