Following the 60th Anniversary Good Design Awards Ceremony at the Sydney Opera House on 17 May, the 60 Years of Good Design celebrations continue with...

Good Design Festival



Good Design Festival

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Following the 60th Anniversary Good Design Awards Ceremony at the Sydney Opera House on 17 May, the 60 Years of Good Design celebrations continue with a free public Good Design Showcase Exhibition at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay in Sydney from 25-27 May 2018.

The annual Good Design Awards program is one of the oldest and most prestigious international design awards in the world, promoting excellence in design and innovation since 1958. It is recognised by the World Design Organization (WDO) as Australia’s peak international design endorsement program.

GOOD DESIGN SHOWCASE EXHIBITION - Fri 25 to Sun 27, 4-10pm daily (except Fri 7.30-10pm)

The Good Design Showcase is presented in partnership with Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas and opens to the general public on the opening night of Vivid Sydney. Located over two floors at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, it offers one of the best vantage points for visitors to unwind and enjoy the vistas and Vivid Light show across the harbour.

This is going to be one of the most exciting and inspiring showcases of design, creativity and innovation Australia has ever seen. The Showcase will give visitors a peek into the future of design while allowing them to reflect back over the last 60 years and see just how much design has evolved over that time,” said Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia.

Celebrating 60 years of Good Design, the exhibition features the best in design and innovation from the past, present and looks to the future of design. 

PAST: Included is a retrospective 60 Years of Good Design Exhibition, curated in collaboration with Ian Wong from Monash University. The retrospective exhibition features designs that are testament to the longevity and quality of Australian design and innovation over the last 60 years. Some of the iconic designs include the 2000 Good Design Award-winning Sydney Olympic Torch, Hollywood Director James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenger Submarine, winner of the 2012 Good Design Award of the Year, the 1974 Café Bar Compact and the Audio-Tactile Pedestrian Detector Button from the 1980s.

PRESENT: The 2018 Good Design Showcase features 260 Award winning projects from this year’s Good Design Awards, including the revolutionary nuraphone headphones, which use a self-learning engine to automatically tune to your unique hearing profile, the New Zealand designed, UBCO 2X2 Electric Bike, a curated selection of architectural projects including the beautiful National Museum of African American History and Culture, designed by Sir David Adjaye from Adjaye Associates (UK) and the stunning new Lexus LC coupe, designed by legendary automotive designer, Tadao Mori, Chief Designer at Lexus, Japan, plus much more. 

FUTURE: The exhibition will also feature winners from the NextGen category — showcasing the best of our future designers and innovators. Standout projects include a concept design for a new suspension tent for the harsh Australian climate, ikki, a companion therapy device to help children and clinicians dealing with childhood cancer, Small Change, a data visualisation service that creates a personalised, interactive picture of behaviour, preferences and impacts of purchasing food and an innovative bicycle design concept that integrates electronically controlled adjustable geometry into bicycle frame design.


Join us for the Official Launch Party on Friday 25 May from 5:30 to 7:30pm - BOOK SHOWCASE LAUNCH TICKETS HERE

GOOD DESIGN EXHANGE - Sat 26 May, 5:30-7pm

Good Design Australia in collaboration with Frost* collective hosts the Good Design Exchange, a discussion that highlights the importance of design in today’s ever-changing world. The 2018 Good Design Exchange will feature the launch of the Design Your Life podcast in collaboration with Vince Frost, CEO of Frost*collective.


Access and Inclusion

  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.