Awards shine a spotlight on Victorian design

The Victorian Government is calling on the state’s design innovators to enter their ground-breaking projects for 2020 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards.

Entries for the 2020 awards are now open until 18 September. Entry is free to eligible Victorian designers and businesses.

Entries are open for projects across eight categories – architecture, product and industrial design, communications design, fashion, digital and service design, design strategy, and projects by tertiary design students.

All Best-in-Category winners go into the running for the coveted Victorian Premier’s Design of the Year, awarded each year to a project that embodies excellence in design and innovation.

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For the first time, the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards will be held as part of Melbourne Design Week in March 2021.

Established in 1996, the annual awards seek to shine a light on the many facets of Victoria’s $6 billion design sector, to celebrate and showcase the achievements of local designers. The awards profile businesses that have used design to transform the way they work, the products they offer or how they interact with the public.

Previous major winners include the YMCA’s ‘Playnasium’ which brings together play and exercise for kids and their families and the Blackmagic studio camera which enables high-end, broadcast quality filming for a fraction of the price of more traditional cameras.

Last year’s Design of the Year winner was Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design with TCL for the Victorian Parliament’s new Members’ Annexe, chosen from an overall field of more than 200 projects.