Winners Announced for 2015 Premier’s Design Awards

A food truck that provides fresh produce to asylum seekers and the world’s smallest broadcast camera are the Victorian design projects that have taken out top honours at the 2015 Premier’s Design Awards.

Announced tonight at Government House, the awards showcase the state’s best designers and design studios, as well as the Victorian businesses that are using design skills and technology to break new ground.

The joint overall winners for 2015 were the Food Justice Truck and the Blackmagic Studio Camera.

The Food Justice Truck – an initiative of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre – is a zero emissions mobile grocery store providing fresh local produce to asylum seekers at significant discounts.

Designed by Melbourne creative product development group CobaltNiche – the designers behind Melbourne’s new E-Class trams – and Geelong vehicle modification specialists VMS Group, the truck launched in August and is believed to be a world first.

The Blackmagic Studio Camera, designed by Emmy Award-winning broadcast and video equipment manufacturer Blackmagic Design, was recognised for its groundbreaking design and functionality. It can be sold at one-tenth of the price of a regular high-end broadcast camera.

Other winners included:

  • The Mackenzie Falls Gorge Trail (Architectural Design)
  • The National Gallery of Victoria’s inaugural Melbourne Art Book Fair (Communication Design)
  • Elements (Digital Design), an interactive tabletop designed to support rehabilitation for people with an acquired brain injury
  • The SmartCup, a reusable coffee cup that also incorporates technology to allow users to pay for their daily brew.

Details of the 2015 Premier’s Design Award winners are attached.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley:

“The Premier’s Design Awards recognise that design thinking should be at the heart of our new Creative Industries Strategy. These awards are an important part of that opportunity.”

“The Awards honour and celebrate the  products,  processes and projects from the past year that have used design thinking to reshape the way we live, the way we interact, do business and see the world.”

“Congratulations to this year’s winners and finalists, who demonstrate the incredible diversity of Victoria’s design sector – a key part of the state’s $23 billion creative economy playing a significant role in shaping the jobs and industries of the future.”

2015 PREMIER’S DESIGN AWARDS

OVERALL WINNERS

Blackmagic Studio Camera
Designed and commissioned by Blackmagic Design (PORT MELBOURNE)

Food Justice Truck
Designed by CobaltNiche Design (NORTH MELBOURNE) and VMS Group (NORTH GEELONG)
Commissioned by Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

MacKenzie Falls Gorge Trail
Designed by Hansen partnership (MELBOURNE)
Commissioned by Parks Victoria

COMMUNICATION DESIGN – BEST IN CATEGORY

Melbourne Art Book Fair
Designed by fold theory (MELBOURNE)
Commissioned by National Gallery of Victoria

DESIGN STRATEGY – BEST IN CATEGORY

Placing Melbourne at the Forefront of Sustainability (SmartCup)
Designed by Ideation Design (BURWOOD) and Advantage Engineering (BRAESIDE)
Commissioned by frank green

DIGITAL DESIGN – BEST IN CATEGORY

Elements
Designed by Dr Jonathan Duckworth, Mr Ross Eldridge, Ms Nina Bennett – RMIT University,

Professor Peter H Wilson, Dr Nick Mumford, Australian Catholic University

Professor David Shum, Professor Patrick Thomas, Griffith University,

Dr Gavin Williams, Epworth Hospital

Commissioned by Australian Research Council and Australia Council for the Arts

PRODUCT DESIGN – BEST IN CATEGORY

Blackmagic Studio Camera
Designed and commissioned by Blackmagic Design (PORT MELBOURNE)

SERVICE DESIGN – BEST IN CATEGORY

Food Justice Truck
Designed by CobaltNiche Design (NORTH MELBOURNE) and VMS Group (NORTH GEELONG)
Commissioned by Asylum Seeker Resource Centre