issue seven

seven

From the publisher

The local and international judges for the awards this year have discussed with us emerging trends and standards, in a diverse group of entries. Their responses to our questions in this issue were candid and open. They provide an independent and direct insight from behind the scenes. I would like to thank all of the judges who contributed so willingly.  

Our feature on transportation design is not just about speed, but practicality, smart technology and creature comfort. From planes, trains and automobiles, bikes and balloons, designers and manufacturers are focusing on the vastly different requirements of complex consumers.  

Simon Lloyd openly demonstrates how he researches form and materials in our concept segment, to reveal a rich and detailed investigation which forms the base of his fascinating design work.


Inside this issue

Judges seek courage in design

Judges seek courage in design

While there were a number of outstanding entries in the Australian Design Awards 2004, an emerging trend has been to prefer the conservative to the daring, with lots of grey and stainless steel dominating.

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Isolation and diversity

Isolation and diversity

When a collection of contemporary Australian design is presented to an international audience the first question that may well be asked by the viewer is how is this Australian? Where is the Australianness?

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A vehicle for change

A vehicle for change

A common response to the notion of ‘green cars’ is the impossibility of the concept, indeed an oxymoron. How could the car ever reach the ‘eco’ status of the bicycle or even a water efficient front-loading washing machine?

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Bowling arm finds a perfect fit

Bowling arm finds a perfect fit

Proving that it is still possible to make something from nothing, a Melbourne design team has created a high fashion accessory out of recycled cricket balls.

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More than child’s play

More than child’s play

The market for kids’ products – digital games, toys, video productions, literature etc – is in continuous growth, with new propositions investigated daily.

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Fresh from the farm

Fresh from the farm

Designed to nurture fragile, freshly harvested baby lettuce hearts and salad products in their long and arduous journey through the supply chain, the innovative NaturaFresh® packaging range looks set to win the hearts – and cash – of discerning consumers.

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Long road for the all-Aussie car

Long road for the all-Aussie car

In 1997 a set of stamps depicting four cars ‘significant for Australians’ was released. The set included the 1934 Ford Coupe Utility, 1948 Holden 48-215, 1958 Austin Lancer and the 1962 Chrysler Valiant R, all of which were at least thirty years old and stemmed directly from overseas models.

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Women with power

A new Volvo concept car, the first developed entirely by women, was launched at the recent Geneva Motor Show.

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Soumitri Varadarajan

While some Australian designers might relate to the passion and frenzy that encapsulates the early career of Soumitri Varadarajan, few would appreciate the juggling act required to run a business, set up a new school of design and instigate major national commercial projects applauded by the United Nations.

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Simon Lloyd

Simon Lloyd

Designer Simon Lloyd has enjoyed success in several design areas. 
His felt and ceramic objects are featured in galleries and museums from Australia to Japan and Denmark.

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