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JUDGES 2020

Meet your judges.
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We have assembled a stellar cast of characters for our judging panel and found the right balance between international/local opinion leaders and experienced practitioners. Let the judgement begin!

Visual Communications

Jessica Hische, IDI Awards 2020 judge

Jessica Hische

Jessica Hische

Ken Deegan, IDI Awards 2020 judge

Ken Deegan

Pentagram

Max Philips, IDI Awards 2020 judge

Max Philipps

Signal Foundry

Clare Stlyes, IDI Awards 2020 judge

Clare Styles

Notable

Noelle Cooper

Unthink

Jessica Hische, IDI Awards 2020 judge

Jessica Hische

Jessica Hische

Jessica Hische is a lettering artist and author working in Oakland, California. She has had the pleasure of working for clients like Wes Anderson, The United States Postal Service, The New York Times, and Penguin Books and her work has been featured again and again in design and illustration annuals both in the US and internationally. She’s been named a Print Magazine New Visual Artist (20 under 30), one of Forbes 30 under 30 in Art and Design, an ADC Young Gun, a “Person to Watch” by GD USA, and an Adweek “Creative 100”. Aside from her illustrious client work, she has created numerous side projects including Daily Drop Cap, Should I Work for Free?, Mom This is How Twitter Works, and Don’t Fear the Internet (created along with Russ Maschmeyer), and has traveled the world speaking at conferences about her work and ideas.

Ken Deegan, IDI Awards 2020 judge

Ken Deegan

Pentagram

Ken is an Irish designer based in New York, he is a multi-faceted designer whose work encompasses identity, print design, strategy, and technology. He has worked for design studios in Dublin, London and New York. He has worked with notable clients such as Nike, Samsung, American Museum of Natural History, NYC DDC, Codecademy, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian, AIG, SCAD, Google, FdMarch, New York Stock Exchange, IMF Grace Farms, JWT, NYU, and Abrams.

Max Philips, IDI Awards 2020 judge

Max Philipps

Signal Foundry

New York-born, Dublin-based Max Phillips is the proprietor of the Signal Type Foundry & Drawing Office, which specialises in type design, lettering, and branding. A former novelist and toy designer, he now makes useful, attractive things for clients like An Post, Bewley’s, Christie’s, Citi, FAO Schwarz, and Trinity College Dublin, and collaborates with studios and agencies in Ireland and abroad. His work has been recognised by, among others, the Type Directors Club of New York, Communication Arts, Graphis, ICAD, and the International Society of Typographic Designers.

Clare Stlyes, IDI Awards 2020 judge

Clare Styles

Notable

Clare is the Creative Director and Partner of Notable—a brand consultancy established to build brands of note. Notable specialises in brand strategy, brand creation and brand experience for the lifestyle, premium and luxury sectors. Clients include Pernod Ricard, Shangri-La, Wacoal and Walpole. At the heart of Clare’s work is a deep-rooted understanding of identity and brand expression amassed throughout her career from a deliberately wide spectrum of leading creative agencies. Prior to this Clare has held key roles at Brand Union (SuperUnion) as Executive Creative Director, Wieden + Kennedy, Exposure, Fitch, Navyblue and Phaidon achieving a portfolio of award-winning work along the way. She takes great pride in having worked with some of the world’s most influential brands such as Jaguar Land Rover, Prada, McLaren Automotive, The IOC, Nike, Levi’s ®, Honda and Sony. Beyond this, Clare helps support her industry as a guest lecturer at several universities and design organisations.

Noelle Cooper

Unthink

Noelle Cooper is co-founder and Creative Director of Unthink – an inquisitive and open-minded design studio. Their work regularly features in the 100Archive, and they have recently won ICAD and ADCE Awards for their work with Galway 2020. She is a visiting lecturer on the BA Visual Communications in NCAD, IADT and GAD Beijing, and is part of the international tutorial team on the Design West Summer School in Ireland. She has judged the ICAD, ADCE and Kinsale Sharks Awards. Noelle is also part of the 100Archive Panel and ISTD Student Assessments.

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Digital

Philip Farmer, IDI Awards 2020 judge

Philip Farmer

Design Factory

Jonathan Callan

Granite Digital

Nikita Chong, IDI Awards 2020 judge

Nikita Chong

Shutterstock

Colman Walsh, IDI Awards 2020 judge

Colman Walsh

UX Design Institute

Elena Rimeikaite, IDI Awards 2020 judge

Elena Rimeikaite

Kooba

Philip Farmer, IDI Awards 2020 judge

Philip Farmer

Design Factory

Philip holds a degree in Visual Communication from IADT Dun Laoghaire. Having recently returned from Brussels where he spent 5 years working for studios Coast Agency and Salut Public, Philip now heads up the digital team at Design Factory.

Jonathan Callan

Granite Digital

Jonathan is the Creative Director at Granite, his depth of experience enables him to collaborate across multiple disciplines and manage teams to design and build beautiful experiences that deliver commercial results. He’s worked in the digital industry for over 20 years, gaining experience as an entrepreneur, designer & coach for young coders with the CoderDojo Foundation.

Nikita Chong, IDI Awards 2020 judge

Nikita Chong

Shutterstock

Nikita is a Software Development Manager in Shutterstock. Having led distributed eCommerce and Enterprise teams, she now empowers her UX-led team to enable customers to search, discover, and consider Shutterstock’s library of over 300 million images, videos, and music tracks. She is an advocate for diversity and inclusion, having led Dublin’s Women@Shutterstock chapter since 2018, and as a cofounder of Prism, Shutterstock’s LGBTQ+ employee resource group.

Colman Walsh, IDI Awards 2020 judge

Colman Walsh

UX Design Institute

Colman Walsh is the founder and CEO of the UX Design Institute, the global leader in UX education and certification.

Elena Rimeikaite, IDI Awards 2020 judge

Elena Rimeikaite

Kooba

Elena is Head of Design at Kooba, specialising in User Interface and digital experience design. Elena has worked with blue-chip brands as well as SMEs on an international and domestic level over the past decade to craft beautiful digital brand experiences and award-winning designs.

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Fashion & Textiles

Louise Kennedy, IDI Awards 2020 judge

Louise Kennedy

Louise Kennedy

Ruth O'Connor

Helen Steele

Helen Steele

Louise Kennedy, IDI Awards 2020 judge

Louise Kennedy

Louise Kennedy

Louise Kennedy is a luxury lifestyle brand which expresses the style and elegance of its founder Louise Kennedy. Exquisite fabrics and attention to detail are paramount when creating clothes with a purity of line which flatter women of every age. Timeless clothes, beautifully made, are accessorised with Louise Kennedy jewellery and handbags. A specially created fragrance captures the essence of the designer. Louise Kennedy has designed for Ireland’s President Mary Robinson and President Mary McAleese, as well as members of the British, European and Middle Eastern royal families, for high-profile businesswomen and for actresses including Meryl Streep and Anjelica Heuston.

Ruth O'Connor

Ruth O’Connor is a journalist with over 13 years’ experience writing for Ireland’s leading publications on the topics of fashion, design, trends and business. Ruth holds two first class honours degrees – a BA in English from UCD and a MA in Journalism from DCU. Ruth also studied pattern cutting and was one of the first stallholders at the original Cow’s Lane Designer Mart in Dublin where she sold clothing of her own design and manufacture. She is passionate about supporting Irish fashion and the design community through her writing.

Helen Steele

Helen Steele

Helen Steele is a multi-award-winning Irish Designer. Helen Steele, hand paints all designs, which are digitally printed onto fabrics. Throughout this process Helen designs with the principles of colour therapy in mind, each garment tells a story, thus producing wearable art. She designs for all shapes and sizes and focuses on inclusivity when completing her designs. Helen Steele is based in Monaghan, and all creations are manufactured in Ireland to extremely high and ethical standards, throughout the manufacturing process. Helen Steele has a distinctive style, which ensures her collections are identifiable and unique. Helen has also collaborated with Dunnes Stores with a highly successful range of colour therapeutic sportswear.

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Fashion & Textiles

Product

Sebastian Bergne

Sebastian Bergne

Dr. Caoimhe McMahon

NCAD

Eugene Canavan

Design Partners

Dr Iain Macdonald

Maynooth University

Casper Asmussen

Above

Sebastian Bergne

Sebastian Bergne

Renown for making everyday objects special with his essential and human approach to design. He and his team work as an external design facility to international brands, as designer and supplier of special projects to institutions and individuals or as editor of his collection of studio editions. His achievements have been widely recognised with international design awards, frequent publications, exhibitions and inclusion in museum collections such as The Museum of Modern Art (New York) and the Design Museum (London). His wealth of experience makes him sought after as a curator, lecturer and commentator on design.

Dr. Caoimhe McMahon

NCAD

Caoimhe has a background in industrial design and design ethnography, with 16 years experience across industry and academia in Ireland, the UK and Germany. She currently lectures across Product, Service and Interaction Design in NCAD. Prior to this she worked with Leckey, designing equipment for children and young adults with special postural needs. She enjoys creating tangible ways of sustainably embedding design research methods in practicing design teams, focusing on collaborative sense-making and prototype evaluation ‘in the wild’.

Eugene Canavan

Design Partners

Eugene Canavan is a Partner and head of healthcare design at Design Partners. With over 28 years of product development experience in consumer, professional and healthcare product design. He’s a champion of user-centric design and human factors lead processes and heads a team of designers and engineers solving highly complex usability and design for manufacture challenges in surgical devices, connected health, wearables and patient experience design. His work has been recognised by many international design awards.

Dr Iain Macdonald

Maynooth University

Dr Iain Macdonald MCSD SFHEA FRSA Iain is Associate Professor and Head of Department of Design Innovation at Maynooth University, and a Member of the Chartered Society of Designers. Previously, he has held posts as Head of Design, Photography & Advertising at Edinburgh Napier University and Associate Dean of Design at London College of Communication. He has over 25 years of creative industry experience as an award winning television graphic designer at BBC Television, and as a film and commercials director at The Moving Picture Company.

Casper Asmussen

Above

Casper Asmussen is the Co-founder and Design Director of the Scandinavian innovation Agency Above. His work spans across industrial design, UX and Strategy for clients like Google, Bang&Olufsen, Facebook, Sonos, IKEA and Iittala. His approach is experience driven and twisted minimalistic, as exemplified by the Nokia N9/Lumia range and the Aether Cone.

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Product

Structures + Spaces

Charlie North

Ennismore

Bryan O’Sullivan

Bos Studio

Stella Collective

Stella Collective

Conor MacCabe

Henry J Lyons

Elizabeth Roberts

Elizabeth Roberts Architects

Charlie North

Ennismore

Charlie has a demonstrated history of working in the hospitality sector at some of London’s top Interior Design studios. For the last five years working specifically within the hotel world as Design Director for Ennismore, Charlie’s role is to oversee the international expansion of The Hoxton Hotel brand as well creation of new brands such as Working From, Hoxton’s coworking space, and the refurbishment of the iconic Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland. Charlie leads a team of twenty designers who proudly create Ennismore’s bespoke interiors.

Bryan O’Sullivan

Bos Studio

Originally from Kenmare, Co. Kerry in Ireland, Bryan studied Architecture at University of Westminster before working with industry leaders such as Annabelle Selldorf in New York, David Collins & Martin Brudnizki in London and Luis Laplace in Paris. In 2013 Bryan established his eponymous studio which now employs over 20 people across offices in London and New York. The studio specialises in hospitality, residential and nautical projects on site around the globe. In January this year, Bryan was named Elle Decoration’s Interior Designer of the Year. 

Stella Collective

Stella Collective

British born Hana Hakim is an award-winning interior designer and the founder of The Stella Collective.

Sharpening her eye since childhood, her ability to infuse light and space into her work has led to commissions locally and internationally from elegant workspaces that embody wellbeing to Australia’s most prolific & iconic restaurants. Framing these spaces and volumes with extreme precision her design is known to have a timeless quality that touches the human core. A number of brands, restaurants, luxury retail houses, workspaces and private residences have been marked with the ‘Stella Seal of Loose Luxury ’ embodying Hana’s signature of elegant clean lines, light-filled tranquility & voluminous splendor. Hana is internationally recognized with distinctive design awards and numerous publications.

Hana received her academic training in interior, graphic design and fine art at the Chelsea Collage Of Art And Design In London.

Conor MacCabe

Henry J Lyons

Conor is an architect and director at one of Ireland’s leading architectural practices, Henry J Lyons. He leads the interior design team and has designed award winning spaces for Irish and International clients including Google, LinkedIn, CRH and many more. Conor has been a leader in the development of workplace design and standards for many years, and has over 20 years experience leading major architectural and fit-out projects in Ireland, Europe, US, Africa and Asia.

Elizabeth Roberts

Elizabeth Roberts Architects

Elizabeth Roberts is the visionary behind the sought-after design and architecture studio, Elizabeth Roberts Architects. Known for redefining urban townhouse living – which inspired The New York Times to dub her “the titan of the townhouse” – Elizabeth’s unique design point-of-view can be found in some of the most dynamic residential, commercial and retail projects of recent years. With a background in both architecture and preservation, Elizabeth has an innate gift for preserving unique elements of the past and merging them with elements of today. This talent, combined with her open mind and playful spirit, has resulted in the new design language that attracts an A-list clientele worldwide.

Born and raised in Marin County, California, Elizabeth brings an understanding of light and space to everything she does. Each project is bold in the quietest of ways, and each room reflects the people who will inhabit it. Known for the strong connections she fosters with clients, Elizabeth is deeply collaborative and has forged long-term relationships with clients including Ulla Johnson, Rachel Comey and Athena Calderone, and the studio’s work has been featured in top publications such as Architectural Digest, Interior Design, T Magazine and The New York Times.

Among her recent collaborations are a New York-based restaurant and flower shop called Il Fiorista, a ground-up residential project in upstate New York, retail projects in Los Angeles and the Hamptons, and a forthcoming arts and culture space in Lower Manhattan.

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Structures + Spaces

Special Awards

Alex Milton

NCAD

Bianca Wong

Kingspan Group

Áine Higgins Ní Chinnéide

CEUD

Alex Milton

NCAD

Professor of Design and Head of the School of Design at NCAD, Alex was the Programme Director of Irish Design 2015. He has authored 8 books including “Product Design” – translated into five languages. He has taught and managed at a diverse range of institutions – including Edinburgh College of Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, the School of Textiles and Design at Heriot-Watt University, University of Dundee and Edinburgh Napier University – with his students winning dozens of international awards. He has been a visiting professor at Manchester Metropolitan University, Aston University and University College Dublin and recently completed a Visiting Erskine Fellowship at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. His creative work has been exhibited at numerous international venues and events including IMMA, Designers Block Milan, ICFF New York, 100% Design London, London Architecture Festival, MUDAC Lausanne and INDEX Copenhagen. A member of the National Design Forum and Chair of Design Educators Ireland, the representative body for third level design education in Ireland, he sees design as having the responsibility and power to build a platform for positive cultural, economic and social change.

Bianca Wong

Kingspan Group

Bianca Wong is the Global Head of Sustainability at Kingspan Group Plc.  She leads sustainability across Kingspan’s global operations, products and supply chain. Bianca partners with cross divisional teams to ensure the company is capitalizing on opportunities to strategically advance sustainability and circular economy. Bianca studied at the Dublin Institute of Technology before achieving an MSc in Energy and Sustainable Building Design from De Montfort University. She is a board member of EuroACE, steering group member of the Sustainability Skillnet, CDP Ireland Network and a member of the 40for30 Ireland’s Sustainability Leaders of the Future network.

Áine Higgins Ní Chinnéide

CEUD

Áine Higgins Ní Chinnéide represents a panel of judges for the IDI Universal Design category on behalf of the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design. When not reviewing competition entries, she manages the development of standards and guidance, engaging with public and private sector organisations, to promote Universal Design. To find out more about Universal Design, go to universaldesign.ie.

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