2018 Good Design Awards entries are open

Celebrating its 60th year, Australia’s prestigious Good Design Awards will showcase the best of Australian and international design with an awards ceremony at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday 17 May 2018 and a free public exhibition charting the award winners over the last 60 years at Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal from 25-27 May 2018.

The annual Good Design Awards program is one of the oldest and most prestigious international design awards in the world, promoting excellence in design and innovation since 1958. It is recognised by the World Design Organization (WDO) as Australia’s peak international design endorsement program.

Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO, Good Design Australia said, “Good design has the transformative power to create better and more efficient products, services and spaces. Our world needs good design now more than ever. Ultimately, we see design contributing to a better society and a more sustainable and prosperous world.”

Good Design Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of designers across 10 design disciplines spanning more than 30 categories: from the best new products and services on the Australian market; excellence in architectural design; digital and communication design and emerging areas of design including business model innovation, social innovation and design entrepreneurship.

As part of the 60th anniversary year, a number of new awards and initiatives have been launched including new categories for Fashion Design and Engineering Design and new accolades to celebrate the expanding role of design in helping shape a better, safer and more prosperous world. These include the Better World Award, Good Design Team of the Year Award and an Indigenous Designer Award, created to recognise and celebrate the important contribution that Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designers make to Australian design across the spectrum of design disciplines and practice.

The Good Design Awards make concerted efforts to recognise people and designs that have a positive impact on the environment by way of a dedicated award for sustainability given to one recipient who exhibits a high level of excellence in sustainable design practices.

The ultimate design accolade, Good Design Award of the Year is the highest design honour bestowed in the awards and is granted to only one overall winning product, service or project that represents groundbreaking design at an international level. Recent winners have included Cochlear for the design and development of their revolutionary Cochlear Nucleus 24 Contour hearing implant system (2000); Australian designer Marc Newson for his Economy Class Seat for the Qantas A380 (2009); Hollywood director, James Cameron for his Deepsea Challenger Submarine (2012); Tesla Model S (2015) and Flow Hive, a game-changing beehive design that produces honey with the turn of a handle (2016).

Entries for the 2018 Good Design Awards are now open and close on 9 March 2018. Information on the awards is available and submissions are invited via Good Design Australia’s new website: good-design.org

The Good Design Award judging panel consists of leading international and Australian design experts selected based on their area of expertise and ability to bring an individual perspective to the evaluation process. The awards assess all entries based on three overarching design criteria including Good Design, Design Innovation and Design Impact.

Alongside the awards and celebrating enduring quality design over the past 60 years is an unprecedented three-day Good Design Showcase Exhibition at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 May 2018. Forming part of Vivid Sydney, the world’s biggest festival of light, music and ideas, this free-to-the-public exhibition will bring together more than 300 award-winning and game-changing designs from 1958 to now.

The Good Design Award accolade, more commonly known as the Good Design Tick, is among the most respected and recognised international design endorsement symbols in the industry.


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