The 2010 Cormack Innovation Awards organised by Cormack Packaging was held recently at the Doltone House in Sydney.
The 2010 Cormack Innovation Awards program is a highlight of the packaging industry calendar and is based on bringing student design concepts to life.
Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki was the special guest for this year’s awards and presented his entertaining and thought-provoking ‘Great Moments in Innovation’, which set the tone for the evening and reinforced the practical yet dynamic nature of the Awards program.
Leading industry representatives, guests and aspiring designers gathered together to celebrate the innovative work submitted by 3rd year Industrial Design students for the Awards program.
Defining the ‘Smart Minds Practical Solutions’ identity, this year proved to be one of the strongest in the 9-year history of the Cormack Innovation Awards.
Tan Zhu Chen Joseph Louis from the University of New South Wales won the 2010 Cormack Innovation Award for his innovative child-resistant closure design.
Mr. Louis was awarded a $2,500 cheque and a 3-month paid internship with Cormack Packaging commencing in January 2011. An international student, Tan Zhu thanked his parents in Singapore for affording him the opportunity to achieve his design career goals in Australia.
Eric Chau, also from the University of New South Wales took the second place for his design submission and was honoured with the Australian Institute of Packaging Scholarship in Innovation.
This Certificate in Packaging is a level 3 qualification, accredited by PIABC and providing a level of insight as well as understanding into the packaging industry to add real and measurable value to a student’s career and business.
Eric was delighted with his Scholarship win and thanked Cormack and the AIP for the opportunity to enhance his knowledge in design and packaging.
The calibre of designs submitted this year demonstrated a high level of talent and initiative. The designs that featured in the Top 20 showed innovative thought and progressive design in their communication whilst also remaining committed to the brief: Ease of Use and Accessibility.
The brief was generated from the recent Packaging Covenant changes and reflects awareness by Cormack to educate students in current industry issues and follow these with purposeful design solutions.