Monash honoured with multiple accolades at the 2023 Good Design Awards

Monash Art, Design and Architecture (MADA) staff, students and collaborators won a total of ten awards, including three prestigious ‘Good Design Award Gold’ at the 2023 Good Design Awards.

Design Health Collab’s PALM - Breathing New Life into Asthma Treatment took out a Good Design Award Gold and Best in Class in the Design Research category.

In a testament to the strength of MADA’s research capabilities, two additional projects won Good Design Award Gold in the Design Research category, including Emerging Technologies Research Lab's City Sensing Data Futures report and Smart Home for Seniors documentary.

Professor Mel Dodd, Interim Dean of Monash Art, Design and Architecture said: “I am so proud of the impact that our researchers, practitioners, students and collaborators continue to achieve.”

“These awards demonstrate the calibre of our Faculty’s research and teaching across a broad range of disciplines as well as the importance of bridging the gap between the academic institution, profession and wider society as we respond to the challenges of our time.”

Gene Bawden, Head of Design said: "The Monash design community and its collaborators continue to be at the forefront of innovation. With the Faculty's recent success at the Design Institute of Australia 'Designers' Australia' Awards of Merit, these Good Design Awards are a testament to our expertise, creativity and design excellence as we respond to current opportunities and challenges."

Monash alumni success includes Amelda Norsworthy (Bachelor of Design), who took out Good Design Award Gold for their graduate project Allevia, an efficient, non-medicinal wearable treatment for motion sickness, and Alex Goad (Industrial Design) was awarded the overall Good Design Sustainability Award for EMU (erosion mitigation units). The project also secured Gold for Commercial and Industrial Products and Gold for Engineering.

In its 65th year, the Australian Good Design Awards has a legacy of recognising, rewarding, and celebrating groundbreaking design and innovation and is acknowledged as one of the most respected honours in the country.

Recognising our faculty winners:

Good Design Award Gold and Best in Class

PALM – Breathing New Life into Asthma Treatment (Category: Design Research)

Photo: PALM

Design Health Collab’s world-first drug delivery technology, PALM – Breathing New Life into Asthma Treatment, is designed to improve the health of asthmatics.

The Good Design Awards Jury commented: “For over 70 years, the asthma puffer has remained unchanged. Luckily, PALM seemingly packs 70 years of innovation into a future-proof breathing device that simplifies health management for those with asthma. We commend the design’s focus not only on producing a better puffer alternative, but an optimised system and user experience. The way the device captures use and intermingles weather and pollen data is incredible, as is the project’s yearning to generate high-value technological solutions with what’s collected.”

Project team: Design Health Collab and Engineering – Richard Morfuni, Daphne Flynn, Rowan Page, Jason Brenker, Tuncay Alan and Bruce Thompson (University of Melbourne)

Commissioned by: Monash University

Design Health Collab develops high-impact healthcare technologies, systems and services within the complex ecosystem of health services.

Good Design Award Gold Winners

City Sensing Data Futures (Category: Design Research)

Photo: City Sensing Data Futures

City Sensing Data Futures is a collaboration between Monash University’s Emerging Technologies Research Lab and the City of Melbourne. The report outlines and demonstrates an ethics-based approach to the capture and use of real-time city data in public spaces that upholds the values of trust, privacy, transparency, open communication and care.

The Good Design Awards Jury commented: “City Sensing Data Futures is an enduringly relevant, future-oriented and innovative research project. We applaud the collaboration and user considerations required to achieve this project's positive community impact.”

Project team: Emerging Technologies Research Lab – Sarah Pink, Bianca Vallentine, Debora Lanzeni, Ilya Fridman, Shanti Sumartojo, Melisa Duque and Robert Lundberg.

Commissioned by: City of Melbourne

Emerging Technologies Research Lab conducts research into the social, cultural and experiential dimensions of the design, use and futures of new and emerging technologies. The lab is a cross-faculty initiative between Monash’s Art, Design & Architecture and Information Technology.

Smart Homes for Seniors (Category: Design Research)

Photo: Smart Homes for Seniors (still)

The documentary Smart Homes for Seniors, a collaboration between Monash’s Emerging Technologies Research Lab, researchers at Deakin University and McLean Care, shares the joys, frustrations and wisdom of Australian seniors and their pets as they learned to live with digital voice assistants, smart lights and robotic vacuum cleaners during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.

The Good Design Awards Jury commented: “This is an important area of research that deserves attention and recognition to help raise awareness of some of the most vulnerable people in our society…the output of this research will have long-term and far-reaching impact to support well-being and ageing in our communities.”

Project team: Sarah Pink (Director), Citt Williams (Producer)

Commissioned by: McLean Care

Good Design Award Winners

Design Ethnography: Research, Responsibilities and Futures (Category: Design Research)

Photo: Design Ethnography: Research, Responsibilities and Futures (detail)

Design Ethnography: Research, Responsibilities and Futures presents an ethical, inclusive and interventional design research approach that's tailored to the challenges of our world in crisis. The book draws on the shared design ethnographic practice of six women over ten years and showcases a commitment to engender safe and trusted futures for people, planet, other species and technologies.

The Good Design Awards Jury commented: “This project illustrates excellence in design research and presents an innovative research methodology that draws on shared design ethnographic practice and showcases a commitment to engender safe and trusted futures for people, planet, other species and technologies.”

Project team: Sarah Pink, Vaike Fors, Debora Lanzeni, Melisa Duque,

Shanti Sumartojo, Yolande Strengers, Emerging Tech Lab and Monash University

Commissioned by: Routledge (Taylor & Francis) Publisher

Designing for Social Impact (Category: Design Research)

Photo: Designing for Social Impact

The Designing for Social Impact project articulates the integral role design plays in amplifying research to lead to positive social change. The research-on-research project website shares the research findings, actionable outputs and creative methods for reframing research impact and shifting research practice.

The Good Design Awards Jury commented: “Designing for Social Impact achieves solid research that tackles an interesting topic. The use of visualisations help to articulate the complexities of the project — cleverly improving its reach and outcomes. ”

Project team: Lisa Grocott, Shanti Sumartojo, Stuart Geddes, Stacy Holman Jones

Kate Barlock and Wade Kelly

Commissioned by: Monash University

Pride at Play (Category: Social Impact)

Photo: Pride at Play

Pride at Play is an exhibition that celebrates thoughtful LGBTQIA+ games from Oceania and Asia Pacific.

The Good Design Awards jury commented: “The queer-led and queer-focused design process of Pride at Play beautifully exposed the beneficial roles that LGBTQIA+ people play in our creative industries… Its preservation in the National Film and Sound Archives speaks to its transformational potential, and we are excited to see its positive impact bloom.”

Project team: Xavier Ho, Fae Daunt, Mads Mackenzie, Chloe Appleby, Jazmine Smith, Shreya Venkatesh, Jae Stuart, Claire Hosking, Louie Roots, Ryan Stanton, Mahli-Ann Butt

Commissioned by: Monash University, The University of Sydney, Interactive Games and Entertainment Association, City of Port Phillip

Light, Colour, Humanity – The Legacy of Alastair Swayn (Category: Architectural Design/Installation Design)

Photo: Light, Colour, Humanity

Light, Colour, Humanity – The Legacy of Alastair Swayn at Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG) was curated by Monash University’s Ian Wong, inaugural Creative Director of the Alastair Swayn Legacy Showcase alongside Dr Indae Hwang, designer of the exhibition’s Augmented Reality (AR) experience.

Curated by colour, the exhibition combined three elements:

LIGHT: Photographic images taken by John Gollings AO of significant projects by the late Canberra-based architect and designer, Alastair Swayn

COLOUR: Australian designed objects from the Ian Wong Collection.

HUMANITY: A film and narrative text that focuses on humanity-centred design.

The Good Design Awards Jury commented: “This is an elegant exhibition that innovately uses bright contemporary graphics, communicating the legacy of an architect and designer who made a significant contribution to the built environment.”

Project team: Ian Wong, Dr Indae Hwang

Partners: Robin Boyd Foundation, Canberra Museum + Gallery, Enlighten Festival, Alastair Swayn Foundation, Swayn Gallery of Australian Design, John Gollings

Designed by: Ian Wong, Dr Indae Hwang, Jo Pritchard, Robin Boyd Foundation, Monash University

Commissioned by: Swayn Gallery of Australian Design

PupilMetrix (Category: Research, Category: Medical Devices)

Photo: PupilMetrix

Design Health Collab and SensiLab’s PupilMetrix device is an automated tool for the measurement of individual circadian light sensitivity. Circadian photoreceptors have powerful effects on our mood and general health. Though the importance of circadian biology to health is understood, currently, clinical tools for evaluating circadian health are lacking.

Project team: Rowan Page, Elliott Wilson, Jian Shin See, Amelda Norsworthy, Yixiong Feng, Jacquie Johnstone, Troy McGee

Founded by Professor Jon McCormack in 2015, SensiLab is a team of storytellers, artists, makers, hackers, designers, developers, musicians, coders, scientists, theorists, luthiers and builders exploring the innovative creative applications and undiscovered opportunities of technology.

Technology of Interactions (Tol) (Category: Next Gen, Student)

Photo: Technology of Interactions

Bachelor of Industrial Design student Jian Shin See’s Technology of Interactions (ToI) is a series of home appliances investigating our relationships with data and technology.

Tol are designed to be invisible and blend into our daily lives. They include ‘radio’, which reacts to changes in your immediate surroundings, ‘bubbles’, which proposes a playful alternative to the dings and buzzes of digital devices and ‘lamp’, which gently pulses light in the direction of world news – an antidote to doom scrolling on social media.

Designed by: Jian Shin See