27 September 2017
The shortlist for the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards has been revealed, with a host of exemplary Victorian designers and companies rising to the top across the Awards’ eight categories.
Held annually, the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards are supported by the Victorian Government through its $115 million creative industries strategy, Creative State. They form part of a comprehensive package of initiatives to promote the value of design, strengthen the industry and reinforce Victoria’s position as a design leader.
Fourteen projects have been shortlisted in the Architectural Design category this year, including The Commons co-working space in South Melbourne, Tanderrum Bridge at Birrarung Marr and the National Gallery of Victoria’s 2016 Architecture commission, Haven’t You Always Wanted…?. A number of residential developments, private residences and hotels also made the list, including the Garden State Hotel, which has transformed the shell of an old textile factory in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.
The campaign for the Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery at Melbourne Museum is amongst the fourteen nominees in the Communications Design category, as well as campaigns to promote Winter Wild in Apollo Bay, Nite Art 2017 and Tedx Melbourne. Innovative packaging design for Pana Chocolate and Love Tea were also amongst the nominees.
Six projects were shortlisted for the Design Strategy category, including the La Trobe University Research Office, a pilot project to design a workplace for the future .
In the Fashion Design category two projects were shortlisted, including a major overhaul in product design processes by fashion label Arnsdorf and a patented pleated tie design by Andrew Williams.
A baby stroller, a speed camera and a new tram design are amongst the fifteen nominees in the Product Design category, alongside the groundbreaking Fusion electric guitar, which has inbuilt amplification and iOS integration.
In the Service Design category, a perinatal care program at the Mercy Women’s Hospital is one of four shortlisted projects. A Nepalese Innovation Program pairing Australian students with local designers, farmers and artisans for collaborative learning has also made the list.
Finally, there were seven shortlisted projects in the Student Design category, including an up-cycling project that melts and recasts waste product from bluestone quarrying as stone lamps, and a design for a café racer style electric motorbike.
A diverse roster of judges, including design leaders from around the world, will now consider the shortlisted entries.
Winners in each category, and the overall winner of the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Design Award, will be announced later this year.