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Waterford students qualify for global Adobe Design Achievement Awards

Two Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) graduates of the BA (Hons) in Design Visual Communications course have recently qualified for the semi-finals of the global Adobe Design Achievement Awards.

Having just completed their four years of study at WIT, Adam Doyle and Béibhinn Murphy-O’Brien are two of three students in total from the Design in Visual Communications course to make it to the semi-finals. Adam is also the only person in Ireland to reach the semi-finals in the commercial photography category, beating out students from the National College of Art and Design and is up against 53 contestants from across the world.

Adam, from Larchville Waterford, reached the semi-finals for his final year project at WIT which consisted of a set of advertisements for Nike as well as a logo for TSSG’s research project, IoT (internet of things).

Having been recognised for his work, Adam said, “This achievement wasn’t easy. I spent a great deal of time on this project and to see it be recognised by Adobe shows the progress I have made in my college years.”

Béibhinn Murphy-O’Brien also featured in the semi-finals with her album cover design for the fictitious band, “Doloris and the Baby Dolls”.

Separately, Tramore native Béibhinn also won the logo competition for WIT Students Union Raise & Give Week 2017with a 1950’s inspired logo.

Béibhinn created an album cover, piece of merchandise and CD single as part of her final year project, and says, “I wanted the design to capture the escapism swing provided during the war time period.”

Reaching the semi-finals, Béibhinn said she was “Delighted. It shows the hard work we put into our final semester. It is also great recognition for the design course in WIT. I feel I got a better education in design in WIT than I would have had I moved outside of Waterford.”

Looking to her future, Beibhinn believes she has found where her strengths lie, “I hope to move from Waterford and focus on the paths of illustration, logo design and motion graphics. I’ve also toyed with the idea of teaching design.”

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