The exhibition design process began with the consideration of the unique gallery space in the award winning RMIT Design Hub designed by Sean Godsell. A commitment to sustainable design practice determined that the design should make use of the existing projection facilities and loaned display cases for object display. THEN | WHO | HOW | NOW | NEXT were adopted as themes.
A pixel/dot design theme was inspired by the circular elements that form the facade of the iconic RMIT Design Hub building and to recognise the 2006 Premier's Design Award - Design Mark presented to Sean Godsell. Film production included the design of motion graphics to highlight significant award entries and link the films to the overall theme. The 40 metre AV projection was developed with over 210 minutes of content and featured a tribute to the Queens Baton Relay, Holden Design, and the Keep Cup. These single image animations exploited the long narrow space and drew the viewer into a more immersive experience. These tributes came out of the research and emerged from a design process focussed on maximising the opportunity of the seven projectors.
The feature objects provided by Visnja Brdar, Georgia Chapman and Jenny Morgan were as a result of a co design process with these outstanding designers. A development of the watermark array of 5 x 5 dots referenced the twenty five years since the awards were established, and highlights the seventeen times the awards have been held. This elegant design solution assisted the audience to place the work being viewed in the correct historical timeline. The watermark featured on 178 digitally printed dots on the west wall in the space with the year the work was entered in order from 1996 to 2021. Dots were curated by color during installation and exceeded the impact envisaged in the design concept.