What past winners are saying
"Awards are about recognition for quality across a range of criteria. They are important because they celebrate thinking, creativity, skill and performance. Awards assist to set standards and remind us of what is possible. Awards inspire and motivate. What is so special about the MDA awards is the focus on bridging the gap between design practice, and the customer. This gives the MDA judging a democratic credibility beyond elite aesthetics and emphasises the purpose behind great commercial design which is to deliver ROI and enhance the customer experience."
Richard Henderson, CEO and Creative Director, R-Co
"We were honoured to be shortlisted in the 2011 Melbourne Design Awards with our entries for Crown Metropol Architecture, Interiors and Maze Restaurant. The Melbourne Design awards are an innovative and significant platform, bringing our work both Interior and Architectural to a broad audience. The Melbourne Design Awards recognition of a broad spectrum of related design disciplines is unique and in parallel to our mode of practice. Bates Smart’s collaboration with specialist consultants, designers and contractors continues to contribute substantially our projects. Honouring the creative input of our peers is of vital importance to our industry as a whole."
Jan Eastwood, Associate Director, Bates Smart
"It's wonderful that the Melbourne Design Awards have included music video as a design medium - it's a rare creative space and can straddle various disciplines, so it is rarely recognised. Winning a Melbourne Design Awards for Motion and Animation is a great honour and we are extremely grateful."
Natasha Pincus, starkraving productions p/l
"ASPECT Studios found the Melbourne Design Awards the ideal opportunity to promote some of our innovative work and to assist in raising the profile of local design. We were honoured to win two awards - in the Digital Experience (Games) category and Landscape Architecture category, and to be nominated as finalist in the Graphic Design (Environmental Graphics) category. We look forward to entering again next year."
Kirsten Bauer, Director at ASPECT Studios Melbourne
"Receiving any award, and particularly a Melbourne Design Award, is significant because it reinforces the benefit of all that hard work. The Melbourne Design Awards are different because they acknowledge both a professional jury and public votes. The awards reflect a vast range of design mediums, such as graphic design and installation design and therefore sets any award winner within the context of a design industry. For HASSELL, the award exposes to the community, our broad and diverse design agenda."
"JDA Architects were delighted to recieve a Melbourne Design Award for our Imaging at Olympic Park fitout. In particular we valued the recognition through a broader design community than from just within our own profession.
The fact that the Melbourne Design Awards covered such a variety of design disciplines helped make the programme a worthwhile statement about the state of design in Melbourne, and to be an award winner in such company is very rewarding.
Further our clients are thrilled to bits and now proudly display their copy of the award at their centre."
John Douglas, JDA Architects.
"We were honoured to be shortlisted in the 2011 Melbourne design awards with our entries for Crown Metropol Architecture, Interiors and Maze Restaurant.The Melbourne Design awards are an innovative and significant platform, bringing our work both Interior and Architectural to a broad audience. The Melbourne Design Awards recognition of a broad spectrum of related design disciplines is unique and in parallel to our mode of practice. Bates Smart’s collaboration with specialist consultants, designers and contractors continues to contribute substantially our projects. Honouring the creative input of our peers is of vital importance to our industry as a whole."
Jan Eastwood, Associate Director, Bates Smart
"b.sirius was very excited to be a winner of the Melbourne Design Awards. It's great to know your hard work is recognised and having the support from our amazing fans makes us feel very special."
"Awards are an indicator of “Best Practice” and act as an affirmation for designers and industry. The Melbourne Design Awards at the very least fill a local need for that affirmation and encourages local manufacturers to aim high. I wish every success with the Melbourne Design Awards."
David Flynn, FDIA, Head of Design, Willow Ware Australia Pty Ltd
"We were so thrilled to win the Commercial Interior Design award this year at the Melbourne Design awards. The award has raised our profile and we have benefited very much from the exposure. Thank you so much."
Mia Feasey, Managing Director, Siren Design Group
"The Melbourne Design Awards celebrate great design work in our home town. The best city in the world to live (list or no list!), Melbourne inspires and challenges, and is one of the most exciting design communities to be part of. The MDA’s recognise eclectic, clever, vibrant and fearless work; we look forward to our continued involvement."
Zoe Warne, Co-founder & Director, Creative Services, August
"The fashion industry outputs a huge amount of product, and therefore relies heavily on design mimicry to keep up with this scale of demand; so for us it was important to receive this Award as an endorsement of Authenticity and Originality in our product. By writing our application for the Melbourne Design Award, we were given the opportunity to document and publish the design integrity involved in creating an innovative product, and we've had a really positive response from both industry and public following this."
"Winning at the Melbourne Design Awards was a great acknowledgment of my project and an opportunity to further build and establish networks with fellow design professionals."
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