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The 2020 Good Design Award Winners Have Been Announced

Australia is a country lucky enough to have some of the world’s most creative and innovative designers. The annual Good Design Awards give Australian designers and creators the opportunity to showcase their very own original ideas and projects. A new record of, 835 projects, were submitted to the Good Design Awards this year, with 322 innovative projects qualifying for the Good Design Award Winner accolade.

Here are The 2020 Good Design Award Winners:


Patron, Dr. Jan Owen AM HON DLITT, announced this special Award that recognises and celebrates the best Australian designed product, service or project in the Good Design Awards. This is awarded to an entry that has the potential to shape the future economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects of our very own planet. The Patron’s Award was given to ‘ellume.lab‘, a Point-of-Care diagnostic tool that combines both, highly-sensitive ‘Disease-Biomarker-Fluorescence’ technology into the convenience of a disposable ‘eStick’, and handheld diagnostic ‘Reader’. This product has been designed by Formzoo Design and Ellume Health and has been Commissioned by Ellume Health.

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ellume.lab has been designed to allow healthcare workers to minimise the spread of disease by delivering a more accurate diagnosis, and an earlier, more effective treatment. Influenza test delivers a diagnoses in just three minutes… This process would often take up to four days. The Good Design Awards Jury has praised the ellume.lab commenting: “A very strong design approach that combines user-centred research with clinical innovation. This product has great potential to improve the current experience of point-of-care diagnostics, for clinicians and users… The portability of this product is a significant advantage.”


Good Design Australia has presented a number of special awards and accolades within the ‘annual Good Design Awards’ to recognise, reward and celebrate the expanding role of design in helping shape a better, safer and overall more prosperous world.


The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) 2020 Design Award was chosen from the Design Awards, with the criteria including; good design, innovation and the significance of design to the Australian culture. The Award is annually given to a project that has the potential to make a significant improvement to the quality of Australia’s health, wellbeing or environment. This year COVID19 has made a significant impact on Australia’s health and highlighted PPE vulnerability and the need for domestic manufacturing security. Due to the immediate attention protection of frontline workers during the epidemic, Space Tank, designed ‘The Rapid Shield’, an Australian made, and sustainable face shield solution

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“It’s a brilliant example of a product design manufactured using a single raw material and produced by a single process. The designers have responded swiftly to the need for PPE in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.”


This award is given to a recognisable Australian professional designer, design team or design company who has made a significant impact in the Australian Good Design Awards over the year. The recipient of the 2020 DIA Award goes to ‘Future Friendly‘ who also received multiple Good Design Awards this year for their work

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Jon Christenson from Future Friendly has said after receiving the award, “We’re thrilled and humbled to receive the Design Institute of Australia Award. It’s been a hugely successful year for us, culminating in our new name this week. This award is a terrific reflection of our belief that good design shouldn’t force you to choose between immediate impact and visionary strategies, it’s about combining those.”


The Greener Spaces Better Places Design Award recognises excellence in green urban and space design. The Award was originally established to help raise awareness and to promote excellence in green design. The Award recognises and celebrates the importance of green living infrastructure design to our urban areas, to make our cities and neighbourhoods more appealing to work, play and relax in. ‘Lucent‘ is a contemporary subtropical multi-residential building. It has an island of ground-level retail that forms the base, with the structure comprising of 190 apartments with an outstanding rooftop.

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Lucent has now developed into a lifestyle project where people live, work and focus on their health and wellness. The 15-storey building features, 3 basement levels of cars, 190 apartments, 1,100 sqm of ground-level retail, a mezzanine floor and a rooftop recreation area with a 55m long pool. The Lucent architectures have said upon receiving the award; “Our overall goal was to design a building which responded to our subtropical climate and created an urban oasis for both private and public use which contributes to our City.”


The 2020 Exterior Design Award recognises excellence in automotive design and styling, with this year’s award going to ‘The Fonzarelli Design Team‘, who have researched the market, user and business need to develop the NKD. The NKD has been designed as an agile handling model, with a lightweight, compact build… it’s a ride that is built for the future. Off-road riding or cutting through the urban jungle, the NKD is set to bring simplicity and sophistication to the outdoors. The use of recyclable materials and the team’s ability to tap into renewable energy adds further to the positive environmental messaging of the brand and product.

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The judges commented saying, “the NKD is a cool step towards the shift to more environmentally-friendly mobility solutions… Low running costs, high performance, range, customisation, safety, low service costs, the use of recyclable materials all add to a well thought out solution.”


The 2020 Best Interior Design Award is awarded to the design project with the best interior features and design, this year the VLocity-VL80 passenger trains have won the title, designed and built by Bombardier Australia, for Victoria’s regional railway network. The train features a frontal crush cone and a new driver’s cabin, bringing a fresh face to the train. The interior changes were driven by research that determined current and future traveller’s needs. e.g. accessibility and comfort for the older demographics and people with disabilities. The result of the development is a balanced approach that offers the best possible solution within the constraints of both, budget and mandatory changes.

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The judges praised the design commenting, “Overall, the design team have delivered a fresh design that overcomes significant new challenges around compliance and user interface. The result is commendable, progressive and well resolved. A thorough revamp that has addressed a number of significant issues for users and drivers, resulting in an improved overall product and user experience.”

A huge congratulations is to be given on behalf of Good Design Australia and The Good Design Awards Jury, to all of this year’s wonderful winners.The 2020 Good Design Week and this year’s winners are going to be celebrating via various Social Media Channels, for more information you can visit:

This article was originally published in THE ZINE.

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