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Queensland Premier's Design Awards

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Does good design inspire you to inspire others?

Nicola Lloyd
Nicola Lloyd of Lloyd Grey Design was presented with the Smart State Design Fellowship

The Queensland Premier's Design Awards recognise the importance of design to business, lifestyle and innovation through the presentation of:

  • A $40 000 Smart State Design Fellow to an individual or team who has significantly contributed to developing a design culture within Queensland. Entrants may be from any industry or sector.
  • A $10 000 Emerging Design Leader Award to an emerging Queensland designer who embodies excellence in their expertise, talent, skill and commitment to design.

Nicola Lloyd was the winner of the Smart State Design Fellow in 2011, while Yen Trinh was named as last year's Emerging Design Leader. Read more about last year's winners (PDF, 1.4MB).

The Smart State Design Fellowship recognises an individual who:

  • has made a significant contribution to the development of design in Queensland
  • has influenced Queensland's economy, society or environment through design-led thinking
  • embodies the principles of good design and demonstrates leadership and commitment to design
  • is inspirational to others.
Yen Trinh
Brisbane-based urban and regional planner Yen Trinh was awarded the Emerging Design Leader title for 2011.

The Fellowship is open to Queensland residents from any industry or sector. The Fellowship recipient will also serve on the Queensland Design Council, mentor design students and will undertake regional design talks.

The Emerging Design Leader Award recognises an emerging designer's:

  • commitment to achieving design excellence
  • approach, professionalism and design practice
  • vision, design principles, goals and future potential
  • peer respect
  • broader contribution to the Queensland economy, society or environment.

The Emerging Design Leader award is open to design practitioners located in Queensland who graduated from their first design degree less than 10 years ago. The award recipient will deliver a presentation on their travel experiences and findings to the local design community.

Awards dates

Applications open on Friday 17 February and close COB Monday 23 April 2012.


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Venue Partner

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Application forms and guidelines

The Queensland Premier's Design Awards Guidelines document outlines the two categories, eligibility requirements, selection criteria, selection process and support material, including referee reports, that is required to nominate for the awards.

Smart State Design Fellowship Guidelines and Application Form (DOC, 419KB)

Smart State Design Fellowship Referee's Report Form (DOC, 238KB)

Emerging Design Leader Guidelines and Application Form (DOC, 422KB)

Emerging Design Leader Referee's Report Form (DOC, 280KB)

Email enquiries to Senior Arts Development Officer (Visual Arts, Craft & Design) or telephone (07) 3234 1092.

Award background

In 2006, Arts Queensland established the Smart State Designer of the Year Award to recognise design excellence and professionalism by a Queensland designer. This award was replaced by the Queensland Premier's Design Awards in 2010 as part of Designing Queensland 2008-12, a $3 million Queensland Design Strategy 2020 program to foster a culture of creativity and innovation in Queensland and boost economic activity and investment through design.