DIT Product Design Graduate wins prestigious design award

DIT Graduate claims top prize at the 13th Annual Institute of Designers in Ireland Awards

27th October 2011: DIT Product Design Graduate Honora Egan has claimed this year’s Grand Prix IDI Design Award. The IDI Design Awards are held annually to celebrate excellence in Irish Design. The Awards encompass the only design competition which is judged by an international jury, and which highlights the very best of Irish Design in the following categories: Interior and Exhibition design, TV, Film and Theatre design, Fashion, Visual Communications, Multimedia and Product design. This year’s awards ceremony was held on 27th October in the Sugar Club. DIT Product Design graduate Honora Egan of ‘Spear Product Design was declared not only the winner of the ‘Consumer Products’ category but claimed the competition’s overall Grand Prix award. Honora received the award for the innovative product Read Assist. Read Assist helps people with reading difficulties to become more confident readers. It was declared a clear winner by all the jury who judged it a refreshingly straightforward and uncomplicated design solution to a very real problem. The ‘Read assist’ is a simple and beautiful design solution to a problem which, according to the Dyslexia Association of Ireland, affects between 2-10% of the population.


Margaret Crerar of Miele, Carol Coffey IDI President, Grand Prix Winners Honora Egan & Gregory Tobin from Spear Product Design

¿DIT would like to congratulate Honora on her achievement. Indeed, Honora is no stranger to awards. Honora graduated from DIT in 2007 with a BSc in Product Design. While in her third year of the programme, Honora was awarded the All Ireland 2006 Student Enterprise Award, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland, Ulster Bank and Invest Northern Ireland. Honora and her DIT team mates- Aisling Conroy, Audrey Maher, Jennifer Kent, and Siobhan Groark - all of whom, at the time, were in the third year of their Product Design degree programme in DIT came first in this prestigious all-Ireland competition for their design of an innovative product called ‘Eezy Peezy’ – a product they designed as a unique aid for the collection of urine samples in the medical care of infants. ¿

Read Assist in action





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