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Welcome to our newly minted email format. Thanks to Fig Tree Digital for design and development, we hope you like it.
Having taken time to remember those who fought for freedom and created the ANZAC spirit last week, it’s hard to believe April has come to a close already.
It has often been said the biggest advancements and inventions have occurred as a result of conflict; I would like to think we have a collective presence where ideas can flourish in times of peace.
To this end the DIA - nationally and locally – have been working on programs to support and celebrate all designers. Originally founded as the Society of Designers for Industry in 1947, the Design Institute of Australia turns 70 this year.
2017 also marks the 25th anniversary of the South Australian/Northern Territory DIA Awards. Whilst the awards celebrate great design, our 25th anniversary is also something to celebrate. The 2017 awards evening will provide accolades to South Australian’s best in the industries of interior architecture, graphic design, furniture and product design. 
For those of you who joined us to celebrate the launch of the awards on April 7th at Brickworks, thank you. It certainly was a wonderful gathering, and the collective goodwill displayed a very positive mindset within the design industry.
The lead up to our 25th Awards offers an opportunity to once again celebrate some of the great designers amongst us who have received accolades for their work, offered inspiration and encouragement. In the coming months we hope to share some fabulous design stories with you. At the same time we congratulate Graphic Designer, Daisy Sugars as this year’s DIA SA/NT GOTYA – Graduate of the Year. Congratulations are also extended to Dr Veronika Kelly and her Visual Communication team School of Art, Architecture and Design at UniSA for their continued high quality of graduates.
Apart from the awards program, in the coming months we have a fee proposal workshop, a members mingle,  WIDD – World Industrial Design Day, Live Design and DIA Exhibition event to look forward to and become involved in.
We are always looking for ideas and assistance, so if you’re keen to be involved in planning an event or have an idea please let us know.
Thank you to our State Councillors and the Awards committee for your continued efforts; it’s an exciting time.

Peter Coombs, President Design Institute of Australia SA/NT
DIA SA/NT Design Awards 2017

Hosted by entertainer Tim Ross, the 25th anniversary of the SA/NT DIA awards will be held on the 25th of November and is set to be bigger and better than ever. The night will provide accolades to South Australian’s best in the industries of interior architecture, graphic design, furniture and product design. 

A launch party for the awards was held on the 7th April and enthusiastically attended by a myriad of professionals from all design communities. Kindly hosted by Brickworks Design Studio, the night was a raging success. Check out the DIA Facebook page for a gander at the event. Stay tuned for more awards news in the coming weeks!

Award entries open 19th July and close 20th September.

DIA SA/NT Awards
GOTYA awards

It is with great pleasure we congratulate the winners of the 2016 SA Graduate of the Year awards.

Industrial Design: Michael Dimonte
Visual Communications / Illustration: Rebecca Crilly
Graphic Design and Graduate of the Year: Daisy Sugars

The high standard of work this year made judging a difficult task. Congratulations to all the nominees. Thank you to Brickworks for sponsoring and hosting the event. Good luck to Daisy at the AGOTYA's!

DIA National
TAFESA Student Awards

On April 4th, DIA SA/NT Councillor Andrea Higgs was invited to speak at the 2017 TAFESA Building and Construction Student Awards.
Andrea completed her Advanced Diploma of Interior Design at TAFESA Tonsley in 2015. In 2016 she was awarded Most Outstanding Student for the Advanced Diploma and also Most Outstanding Student across all the Building and Construction graduates.
Andrea spoke to this year’s graduates about the rewards (and challenges) of transitioning from a management career into full-time study and now to launching her own Interior Design business OLIO Interiors.

Congratulations to Andrea and the winners.

Graduate Feature
Terrace Floors Rug Design Competition 2017
Entries close Monday 5th June 2017

Terrace Floors + Furnishings, Burnside Village and Danish carpet manufacturer ege once again bring you the only South Australian designer based rug design competition.

The competition invites you to explore the total freedom of custom rug design using innovative dye injected prints on textile flooring.  The possibilities are endless!

Design a rug with the theme ‘Fashion’s Future’.

Bowerbird Design Market
5th - 7th May
Bowerbird is a fabulous event that celebrates the talents of Australian designers and makers.

Enjoy shopping, food and fun at the Adelaide Showground 5th - 7th May, 2017.
Fee Proposal Workshop
Thursday 8th June

For the first time in 3 years this popular workshop, delivered by Blue Turtle Consulting, is being brought to Adelaide.
• 85% of attendees say it’s the most useful CPD they’ve attended
• 99% recommend it to other Design Professionals
• DIA members use promo code DIA for an exclusive 20% discount for registrations before 7th May 2017

Read more and register below.

2018 Adelaide Fringe Poster Design Competition
Applications close Tuesday 16 May 2017.

In 2018, the Fringe turns 58 and the opening aligns with the Lunar New Year cultural celebrations - it's going to be a right royal party!

They are looking for a poster that aligns with our values: something that represents the playful, inclusive and cheeky spirit of the Adelaide Fringe.

Do you have the winning design?

DIA Corporate Partners
Dulux logo
Platinum Partner
Architecture Media logo
Gold Partners
Blum Laminex Caroma Beaumont Tiles
Godfrey Hirst Brickworks
Silver Partners
UCI PolyFlor Beaumont Tiles Bespoke
Bronze Partners
Dunlop Flooring Big Ass Fans Karndean Design Flooring logo
Local Partners
Terrace Floors Jam Factory Fig Tree Digital logo

We would like to thank our National and Local Partners for their continuing support. Partnering with the DIA provides important links to Australia's design professionals, while supporting the DIA with its work as Australia's Voice of Professional Design. Contact us to become a DIA Corporate Partner – advocate your brand, products and services to design professionals while supporting the design community.

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