Victorian Design Challenge 2019

State Victoria
Client The National Gallery of Victoria
Competition Two Stage Design Competition
Winners Studio Periscope, Maddison Ryder, Mill Park Library Makers Club
Abigail Forsyth Co-Founder, Keep Cup
Craig Reucassel Presenter, War on Waste
John Gertsakis Director and co-founder, E-Waste Watch Institute
Rebecca Gilling CEO, Planet Ark
Tamsin O’Neill Director and Editor, Green Magazine

The Victorian Design Challenge is run by NGV as part of Melbourne Design Week and seeks to celebrate intersections and explore new modes of design–led activity, delving into the diverse arenas within which design now moves and has agency. Placing a spotlight on a key issue each year, the Challenge provides an important opportunity for students, designers, engineers, and innovators to look across broad sectors – across government, research, NGO, business and education to conceptualise, develop and test ideas that demonstrate the value of design, while tangibly addressing a pressing social need.

For 2019 the NGV set the theme "Waste Challenge" and invited design professionals and students to tackle one of the great challenges of our time – waste. Winning prizes were awarded to industrial designers Studio Periscope for Rollie, a hamster wheel like playground structure that uses a ‘hot’ composting system to convert food waste into a resource and reduces the release of methane; Maddison Ryder won the Tertiary category with Lettuce Eat, a series of single use plates made from waste Iceberg Lettuce that are immediately biodegradable; Students from the Mill Park Library Makers Club won the schools category with Robot Walking School Bus, a robot designed to pick up students from their homes and take them to school, as well as carrying organic waste that the children bring out from their homes.