Students’ gold, silver and bronze success at Best Awards is ‘priceless’

A night of nervous anticipation turned out one of elation and celebration for Media Design School students and graduates at The Designers Institute of New Zealand’s Best Awards on Friday night (4th Oct).

One by one, they walked away with gold, silver and bronze awards at the annual gala showcase in front of thousands at Auckland’s largest stadium, Spark Arena. 

The Awards covered graphic, spatial, product, interactive and motion design along with four boutique awards under professional and student categories. 

Our MDS winners included: 

Gold - Student Interactive: Pick team 

Silver - Nga Aho Design with Maori FocusKauri Lounge team 

Silver – Student Public Good: Mona Gabr for Pick 

Silver – Student Interactive Design: Tohu team 

Bronze – Student Product: Pick team 

Finalist – Public Good: Melody Renaud for Moments 

The Best Awards have been running for over 30 years and are highly prized by industry and the design community alike. They’re open to industry professionals and students and are judged by highly respected industry professionals over seven days of judging. 

Jim Murray, Lecturer and Program Coordinator for Design-Graphic at MDS, said success at the awards was important for the students and faculty as a whole. 

“Achieving Gold and Silver for interactive design was a great accomplishment for our Bachelor of Media Design Students and our faculty. 

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 Spark Arena, having their hard work recognised and knowing that these awards will make a meaningful difference to their future careers was priceless.” 

The students’ success this year just adds to the success of our talented students from last year. 

“Last year Lauren Chalk, a Bachelor or Media Design student, took home the Gold Award in the Public Good category for her wearable tech concept which aims to appeal to young people suffering from hearing loss. We also picked up Silver and Bronze in Public Good,” Jim Murray said. 

We can't wait to see what these talented students achieve next. 



Student interactive
Project Title: Pick.
Pick Student: Mona Gabr (Student. Graduated last year, now UX Designer at Satellite, a
project created in Year Three).
Lecturers: Tammie Leong, Pritika Y. Lal, Jim Murray, Simon Nicholls

Ngā Aho (Design with a Māori focus)
Project Title: Kauri Lounge
Kauri Lounge Students: Donald Mavunga, Sameera Khan, Robert Barrington, Andrew Eiserman, Jaromme Lawn, Mitchell Starns, Adam Small. (Year two project, students now in year three).
Lecturers: Matthew Stevens, James Murray, Jo Diamond, Lucy Boermans, Christophe Jannin, Simon Nicholls

Student Public Good
Project Title: Pick.
Pick Student: Mona Gabr
Lecturers: Tammie Leong, Pritika Y. Lal, Jim Murray, Simon Nicholls

Student: Interactive
Project Title: Tohu
Client: Auckland Art Gallery
Tohu Students: Rose Norgrove, Holly Schroder, Alistair Kincaid (current year two students)
Lecturers: Simon Nicholls, Don Chooi, Pritika Lal, Trajano Leydet, Lucy Boermans

Student Product Project
Title: Pick

Public Good
Project Title: Moments
Moments Student: Melody Renaud (Student graduated last year, now working at Datacom as a UX
Designer, project created in year three).
Lecturers: Tammie Leong, Pritika Lal, Jim Murray

Best Awards