From the sea of submissions we found ourselves under, the winners of the 2015 Create Design Awards have been singled-out and awarded at a lively presentation gala hosted by Tom Ballard – who managed to goodheartedly offend the majority of patrons – at Melbourne’s Carousel. (And for those in attendance last night, the stories about submissions involving cold meat and laptops and piñatas and flooding buildings are all true).
The evening started with drinks on the deck overlooking the Albert Park Lake, and we overheard someone from Sydney say that the view of the Melbourne CBD skyline reflected in the water rivalled the view of Sydney’s harbour. (Melbourne 1, Sydney, 0).
As the sun set we made our way inside to crown the winners. Here we present those winners and finalists in each of our 12 categories, plus Project of the Year.
The Emerging Talent category was proudly sponsored by Shillington.
From a strong pool of entries, Miranda Mayne took out the Emerging Talent award. The jurors were impressed with the confidence and variety of her folio.
The Identity category was proudly sponsored by Impact Digital.
The Identity award was closely contested, but it was The Partners from London whose work for The Tusk Conservation Awards (developed by Tusk Trust) came out on top. The jury cited the care in the details, and the flexibility across different touchpoints, as the strengths of the campaign.
The Illustration category was proudly sponsored by Wacom.
The Illustration crown was taken out by Wendy Fox Design for her project documenting all 276 women who won gold at the London Olympics. A collection and representation of data, Fox’s project celebrates the diversity of female athlete’s body types. View all the women here.
The Interactive category was proudly sponsored by desktop.
Conduct took home the spoils in the Interactive category, for their ’Okee in Medical Imaging’ app for the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. The bold app uses games and information to make young patients feel relaxed and comfortable about medical imaging procedures.
The finalist was Matt Huynh, for his multimedia adaptation of Nam Le’s short story, ‘The Boat’, produced by SBS.
The Motion category was proudly sponsored by Media Super.
Another hotly-contested category in which festival titles and festival shorts were well represented, it was the opening titles for the 2015 Analogue/Digital Creative Conferences by Bigfish that took out this year’s Motion award.
The Packaging category was proudly sponsored by Academy of Design.
The Photography category was proudly sponsored by desktop.
The Photography submissions this year were all linked by a fearless use of colour, and it was Ben Thomas‘ ‘Chroma’ series that got the nod from the judges.
Print Commercial was proudly sponsored by K.W.Doggett.
The Print Creative category was proudly sponsored by Whirlwind Print.
The Print Creative award was taken out by Switzerland-based designer Konstantin Eremenko and his book project ‘Rediscovering’, based on the visual interpretation of the chemical periodic system of elements and the periodic law.
The finalist was Lauren Messina for her project ‘Choice Cuts Australia’.
Signage & Display
The Signage & Display category was proudly sponsored by Spicers.
Sydney’s Paper Moose won the Signage category, for their creative sculpture titled ’10-cent coin’, commissioned by the City of Sydney to support new recycling schemes. Keep an eye out for the next instalment of the campaign, this time targeting rubbish dumping.
The finalists were Wildhen Design and their work for Fonda Mexican’s Hawthorn restaurant, and Büro North for their wayfinding system of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning.
Typography, Logotype and Type Design
The Typography category was proudly sponsored by LEP Colour Printers.
The Website category was proudly sponsored by desktop.
Project of The Year
To arrive at the Project of the Year, first a shortlist for each category is compiled according to the nominations put forward by each juror. From these shortlists, the finalist projects are collectively selected by the jury, and from there, each of the final projects is scored against a set of criteria for each category. This gives us the category winner, and the Project of the Year is selected from the category winner’s, with jurors given one final chance to assess which should be awarded top gong.
This year the decision was unanimous. For their inventiveness and clever use of materials that married form and function, the winner of the 2015 Project of the Year is Paper Moose and their 10-cent coin for the City of Sydney.
Congrats to all involved, and we hope the initiative behind the coin continues to strengthen.
Thanks to everyone who came to the party and helped celebrate a big year. Keep an eye out for our snaps from the evening, in the meantime, please use the #createawards2015 hashtag to share your own highlights.
See you in 2016.