2015 Good Design Awards Gala

Two different pieces of ground-breaking scientific equipment developed by Cobalt in collaboration with Agilent have won Good Design Awards in 2015. All three of our entries this year were nominated for an award and Brett & Steve from Cobalt attended the gala night in Sydney's Darling Harbour on behalf of all those involved.

Good Design Australia hold awards every year to celebrate the best of Australia’s designers and the brightest of their products. Four Cobalt designed products were nominated last year, and we’ve been honoured in the years before that for a wide variety of our work.

Our biggest winner for the night was the Agilent 4300 Handheld FTIR Spectrometer (which you can read about here). Not only did it win a Good Design Award in the Medical & Scientific category, its revolutionary potential in the preservation of notable historical sites and artworks won it a Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) Selection Award, an honour given to only 14 entries. A highly sought after sample unit of the 4300 will be on display in the MASS exhibition for the next year.

The Agilent 5100 ICP-OES was another winner for Cobalt, also scoring a Good Design Award for the incredibly complex system cleverly cased in a compact bench top chassis.

Our third entry, the Food Justice Truck developed with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC), was nominated under the new “social innovation” category but sadly missed out on the top spot. Nevertheless we are extremely proud of the work we did on the project and how the ASRC use the final product to help vulnerable people in the community who need it most. You can find out more about the Food Justice Truck on twitter.

The event was attended by over 700 people involved in Australia’s design scene and it was great to see friends and clients receive awards for their outstanding work in the field. Most notably, KeepCup won a Best in Category award for their new website, which allows users to track their contribution to saving the environment with their Cobalt designed reusable coffee cups.

Thank you to Australia’s close knit and world class design scene for a great night, as well as the Good Design Awards for recognizing the quality of Cobalt’s work.