Last Call for Entries! Deadline extended to Monday 19 March for entries in the 60th Annual Good Design Awards to be held at Sydney Opera House on 17 May 2018.
Due to popular and last-minute demand, the entry deadline for Australia’s prestigious Good Design Awards has been extended to midnight on Monday 19 March 2018. Recognising the best of Australian and international design, the Awards have already attracted significant interest from Australia and overseas with innovative projects entered across 10 design disciplines.
Good Design Australia adds an all-new Aurecon-sponsored ‘Engineering Design Award’.
Having won the prestigious ‘Good Design Award of the Year’ – the highest recognition possible from Good Design Australia in 2017 for the revolutionary new design of the Brisbane Ferry Terminals – global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon is taking steps to foster industry-wide progress in better design in 2018.
Together with Good Design Australia, Aurecon will be a Major Category Partner for the all-new Engineering Design Category – established to recognise and reward examples of engineering design excellence and the role that good design plays in bringing engineering design solutions to life.
The annual Good Design Australia (GDA) Awards program is one of the oldest and most prestigious international design awards in the world, promoting excellence in design and innovation since 1958. As part of the 60th Anniversary year, a number of new awards and initiatives have been launched – including this new category – to celebrate the expanding role of design in helping shape a better, safer and more prosperous world.
Dr Kourosh Kayvani, Managing Director – Design, Innovation & Eminence at Aurecon comments: “Aurecon believes engineers have a pivotal role to play in designing and delivering places and infrastructure for future generations. This award will celebrate exceptional engineering design solutions which combine human-centric design with technical mastery.”
New Good Design Award trophy ticks sustainability boxes
In celebration of the 60th year of Australia’s oldest and only international design awards, winners will be presented with a new sustainably designed and made Good Design Award winner’s trophy. The new trophy design uses a clever combination of discarded plastic harvested from the ocean and a plant-based bio-resin that will be injection moulded into an elegant “Good Design Tick”.
Commenting on the new trophy design, Dr Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia said, “Designers play a critical role in deciding what material to use and specify when designing and manufacturing products and in many cases, these materials can be harmful to our environment. Our oceans are currently being polluted with single-use plastic with recent studies predicting that by 2050, there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish.”
“Designers and manufacturers have the choice to use recycled, renewable, bio-based materials that reduce the dependence on fossil fuel based products and materials that will never break down. By utilising sustainably designed materials, the new trophy embodies Good Design Australia’s mission to create a better, safer and more sustainable world, through design.” Dr. Gien went on to say.
The 2018 Good Design Award winners will be decided by a jury of leading international design experts including the legendary Hartmut Esslinger, founder of global design firm frog design and one of the early pioneers of industrial design at Apple. Projects will be assessed on three overarching design criteria including: Good Design, Design Innovation and Design Impact.
Entries for the 2018 Good Design Awards close at midnight, Monday 19 March 2018. Information on the awards is available and submissions are invited via Good Design Australia’s website