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SEARCH ON FOR BEST IN VICTORIAN DESIGN

From architecture to fashion, the search is on for the best in Victorian design and creativity.

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley today opened entries for the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards, calling for submissions across an expanded range of design categories.

“The Premier’s Design Awards are a signature event that celebrates the diversity and creativity of Victoria’s design sector, and its importance to our economy. The Awards champion local talent and shows how Victoria’s designers are leading the world,” said Minister Foley.

The annual Awards celebrate Victorian designers and businesses that use exemplar design in effective, sustainable and collaborative ways. In addition to categories for Architectural Design, Service Design, Industrial and Product Design, Communication and Digital Design and Design Strategy, the 2016 Premier’s Design Awards will also include a new category for Fashion Design as well as a Student Design Award category in recognition of the next generation of designers and innovators from Victoria.

The Awards are supported by the Andrews Labor Government through its $115 million creative industries strategy, Creative State. They form part of a comprehensive package of initiatives to make Victoria a design leader. This investment recognises, and seeks to grow, the contribution the design sector makes to the Victorian economy. Over 85,000 people are directly employed in design-related roles in Victoria, with the design sector generating revenues of $5 billion annually including an estimated $400 million in design-related exports.

Dr. Brandon Gien from Good Design Australia, who manage the program on behalf of the Victorian Government commented: “We are honoured to be running this prestigious Awards program once again. Our main aim will be to align these Awards to international best practice and position them alongside some of the most prestigious design awards in the world,” Dr. Gien said.

The Premier’s Design Awards have always provided an opportunity for businesses and the community to better understand the role of design in making products, services, spaces and places more functional, efficient and attractive, and ultimately increasing productivity and business outcomes.

“We want to attract the absolute best in design and creativity from the state of Victoria and showcase these projects nationally and internationally as examples of design excellence,” Dr. Gien commented.

The 2016 Premier’s Design Awards will feature an exhibition of the Finalists and Winners, providing a unique opportunity to showcase the best of design in the state to the general public, further raising the awareness and importance of design.

The entries to the Premier’s Design Awards will be judged by a panel of Australian and international judges.

Entries close on 20 October 2016.

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