CLEVER BIKE BELL TAKES OUT VICTORIA’S HIGHEST DESIGN HONOUR
A ground-breaking bicycle bell has been awarded the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Design Award of the Year, the highest honour for design and innovation in the state.
Designed and developed by Catalyst Design Group – a Victorian based Industrial Design consultancy, Oi: The Knog Bike Bell is a revolutionary new take on the traditional bicycle bell.
One of the main drivers for re-designing the bike bell was that in many countries, bikes are required by law to be sold with bells attached. These bells are often badly designed and are thrown away once purchased. The Oi Bike Bell offers bike owners a beautifully designed and highly desirable object that is a delight to use.
Minister of Creative Industries Martin Foley said, “These awards recognise Victorian designers and architects who go beyond the local to influence design thinking internationally. These finalists and winning projects are not only the best in Victoria, they are some of the best in the world, and reflect the diversity of design talent here in our creative state.”
Commenting on the overall winner, Celina Clarke, Chair of the Premier’s Design Awards Jury said: “The Oi Bike Bell demonstrates what good design can bring to an otherwise forgotten product.”
“The Oi Bike Bell exemplifies excellence in industrial design and brings together clever manufacturing, smart use of materials and a unique design aesthetic that sets it apart from other products in its class,” said Ms. Clarke.
The Oi Bike Bell beat nine other innovative projects selected as Best in Category Winners to take out the top award.
Contenders for the Premier’s Design Award of the Year included:
Acute House, a clever renovation on a restricted triangular block; The 2 Litre Towel’s innovative, refrigerated packaging solution; ANZ’s digital ‘virtual garden’ that reacts to weather and displays Twitter feeds using a cutting-edge gaming technology platform; Thankyou’s Track Your Impact, a digital solution that allows customers to fund safe water, food and sanitation projects around the world; the world’s first cinematic quality Micro Camera; and the student-designed VicHyper Pod Prototype, a concept designed for SpaceX, that can travel at the speed of sound (1,200kph) using magnetic levitation and electrical motors within a vacuum tube.
The 2016 Premier’s Design Awards attracted a record number of entries and included two new categories for Fashion Design and Student Design.
Premier’s Design Award Best in Category Winners for 2016 are:
Acute House, Best in Category Architectural Design
The 2 Litre Towel, Best in Category Communication Design
Indigenous Placemaking Strategy for Ngarara Place, Best in Category Design Strategy
ANZ Virtual Garden, Best in Category Digital Design (Joint Winner)
Thankyou’s Track Your Impact, Best in Category Digital Design (Joint Winner)
SZN, Best in Category Fashion Design
Blackmagic Micro Camera, Best in Category Product Design
122 Roseneath Street, Best in Category Service Design
VicHyper Pod Prototype, Best in Category Student Design
View all the Best in Category Winners and Premier’s Design Award of the Year HERE.