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2015 Premier's Design Award Winners

Victorian designers and business rewarded for excellence in design in 2015.

Award Overview

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The Victorian Government recognises and rewards Victorian designers and businesses using exemplar design effectively and sustainably.

2015 Premiers Design Award Winners

Blackmagic Studio Camera

Overall Winner - Product Design

Designed and commissioned by: Blackmagic Design

The Blackmagic Studio Camera is the world's smallest broadcast camera with the world's largest viewfinder, designed specifically for multi-camera live productions like talk shows, news and sporting events. At under $2000, it is a powerful yet accessible tool with all the functionality of a high-end broadcast camera for one-tenth of the price.

Controlled remotely via a Blackmagic ATEM live production switcher, users have full lens control and the ability to simultaneously colour balance multiple cameras in real-time with Blackmagic's free colour correction software. This ensures high quality, consistent footage across an entire live production.

Food Justice Truck

Overall Winner - Service Design

Designed by: CobaltNiche Design and VMS Group
Commissioned by: Asylum Seeker Resources Centre

The Food Justice Truck is a mobile grocer market with a difference. On one hand it provides a fun, healthy and ethical shopping experience for day to day consumers and on the other, a life changing experience to those in the community who need it the most. The system has been designed to offer a discount on food purchases to people seeking asylum through the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC), based in Footscray.

A social enterprise initiative established by ASRC, the Food Justice Truck initiative tackles the growing food insecurity felt by the most vulnerable in the community and is a brilliant showcase for what design thinking can do when applied to real issues.

Best in Category Winners

MacKenzie Falls Gorge Trail - Architectural Design

Designed by: hansen partnership
Commissioned by: Parks Victoria

The destruction of a footbridge during flooding in the Grampians National Park, Victoria delivered a unique opportunity to explore and implement a new trail alignment re-connecting MacKenzie Falls to the historical Zumsteins Picnic Ground. hansen partnership prepared a concept plan for the MacKenzie Falls Precinct in order to guide the preparation of construction documentation for implementation works under Parks Victoria's flood recovery program. The trail alignment was designed to emphasise natural features and identifies a more inspired route for visitors. A newly aligned footbridge, expanded mesh steps and a walkway contribute to the trail's presence and identity within the region.

Melbourne Art Book Fair - Communication Design

Designed by: Fold Theory
Commissioned by: National Gallery of Victoria

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) commissioned Fold Theory to be the architect of the inaugural Melbourne Art Book Fair in May 2015, held over three days in the Great Hall. The question was how to furnish an 800m2, 13m high space on an economical budget, with maximum aesthetic impact, whilst respecting an historically significant interior and minimising environmental costs. The answer was to build from recyclable cardboard and reusable netting and sync the geometry with the architecture.

Placing Melbourne at the Forefront of Sustainability - Design Strategy

Designed by: Ideation Design and Advantage Engineering
Commissioned by: frank green

SmartCup is a reusable coffee cup by frank green and together with CafePay system, offers a world first solution that allows users to pay for their coffee/food with a SmartCup and offers rewards for purchasing sustainably. The objective is to transform consumers' attitude to disposable cups and in doing so, reduce their damaging impact on the environment. frank green's breakthrough in reusable product design and innovation have effectively removed the barriers that have prevented traditional reusable cups from gaining mainstream appeal.

Elements - Digital Design

Designed by:
Dr Jonathan Duckworth, Mr RossEldridge, Ms Nina Bennett – RMIT University
Professor Peter H Wilson, Dr Nick Mumford – Australian Catholic University
Professor David Shum, Professor Patricl Thomas – Griffith University
Dr Gavin Williams – Epworth Hospital
Commissioned by:
Australian Research Council and Australia Council for the Arts

Elements is an interactive tabletop environment designed to support movement assessment and rehabilitation for individuals with an acquired brain injury. Brain injuries often result in impaired hand and reach function, which is profoundly disabling for those affected. The Elements system provides the patients with an intuitive workspace that affords basic gestural control. Elements integrated digital media software tangible user interfaces, augmented feedback and artistic expression to enhance the patient's motor and cognitive skills. The results of clinical evaluations indicate that patients relearned movement skills, increased their level of engagement, motivation and self-esteem, and importantly day-to-day functioning also improved.

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