From a collaboration with Circus Oz to a new digital survey platform, a range of RMIT projects are finalists in the Premier's Design Awards.
A total of 38 groundbreaking projects have been shortlisted for the 2014 awards, which showcase the best in Victorian design and innovation.
Three projects by RMIT researchers have been nominated in the Digital Design category.
Researchers collaborated with Circus Oz to bring its entire history online through the shortlisted Circus Oz Living Archive.
Developed as a tool for artistic repertoire, academic use and as a channel for audience development and engagement, the archive features performances, rehearsals, interviews and television appearances by the acclaimed performing arts company since 1978.
The Australian Research Council-funded project was led by the School of Media and Communication's Associate Professor David Carlin.
Developed in collaboration with Smartface and Studio Propeller, the platform is designed to gauge public opinion through pop up engagement opportunities.
ePublic pop ups have featured at several major events, including the NGV's Melbourne Now exhibition.
The project was led by Dr Jeremy Yuille, Professor Martyn Hook, Dean of the School of Media and Communication, and RMIT PhD graduate Michael Dunbar.
PhD candidate Betty Sargeant's How far is UP app is another shortlisted RMIT project.
How Far is UP, created by Betty Sargeant.
In an age where many children may first encounter storytelling through digital platforms such as iPads, How far is UP is an interactive app drawing young children and adults together in the reading experience.
The app is designed to facilitate social interaction over mobile content, tapping into innovative new ways of engaging children within great stories and conserving the classic benefits of adults guiding children through their first experience of reading.
Ms Sargeant, a Lecturer in the School of Media and Communication, designed How Far is UP as part of the practice-based project element of her PhD.
The app was launched earlier this year in Toronto, Canada, in an event attended by literary luminary Margaret Atwood.
Several projects involving RMIT design staff and alumni have also been nominated as finalists in the awards:
- Supergraph 2014 (Communication Design Finalist) - a new contemporary graphic art fair celebrating design, print and illustration. The fair was directed by RMIT lecturer in Contemporary Art, Mikala Tai.
- Design Wall (Communication Design Finalist) - commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria for Melbourne Now. Curated by RMIT alumnus and staff member Simone LeAmon - with exhibition design by Mr LeAmon and fellow alumnus and lecturer Edmund Carter - the Design Wall also featured many objects designed by RMIT alumni.
- The NGV Community Hall (Architectural Design Finalist) - designed by alumni Robert McBride and Debbie Ryan of McBride Charles Ryan. The internationally-acclaimed husband and wife architecture team studied at RMIT in the 1980s, with Mr McBride completing his Masters of Architecture in the 1990s.
- Cabot's Deck Hand (Product Design Finalist) - a multi-function bucket designed for use in applying decking oil to timber decks and outdoor timber furniture, created by CobaltNiche Design, where RMIT alumni Steve Martinuzzo and Jack Magree are directors.
- Classical Fingers and Elevare Shower Foot Rest (Product Design Finalists) - a learning tool and a convenient bathroom solution created by RMIT alumnus Paul Charlwood's Charlwood Design.
- Deakin University's Burwood Highway Frontage Building (Architectural Design Finalist) - designed in part by alumnus Bruno Mendes, Principal at global architectural firm Woods Bagot.
- Spilt Milk Design Brand Identity (Communication Design Finalist) - created by Confetti Studio, founded by RMIT alumni Kevin McDowell and Tomas Shanahan.
The winners of the Premier's Design Awards will be announced on Wednesday, 1 October.
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