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Good Design Awards Unveils Renowned International Design Experts for 2018 Jury

Announcement posted by Good Design Australia 22 Feb 2018

Leading Danish architect Jan Utzon to present at 60th annual Good Design Awards, Sydney Opera House on 17 May 2018

Sydney, Australia:
Australia’s prestigious Good Design Awards today unveiled the jury of renowned international and Australian design experts who will decide the winners of the 60th annual Awards to be held on 17 May 2018 at Sydney Opera House. The Awards, Australia’s oldest and only international design awards will showcase the best of Australian and international design. The deadline to enter the Awards is midnight on Friday, 9 March 2018.
For the first time ever, the Good Design Awards will be presented at the Sydney Opera House, making this the biggest and most celebrated design event in Australian history.
Danish architect Jan Utzon, son of Jørn Utzon who designed the Sydney Opera House will be among special guest presenters at the Awards Ceremony in May.
Previous winners of the Good Design Award of the Year include Australian designer Marc Newson for his Economy Class Seat for Qantas (2009); Hollywood Director, James Cameron for the Deepsea Challenger Submarine (2012); the revolutionary Tesla Model S Sedan (2015) and Flow Hive, a game-changing beehive design that produces honey with the turn of a handle (2016).
The 2018 Good Design Awards Jury comprises leading international design experts including the legendary Hartmut Esslinger, Founder of global design firm frog design and one of the early pioneers of industrial design at Apple. Esslinger was one of the first industrial designers to work with Apple and Steve Jobs in the early 1990s.
Esslinger joins an impressive list of design, engineering and architecture experts representing Atlassian, KPMG, Motorola, Australian Financial Review, Aurecon, Pentagram Design and HASSELL, and other industry leaders, who will spend several days evaluating and debating all entries based on three overarching design criteria including: Good DesignDesign Innovation and Design Impact before deciding the winners of the 2018 Good Design Awards.

The Good Design Awards 2018 jury list includes:

  • Dr. Hartmut Esslinger, Founder, frog design
  • Cheryl, Vanessa and Gabrielle Manning, Co-Founders, Manning Cartell
  • Stefanie Kubanek, Associate Partner,  Pentagram Design,
  • Professor Margaret Petty, Executive Director Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Dr. Kourosh Kayvani, Managing Director, Design, Innovation and Eminence, Aurecon
  • Stephen Todd, Design Editor, Australian Financial Review
  • Sally Dominguez, Innovation Catalyst,  Adventurous Thinking Group
  • Vince Frost, CEO and Executive Creative Director, Frost* Collective
  • Steve Coster, Managing Director, HASSELL
  • Sally Hill, Managing Director, Wildwon
  • Stephanie Pemberton, Associate Director, Design Thinking, KPMG Australia
  • Bruce Claxton, Professor, Design Management,  Savannah College Of Art And Design & former Head of Design,  Motorola
  • Georgina Safe, Fashion Writer & Editor
  • Kim Hansen, CEO, Impossible
  • Kasia Wydrowski, Creative Director, K&Co
  • Jo Pretyman, Founder, I-Manifest
  • Dr. Oya Demirbilek, Associate Professor, Industrial Design, UNSW
  • Chris Vanstone, Chief Innovation Officer, The Australian Centre For Social Innovation (TACSI)
  • Terri Winter, Founder and Curator, Top3 By Design
  • Paul Beranger, Automotive Designer
  • Cathy Veninga, CEO, The Designers Institute Of New Zealand
  • Dr. Steve Winnall, Product Development Manager, Baraja
  • Lindy Johnson, Founder & CEO, Lindy Johnson
  • Ian Muir, Managing Director, IDM Design Labs
  • Timothy Horton, Registrar,  NSW Architects Registration Board
  • Luciano Papi, Managing Director, Lu Papi And Associates
  • Tim Riches, Group Strategy Director, Principals
  • Lester Miller, Principal And Head Of Mechanical Engineering, IP Solved
  • Ben Crothers, Design Educator, Atlassian
Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO, Good Design Australia said, “In our 60th year, the Good Design Awards are privileged to have a remarkable jury of thought-leaders, industry heavyweights and pioneers who are all exceptional in their respective fields. The Jury will be tasked with debating what makes ‘good design’ and which projects will go on to receive the coveted Good Design Award, Good Design Award Best in Class and the prestigious Good Design Award of the Year for 2018.”

The Jury will be tasked with debating what makes ‘good design’ and which projects will go on to receive the coveted Good Design Award, Good Design Award Best in Class and the prestigious Good Design Award of the Year for 2018.” pioneers who are all exceptional in their respective fields

“2018 is a very important year for Australian design. It marks how far Australia as a nation and a society has come since post-war 1958 when the Industrial Design Council was first created.”

“Good Design Australia is launching a number of exciting initiatives to help position design and design-led innovation on the national agenda. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to promote the importance of design in driving better outcomes for the future prosperity of our world.”

The Good Design Awards 
recognise the outstanding achievements of designers across 10 Design Disciplines spanning more than 30 Categories: from the best new products and services on the Australian market; excellence in architectural design; digital and communication design and emerging areas of design including business model innovation, social innovation and design entrepreneurship.
As part of the 60th Anniversary year, a number of new awards and initiatives have been launched including new categories for Fashion Design and Engineering Design and new accolades to celebrate the expanding role of design in helping shape a better, safer and more prosperous world.
These include the Better World Award, Good Design Team of the Year Award and an Indigenous Designer Award, created to
recognise and celebrate the important contribution that Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designers make to Australian design across the spectrum of design disciplines and practice.
The annual Good Design Awards program is one of the oldest and most prestigious international design awards in the world, promoting excellence in design and innovation since 1958. It is
recognised by the World Design Organization (WDO) as Australia’s peak international design endorsement program. The Good Design Award accolade, more commonly known as the Good Design Tick, is among the most respected and recognised international design endorsement symbols in the industry. 
Alongside the Awards, and celebrating enduring quality design over the past 60 years, is an unprecedented three-day Good Design Showcase Exhibition at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay in Sydney from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 May 2018. Forming part of Vivid Sydney, the world's biggest festival of light, music
and ideas, this free to the public exhibition will bring together more than 300 award-winning and game-changing designs from 1958 to now.
Entries for the 2018 Good Design Awards close at midnight, Friday 9 March 2018. Information on the awards is available and submissions are invited via Good Design Australia’s website: www.good-design.org
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Notes to Editors:
For further information, interviews and images please contact Rhiannon Broomfield at Articulate on 0410 596 021 or Rhiannon@articulatepr.com.au or Freya Lombardo at Articulate 0403 162 220 or Freya@articulatepr.com.au
Press Pack including imagery can be found here:
Jury Biographies can be found on Good Design Australia’s website:
Good Design Awards Key Dates:
9 March 2018              Entries Close
26–29 March 2018      Judging Week
12 April 2018               Good Design Award Winners Announced 
17 May 2018               Good Design Awards Ceremony, Sydney Opera House
25 to 27 May 2018      Good Design Showcase, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Sydney
About Good Design Australia and the Good Design Awards
Good Design Australia is an international design promotion
organisation responsible for managing Australia’s annual Good Design Awards and other signature design events. With a proud history that dates back to 1958, Good Design Australia remains committed to promoting the importance of design to business, industry, government and the general public and the critical role it plays in creating a better, safer and more prosperous world. www.good-design.org

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