Electric car, bushfire warning system, taxi app and a snooze box take out international design awards,



The Tesla Model S ground breaking electric vehicle, Fire Front, a device that can detect subtle changes in wind and heat in areas prone to bushfires, the Uber taxi service app and the portable hotel, Snoozebox, were among the winners in this year’s Good Design Awards. Started in 1958, the awards are one of the longest standing and most prestigious in the world, promoting excellence in design and innovation judged across a range of criteria, including architecture, sustainability, digital, service, communication and business.


Designed by Franz Von Holzhausen and the Tesla design team in the USA, the Model S took out the Good Design of the Year award for what was described by award judges as ‘showcasing the best of human ingenuity, design brilliance and commercial excellence.’ The Model S is considered a leader in disruptive design and technology and is the world’s fastest four-door vehicle. It’s also earned the title of safest vehicle ever tested in the USA and is said to be changing the way the world thinks about transport.



bush-fire-flames-smokeUNSW design student Max Glanville is this year’s Young Designer of the Year for a device that is attached to the exterior of a property in a bushfire prone area and can detect subtle changes in wind and heat through thermal imaging and ultrasonic wind sensors. It can then send alerts to homeowners through an app when a fire is detected. Fire Front was described as a design solution that is elegant and very well resolved with real market potential.



Why fuss with tent poles at your favourite music festival, when you can use Snoozebox a portable hotel that delivers on-site event and festival accommodation? The system can be quickly adapted to suit different guests and their needs including a lounge-like space with a finely upholstered sofa and elegant writing desk. The whole thing can be converted into a snug bedroom. The beds are concealed in the structure with pull-down handles disguised as shadow lines.


Other winners included:

  • BMW i3, the first Bimmer to run soley on electric power and manufactured using 95% recyclable materials with a high-voltage battery that can be recycled at the end of its life;
  • State Library of Victoria’s new service design that brings the digital future to its doorstep and beyond;
  • Just two taps on the Uber app will have a driver curbside in minutes, putting the city at their fingertips. When requesting a ride, users enter a destination in the app that is sent to the driver, along with turn-by-turn directions on their app;
  • IHearYou is the world’s first hearing aid solution that enables patients to easily tune their acoustic preferences themselves, instead of a trained audiologist. The modern, attractive hearing system uses a Bluetooth enabled programmer to connect hearing aids to a smartphone application that patients then use to adjust their settings;
  • Centor, a designer and manufacturer of architectural hardware systems for folding and sliding doors, screens, blinds and bifold door locks;
  • The Blundstone 980 Underground Mining Boot is designed to overcome longstanding issues with mining boots such as leakage, material failures, lack of ankle support and stability control, excessive heat, and poor level of comfort;
  • Designed in Australia, High Resolves is a transformational global citizenship and leadership program for 13-16 year olds. It is inspiring and empowering a growing community of young people to act in the collective and long-term interest of humanity;
  • The Transportable Building Collapse Training Simulator is designed for training for structural collapse rescue operations. Designed by the Rescue/USAR training team, it is extremely practical in operations, addressing all tactical rescue training issues associated with locating and rescuing a victim trapped beneath a structural collapse. The end result will be more lives saved.


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