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Whitecliffe Graduate Wins Gold at 2017 Best Design Awards

Whitecliffe 2016 BFA Graphic Design graduate Harrison Sarsfield was awarded a Gold Pin in the Student Graphics section of the 2017 Best Design Awards.

2017 Best Award gold pin winnerHarrison, who is now a junior designer at Auckland-based design agency Iceberg, submitted his Whitecliffe end-of-year project Legacy Fonts for the awards, which were announced at a black-tie ceremony at the Viaduct Events Centre on October 6.

“The project was about how obsolete technology could be used as a process in creating design and how that could be explored in a variety of different ways and outcomes,” says Harrison.

“The win is an awesome achievement and it is really humbling to be able to join and be a part of the Best Awards as a finalist and winner.”

The award judge had this to say about Harrison’s submission: The understated, utilitarian aesthetic is thoughtfully composed and perfectly suits the ingenious idea which made this project very memorable. A nostalgic subject executed in a beautiful way that avoided the subject appearing gimmicky, striking a great balance of tasteful, simple & charming.

Whitecliffe HoD Graphic Design Jonty Valentine (who won a Bronze Pin at this year’s awards) was delighted with Harrison’s achievement.

This was a deserving reward for his final graduating project, but also for the consistently ambitious and challenging larger body of work that he completed over the year. It is great as an endorsement for our course at Whitecliffe to see that our students are setting the standard amongst the best graphic design students in the country.”

Several other Whitecliffe alumni gained Silver Pins, including Caitlin Rassie, Caroline Konarkowska, Luke Jenkins and Leah Surynt.

Image credit: Legacy Fonts by Harrison Sarsfield


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