8 December 2017
Exercise equipment that makes child’s play out of a serious gym workout has taken out the top prize in the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards.
Designed for parents and carers of babies and toddlers, the YMCA Playnasium is unique outdoor gymnasium that combines children’s playground favourites, like see-saws and swings, with adult exercise equipment.
Created by Richmond-based industrial designers, Bayly Group, with marketing agency McCann and YMCA, the innovative design uses the child’s weight to help generate the parent’s workout, and the parent’s workout to power the child’s ride.
The Premier's Design Awards showcase the best in Victorian design across categories including architectural, product and industrial, communications, digital and service design.
Category winners include Tanderrum Bridge, a footbridge that links Melbourne’s CBD to the sports precinct; interactive media art project The Storytelling Machine; architectural design service My Architect; and the City of Melbourne’s single digital customer interface.
Graphic designer and illustrator Wendy Fox’s project celebrating Women’s Olympic gold medallists was joint winner of the Communications Design category with Museums Victoria’s Design Studio for the Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery.
The Student Design award was presented to Eslyn Heng Jeen Yii, a third year communication design student at RMIT, for a suite of collateral developed for a conference.
The Victorian Premier’s Design Awards celebrate Victoria designers and design innovations and promote the value of good design. Victoria’s design industry generates more than $5 billion for the state economy each year. The Victorian Government, through its Creative State strategy, is seeking to grow this.