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AUKLAND, Monday: Media Design School students and recent graduates received significant recognition at the Best Design Awards on Friday – for their designs that assist people with a disability travelling on public transport; the creation of an urban kauri forest experience during Conservation Week; and a design-led solution to attract volunteers to the Auckland Art Gallery.

The students and alumni took out gold, silver and bronze awards, with one project, Pick, taking out three awards.


“Seeing our students’ work on the huge screens at the monumental Vector Arena, and knowing these awards will make a meaningful difference to their careers, was priceless.”

The MDS winners and their projects included:

  • Gold: In Student Interactive for Pick, by Mona Gabr (who graduated last year and is now working as a UX designer at Satellite. She created the Pick project in her third year of study).
  • Silver: In Nga Aho Design with Maori Focus Silver for Kauri Lounge, by Donald Mavunga, Sameera Khan, Robert Barrington, Andrew Eiserman, Jaromme Lawn, Mitchell Starns, Adam Small. (Year two project, students now in year three.)
  • Silver: In Student Public Good, by Mona Gabr for Pick.
  • Silver: In Student Interactive Design for Tohu by Rose Norgrove, Holly Schroder, Alistair Kincaid (current year two students).
  • Bronze: In Student Product, by Mona Gabr for Pick.

MDS lecturer/programme coordinator Jim Murray said: “I’m particularly proud of the Ngā Aho and public good awards, these awards demonstrate a collective focus by MDS to embrace here for good projects.

“Seeing our students work on the huge screens inside the monumental Vector arena, having their hard work recognised and knowing that these awards will make a meaningful difference to their future careers, was priceless.”

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