Judging the 2020 Victorian Premier's Design Awards

Portable's Lead Design Strategist, Joanne Osbourne-Taylor, reflects on participating as a judge as part of round two of the awards and the inspiring stories and case studies she heard from across the design sector whilst on the panel.

Last week, as part of Melbourne Design Week, winners for the 2020 Victorian Premier's Design Awards were announced at the National Gallery of Victoria. The awards recognise and reward Victorian designers and businesses that display excellence in the way they use design. 

Our Lead Design Strategist, Joanne Osbourne-Taylor was delighted to be part of the round two jury for the awards, helping to decide winners across each of the design categories. 

Joanne Osbourne-Taylor reflects:

‘It was inspiring to see such quality design-led work in Victoria. From improving the experience of applying for Working with Children Checks for Indigenous Australians to designing biodegradable PPE in hospitals. Each of the winners exemplify the way design drives innovation and creativity across a multitude of sectors.’

Pictured: Aegis life cycle (biodegradable PPE) Designed by Charlotte McCombe, Tanuj Kalra and Jui Deepak Apte – RMIT University. Best in Category for Student Design.

Taking out the main award was the groundbreaking Hyperparellel OCT (HP-OCT) diagnostic equipment that screens patients for eye conditions. Redevelopment of the State Library of Victoria Vision 2020 was recognised in the architecture category. Bundyi Girri for Business won the Design Strategy category for a set of frameworks skills and tools which help cultivate self-awareness in non-indigenous people. Shifting the burden of reconciliation from indigenous people. 

Pictured: Bundyi Girri for Business frameworks. Best in Category for Design Strategy.

Portable would also like to extend a special congratulations to our friends at Homie who took out the Best in Category Winner for Fashion Design for Reborn by HoMie. Their winning project transforms garments destined for landfill into desirable one-off pieces, raising money for charity and saving them from ending up in landfill.

Pictured: Reborn by HoMie. Best in Category for Fashion Design.

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