Create Awards open for 2014, celebrates 10th year

Published:  March 12, 2014

The 10th Create Design Awards launch today, with entries officially opening and some exciting news and developments to the program.

Along with a new trophy design and a launch party, the awards now extend beyond Australian borders to the international design community. This year also marks the introduction of a more efficient judging structure to stagger the judging of entries with two separate panels.

Launch night celebrates 10 years

2014 marks the 10th year running for the awards, and desktop and the Create team want to celebrate with you at a launch event. Taking place at No Vacancy on the 27h March, the night will give entrants a chance to hang out after work with a drink or two courtesy of Bombay Sapphire and White Rabbit, meet the team and sweeten the judges. Stand-out pieces from the Create Awards of the past will be on display. (Limited capacity — reserve your free ticket)

Six judges over 2 judging panels

To properly process all the entries that come in, the Create team have introduced a separate shortlisting panel to complement the traditional awards panel. The first stage of judging will take place after the entries close on April 22, with Luke Brown, Simone Elder and desktop editor Bonnie Abbott shortlisting entries and preparing them for award judging. In June, the entries will then be judged by Michaela Webb of Studio Round, Andrew Ashton of Work Art Life by Studio Pip & Co, Che Douglas of BTP and Anita Ryley of Seesaw.

“The Create team were careful to invite judges that had a range of experiences, perspectives and specialties in the industry,” explained desktop editor, Bonnie Abbott. “This means we have healthy, independent minds on the panel that can traverse the many categories of the entries.”

What Makes Design vs What Design Makes

The new Create Awards branding will start to make its presence felt online and in desktop magazine, which has been designed in collaboration with Andrew Robertson, the winner of last year’s Project of the Year category. Andrew, who graduated from Swinburne last year, is currently working full-time but has joined the Create team to launch the “What Makes Design, What Design Makes” stage of the awards. 3 more stages will be released over the year.

“We talked about two ways that we could take the branding,” explained desktop editor, Bonnie Abbott. “We could have been cynical, like many awards programs, and treat the awards with a humorous self-deprecation. But talking to Andrew, who is so new in the field, we realised that awards are important to recognising the type of work that achieves excellence, despite commercial or production pressures. For the good of the industry, this is worth commemorating. For this reason, we treated the branding with sincerity.”

“Stage 1 of the branding looks at the disparity between the social and political issues that impact our world, in contrast to the world that so much design impacts.”

A new trophy

Our 10th annual Create Awards trophy is in the process of being redesigned by the Sydney designer, Henry Wilson. Having gained a tidal wave of international acclaim over the last 5 years, Wilson continues to make domestic and facilitative objects that designers across the globe fall in love with. His practice, which focusses on finding a form that is honest to its source and wholly useful in its future, represents the noble potential of design, and was our first choice for the Create bronze accolade.

International entries

To mark the continual presence of Australian design on the world stage, the Awards are now accepting entries globally.

Our sponsors

Create are thrilled to welcome back many of our recurring sponsors: BJ Ball, K.W. Doggett, Shillington, Spicers, Whirlwind and Wacom.

For more information, head to and download the entry kit.

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