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2012 Assessment Panel
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Good Design®

To qualify for the Good Design® Mark, a product or service must satisfy the criteria for good design in the expert opinion of the Jury:
  • Form
  • Function
  • Safety
  • Quality
  • Sustainability
Assessment Panel

Good Design® Assessment Criteria

Form

  • Has the design been appropriately styled?
  • Is the design visually resolved from every angle?
  • Does the design evoke an emotional connection with the user?

Function

  • Does the design perform well?
  • Does the design meet the needs of its primary user group?
  • Is the design easy to use and understand?
  • Has the end product or service been ergonomically designed?
  • Does the design consider Universal Design principles?
  • How well has maintenance been considered?

Quality

  • How well has the design been translated?
  • How well has the design been finished and presented?
  • Is the design robust?
  • Are the chosen materials, processes and techniques appropriate?
  • Does the design represent good value for money at the intended price point?

Safety

  • Does the design protect the user from harm?
  • Does the design safeguard against unintentional use?
  • Does the design comply with all applicable Standards and regulations?
  • Does the design clearly communicate safety hazards and warnings?

Sustainability

  • Is there a need for the end product or service?
  • Is the design long lasting?
  • Is the design water, material and/or energy efficient?
  • Has the end product or service been designed for disassembly and recyclability?

Innovation

  • Is the design new?
  • Is the design original?
  • Does the design use new materials and technology in a clever way?
  • Does the design have any world-first features?

Best In Class Design

  • Does the design meet and exceed all applicable assessment criteria?
  • Does the design break new ground in its area of development?
  • Does the design help promote the value of professional design to business and the public?
  • Will the design achieve commercial success for the business?
  • Has design strategy been implemented throughout the business?

Design for Sustainability

  • End product or service need
  • End product or service durability and longevity
  • Specification of environmentally preferable materials
  • Energy and water efficiency during manufacture and use
  • Reduction or elimination of greenhouse gas emissions, toxic and hazardous substances and embodied energy
  • Design for straight-forward disassembly, reuse, refurbishment and recyclability
  • Design stewardship such as take-back and recycling schemes
  • Packaging minimisation
  • User information and education

Design Award®

To qualify for the Design Award®, a product or service must exceed the criteria for good design, and additionally, meet the criterion for design excellence in the expert opinion of the Jury:
  • Innovation
Assessment Panel

Design Award® Assessment Criteria

Form

  • Has the design been appropriately styled?
  • Is the design visually resolved from every angle?
  • Does the design evoke an emotional connection with the user?

Function

  • Does the design perform well?
  • Does the design meet the needs of its primary user group?
  • Is the design easy to use and understand?
  • Has the end product or service been ergonomically designed?
  • Does the design consider Universal Design principles?
  • How well has maintenance been considered?

Quality

  • How well has the design been translated?
  • How well has the design been finished and presented?
  • Is the design robust?
  • Are the chosen materials, processes and techniques appropriate?
  • Does the design represent good value for money at the intended price point?

Safety

  • Does the design protect the user from harm?
  • Does the design safeguard against unintentional use?
  • Does the design comply with all applicable Standards and regulations?
  • Does the design clearly communicate safety hazards and warnings?

Sustainability

  • Is there a need for the end product or service?
  • Is the design long lasting?
  • Is the design water, material and/or energy efficient?
  • Has the end product or service been designed for disassembly and recyclability?

Innovation

  • Is the design new?
  • Is the design original?
  • Does the design use new materials and technology in a clever way?
  • Does the design have any world-first features?

Design Award® Best in Category

Recipients of the Design Award® that represent the highest calibre of design excellence in their category will also receive the Design Award® Best in Category. The winners represent Best in Class design. Assessment Panel

Design Award® Best in Category Assessment Criteria

Best In Class Design

  • Does the design meet and exceed all applicable assessment criteria?
  • Does the design break new ground in its area of development?
  • Does the design help promote the value of professional design to business and the public?
  • Will the design achieve commercial success for the business?
  • Has design strategy been implemented throughout the business?

Design Award® of the Year

The Design Award® recipient that represents the highest calibre of design excellence that year will receive the Design Award® of the Year. The winner represents Best in Class design at the highest level and is Australia's highest design honour. Assessment Panel

Design Award® of the Year
Assessment Criteria

Best In Class Design

  • Does the design meet and exceed all applicable assessment criteria?
  • Does the design break new ground in its area of development?
  • Does the design help promote the value of professional design to business and the public?
  • Will the design achieve commercial success for the business?
  • Has design strategy been implemented throughout the business?

Design Award® for Sustainability

Recipients of the Design Award® that exemplify design for sustainability are nominated for the Design Award® for Sustainability. The winner represents best practice Design for Sustainability.

Our focus on design for the environment
Overseas studies have found that up to 80% of a product's environmental impacts are already locked in at the design stage when key decisions are made about materials, production, distribution, operation and end-of-life management.

With the already stringent criteria for Sustainability through our general Awards program and now with this Special Award, Good Design Australia is committed to creating a better Australia where good design is ubiquitous and leads to a better, safer, more beautiful and sustainable world. Assessment Panel

Design Award® for Sustainability
Assessment Criteria

Design for Sustainability

  • End product or service need
  • End product or service durability and longevity
  • Specification of environmentally preferable materials
  • Energy and water efficiency during manufacture and use
  • Reduction or elimination of greenhouse gas emissions, toxic and hazardous substances and embodied energy
  • Design for straight-forward disassembly, reuse, refurbishment and recyclability
  • Design stewardship such as take-back and recycling schemes
  • Packaging minimisation
  • User information and education