AUSTRALIA BY DESIGN
Innovation at its most simple is about bringing an idea to market, but the power comes when you link design to creativity which allows that innovation to answer a need we didn’t know we had. Reminiscent of popular shows such as Beyond 2000 and The New Inventors, over 7 episodes Australia By Design: Innovations features ten amazing innovations in each episode. One or more of these innovations are chosen to go through to the 8th and final episode to be featured amongst the top 10. It will be up to the show’s expert panel of judges to decide which innovation will be declared Australia’s top innovation of the year.
Season 3 – 2019
Presenters & Judges
Series 2 – 2018
Season 1 – 2017
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Jamie Durie Design
International award-winning Australian designer and author Jamie Durie started his design practice 21 years ago in 1998. Since then he and his team at Durie Design have received over 36 international design awards including the coveted gold medal at the Chelsea flower show in London and further gold medals received in Singapore, Tokyo, Auckland NZ, Melbourne, and Durie’s place of birth, Sydney.
In 2001 Durie made his entrance into furniture design when he and his team were asked to design various pieces of custom furniture for several upmarket hotels and resorts first in Spain, with several more in Asia, Australia and the Middle East. After launching several design collaborations in Europe, USA and Australia his furniture is now retailed worldwide through his multiple partnerships.
Jamie started his television career as host of the 6-time Logie award winning lifestyle juggernaut Backyard Blitz. Jamie has hosted over 52 primetime design shows worldwide aired in over 90 countries, and has hosted The Outdoor Room, HGTV Green Home, HGTV Dream Home TV shows among many others since his debut as a regular celebrity designer guest for 4 years on the Oprah Winfrey show.
Today, Durie is the new judge in House Rules and a regular contributor of Better Homes and Gardens. Durie is also the host of Habitus House of the Year and the new host of Australia by Design.
In honour of his work over the last two decades, Jamie was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2013 for services to the environment & design, while in 2004, he received the Centenary Medal for services to the environment, television, and the community.
Terri Winter is a wife, mother, designer and Australian entrepreneur who is fuelled by a passion to unearth the best designs on the planet and share them with a wider audience.
Terri believes that creative design is everywhere and works tirelessly to bring top3 fans an edited selection of the very best. She’s just like a kid on Christmas morning when new products arrive in the warehouse — spurring on the hunt for the next amazing piece to add to the top3 collection.
Terri’s eye for innovative design has made her a sought after leader and mentor in the design community. She is a judge on the Australian International Design Awards, the Tasmanian Design Awards and the Design Discovery Awards in Chicago. Terri was also a judge for the Bombay Sapphire Design, and has had various appearances on design panels like ‘The Iron Designer’, Belle Magazine’s ‘House and Apartment of the Year’ and the Chicago Homewares Design Awards.
When she’s not searching for innovations for top3, you can find Terri cheering on her two sons, Jay and Zac, from the sidelines at their soccer matches or walking her dog, Shadow, with her husband, Bernd.
Dr. Brandon Gien
Founder of Good Design Australia
Dr. Brandon Gien is the Founder of Good Design Australia and Chair of the annual Australian Good Design Awards. In 2015, Brandon was inaugurated as a Senator of the World Design Organization (WDO), the world body for Industrial Design. He was a member of the Board of Directors for three consecutive terms and elected President of the organisation from 2013 to 2015, the first Australian to hold this position.
During his term as WDO President, he led the strategic transformation of the organisation, resulting in a new name, new vision and mission and a new global definition of Industrial Design. Through his work on the WDO Executive Board, he was instrumental in creating the World Design Impact Prize to honour Industrial Design driven projects that make a positive impact on our social, economic, cultural and environmental quality of life.
He is the current Chair of the Selection Committee for the World Design Capital®, designated every two years by the World Design Organization to recognise cities for their effective use of design to drive economic, social, cultural, and environmental development.
Prior to founding Good Design Australia, Dr. Gien was the Executive Director of Design Strategy at Standards Australia, recognised by the Australian Government as nation’s peak standards body.
He studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Newcastle where he later graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design. He holds a PhD in Environmental Design from the University of Canberra’s School of Design and Architecture.
Brandon is a Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia, Professional Member of the Industrial Design Society of America, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of the United Nations Association of Australia.
Dr. Gien was made a Design Ambassador to Japan, an international design advocacy role organised by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP).
He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Industrial Design at the University of Canberra and a presenter on popular television series: Australia by Design Innovation on Network TEN and 10 Bold.
RMIT Design Student
Peter Freedman AM
Founder & Chairman RØDE Microphones / The Freedman Group
Peter Freedman AM is the Founder and Chairman of RØDE Microphones, an entrepreneur, philanthropist and passionate ambassador for Australian manufacturing and export excellence. Among dozens of manufacturing, product and export awards, Peter received Australia’s highest national honour, the Order of Australia (denoted by AM) in 2016 and was Ernst & Young’s Australian Entrepreneur of the Year (National Industry Category) in 2014.
Established in 1992 as a brand under Freedman Electronics – the sound installation company started by his parents in 1967 – Peter has grown RØDE into the world’s number one brand in studio and on-camera microphones, with offices in Sydney, Los Angeles, New York, London, Seoul, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shenzhen.
2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the formation of Freedman Electronics, a milestone celebrated with an inspection tour by then-Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, in February. In the Prime Minister’s words, “RØDE Microphones are legendary… the best in the world. This is a great Australian story.”
Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Planet Innovation Ltd
Sam is Co-CEO and co-founder of Planet Innovation Ltd. Sam, is an innovative and strategic business leader with deep experience in strategy, sales and operations and a successful track record in the global commercialization of technology-rich products. At PI, Sam is responsible for building the spin-off ventures which includes raising capital, establishing boards and management teams and executing the organisations business strategy. Prior to PI, Sam held various international roles at Leica (a Danaher company) and Vision BioSystems covering sales, marketing, operations and R&D.
Sam holds an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Melbourne, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Melbourne Business School and strategy training from London Business School.
Professor Laurene Vaughan
Dean – School of Design, RMIT University
Professor Laurene Vaughan is Dean of the School of Design at RMIT University. In 2011 – 2012 she held the position of Neirenberg Chair –Invited Distinguished Professor of Design, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University.
Laurene is internationally recognized for her leadership in design research and education, including her particular passion for interdisciplinary, exploratory and applied approaches. Laurene supervises practice-based research degrees at RMIT.
Laurene has a diverse design research practice that is grounded in place based, human centred design interventions. She has been a Chief Investigator of a range of research projects, with competitive funding in excess of $1.9million.
The outcomes of her research result in industry reports, academic publications, exhibitions and project artefacts. Her recent publications include: Designing Place (Melbourne Books 2010), Mapping Environmental Issues in the City (Springer 2011), Design Collectives: an approach to practice (Cambridge Press 2012), Performing the Archive (Ashgate 2014), Practice Based Design Research (Bloomsbury 2017), and her most recent edited collection Designing Cultures of Care (Bloomsbury 2018).
Whipsaw, CEO, Principal Designer
Dan is President, CEO, and cofounder of Whipsaw. He is also the Principal Designer and directs the strategic and conceptual direction of most client accounts. His passion and experience combined with his personal philosophies about art, culture, psychology and technology permeate the work and the Whipsaw brand.
Throughout his prolific career Dan has designed hundreds of successful products ranging from baby bottles to supercomputers. Some of these hits include the Google Chromecast and OnHub, Nest Dropcam cameras, Brita Stream water purifiers, Dell’s Precision line, Cisco Telepresence systems, Livescribe smart pens, Eton radios, Adiri baby bottles, Yubo lunch boxes, Highfive teleconferencing, Intel tablets, Aristocrat slot machines, Leapfrog LeapPads, Roku devices, Topcon survey tools, Braun housewares, Motorola phones, Gateway PC’s, Sony headsets, the original Acer Aspire PC line, AT&T phones, NeXT computers, Logitech mice and Oracle computers.
Dan has won 255 design awards including many IDEA, Red Dot, iF, MDEA, D&AD, and G-Mark. He has been granted over 300 patents. His work has been featured in the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Museum, The Henry Ford Museum, the Chicago Athenaeum, and the Pasadena Museum of California Art.
Fast Company magazine selected Dan as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business 2014, calling him “design’s secret weapon”. Fast Company also featured Dan as a Master of Design in 2005. His views and work have also been featured in Abitare, Axis, Business Week, CNN, Domus, Form, Fortune, Metropolis, Newsweek, Time, Wired, and several design books. Dan was inducted into the World Technology Network in 2013, a curated membership that honors individuals doing “the most innovative work of the greatest likely long term significance”.
Prior to founding Whipsaw in 1999, Dan was a VP and President at frog design where he designed many notable products and helped steer the company for ten years. Before joining frog in 1989 he was a lead designer at Henry Dreyfuss Associates and interned with design master George Nelson. He also interned at Hewlett Packard and Richardson Smith and graduated from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture and Art.
Director InDesign Media
Founder and Managing Director, Form Designs
Edward Khoury is the Founder and Managing Director of Form Designs, a leading industrial design consultancy in Perth and around Australia. Edward has a passion for innovation and design and has, over the last 36+ years, established strong relationships with clients and manufacturers around the world. He has registered over 300 patents and designs for projects over the past three decades which is a testament to his ability to innovate.
Founder, CEO & Creative Director, paulwylde
Located in The Bay Area of San Francisco, Paul is CEO and Creative Director of paulwylde – an award-winning brand, innovation and design consultancy that specializes in designing for hospitality. His active clients include Delta Air Lines, Jet Suite X, The Boeing Company, Allegiant Airlines, Saudia, Hawaiian Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Hilton Worldwide, Air Canada, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Jet Blue and Panasonic. His projects span brand strategy, identity design, advertising, experience and service, food and beverage and new product development.
paulwylde’s recent design and innovation programs for JetBlue MINT, Hawaiian Airlines and Hilton Worldwide have been acknowledged by many as the most notable innovations in the North American and Asia Pacific markets, using brand-led design to disrupt the status quo and drive competitive advantage. paulwylde was voted one of the most influential design teams in the world today by Monocle magazine.
Paul regularly gives presentations and lectures on design management, corporate identity and branding at events and conferences across the world. In 1997, he was invited to Buckingham Palace to meet Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of his services to design. He has appeared on NPR, BBC 2 and Dutch television and has been featured in the New York Times T magazine and Monocle. Paul’s work has been exhibited at London’s Design Museum twice. He is a visiting lecturer at The University of Washington, Syracuse University, The London School of Marketing, Central Saint Martins School of Art and London Metropolitan University.
CSIRO’s Director of National Collections and Marine Infrastructure
Toni Moate leads a $73 million business as CSIRO’s Director of National Collections and Marine Infrastructure, overseeing research activities for some of Australia’s largest natural assets – the ocean and our biodiversity.
One of Toni’s major projects has been leading the design, build and commissioning process for Australia’s only blue-water research ship, the $120 million RV Investigator. At the time, this was the single biggest contract CSIRO had signed since its inception (excluding property) and the vessel is now extensively used by the international marine research community.
Toni, who joined with CSIRO in 1991 as a Project Officer, has extensive experience in strategic, financial, project and stakeholder management. As the Director, National Collections and Marine Infrastructure, Toni is responsible for ensuring CSIRO’s national collections and marine infrastructure are effectively positioned, managed and utilised for long term financial sustainability and support science delivery in the national interest. Prior to her current role Toni was Executive Director, Future Research Vessel Project and Deputy Chief, Science Operations for CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research.
Toni received the Tasmanian Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award and the Public Sector and Academia Award in 2017 for her achievements as a business leader, including her work on the massive RV Investigator ship-build project. Toni was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service in Australian marine and atmospheric science, as part of the Queen’s Birthday 2015 Honours List, and is a Fellow of the Certified Practising Accountants.