2016 Melbourne Design Awards

spaces, objects, visual, graphic, digital & experience design, design champion, best studio & best start-up, plus over 40 specialist categories

accelerate transformation, celebrate courage, growing demand for design

DRIVENxDESIGN - $3.4b of design recognised at the Melbourne Design Awards

DRIVENxDESIGN - $3.4 billion of designed projects were recognised at the 2016 Melbourne Design Awards presentation at a cocktail function at The Carlton.

30 June 2016 | Lacey Glave

DRIVENxDESIGN - $3.4 billion of designed projects were recognised at the 2016 Melbourne Design Awards presentation at a cocktail function at The Carlton.

"This year’s Melbourne Design Awards demonstrates just how important design is to the Melbourne economy with projects totalling more than $3.4 billion recognised,” Melbourne Design Awards and DRIVENxDESIGN Founder Mark Bergin said.

There were stand out projects in all categories however the award for overall Design Champion went to Mirvac for the company’s commitment to design seen through the quality and volume of work in this year’s awards program.

Along with the Design Champion, the Best Studio categories were announced. The Best Studio less than 5 was awarded to Farrah Design, Emote Digital took away the Best Studio 5 to 20 category, and Digital Agency Monkii the Best Studio 20+. The best studio winner is an aggregate score across unique nominated projects in the awards.

In total 106 awards (45 gold and 61 silver) were presented across the design disciplines of Space, Object, Visual and Experience.  

''Year on year we see a growing sophistication in the Melbourne design marketplace. This year is no exception.

“The courage demonstrated by clients and creative teams is the powerhouse behind a strong pool of award winners,” Mr Bergin added.

The Melbourne Design Awards is a member of the [city] design awards program incorporating 8 global design capitals.

Established in Melbourne, the [city] design awards are held in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, London, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Sydney, providing the design community critical links into global markets and an efficient method to gain recognition in export markets.

''We are extremely proud and excited about the success of our Melbourne program” said Mr Bergin.

“We look forward to its continuing growth and further involvement from leading design organisations, studios and brands as we work together to strengthen the design economy and increase awareness about the importance and unquestionable benefits of good design.''

DRIVENxDESIGN is a global community of 75,000 design experts engaged in celebrating courage, recognising design excellence and growing demand for design. With a panel of more than 200 of the world’s leading design minds providing curatorial, judging and design summit direction.

For media enquiries contact:
Mark Bergin, Founder 
+61 418 565 848

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DRIVENxDESIGN's mission is to celebrate the courage of those who commission design and those who create it. DRIVENxDESIGN provides a collaborative platform of award programs across three continents, supported by the world’s most creative minds and organisations. It prides itself on accelerating the transformation to a design-led marketplace; one that understands that tomorrow is the result of yesterday’s courage. Each DRIVENxDESIGN award program acknowledges that we live in a marketplace where the quality of our design choices should be a mix of sound commercial understanding and courageous, relevant design. DRIVENxDESIGN's unique difference is to recognise the courage of both those who commission design and those who create it. Professional development of practitioners has been well catered for by industry bodies. DRIVENxDESIGN's focus is to also accelerate the development of those who commission design.

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