Monash cleans up at Good Design Week


Monash University has certainly made the headlines of Good Design Week, with its design department having won numerous Good Design awards for 2021.

Six of the university’s designs that were submitted for a number of categories were recognized for their efforts. The projects cover hand hygiene, aircraft cabins and mechanical ventilators, coded design tools, urban safety and “i-conic” exhibits.

Many of the winning projects were the subject of multidisciplinary teams and external partners, emphasizing the importance of collaboration for innovative projects.

Associate professor and head of Monash’s design department, Gene Bawden says the university is thrilled to have been championed for its efforts in a range of categories.

“Obtaining this number of awards is a real boost for our researchers, practitioners, students and collaborators in design,” he says.

“They are proof that the Monash design community continues to face significant challenges, not only those we faced together during the lockdown, but those that need to be addressed beyond the pandemic, including security. urban, health and hygiene, and genuine community engagement. ”

The Dean of Monash Art, Design and Architecture, Professor Shane Murray, said he wanted to congratulate the team.

“These are impactful projects in themselves and I’m happy that these awards recognized the team’s contribution, driving results through design,” he said.

“With the appointment of Dr. Leah Heiss, our new international design research chair and award recipient, we look forward to further excellent work and collaborations in the future. “

The Good Design Awards, presented last week, are considered a major honor for design and innovation in the country. For the full list of winners, visit

Please find below the complete list of the winners of the Monash University Good Design Awards.

Gold awards

Clean hands, save lives: hand hygiene designed for better health care

Monash Design Health Collaboration with Enware, Monash Health, Monash Electrical & Data Engineering and Oracle Healthcare

The Hand Hygiene Management System helps healthcare facilities move from forced and indistinguishable hand hygiene compliance to a situation where sustainable hand hygiene behavior is second nature.

Touch tools

Associate Professor Leah Heiss and Dr Marius Foley

The touch tools co-design method brings diverse groups of people together to solve complex problems. The toolkit draws on research into human-centered design and has been used by more than 250 elderly and healthcare professionals to solve complex problems, including redesigning the end of life experience.

Australian I-conic design

Ian Wong and Tim Isaacson

A sustainable design and archival research project contributing to the understanding of industrial design practice in Australia.

Hypersex city

Monash XYX Lab (Gene Bawden, Nicole Kalms, Isabella Webb, Gill Mathewson, Jess Berry, Timothy Moore, Hayden Doward, Ella Mitchell)

An immersive typographic installation, a video series and a participatory website. The project is both a representation and a repository for research concerning gender-based harassment, violence and dangerous behavior as it occurs in our cities.

Good design award

Rest: an economy class aircraft cabin designed for sleep

Nyein Aung (and his thesis supervisors Mark Armstrong, Arthur de Bono, Robbie Napper, Monash Design Health Collab)

Repose is an aircraft cabin that improves the in-flight sleep of economy class passengers through the cabin design instead of the seat design.

Next Generation Award


Aman Bhatti and Ben Fraser (Industrial Design and Engineering students from Monash)

A low cost and easy to manufacture mechanical ventilator mainly made by additive manufacturing which can easily be outsourced to community members.


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