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    Minister for Education and Training and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Rod Welford

    Smart State Designer of the Year announced

    Minister for Education and Training and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Rod Welford

    Saturday, June 14, 2008

    Smart State Designer of the Year announced

    Industrial designer Rob Geddes has been announced the 2008 Smart State Designer of the Year at the qdos Awards by Arts Minister Rod Welford.

    Mr Welford said the $5000 Smart State Designer of the Year Award recognised a career of design excellence and a leadership role in Queensland’s design sector.

    “For more than 25 years Mr Geddes, director of PROdesign, has been a practising designer, achieving international success and recognition,” Mr Welford said.

    “One of his innovative designs, the Qlicksmart Cassette 3in1 sterile scalpel blade remover, is now widely used in the medical profession.

    “He is also a former president of the Queensland Chapter of the Design Institute of Australia and a passionate advocate of our local designers and their work.

    “Mr Geddes joins previous Smart State Designer of the Year winners, furniture designer Lasse Kinnunen and interior designer Kirsti Simpson, as an acknowledged leader of our vibrant design community.”

    Mr Welford said Mr Geddes was one of three finalists for the award, including jewellery designer Ari Athans and interior designer Revelyn Bryce-Browning, selected by a panel of international, national and state-based designers and design industry professionals.

    The award comprises a $5000 travel bursary which previous winners have used to visit Italy’s Milan Furniture Fair, the international showcase of new design and design trends.

    “Our Government is committed to supporting a sustainable, globally aware design sector and the Smart State Designer of the Year Award is about recognising and rewarding the local designers at the forefront of the industry,” he said.

    “In the 2008-09 State Budget $3 million has been allocated to Designing Queensland, a program dedicated to raising the profile of the state’s design sector by branding Queensland as the centre of Asia-Pacific design.”

    This year’s Smart State Designer of the Year Award was one of four major prizes announced last night (Friday) at the Design Institute of Australia’s qdos Awards presented at the refurbished Schonell Theatre at St Lucia.

    The qdos Awards recognise excellence in interior design, visual communication design and three dimensional design.

    Media contact: Emma Clarey on 3237 1000