Clandestine Design Group had to squeeze some extra items in their carry on luggage after a massive night at the Good Design Awards recently taking home a total of three design ticks and the nod from the industry body the Design Institute of Australia (DIA).
This accolade is particularly sweet - acknowledging the entire team - the DIA recognised an Australian professional designer, design team or design company who has made a significant impact in the Australian Good Design Awards over the year. To put this into context Breville Australia won the corporate equivalent, for their team and 160 of them took to the stage to accept the award. Goes to show being a relentless and uncompromising force pays off regardless of how big the team is.
Our first win of the evening was for the Audeara A-01 Headphones with a 2018 Good Design Award in the tough Product Design, Consumer Electronics Category. The Good Design Awards Jury commented - there are some great aspects to this design with loads of clever embedded technology. The sound quality is amazing and immersive. Overall, a good product that deserves to be recognised.
The hardworking team from Field Orthopaedics Micro Screw Kit received a well-deserved accolade, taking out the Gold Award for Product Design, Medical and Scientific a highly competitive category.
The success continued with the MAXTRAX Xtreme winning a Gold Good Design Award in the Product Design Sport and Lifestyle category. A long-awaited endorsement for the team who created the recovery board category.
Our very talented junior designer Alexandra French also received a Gold Award Next Generation Category for her Capricorn Tent resulting from the AUXILIARY Design School BCF project. AUXILIARY also picked up a GDA in the Digital Design Category. These are amazing outcomes and opportunities AUXILIARY provides for the next generations of industrial designers would not be possible!
The team has more than enough reason to celebrate and for Senior Designer Sara Pontoppidan there was an extra reason - celebrating her Norwegian heritage. So Sara participated in a fortuitously timed 17 May, ‘Norway Day’ Parade that finished at the Opera House. A perfect way to bring the two worlds together.
The Good Design Awards were a great opportunity for the team to catch-up socially with our clients and industry colleagues.
It was a great to acknowledge design icons at the 60 year celebration of the awards. Rubbing shoulders with the likes of Jan Utzon (son of Jørn), who designed the Sydney Opera House, presenting Good Design Award of the Year.
The team certainly made the most of beautiful and sprawling after party held over three levels, of the Opera House for more than 1000 attendees. Cutting a few moves on the dance floor and kicking on until the wee hours in a Whisky Bar at The Rocks. The next day the team was pinching themselves about whether that the night had actually happened, it was almost too good to be true!