A total of 160 finalists for the 2013 Australian International Design Awards have been announced. Judged by Australian and international design experts, the finalists are a select group of innovative products.

“To reach a finalists shortlist with 160 products recognised for their good design is a positive indicator that many companies – large and small – are investing in professional design to remain competitive and attract the attention of consumers and businesses,” said Brandon Gien, Managing Director of Good Design Australia.

“It’s great to see well-known brands such as Breville, Sunbeam and Cochlear continuing to produce beautiful, functional products. I’m always pleased to see Aussie innovations recognised, like this year’s QuickLay Fire Attack Pack for fire-fighters, the Tractile Roofing System, PAFtec CleanSpace2 respirator, PRED9X purpose-built firearm-mounted light, AtomoRapid integrated rapid blood testing device, Taste Mobile Kitchen service from the Benevolent Society and WiTouch wearable TENS pain relief device,” Gien said.

The Australian International Design Awards is Australia’s longest running and most prestigious design award program – now in its 55th year.

Previous winners of the overall Australian Design Award include Ben Lexcen’s America’s Cup keel, Marc Newson’s Qantas A380 Economy Seat and the Nucleus® 24 Contour Cochlear Implant.

Winners in ‘Best in Category’ and the overall winner of the Australian International Design Award of the Year will be announced at the 2013 Australian International Design Awards Presentation Ceremony on 30 May in Sydney. Book your tickets online.

Following the awards night – book your seats for the Design as Strategy Forum to hear a series of designers talk about customer inspired designs. Guest speakers include the Head of Design for Samsung and Richard Seymour from the UK, the designer of Richard Branson’s Spaceship – the Virgin Galactic.

For more information about the finalists, visit Good Design Australia.

Images courtesy of the Australian International Design Awards, a division of Good Design Australia

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