Entries Open for 2024 Victorian Premier's Design Awards

20 May 2024

Entries Open for 2024 Victorian Premier's Design Awards

The Allan Labor Government is celebrating some of Victoria’s leading designers, creators and innovators, with entries for the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards now officially open. Minister for Creative Industries Colin Brooks today invited entries for the awards which have honoured Victoria’s leading designers, architects and design-led businesses.

Project Shift: 2023 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards Commendation – Student Design

16 May 2024

Project Shift: 2023 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards Commendation – Student Design

Project Shift – the winner of a Commendation Award for Student Design at the 2023 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards – was inspired by the designer’s love of motorcycle riding and his empathy for fellow enthusiasts whose riding options become limited if they end up as an amputee.

Exploring the 2023 Digital Design Best in Category – Nike 50th Anniversary – Never Done Evolving

15 April 2024

Exploring the 2023 Digital Design Best in Category – Nike 50th Anniversary – Never Done Evolving

Discover how AKQA Studios developed its 2023 VPDA ‘Best in Category for Digital Design’ – winning project Never Done Evolving – a multi-sensory, virtual experience that gives its audience a front-row seat to Serena William’s momentous 25+ year tennis career via an epic AI-powered match-up between ‘1999 Serena’ & ‘2017 Serena.’

2023 Victorian Premier's Design Awards Winners Announced

13 March 2024

2023 Victorian Premier's Design Awards Winners Announced

Celebrating the best and brightest of Victorian design, innovation and creativity.

2023 Victorian Premier's Design Awards Finalists Announced

12 December 2023

2023 Victorian Premier's Design Awards Finalists Announced

Celebrating the best and brightest of Victorian design, innovation and creativity.

Meet Victorian Premier’s Design Award Communication Design judge: San San Truong

09 November 2023

Meet Victorian Premier’s Design Award Communication Design judge: San San Truong

San San Truong may be new to her role as Victorian Premier’s Design Award (VPDA) judge for the Communication Design category, but she brings a wealth of personal knowledge and professional expertise – both here and overseas – to her position and is truly passionate about elevating the understanding of communication design and celebrating the extraordinary contributions of Victorian creatives to the field.

Meet Victorian Premier’s Design Award judge: Mathan Ratinam

26 September 2023

Meet Victorian Premier’s Design Award judge: Mathan Ratinam

Meet Design Strategist, Architect and Public Purpose Sector Specialist Mathan Ratinam PhD, the 2024 VPDA Design Strategy category judge.

A one-on-one with Blake Hillebrand – the next generation of Victorian architects

07 July 2023

A one-on-one with Blake Hillebrand – the next generation of Victorian architects

While most architectural articles tend to focus on mid-career and iconic practitioners, it’s important to also showcase what the next generation of Victorian architects might look like. If we’re lucky, they’ll have the same conviction and sheer passion that Blake Hillebrand has.

The Future Homes initiative

30 June 2023

The Future Homes initiative

What began 5 years ago as a neighbourhood walk by the former Victorian Planning Minister – where he observed the poor quality of high-density residential developments – evolved to become the Future Homes initiative, a better way of anticipating and planning the future of apartment living in metropolitan Melbourne.

Entries Now Open For Victorian Premier's Design Awards

15 June 2023

Entries Now Open For Victorian Premier's Design Awards

Entries are now open for Victoria’s annual celebration of local design excellence, the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards. Minister for Creative Industries Steve Dimopoulos invited the state’s designers, architects and design-led businesses to submit their work for the 27th edition of the awards.

From Paddock to Botanic Garden

15 June 2023

From Paddock to Botanic Garden

Residents in the small town of Girgarre devoted a decade to turning an empty paddock into a world-class botanic garden, which opened this month. The Gargarro Botanic Gardens in Girgarre are world-class.

A new way forward for First Nations commercial artists

25 May 2023

A new way forward for First Nations commercial artists

Victorian Premier’s Design Awards’ 2022 Special Commendation (Design Strategy) recipient Solid Lines describes itself as a First Nations-led illustration agency fuelled by a constant connection to identity, culture and Country.

Design Award of the Year and Best-in-Category for Architectural Design: The Victorian Pride Centre

23 March 2023

Design Award of the Year and Best-in-Category for Architectural Design: The Victorian Pride Centre

When Melbourne’s Brearley Architects and Urbanists (BAU) and Grant Amon Architects (GAA) joined forces to design the Victorian Pride Centre, collaboration, consultation and community connection were central to their approach.

Meet Associate Professor Leah Heiss: Chair, Victorian Premier’s Design Awards

21 March 2023

Meet Associate Professor Leah Heiss: Chair, Victorian Premier’s Design Awards

Leah Heiss is no stranger to the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards (VPDA). As both a long-time judge and dual VPDA award recipient, she certainly encapsulates what the awards represent and will undoubtedly be instrumental in elevating the status of Victorian design on a global stage for many years to come.

2022 awards recognise Victorian Innovation

17 March 2023

2022 awards recognise Victorian Innovation

From cutting edge architecture to life saving products, the winners of the 26th Victorian Premier’s Design Awards showcase new innovations and the remarkable ways design can impact our everyday lives.

Victorian designer rethinks wheelchairs with carbon fibre and 3D printing

15 February 2023

Victorian designer rethinks wheelchairs with carbon fibre and 3D printing

Melbourne-based Rove Wheelchairs is single-handedly changing the perception and stigma around disability products, creating mobility devices that are fully customisable, accessible and in the designer’s own words…. “sexy.”

Announcing the 2022 Victorian Premier's Design Awards Finalists

15 December 2022

Announcing the 2022 Victorian Premier's Design Awards Finalists

Celebrating the best and brightest of Victorian design, innovation and creativity.

Being creative and recycling quarry land

28 October 2022

Being creative and recycling quarry land

A disused quarry in the Otway Ranges is being transformed into a creative space to inspire future generations of architects, planners and designers.

Meet the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards judges: Jefa Greenaway

12 September 2022

Meet the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards judges: Jefa Greenaway

Architect Jefa Greenaway wears many hats. Being a judge for the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards’ Architectural Design category is one he’s particularly proud of.

Seaweed offers new sustainable building approach

04 September 2022

Seaweed offers new sustainable building approach

A Melbourne start-up designing building materials using seaweed residue as a replacement for cement is in the early stages of testing and development.

Meet the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards judges: Dewi Cooke

17 August 2022

Meet the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards judges: Dewi Cooke

For Dewi Cooke, being a judge for the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards’ Service Design category is an opportunity to shine a light on an area of design that is often invisible or overlooked.

When Traditional Owners and Architects Design Together

13 July 2022

When Traditional Owners and Architects Design Together

A collaboration led by Traditional Owners working with architects and designers will embed symbolic design features into Bendigo’s new GovHub. (Image: copyright 2021 Murrupuk Art by Natasha Carter. This artwork is reproduced with permission)

Get cracking creatives, entries for the VPDAs close soon

08 July 2022

Get cracking creatives, entries for the VPDAs close soon

"Go for it." That's Melbourne designer Courtney Holm's heartfelt advice to any fashion brand unsure about pitching for the 26th Victorian Premier's Design Awards.

Entries open for 2022 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards

06 June 2022

Entries open for 2022 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards

The best and brightest of Victorian design excellence will once again be showcased with the state’s annual recognition of design excellence now open for entries.

Chance conversation leads to zero-emissions first

26 April 2022

Chance conversation leads to zero-emissions first

Best in category for product design and overall winner, Victorian Premier’s Design Award of the Year: Savic Motorcycles’ C- Series.

Finalist Event and Awards Ceremony Photos

01 April 2022

Finalist Event and Awards Ceremony Photos

The 25th anniversary of the Victorian Premier's Design Awards was celebrated in style across two special events during Melbourne Design Week.

Winners announced for 2021 Awards

24 March 2022

Winners announced for 2021 Awards

Australian designed electric motorcycle, Savic C-Series, has won the prestigious Victorian Premier’s Design Award of the Year by exceeding all four criteria for the Awards including design process, design excellence, design innovation and design impact.

Celebrating 25 years of excellence at the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards Showcase

12 March 2022

Celebrating 25 years of excellence at the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards Showcase

To mark 25 years, Creative Victoria has commissioned award-winning industrial designer, Monash University academic and design historian Ian Wong to build an exhibition celebrating our design industry.

Upping the ante: Victorian medical design leads the nation

12 January 2022

Upping the ante: Victorian medical design leads the nation

Victoria is way out in front when it comes to the design and commercialisation of innovative medical devices (MedTech) and pharmaceuticals in Australia.

Victoria leads the industrial design pack

05 January 2022

Victoria leads the industrial design pack

A recycled water washing machine, a survival gadget that turns snow into drinking water, compostable cardboard furniture… Tim Lutton’s a natural for conjuring up a Pandora’s Box of useful designs.

Victorian Premier's Design Awards Finalists Announced

17 December 2021

Victorian Premier's Design Awards Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2021 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards have been announced – showcasing an extraordinary breadth of projects across the state and recognising the Victorian designers and architects behind them.

Going up: Moe lift business goes global

09 December 2021

Going up: Moe lift business goes global

Moe GP Lindsay Wakefield has morphed into a market-leading manufacturer, selling custom lifts to the US, Japan, South East Asia and the Middle East.

Meet the Judges - Richard Henderson

16 November 2021

Meet the Judges - Richard Henderson

We chat with Victorian Premier’s Design Awards 2021 jury member Richard Henderson, Founder and CEO, R-Co about the intersection between design and business.

Meet the Judges - Denni Francisco

08 November 2021

Meet the Judges - Denni Francisco

Wiradjuri woman Denni Francisco, a jury member in the VPDA fashion category, has a keen design eye that’s making a global impact.

Life-changing service design brings First Nations communities together

21 September 2021

Life-changing service design brings First Nations communities together

Working “shoulder to shoulder” with First Nations People helped Fitzroy company Today produce an award-winning service design.

The Bold and the Beautiful: a new look for the VPDA

09 September 2021

The Bold and the Beautiful: a new look for the VPDA

Following a public tender, Tony and Melinda Coombes from leading design company Coowhi were given the task of rebranding, to re-establish the awards as a voice of leadership and excellence in the sector.

Meet the Chair of the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards

02 September 2021

Meet the Chair of the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards

Celina Clarke has been in the design business for over thirty years and says the awards create a benchmark for design excellence.

Entries Now Open For The 25th Premier’s Design Awards

24 August 2021

Entries Now Open For The 25th Premier’s Design Awards

The Victorian Government is marking 25 years of design excellence, with this year’s Victorian Premier’s Design Awards set to showcase more ground-breaking design ideas.

World first eye imaging device wins top honours

20 August 2021

World first eye imaging device wins top honours

Cobalt Design in North Melbourne has taken out the Victorian Premier’s Design Award’s top honour for a revolutionary eye testing machine due to be launched later this year.

Fighting the pandemic through design

19 August 2021

Fighting the pandemic through design

RMIT University design students have come up with an award-winning recyclable gown for medicos treating patients with COVID-19.

2020 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards Announced

31 March 2021

2020 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards Announced

A world-first 3D diagnostic machine for measuring optical properties of the eye has received the highest honour for design in Victoria, taking out the prestigious Victorian Premier’s Design Award of the Year, as well as Best in Category for Product Design.

New Victorian Hearing Aid Tech is music to all ears

01 July 2018

New Victorian Hearing Aid Tech is music to all ears

The Victorian Government is supporting local, world-first technology that will give Victorians better access to more convenient, affordable hearing aids.

2018 Premier's Design Awards Announced

30 March 2018

2018 Premier's Design Awards Announced

Indigenous design charter receives Victoria’s highest design honour A ground-breaking Indigenous design charter has taken out the highest design honour in Victoria receiving the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Design Award of the Year.

2017 Victorian Premier's Design Awards Announced

08 December 2017

2017 Victorian Premier's Design Awards Announced

Unique exercise equipment that makes child’s play out of a serious gym workout has taken out the top prize in the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards.

2016 Victorian Premier's Design Awards Announced

15 December 2016

2016 Victorian Premier's Design Awards Announced

A ground-breaking bicycle bell has been awarded the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Design Award of the Year, the highest honour for design and innovation in the state.

2015 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards Announced

08 October 2015

2015 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards Announced

Winners of the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards were announced last night at Government House in front of Victoria’s leading designers and architects.

2014 Victorian Premier's Design Awards

02 October 2014

2014 Victorian Premier's Design Awards

The 2014 Premier's Design Award Winner announced on Wednesday 1 October was awarded to The Commons, designed by Breathe Architecture and commissioned by Small Giants. The Commons was also awarded the Best In Category for Architectural Design.