ThinkPlace wows the judges at Australia's top design awards
ThinkPlace has been awarded three prestigious “ticks” at the 2018 Australian Good Design Awards.
Designers from the company’s Australian studios were presented with the Good Design Award trophies at a glittering ceremony held at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday night.
The awards recognise ThinkPlace’s leading position as collaborative designers for public good in complex systems. All three winners involve projects that help governments tackle aspects of family safety and domestic violence, a difficult but important challenge in Australia and the broader world.
The annual Good Design Awards are Australia’s most prestigious prizes for design and innovation with a history dating back to1958.
The awards celebrate the best new products and services, excellence in architectural design, digital and communication design and emerging areas of design cuch as business model innovation, social impact and design entrepreneurship.
“These awards are fantastic recognition for our designers, who have consistently risen to the challenge of designing elegant solutions for complex problems in complex systems,” ThinkPlace Founding Partner John Body said.
“But everything we do at ThinkPlace is collaborative and without brave, forward-thinking clients like the ACT Government, Centre for Innovative Justice and Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, successful co-designs such as these would not be possible.”
“At ThinkPlace we design to have impact and the impact we seek is towards a better world, in line with the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These three projects all demonstrate that impact and do so in ways that are innovative, creative and deliver solutions that create real value for the client.”
The projects were contributed to by designers across ThinkPlace's Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney studios. Melbourne Studio Lead Laura Kostanski and Sarah Craig, a Business Designer from the Sydney Studio, were on hand to receive the trophies.
Co-designing the Family Safety Innovation Hub, a project led out of the company’s Canberra studio was a winner in the Service Design category, recognizing outstanding design and innovation.
A Melbourne-led project - Co-designing Out of Home Care Reform - also took home an award in the Service Design category, while a third piece of work - Centre for Innovative Justice Perpetrator Service Mapping was awarded in the Communication Design category.
The wins mean ThinkPlace and its three successful designs will also be featured alongside other award winners at an exhibition as part of Vivid Sydney, the world's biggest festival of light, music and ideas in Sydney from 25-27 May 2018 at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay.