Excellence in Product Design

You’re thinking about entering the Excellence in Product Design Category? Excellent!

Nominations are open for consideration of the Excellence in Product Design at the annual Hunter Manufacturing Awards.

This Award is sponsored by Biscit.

Registration takes 5 minutes. Applications are open until 13th August 2021. If you have been unable to meet the deadline, please contact HMA to make an alternate arrangement.

Please read the following definition before completing your application form to ensure you are submitting in the correct category.

Definitions & Guidelines

To assist you with this application the judges have provided some guidelines.

When providing your answers, the “For Example” / guidelines we have suggested for each question are not intended to be exhaustive. They are designed as examples and prompts to help you understand the judges’ requirements. It is important that where you state that you have evidence in support of the specific question you are answering, you need to provide that evidence – usually, a generic brochure or company overview is not sufficient.

HMA is interested in seeing initiatives that have been identified, driven, and resolved within our region (Hunter, Central Coast, Mid North Coast).

Focus of the Category

This category recognises businesses that have developed a product that demonstrates high level product design attributes.  The product is intended for significant sales volumes and is not a ‘one off’ item.

Note – Applicants may find that their application into this category may also be a ‘fit’ for another category, such as Manufacturer of the Year, etc.

By adapting the information to fit the criteria of other categories you give yourself the opportunity for your product, process, etc. to be profiled in more than one sector.

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Example Information Required

Each of the listed criteria must be addressed and where possible, evidence provided

Photographs, drawings, etc. may be included as an attachment to the online application form – please label clearly.

Please address the following criteria and restrict the content of each criteria response to 200 words or less. For example; Question 1 can only have a maximum of 200 words.

Maximum File Size

The entry form allows a maximum file size of 20MB to be uploaded. In the event you need further assistance, clarification or want to submit appendix documentation larger than 20MB, please contact Carol McEwan on 0438 242 899.

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Judging Criteria & Values

Below is a breakdown of each question, the criteria judges will be looking for and the value of each question.

Question Judging Criteria Value
  1. Product Description

Name the product, provide a clear description, using photographs and video where appropriate. Demonstrate, using visual material, what the product does, who the customers are and why it is of relevance in the marketplace.


  1. Form (Aesthetics)

Good product design uses deliberately considered aesthetics and physical styling ques to make products intuitive to use and desirable to relevant customers.

Describe, using images where appropriate, how you have considered the products physical form and its distinguishing features.

10 / 70

  1. Function

Describe, using images where appropriate, how the product performs well in meeting the needs of its primary and secondary user groups, how it is easy to understand and that the ergonomics have been well resolved.

10 / 70

  1. Quality (of Design)

Good design solves problems whilst aiding to make products easier to manufacture.

Describe, using images where appropriate, how well:

  • the product design has addressed the original requirements the product set out to solve.
  • the original design concept has been translated into production,
  • the product is appropriate and that the product represents good value for money.

10 / 70

  1. Safety

Demonstrate, using images where appropriate, that the design protects the user and third parties from harm, that it safeguards as far as possible against misuse and unintentional use, that it complies with applicable standards and that through its form and applied graphics it communicates the presence of any safety hazards.

10 / 70

  1. Environmental Sustainability

Demonstrate that there is a genuine need for the product, that it is energy, material and water efficient, that the design maximises the useful life of the product and that it is designed to facilitate disassembly and recycling.

10 / 70

  1. Commerciality

Demonstrate that the product has improved your company brand value and / or generated a positive return on investment, or that the projections are that it will generate a positive return on investment if it is still in its infancy in the market.

10 / 70

  1. Innovation

To what extent are the design features new and original.

10 / 70

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Please Register first before completing your application form. Registration takes 5 minutes and close 13th August 2021.

Follow the below link to start the registration process.

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