JudgesClaire Beale - Beale | Paul Charlwood - Charlwood | Daniel Dalla Riva - Dalla Riva | Egle Findlay - Findlay | Nick Hallam - Hallam | James Harper - Harper | Allan Hooworth - Hooworth | Maree Howley - Howley | Jason Hutchinson - Hutchinson | James Noble - Noble | Caecilia Potter - Potter | Dominic Russo - Russo | Jill Stansfield - Stansfield | Victoria Versteege - Versteege | Daniel Wadsworth - Wadsworth
Claire Beale - Beale
Grad Cert TT&L, BA Textile Design, BA Hons (Fine Art)
Claire Beale is a lecturer in the BA Textile Design program at RMIT University Melbourne. She lectures in second and third year of the program, in various courses including second year Textile Arts and Culture, third year Textile Business and Careers and Textile Studio. Claire has over fourteen years combined experience in the fashion and textile industries, from retail operations to bespoke design services. She has a postgraduate qualification in Tertiary Teaching and Learning from RMIT, an Honours degree in Fine Art from the University of Melbourne and is currently undertaking a PhD by project exploring craftsmanship and the construction of meaning in the context of narratives, collaborative communities and practical relationships with textile surfaces.
Paul Charlwood - Charlwood
Passionate about design in all its facets, Paul Charlwood has engaged with many areas of design culture during his distinguished career. He established his versatile industrial design consultancy Charlwood Design in 1993, and has since developed a reputation among clients and peers for his innovative, simple yet elegant design solutions for consumer, medical and capital applications. Consequently, the consultancy has collected a raft of design prizes and accolades, among them multiple Premier's Design Awards, 'Gold' at NeoCon, and a Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum, as well as being admitted to the Australian Manufacturing Hall of Fame. His work has been featured in the National Design Triennial: Why Design Now? The Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York. Perhaps the most visible Charlwood Design creations were the Queen's Baton for the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Always eager to support Australia's design culture, Paul is a Director of the Design Institute of Australia, where he co-authored the DIA education policy and contributes to policy and strategy for industry and government. In 2006, he founded the Melbourne Design Guide, a 350 book on local design culture.top
Daniel Dalla Riva - Dalla Riva
In eighteen years of professional practice Daniel has earned local and international recognition for his contribution to the Australian design landscape.
In September 2010 Daniel founded 6 Hats, a design collaborative fuelled by the love of creative and the art of implementation. This award winning practise advocates a multi-disciplinary approach to design and specialises in the creation and implementation of retail and commercial interiors, transient and permanent exhibition spaces, installation and event environments.
Daniel is an active member of the Retail Design Institute and the Design Institute of Australia and in September of 2010 was appointed to the DIA Victoria Branch Council.
Egle Findlay - Findlay
I have owed and operated a professional design service for the last 20 years for printed Textile and Surface Designs for home interiors, soft furnishings, curtains, bedlinen, jaquard towels, rugs, laminates and fashion fabric.
Over the last 6 years I have coordinated the Victorian Textile Practice Group of the Design Institute of Australia.
In the 2010 Melbourne Design Awards, Sharron Patience and I, under our label Patternique won the Architecture and Interior Product Design Award for our range of soft furnishing fabrics, The Coast Collection.
Nick Hallam - Hallam
In 2009 Nick put his graphic design career on hold to focus on building an online platform, (Positive Posters) which would allow designers from around the world to lend a hand and support local, national and international issues. Now in it's third year, Positive Posters holds an annual competition that receives thousands of poster designs from over 70 countries.top
James Harper - Harper
James Harper graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the University of Adelaide and has specialised in the field of Retail Design for many years in the UK and Australia.
In London, he worked with Conran Design Group, Michael Peters Retail and Addison Design Consultants on projects ranging from Airport Terminals to Car Dealerships and including Sony Retail Centres and British Airways Travel Shops.
James joined Geyer Design in Melbourne as Associate in charge of Retail projects. This experience together with his time as General Manager of CPd, a Graphic Design company and Trollope Design, a shopfitting manufacturing company brought him to establish his own practice; BrookingHarper in 2002.
BrookingHarper’s client’s include Apple Computer Australia, Mercedes Benz, Mars Petcare and Omega Watches as well as several smaller retailers. For Apple Australia, BrookingHarper has developed new concepts and applied global concepts for AppleCentres, Apple Premium Resellers and shop in shop projects.
James is actively involved in the Design Institute of Australia as Victorian President and National Vice President. He sits on the Australian Interior Design Awards and Colourways Steering Committees and originated the highly successful Top 10x10 Forum series. He regularly attends international conferences and exhibitions and lectures in Retail Design in the Monash University Interior Architecture Course.
Allan Hooworth - Hooworth
Allan is a practising Industrial Designer, Graduating in Industrial Design at the National Art School, Sydney and a founding partner of
Ideation Design. His hands on approach has been instrumental for many successful product development programs with the creation of specific
IP for a wide range of innovative solutions.
Allan began his design career in the appliance manufacturing sector and in that time he worked in a variety of product development capacities. From the hands on design of a range of small domestic appliances, new product investigation and creation of the next generation of products and then researching new technologies
and creating new product ideas for presentation to management for
With this solid background in product design, Allan moved into a design consulting position in the mid 80's, gaining an appreciation of the requirements necessary for the design to a wide range of industries. The love of the variety and challenges in the industry motivated him into being part of establishing Ideation Design.
As a Director of Ideation since its inception in 1987, Allan's responsibilities vary from day to day running of business,marketing and promoting, through to the design and project management of projects. From inception,Ideation has always strived for excellence in design for their clients and has been a recipient of multiple Australian Design Awards, Australian Design Marks and Powerhouse Museum Selections.
Maree Howley - Howley
Maree Howley established beautiful room 20 years ago bringing a fresh approach to the industry from a couture fashion background.
Her business which is based in canterbury's maling rd precinct has steadily grown to become a leader in the residental market covering all aspects of interior design and deocration.
Jason Hutchinson - Hutchinson
Jason is a Director in Deloitte’s Online Practice and is the national lead for our creative and frontend development teams. He is an awarded creative director who has over 16 years experience in the creative field with the majority of his time spent in digital marketing and user experience design. He has worked with a variety of organizations across different industries including automotive, government, financial services, and travel.
He has extensive experience in delivering large scale user experience consulting and implementation projects. Jason brings a strong user-centric approach to designing online experiences, and draws upon a deep knowledge of front-end technologies and delivery mechanisms.
Most recently he has completed work for The Good Guys, Australia Post, Bankwest, Telstra, Westpac, ANZ and the Victorian Government.
James Noble - Noble
Originally hailing England, my career has seen me working in large corporations to boutique agencies in London, Manchester, New York, Sydney and now Melbourne. My studio eco and sustainable studio Carter Digital based in Fitzroy is known for its ability to bring together projects that work as well in print as they do in digital.
I've been a user interface and experience designer, creative simple and effective designs for over 13 years and counting.
Using my expertise in user experience design standards, accessibility and usability I create user-centred digital solutions. Striving to produce the highest user experience in both design and development for our clients, ensure we deliver the best possible options to great the greatest returns of investment.
My skills include but not limited to: Information Architecture (IA), User Experience (UX), User Interface Design (UID), 960 Grid Theory, Layout, Typography, Branding, Colour Theory & Online Social Media.
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Caecilia Potter - Potter
Caecilia Potter is the founder of Atticus & Milo, one of Victoria's foremost interior design consultancies specialising in high end residential projects. Prior to changing her direction to study design, she began her career in business consulting with Andersen Consulting, and was the National Marketing Manager for J B Were Stockbrokers during the early 1990s. She has worked on many design projects from relaxed country and beach properties to city penthouses and her style is known for its individuality, warmth and eclecticism, combined with a love of colour and texture. Her design for a caravan "Ginger" for designEx featured in many international design publications and was auctioned for charity, winning the People’s Choice award. Atticus & Milo were also finalists in the Melbourne Interior Design awards 2010 and have often featured in House and Gardens' Top 50 Rooms. Caecilia is a keen art collector and has also encouraged emerging artists, such as through sponsorship of the VCA graduate exhibition prize. Her firm has contributed to many other projects to raise funds for not-for-profit organisations, such as Villa Alba and the Lighthouse Foundation. She is also a member of the Programme Advisory Committee for the RMIT School of Design, and currently a volunteer with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
Dominic Russo - Russo
Graduating with Distinction in Industrial Design from RMIT University, Dominic possesses over 20 years design industry experience, working across a range of disciplines.
Starting his career as an exhibition designer, and shortly after in a commercial interiors practice, Dominic spent these founding years designing spaces, objects, point of sale and furniture products for corporate clients such as BMW, Telstra, Holden, and ANZ Bank.
In 2000 Dominic joined with two partners to found Diadem, a multi disciplined brand implementation firm. Dominic and his team have successfully collaborated with many of Australia’s leading and renowned architects, graphic designers, and interior designers, to design, develop and deliver many significant landmark projects. Over the eleven years, Diadem has transformed from a small practice to a medium enterprise with over 70 staff across Australia and New Zealand.
In recent years Dominic’s role within the business has shifted from Design Director to Managing Director, focusing on the commercial aspects of design business. This still affords him the opportunity to work with many designers and corporate clients in a management capacity.
Jill Stansfield - Stansfield
Jill Stansfield is a Life Fellow and past State and National president of the Design Institute of Australia. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Textile Design and a Master of Design by research from Swinburne University. The topic of her research was Australian Residential Interior Colour Trends during the Twentieth Century. Jill has been involved in the textile industry for many years focussing on interior textiles. Her work has covered many aspects of residential and commercial design and she has lectured and run workshops in Australia, Korea and Singapore. Jill has also specialised in the healthcare sector, aged care in particular, where the use of colour and design can have a significant impact on the well being of residents.
Jill is currently studying for a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT.
Victoria Versteege - Versteege
Victoria originally trained in Art and Design (Graphic) and later in Interior Decoration at the Melbourne College of Decoration where she was awarded as student and offered some sessional teaching.
Through this same period Victoria ran her own decoration and design consultancy for a number of years, working mainly on private residential projects. Colour has always played a key role in her decorating philosophy, with an aim to achieve a balance and flow between interior and exterior spaces. Scale and proportion, a respect for the integrity of the original, an appreciation of flora colour and variety, and a workable balance of colour and texture are key elements of her style.
In 2004 Victoria’s appreciation of colour continued to grow with the award of an Overseas Travelling Fellowship which provided the opportunity for further reflective research and validation of ideas on colour, particularly seeking knowledge on formative colour teaching. Professional Association through Colourways, the Design Institute of Australia’s forecasting group, and the beginning of formal affiliation with international study institutes continues to provide the impetus and avenues for this work.
Victoria continues to share her thoughts through Colour Workshops held at RMIT and regular trips to France which have sustained the desire to explore initiatives in a range of decoration directions. Her travels and experience have helped develop a keen eye for livable decoration and design and her ongoing work at RMIT assures she maintains currency through strong industry ties and student projects that have developed over the years.
Daniel Wadsworth - Wadsworth
With more than seven years experience in the profession, Dan is a registered Australian and New Zealand patent attorney based in our Melbourne Office. Dan has a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering, a first class honours Masters Degree in aerodynamics/software, and a PhD gained from research directed toward investigating failure mechanisms in composite structures used in aerospace applications (with Air New Zealand).
Dan's experience includes:
• industrial design experience in aeronautical design engineering (Air New Zealand Engineering Services Ltd) involved in the refit of a number of Boeing 747 aircraft sold to Virgin Atlantic. The refit was extensive requiring the complete refurbishment of the interiors of 5 aircraft with state of the art fixtures sourced from top industrial design houses;
• research & development mechanical engineer for a niche medical device company in Galway, Ireland, specialling in industry leading aerosol nebulisation technology;
Specialist practice areas includes:
• preparation, lodgement, maintenance, prosecution and exploitation of patents and registered designs in Australia, New Zealand and overseas;
• representing various international and local corporate clients, particularly in the fields of mechanical and process engineering, in relation to lodging and prosecuting patent and registered design applications in both Australia and New Zealand;
• advising local and international clients on the patentability of inventions and infringement/validity of patents and registered designs relating to mechanical devices, automotive engineering, biomedical engineering & medical devices, aeronautical devices and technology, marine propulsion technology, composite material systems technology, mining and mining hardware, and online business method processes; and
• assisting clients with due diligence reviews of patent and registered design portfolios (their own or third party), and the capture/identification of internally generated IP (both registerable and non-registerable).
- Architecture - Commercial
- Architecture - Residential
- Installation Design
- Interior Decoration
- Interior Design - Corporate
- Interior Design - Hospitality
- Interior Design - Public or Institutional
- Interior Design - Residential
- Interior Design - Retail
- Landscape Architecture
- Lighting Design
- Graphic Design - Corporate Identity & Branding
- Graphic Design - EnvironmentalType
- Graphic Design - Illustration and Type
- Graphic Design - Packaging
- Graphic Design - Publication