Judging Criteria and Accolades
Entries in the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards are evaluated against four (4) main criteria and awarded accolades in the order outlined below. Questions have been provided below each criterion to act as prompts to applicants while completing their submission. Applicants are strongly encouraged to address the criteria in their submission(s) to allow the Jury to better understand the design merits of the project and how their project(s) addresses the Judging Criteria.
1. Design Excellence
– Does the project satisfy the fundamental criteria for good design including attributes such as functionality, aesthetics, safety, quality and sustainability?
– Is it evident the project has gone through a professional design process?
– Is there a holistic high-quality user experience factored into the design deliverable?
Entries that address the criterion of Design Excellence, in the opinion of the Jury, will be considered for the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards Finalist accolade – there is no limit to the number of Finalists presented each year. If in the opinion of the Jury, a project fails to meet this criterion and does not satisfy the basic criteria for good design, it will not proceed for further evaluation.
2. Design Innovation
– Does the project solve a legitimate problem or create a new opportunity in a truly innovative and imaginative manner?
– Is the project unique and does it offer any new and/or ground-breaking design features?
– Is the design user-centred and does it answer the individual needs of its users and respond to their circumstances?
Entries that address the criteria for Design Excellence + Design Innovation will be considered for a Victorian Premier’s Design Awards Highly Commended accolade – there is no limit to the number of Highly Commended accolades presented each year.
3. Design Impact
– Does the project have the potential to make a positive impact from a social, environmental and/or commercial perspective?
– Does the design use materials that have the least possible impact environmental impact in its construction, in its day to day use and at the end of its life cycle?
– Does the design adhere to the principles of a circular economy such as designing out waste and pollution, minimising materials and regenerating natural systems?
Entries that address the criteria for Design Excellence, + Design Innovation + Design Impact will be considered for a Victorian Premier’s Design Awards Best in Category accolade – limited to eight (8) accolades.
4. Design Transformation
– Does the project set a new benchmark for design and will it showcase the benefits of investing in professional design?
– Does the project advance the profession of design in Victoria, Australia and/or the world?
– Does the project build on and contribute to the reputation and status of Victoria’s design and creative culture?
Entries that address and exceed all four criteria for Design Excellence + Design Innovation + Design Impact + Design Transformation will be considered for the highest design accolade in Victoria – the coveted Victorian Premier’s Design Award of the Year. This accolade is limited to only one project in the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards, that in the opinion of the Jury, sets a new benchmark for design excellence and showcases Victoria’s design and creative culture.