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.

Registration takes 5 minutes. Applications are open from 8 May and close 19 July. 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.

Product Design

Product Design is the process of taking of an invention / innovation through to mass production.  The process should address the following points –

  1. Form
  2. Function
  3. Quality
  4. Safety
  5. Environmental Sustainability

Product Design does not refer to the development of a ‘one-off’ product.

Nominations are open to any manufacturing company that has introduced a manufactured product resulting from a formal product design process, where that process took place in the Hunter, Central Coast or mid-north Coast Region.

Note – Applicants may find that their application into the Excellence in Product Design category may also be a ‘fit’ for another category, such as marketing, Technology, Innovation, Manufacturing Process, Export, 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

The application must:

  1. List the name and product code of the product being submitted.
  2. Include a number of images showing the product from all sides with detail images of significant features, particularly any control panels or user interfaces.
  3. Show that both the form of the product and the function of the product are well analysed and thoroughly resolved.
  4. Show how the design facilitates the achievement of quality during manufacture, how the design delivers safety to all stakeholders and how the design has minimised the impact of the product on the physical environment.

The judges will look for examples of product design where the goals listed above are sought through synergies between objectives rather than compromises in one objective to promote another.

Examples of Good Product Design

Below is a link to a site where you can view examples of good product design –

Photographs, drawings, etc, may be included as an attachment to this application form and should be labelled clearly for the judges. E.g. Question 3 – evidence provided

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. If you are having issues with the size of your example files, please contact Carol McEwan on info@hma.org.au or call 0438 242 899 to make an alternate arrangement to send your file(s).

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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. Form

Name the Product and include photograph(s) – Demonstrate, using images of the product, that the styling is appropriate, that it has been well resolved and that it evokes an emotional connection with the user.

10 / 50

  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 / 50

  1. Quality

Describe, using images where appropriate, how well the original concept has been translated into production, how the finish achieved is high level, that the product is robust and that the product represents good value for money.

10 / 50

  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 safety hazards.

10 / 50

  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 / 50

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Previous Year's Winner

Excellence In Product Design – Norris Industries

2018 Winner –  Norris Industries

Norris Industries has carefully developed the new AP series commercial dishwasher with a genuine focus on the operational cost of the asset, and the holistic environmental impact over the lifespan of the product.

The innovative product design Norris has employed in the new AP series means it uses less than half the electricity of a comparable commercial dishwasher, which has been independently verified by the university of Newcastle.

The AP series commercial dishwasher is the result of a significant investment in research and development; Norris has conducted a detailed review of 2 years’ in-service data and applied these findings to steer their new design and technology.

The true environmental and cost savings of the new design undoubtedly, establishes a new benchmark to which other manufactures should aspire; Norris have delivered a product that shows a clear, in-depth understanding of their customers’ needs.

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Please Register first before completing your application form. Registration takes 5 minutes and close 19 July. Applications are open from 8 May and close 19 July.

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