*This post was updated on 21 June to reflect the new Award name.

Are you a champion of design thinking? Are you into clever creative design? Then it’s time to enter the Queensland Premier’s Design Awards 2012, Australia’s richest design prize. The Queensland Smart Design Awards (Formerly the Queensland Premier’s Design Awards) celebrate the contribution of good design towards business, lifestyle and innovation in Queensland. Now in its third year, the 2012 Queensland Premier’s Design Awards is calling for entries from any industry or sector for the following:

  • The $40 000 Smart State Design Fellow acknowledges an individual who has significantly contributed to developing a design culture within Queensland. Entrants may be from any industry or sector.
  • The $10 000 Emerging Design Leader Award recognises an emerging Queensland designer who embodies excellence in their expertise, talent, skill and commitment to design. The prize involves a travel bursary to attend an international design event.

The 2011 Fellowship Award went to Nicola Lloyd for her long-standing commitment to fostering innovative design through her business, as a lecturer at the Queensland College of Art and through a number of professional organisations. Nicola co-designed three pavilions for World Expo ’88, and was project manager on branding for Sanctuary Cove, the Brisbane Hilton and Cairns Hilton before co-founding Lloyd Grey Design in 1993.

As the Smart Design Fellow (Formerly the Smart State Design Fellow) , Nicola has been an extremely active champion for design through the State Government’s design advisory group, the Queensland Design Council, and at speaking engagements state-wide. Listen to Nicola talk about her Fellowship on ABC Radion National’s ‘By Design’ here.

The Emerging Design Leader Award provides a rising star with a $10 000 travel bursary to attend an international design event.

Last year the Award went toYen Trinh, a dynamic Brisbane-based urban and regional planner. Yen has participated in design projects involving landscapes, furniture, exhibitions and more in Australia and overseas. She will use her bursary to travel to Copenhagen and also attend and volunteer at the London Architecture Festival. While in London she will participate in Architecture Association School’s Summer MAKE which engages students in a live architecture project at Hooke Park, a 350-acre working forest.

The 2010 Fellowship Award went to Alexander Lotersztain, a principal of Brisbane-based design studio derlot whose work has been exhibited worldwide, while Kent Gration took out the Emerging Design Leader Award, and used the prize to attend 100% Design Shanghai, China’s premier interior design showcase. This outing was part of a cultural exchange to promote the importance of environmental and sociological design within the Asia Pacific.

The Queensland Smart Design Awards is dedicated to positioning design at the heart of Queensland life and making the state a hub for design excellence in the Asia-Pacific region. The aim of the Awards is to build on the exciting energy of Queensland designers in all fields and ensure all government agencies are committed to promoting and demonstrating the value of design and encouraging its integration into business, the community and public sector through schools, hospitals and public spaces. Along with the monetary prize, both the 2012 Smart Design Fellow and the Emerging Design Leader will also receive a specially commissioned pin created by contemporary Brisbane jeweller Elizabeth Shaw.

Entries will close on 23 April 2012. For more information and nomination guidelines please visit the Queensland Premier’s Design Awards site.

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Images courtesy of Arts Queensland.

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