[MDA2012]

2012 Melbourne Design Awards

Key Dates

Category Listing

Premier's Design Awards


The Premier’s Design Awards have a unique and prestigious position in Victoria. They illustrate the latest in design thinking both from Victorian designers and Victorian businesses that use design, demonstrating excellence and innovation.

The Premier’s Design Awards recognise and reward excellence and leadership in the use of design, where design has been used effectively, sustainably and strategically to innovate, increase market share, boost productivity and/or boost competiveness and exports.

This year the Premier's Design Awards are being run in conjunction with the 2012 Melbourne Design Awards, upon signing in and entering you will have access to both the Premier's Design Awards and Melbourne Design Awards via your Awards Console. Please note that the Premier's Design Awards are free to enter.  The two sets of awards have different criteria and the judging will be conducted separately.

For full information and criteria download the Premier's Design Award Information Kit

Applications closed: 3 July 2012

  

 

Design Retailer - less than 5 shops


This award recognises the leading retailer of designer products. The award is allocated in three categories based on the number of retail outlets in Australia (Less than 5 stores, 5+ stores). Digital retailers may be included.   

 

Design Retailer - more than 5 shops


This award recognises the leading retailer of designer products. The award is allocated in three categories based on the number of retail outlets in Australia (Less than 5 stores, 5+ stores). Digital retailers may be included.   

 

Design Manufacturer


This award recognises those who manufacture leading design products and support the design industry by supplying goods and services.   

 

Design Publication - Print


The Design Publication - Print must be produced specifically for the design community either professional or the design public. This award recognises the publication that is regarded as the best design publication. The publication must be printed.   

 

Design Publication - Online


The Design Publication - Online must be produced specifically for the design community either professional or the design public. This award recognises the publication that is regarded as the best design publication that is online or in digital format.   

 

Design Event


This award recognises the leading design event conducted in Melbourne. It may be a single function or series of functions and events under one design event umbrella. The event must be designed specifically for the design community either professional or the design public.   

 

Architecture - Commercial - Constructed


This award recognises the design process and product of planning, designing and constructing form, space and ambience that reflect functional, technical, social, and aesthetic considerations. Consideration given for material selection, technology, light and shadow. The project must be constructed.   

 

Architecture - Residential - Constructed


This award recognises the design process and product of planning, designing and constructing form, space and ambience that reflect functional, technical, social, and aesthetic considerations. Consideration given for material selection, technology, light and shadow. The project must be constructed.

Judging Note : Judging for this category will be finalised on Monday 27th August and Finalists will be announced on Tuesday 28th August.

  

 

Architecture - Mixed - Use - Constructed


This award recognises the design process and product of planning, designing and constructing form, space and ambience that reflect functional, technical, social, and aesthetic considerations. Consideration given for material selection, technology, light and shadow. The project must be constructed.    

 

Architecture - Commercial - Proposed


This award recognises the design process and product of planning, designing and constructing form, space and ambience that reflect functional, technical, social, and aesthetic considerations. Consideration given for material selection, technology, light and shadow. The project can be a concept, tender or personal project, i.e. proposed space.   

 

Architecture - Residential - Proposed


This award recognises the design process and product of planning, designing and constructing form, space and ambience that reflect functional, technical, social, and aesthetic considerations. Consideration given for material selection, technology, light and shadow. The project can be a concept, tender or personal project, i.e. proposed space.   

 

Installation Design - Exhibit


This award recognises a temporary building or interior. Consideration give to furnishings, fixtures, stands, signage and traffic flow. 


Judging Note : Judging for this category will be finalised on Monday 27th August and Finalists will be announced on Tuesday 28th August.
  

 

Installation Design - Display


This award recognises a temporary building or interior. Consideration given to furnishings, fixtures, stands, signage and traffic flow.   

 

Installation Design - Set Design


This award recognises a temporary building or interior. Consideration give to furnishings, fixtures, stands, signage and traffic flow.   

 

Interior Decoration


This award recognises building interiors, with consideration given to furnishings, finishes and aesthetic presentation. Please specify furnishings lighting, flooring, colours and fabrics.   

 

Interior Design - Corporate or Hospitality


This award recognises building interiors, with consideration given to space creation and planning, furnishings, finishes and aesthetic presentation. Consideration given to space allocation, traffic flow, building services, lighting, fixtures, flooring, colours, furnishings and surface finishes.  


Judging Note : Judging for this category will be finalised on Monday 27th August and Finalists will be announced on Tuesday 28th August.
  

 

Interior Design - Public or Institutional


This award recognises building interiors, with consideration given to space creation and planning, furnishings, finishes and aesthetic presentation. Consideration given to space allocation, traffic flow, building services, lighting, fixtures, flooring, colours, furnishings and surface finishes.   

 

Interior Design - Residential


This award recognises building interiors, with consideration given to space creation and planning, furnishings, finishes and aesthetic presentation. Consideration given to space allocation, traffic flow, building services, lighting, fixtures, flooring, colours, furnishings and surface finishes.  


Judging Note : Judging for this category will be finalised on Monday 27th August and Finalists will be announced on Tuesday 28th August.
  

 

Interior Design - Retail


This award recognises building interiors, with consideration given to space creation and planning, furnishings, finishes and aesthetic presentation. Consideration given to space allocation, traffic flow, building services, lighting, fixtures, flooring, colours, furnishings and surface finishes.  


Judging Note : Judging for this category will be finalised on Monday 27th August and Finalists will be announced on Tuesday 28th August.
  

 

Landscape Architecture


This award recognises the use of practical, aesthetic, horticultural, and environmental sustainability components, taking into account climate, site and orientation, site drainage and irrigation, human and vehicular access, furnishings and lighting.   

 

Urban Design


This award recognises the process of designing and shaping cities, towns and villages, and is about making connections between people and places, movement and urban form, nature and the built fabric. 
Consideration will be given to giving form, shape and character to groups of buildings, streets and public spaces, transport systems, services and amenities, whole neighbourhoods and districts, and entire cities, to make urban areas functional, attractive and sustainable.
  

 

Lighting Design


This award recognises best use of lighting design or effects in indoor or outdoor spaces.   

 

Advertising - POS


This award recognises visual communication intended to persuade an audience to purchase or take some action upon products, ideas or services. Consideration given to clarity of communication and the matching of information style to audience.  

 

Graphic Design - Corporate Identity and Branding


This award recognises traditional or digital visual representation of ideas and messages. Consideration given to clarity of communication and the matching information style to audience.   

 

Graphic Design - Three Dimensional


This award recognises traditional or digital visual representation of ideas and messages used in packaging design. Consideration given to: 

  • clarity of communication and the matching information style to audience; 
  • the approach, including marketing and branding concerns, the dynamics of the retail environment, environmental considerations, and legal requirements; 
  • the component parts of packaging graphics such as colour rationalisation, information layout, feel and tone of illustration and photography, and finishes, and how they are used in isolation and in relation to each other; and 
  • the relationship to the anatomy of the structural design.
  

 

Graphic Design - Publication


This award recognises traditional or digital visual representation of ideas and messages. Consideration given to clarity of communication and the matching information style to audience.   

 

Graphic Design - Environmental


This award recognises the intersection of communication design and the built environment, and is concerned with the visual aspects of wayfinding, communication identity and brands, information design and shaping the idea of place. Consideration given to clarity of communication and the matching information style to audience.
  

 

Graphic Design - Illustration and Type


This award recognises traditional or digital visual representation of ideas and messages. Consideration given to clarity of communication and the matching information style to audience.   

 

Motion


This award recognises visual and audio communication in the form of advertisements, short films and music videos that place an emphasis on design values.   

 

Product Design - Business and Technology


This award recognises a component or overall product. Consideration given to aspects that relate to human usage, aesthetics, selection of components and materials, and the resolution of assembly, manufacturing and the overall function.   

 

Product Design - Furniture


This award recognises a component or overall product. Consideration given to aspects that relate to human usage, aesthetics, selection of components and materials, and the resolution of assembly, manufacturing and the overall function.  

 

Product Design - Homewares


This award recognises a component or overall product. Consideration given to aspects that relate to human usage, aesthetics, selection of components and materials, and the resolution of assembly, manufacturing and the overall function.  

 

Product Design - Consumer


This award recognises a component or overall product. Consideration given to aspects that relate to human usage, aesthetics, selection of components and materials, and the resolution of assembly, manufacturing and the overall function.   

 

Product Design - Medical and Scientific


This award recognises a component or overall product. Consideration given to aspects that relate to human usage, aesthetics, selection of components and materials, and the resolution of assembly, manufacturing and the overall function.   

 

Product Design - Sport and Leisure


This award recognises a component or overall product. Consideration given to aspects that relate to human usage, aesthetics, selection of components and materials, and the resolution of assembly, manufacturing and the overall function.   

 

Product Design - Lighting


This award recognises the design of lighting solutions, with consideration given to concept, originality, function, aesthetic, architectural integration and energy effectiveness.   

 

Product Design - Housing and Building


This award recognises a component or overall product. Consideration given to aspects that relate to human usage, aesthetics, selection of components and materials, and the resolution of assembly, manufacturing and the overall function.   

 

Textile + Surface Design - Interior


This award recognises printed, knitted, woven, surface pattern and illustration for cloth, fabric or structural material and surface design applications. Consideration given to the technical aspects of production, visual aesthetics, and relationship to end product and use.  

 

Fashion Design - Fashion Label


This award recognises personal apparel for sale in selected markets. Consideration given to functional and aesthetic aspects and the relationship to the human form.   

 

Fashion Design - Accessories and Jewellery


This award recognises a component or overall product. Consideration given to all aspects that relate to human usage, aesthetics, selection of materials, and resolution of the overall function.


Judging Note : Judging for this category will be finalised on Monday 27th August and Finalists will be announced on Tuesday 28th August.
  

 

Fashion Stylist


This award recognises a strong aesthetic sense for pulling great looks together - someone who coordinates the clothing, jewellery and accessories used in fashion photography and catwalk presentation. May also work with an individual client to design a coordinated wardrobe of garments. Level of expertise in the current fashion market and future fashion trends taken into consideration.   

 

Digital Experience - Mobile


This award recongises innovation and unique user experience in the combination of text, audio, still images, animation, video, and interactivity content for games. Consideration given to clarity of communication and the matching information style to audience.   

 

Digital Experience - Website


This award recongises innovation and unique user experience in the combination of text, audio, still images, animation, video, and interactivity content for websites. Consideration given to clarity of communication and the matching information style to audience.


Judging Note : Judging for this category will be finalised on Monday 27th August and Finalists will be announced on Tuesday 28th August.
  

 

Event Experience - Consumer


This award recognises the best design event for the general public and design consumers.   

 

Visual Merchandising


This award recognises the developing of floor plans and three dimensional displays to maximise sales. Consideration given to attracting, engaging and motivating customers to make purchases. Consideration given to use of colour, lighting, space, product information, sensory inputs (smell, touch, sound) as well as technologies such as digital displays and interactive installations.  

 

Wayfinding


This award recognises the role of design in the ways people orient themselves in physical space, and navigate from place to place. Consideration given to signage and other graphic communication, clues in the building's spatial grammar, logical space planning, audible communication, tactile elements and provision for special-needs users.