The Australian Good Design Awards has its origins in the Industrial Design Council of Australia (now Good Design Australia), founded in 1958. Since 1963 IDCA has reviewed Australian-designed products, presented the best with awards and promoted them through exhibitions and other activities.
The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences has recognised excellence in Australian design with its own award, introduced in 1992, as part of the annual Australian Good Design Awards. Many of these products have been displayed in the Museum and some have been acquired.
This collection documents the development of the Australian product design industry over a period of 25 years. Some products have been long-term successes, others not so. They all help to tell the story of the process of designing, manufacturing and marketing products in Australia at the end of the 21st century, recognising the important role of design in harnessing the challenges of science and technology to make a positive impact on our lives.