Come together to design a difference – win $30,000 to realise your design


Calling Victorian designers and design businesses – have you ever wanted to be part of something bigger?
To partner with a team of committed people and gather fresh momentum in creating change? 
Put your design thinking and skills to the test?
And design a new approach to enable the transformation of a real-world issue?

Victoria has a strong legacy of innovation, development and engagement in design. The State has vibrant and highly respected designers working across broad discipline areas – including health, architecture, industrial and product design, games design, design thinking and speculative production. As such, the State has a sophisticated, highly connected design community and rich potential for growth both nationally and internationally – and into related sectors in the pursuit of social, ecological, cultural and economic excellence.

It is in this context that the Victorian Government announced in late 2016 a major new initiative to support, celebrate and enable Victoria’s design sector. Curated and presented by the NGV in collaboration with Creative Victoria, the Victorian Design Program is a year-long roster of design and architecture focused events and activities culminating in Melbourne Design Week each March. This year we are proud to introduce a new strand to the program, the Victorian Design Challenge.

The Victorian Design Challenge invites Victorian designers to form multi-disciplinary teams with professionals from other sectors to apply design in targeting a real-world problem.

Each year, the Victorian Design Challenge will join forces with a Challenge Partner and focus on a relevant theme that addresses a pressing social or environmental need.

For 2018 The NGV is partnering with VicHealth to set the theme of the Challenge asking designers to form teams to respond to the Challenge question:

How might we increase the resilience of today’s young people?

A prize of $30,000 will be awarded to one winning team to help fund further development and prototyping of their design.

Key dates for 2018

Wed 7 Mar Stage One submission due
Thu 15 Mar shortlist and entrants notified
Sat 2 Jun Live Challenge Final

Registrations are now open to participate

Download the Victorian Design Challenge 2018 Brief

Download the Competition Conditions

Come along to the Challenge Information Session

An opportunity to explore the Challenge Theme in more detail, NGV and VicHealth will host a Challenge Information Session at NGV International on Friday 1 December 2017, 5.30 – 7.30pm.

You can register your attendance here: designchallenge@ngv.vic.gov.au

Partners and Supporters

The NGV Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture is generously supported by The Hugh D. T. Williamson Foundation.

Industry Supporters

Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA)

Design Institute of Australia (DIA)

Architecture Institute of Australia (AIA)

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