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A gentle reminder here, a panel announcement there

A gentle reminder here, a panel announcement there

The awards may be Australian, but there’s no love lost between our neighbours out west when it comes to eligibility in the upcoming 2011 Australian International Design Awards. Designers, manufacturers and distributors of professionally designed products and services available on the Australian market are eligible to enter the awards, but you’d better be quick with entries closing this Thursday 31 March. And if you didn’t know, it was actually a Kiwi who took out the top nod last year. 

While the entry cut-off is drawing near, an impressive lineup of judges, or “design gurus”, as Good Design Australia managing director Brandon Gien describes them, has just been announced. It features representatives from global brands like BMW, Samsung, Toyota and Mercedes Benz, as well as local talent like Burley Katon Halliday and key commentators such as Cars Guide and The New Inventors. 

As another point of awards interest, the James Dyson award (the student category of the awards) has found a trend in emergency orientated design. Of the 93 category entries received, 16 percent of project concepts are aimed towards emergency services and world aid. 

Get the low down on the awards HERE.