Brisbane-based design consultancy Aurecon and Wellington-based digital design agency Chrometoaster tied as the overall winners of the coveted Good Design of the Year Award. The awards recognise the exemplary achievements of designers from around the world.
Aurecon won for its Flood Resilient and Accessible Ferry Terminals in the Product Design — Commercial and Industrial category. The innovative ferry terminal was designed following the devastating floods in Brisbane in 2011. The terminal offers a better way to make critical transport infrastructure more flood-resilient while allowing travellers to better celebrate the river. During a flood, the gangway floats, automatically detaches and swings away from the pontoon.
The jury comments were:
An excellent example of a multi-disciplinary design collaboration that has resulted in a truly innovative and game changing project. Every detail of this project has been meticulously designed and engineered with the end user in mind. A truly ground breaking design-innovation that has the potential to be adapted and used all over the world.
Chrometoaster also won for its Game of Awesome in Product Design — Sport and Lifestyle category. Game of Awesome is a card game designed to inspire year 5 to 8 students to write creative stories while increasing their literacy levels. The cards are illustrated to reflect colloquial NZ humour.
The jury comments were:
Best in class design from every aspect. Not only is this a beautifully designed object from a product design perspective, it is helping educate our younger generation in a very unique and innovative way.
Good Design Australia Chief Executive, Dr Brandon Gien, said the awards had attracted innovative entries from all corners of the world, with an incredibly high standard of submissions this year.
“Trying to pick between these two projects proved to be too great a challenge for the judging panel. Both demonstrate excellence in design, innovation and creativity in two very different forms, and are a testament to the exceptional design expertise of products, services, designs and concepts that are available in the Australian market,” said Dr Gien.
Students from won the Young Design Awards for e-motion — a range of wearable technology for men. It creates a new form of non-verbal communication for males by measuring physiological data from the body and expressing it as dynamic light displays. It is a range of e-textile menswear garments designed in a contemporary style that combines ‘street-wear’ and ‘active-wear’.
View the full list of 2017 Good Design Award Winners here.