Melbourne Design Awards - City Design Awards


A Thinking Company in partnership with the Design Institute of Australia (Victorian Branch) proudly presents the impending launch of the Melbourne Design Awards (MDA), the first city in the inaugural City Design Awards project.

The MDA is the only design awards recognising a broad range of design categories open to design professionals, students and those that commission design.

The awards are cross-disciplinary, celebrating and honouring the role of design and the skills of designers around the planet, while recognising all aspects of the design process.


The aim of the Melbourne Design Awards is to:

  • Celebrate those who produce excellent design works.
  • Celebrate those who sponsor, fund or commission design projects.
  • Promote and encourage participation and conversation in all aspects of design.


Whether you are a design creator or a design commissioner you can make your mark on the Melbourne design scene by entering the Melbourne Design Awards.

Design creator

  • Gain recognition for your design achievement
  • Increase awareness of your work and gain design public and peer comment
  • Increased exposure to your potential customers and clients
  • Bench mark your work with your peers
  • Opportunity to gain national publicity and exposure

Design commissioner

  • Provides a mark of distinction for your product
  • Further evidence of excellence in product development
  • Bench mark your product with those of your peers
  •  Increased exposure of your brand / product
  • Opportunity to gain national publicity and exposure


The awards are open to any designer, design company, commissioner of design or student provided that they are active in the Melbourne market:

  • Art Directors
  • Creative Directors
  • Architects
  • Interior Designers & Decorators
  • Textile Designers
  • Graphic Designers
  • Illustrators
  • Brand Managers
  • Product Managers
  • Event Producers
  • Product Designers & Engineers
  • Students


Entries are submitted online and reviewed by a panel of industry peers to ensure they meet the entry criteria.

Once an entry has been deemed valid it will be made open for public and peer viewing, comment and voting.

Entries close 28th November 2010.


Voting will remain open until 20th February 2011.

The voting will be weighted according to the following scale:
Design public – 1 vote
Design peers* – 5 points

*Design peers are members of the DIA or other supporting design organisations and other entrants of the MDA.


Towards the end of January we will be announcing the Top 5 in each category.

Award winners will be announced at the Melbourne Design Awards Evening on 2nd March 2011.