Victorian Premier’s Design Awards finalists announced

Finalists for the 2021 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards have been announced, showcasing an extraordinary range of projects across the state and recognizing the Victorian designers and architects behind them.

The crossing (communication design). Artist: Rose Staff and Nick Azidis. Photo credit – Rose Staff

From health innovations to public spaces, Victoria’s design strengths are highlighted by the work of the 112 award finalists, who are celebrating their 25th anniversary.

This year’s finalists changed the way we experience the city’s iconic destinations, including the transformation of the ACMI Museum and the new urban design of Prahran Square.

Technological and medical developments feature in this year’s awards, including an advanced biomedical instrument responding to increasing cancer rates and a remotely operated underwater vehicle designed for underwater exploration and recovery.

Design is an important and growing part of Victoria’s creative industries and a significant contributor to the economy, injecting more than $ 6 billion annually and supporting nearly 200,000 jobs.

Design innovation is celebrated in eight award categories: architecture, product, service, fashion, digital, communication, strategy and students. Category winners are up for the coveted Design of the Year award – Victoria’s highest design honor.

Winners will be announced at the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards ceremony during Melbourne Design Week in March 2022.

The Victorian Premier’s Design Awards have celebrated Victorian designers and businesses since 1996 – promoting the role design plays in making products, spaces and experiences more functional, safe, efficient and sustainable.

Last year’s award recognized a world’s first 3D diagnostic machine to measure the optical properties of the eye, while previous winners include the International Indigenous Design Charter and the Blackmagic Studio Camera.

The awards are managed by Good Design Australia on behalf of the Victorian Government.

For the full list of finalists for the 2021 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards, visit

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