Wednesday, 07 March 2018 12:38

Good Design Awards 2018 entry date extended to Monday March 19, enter now!


Celebrating an amazing 60 years of design, the prestigious Good Design Awards will have its ceremony held at Australia's iconic Sydney Opera House in May, with the deadline for entries just extended to Monday, March 19.

Celebrating its 60th year, Australia’s incredible Good Design Awards will, as always, showcase the best of Australian and international design.

This year, the awards ceremony will be held at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday 17 May 2018, with a free public exhibition charting the award winners over the last 60 years at Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal from 25-27 May.

As the organisation reminds us, 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."

The Good Design Awards officially called for entries across 10 main design disciplines a few weeks ago, and I've been slack in getting this info published, but for those still wanting to get their ideas in for this year's competition, the entry time period has been extended and now closes on Monday March 19, 2018.

Celebrating its 60th year, the Good Design Awards will "showcase the best of Australian and international design. The Good Design Awards Ceremony will be held at the Sydney Opera House on Thurs 17 May 2018 and will be followed by the Good Design Showcase Exhibition in Sydney Harbour from Fri 25 to Sun 27 May."

The Good Design Awards accept entries from all over the world, categories include:

  • Architectural Design
  • Communication Design
  • Design Strategy
  • Digital Design
  • Engineering Design (New for 2018)
  • Fashion Design (New for 2018)
  • Product Design
  • Service Design
  • Social Impact
  • Next Gen (Student Design)

We're reminded that "winners of the Awards will be featured in the all-new Good Design Index, an online showcase of the best in design and innovation in Australia and around the world. Winners will also be showcased in the 3-day Good Design Showcase Exhibition in the heart of Sydney Harbour, among other benefits." 

New for 2018:

  • New website and brand refresh
  • Improved application process, save your application as you go and submit when ready
  • Sustainable Trophies
  • Plus much more

Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO, Good Design Australia said, “In our 60th year, the Good Design Awards are privileged to have a remarkable jury of thought-leaders, industry heavyweights and pioneers who are all exceptional in their respective fields.

"The Jury will be tasked with debating what makes ‘good design’ and which projects will go on to receive the coveted Good Design Award, Good Design Award Best in Class and the prestigious Good Design Award of the Year for 2018.”

“2018 is a very important year for Australian design. It marks how far Australia as a nation and a society has come since post-war 1958 when the Industrial Design Council was first created.”

“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.”

The organisation reminds us of its background, and states that the "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 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).

Information on the awards is available and submissions are invited via Good Design Australia’s new website

"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."

You can see some of the stunning Good Design Awards Yearbooks here

Here's the organisation's video on the Good Design Tick:

The 2018 Good Design Awards Jury comprises 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. Esslinger was one of the first industrial designers to work with Apple and Steve Jobs in the early 1990s.

The 2018 Good Design Awards Jury comprises 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.

Esslinger was one of the first industrial designers to work with Apple and Steve Jobs in the early 1990s. Esslinger joins an impressive list of design, engineering and architecture experts representing Atlassian, KPMG, Motorola, Australian Financial Review, Aurecon, Pentagram Design and HASSELL, and other industry leaders, who will spend several days evaluating and debating all entries based on three overarching design criteria including: Good Design, Design Innovation and Design Impact before deciding the winners of the 2018 Good Design Awards. 

The Good Design Awards 2018 jury list includes:

  • Dr. Hartmut Esslinger, Founder, frog design
  • Cheryl, Vanessa and Gabrielle Manning, Co-Founders, Manning Cartell
  • Stefanie Kubanek, Associate Partner, Pentagram Design
  • Professor Margaret Petty, Executive Director Innovation & Entrepreneurship, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Dr. Kourosh Kayvani, Managing Director, Design, Innovation and Eminence, Aurecon
  • Stephen Todd, Design Editor, Australian Financial Review
  • Sally Dominguez, Innovation Catalyst, Adventurous Thinking Group
  • Vince Frost, CEO & Executive Creative Director, Frost* Collective
  • Steve Coster, Managing Director, HASSELL
  • Sally Hill, Managing Director, Wildwon
  • Stephanie Pemberton, Associate Director, Design Thinking, KPMG Australia
  • Bruce Claxton, Professor, Design Management, Savannah College Of Art And Design & former Head of Design, Motorola
  • Georgina Safe, Fashion Writer & Editor
  • Kim Hansen, CEO, Impossible
  • Kasia Wydrowski, Creative Director, K&Co
  • Jo Pretyman, Founder, I-Manifest
  • Dr. Oya Demirbilek, Associate Professor, Industrial Design, UNSW
  • Chris Vanstone, Chief Innovation Officer, The Australian Centre For Social Innovation (TACSI)
  • Terri Winter, Founder And Curator, Top3 By Design
  • Paul Beranger, Automotive Designer
  • Cathy Veninga, CEO, The Designers Institute Of New Zealand
  • Dr. Steve Winnall, Product Development Manager, Baraja
  • Lindy Johnson, Founder & CEO, Lindy Johnson
  • Ian Muir, Managing Director, IDM Design Labs
  • Timothy Horton, Registrar, NSW Architects Registration Board
  • Luciano Papi, Managing Director, Lu Papi And Associates
  • Tim Riches, Group Strategy Director, Principals
  • Lester Miller, Principal And Head Of Mechanical Engineering, IP Solved
  • Ben Crothers, Design Educator, Atlassian

Information on the awards is available and submissions are invited via Good Design Australia’s new website - entries extended until Monday March 19, 2018. 


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