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MAPDA winners announced @ AMaGA conf

Winner of Children’s Book Level A is Te Papa’s Why is That Spider Dancing? The Amazing Arachnids of Aotearoa. Designer: Kate Barraclough.

MAPDA 2022 Winners List, Australian Museums and Galleries Association, June 2022

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Museums Australasia Multimedia and Publication Design Awards. View the full shortlist here.

The Awards were presented on 17 June at an Awards Breakfast as part of the AMaGA National Conference in Boorloo Perth.

Entry Levels

MAPDA Entry Levels are based on your organisations operating budget.

  • Level A – Annual operating budget up to $8million.
  • Level B – Annual operating budget over $8million.

Thank you

The MAPDAs are generously sponsored by Australian Book Connection

Check back soon for the full gallery


APP

LEVEL B

HIGHLY COMMENDED

The National Film and Sound Archive
Spotlight
Designer: Dan Koerner, Sarah Little, Matt Cracknell (Sandpit)
The judges said: I enjoyed the way this app combines questing-style play, a variety of pre-existing learning resources and the ubiquitous popularity of gifs to create a new way to explore this exhibition. The fun design complements the style of the app

WINNER

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Matisse audio experience
Designer: Art Gallery of New South Wales with Art Processors

The judges said: Super clean interface, clever on-boarding UX and they got Laetitia Sadier to do the soundtrack! The inclusion of the transcript and ease of scrubbing were really appreciated.


BOOK

LEVEL A

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū
HELLZAPOPPIN’! The Art of Flying Nun
Designer: Alec Bathgate
The judges said: Really cool design works hard to make the content all the more interesting. Great repreductions.

Te Papa
Hei Taonga mā ngā Uri Whakatipu | Treasures for the Rising Generation 
Designer: Area Design
The judges said: Successful and honest design. Beautiful.

WINNER AND BEST IN SHOW – PUBLICATIONS

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū
Bill Hammond: Across the Evening Sky        
Designer: Aaron Beehre

The judges said: This is an exceptional production in a highly contested category. Everything is carefully considered and confidently executed.

BOOK

LEVEL B

HIGHLY COMMENDED

National Library of Australia
The Botanical Art of William T. Cooper   
Designer: Stan Lamond (National Library of Australia)
The judges said: Beautiful image reproductions and nice image layouts.

National Library of Australia
Illustrating the Antipodes: George French Angas in Australia and New Zealand 1844-1845  
Designer: Louise Dews (National Library of Australia)
The judges said: Elegantly communicates an important project.

NO WINNER


CHILDREN’S BOOK

LEVEL A

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Australian Age of Dinosaurs
Gordo the Guardian: A Night-Time Adventure      
Designer: Inge Daniels
The judges said: Fun use of digital art to tell a sweet story related to a collection item. Successful for its intended audience.

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
MY MPRG Activity Book      
Designer: Beci Orpin

Te Papa
Going to Te Papa | Asiasiga ‘i le Falemata‘aga i Te Papa
Designer: Liz Tui Morris (Bolster Design)

WINNER

Te Papa
Why is That Spider Dancing? The Amazing Arachnids of Aotearoa 
Designer: Kate Barraclough

The judges said: Authoratative design makes the content less terrifying. Consistently good and clear design elements to make the content accessible for all ages.

CHILDREN’S BOOK

LEVEL B

HIGHLY COMMENDED

National Gallery of Victoria
123 Turtles and Geckos (A counting book for kids by Ms N.Yunupiŋu and Siena Mayutu Wurmarri Stubb)        
Designer: Artwork by Ms N.Yunupiŋu and Siena Mayutu Wurmarri Stubbs
The judges said: Legibly designed to highlight the art.

State Library of NSW
The Best Cat, The Est Cat      
Designer: Rosie Handley (State Library of NSW)
The judges said: Charming with great interactive content.

WINNER

Museums Victoria
Saving Seal  
Designer: Elizabeth Dias (studioether)

The judges said: Lovely soft touch cover. Design is clear for children but also speaks to adults. Confidently designed.


DIGITAL LEARNING EXPERIENCE

LEVEL 1

WINNER

Maitland Regional Art Gallery
Create a Soft Sculpture 
Designer: Henry Brodbeck & Toby Tull (Newy Digital)

The judges said: Lovely video activity. Easy to follow, vibrant, and strongly connected to the exhibition.

DIGITAL LEARNING EXPERIENCE

LEVEL B

HIGHLY COMMENDED

The National Film and Sound Archive
Home of the Blizzard: An Antarctic Adventure  
Designer: Sophia Booij, Adam Blackshaw, Ewan Lawrie, Nicola Wilson (NFSA)
The judges said: Really fun and simple “game”, of choosing between simple selections. Very suitable for an upper primary and early high school audience, with lots of amazing archival image and video. Clear up front instructions on the game play. Easy and fast back tracking to explore different choices without leaving the game.

WINNER

Australian Museum
How we are Unsettled: Unit of work      
Designer: Australian Museum

The judges said: An extremely well-designed and comprehensive lesson plan for teachers. Good selection of worksheets and pages for reflections. An incredible resource.


EXHIBITION BRANDING PACKAGE

LEVEL A

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Maitland Regional Art Gallery
Saturday: When Commercial Artists Go Rogue   
Designed by: Clare Hodgins (MRAG) | Andy Gallagher, Melissa So, Alex Morris, Carlo Delos Santos, Zoe Lonergan & Sophie Elinor (artists) | Henry Brodbeck & Toby Tull (Newy Digital) | Jess Herrington
The judges said: Creative space and process reflected in the branding – uses the concept of a ‘week’ to tie everything together. Colour palette could be jarring but is well unified and cohesive across touchpoints.

WINNER

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū
Te Puna Waiora: The Distinguished Weavers of Te Kāhui Whiritoi     
Designer: Peter Bray & John Collie (Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū)

The judges said: The stunning and sympathetic colour palette encourages you to look at the objects in a whole new way.    

 


FILM

LEVEL A

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Newcastle Art Gallery
WARWAR: The Art of Torres Strait      
Designer: Erling Grønhaug (Duke’s Creations)

HOTA, Home of the Arts
HOTA Education – HOTA Collects Videos        
Designer: Alex Chomicz (HOTA, Home of the Arts)
The judges said: Strong series of artist profiles that create a genuine sense of the artist and their practice.

WINNER AND JUDGES’ SPECIAL AWARD

National Wool Museum
The History of Quilting in Four Minutes
Designer: National Wool Museum and True South Films

The judges said: Killer video. Simple idea. Great execution. Top marks.

FILM

LEVEL B

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Toi Tū Toi Ora Artist Profiles        
Designer: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
The judges said: Massive commitment to communicating the artist voice here.

Western Australian Museum
Illuminate: Timescapes        
Designer: Western Australian Museum

WINNER

Museums Victoria
Have you noticed the seasons changing lately? (July edition)        
Jesse Smith (Museums Victoria)

The judges said: Lovely animation aiming to decolonise weather at a local level based on First Nations perspectives. Great production values, a pleasure to watch.


IDENTITY

LEVEL A

WINNER

Maitland Regional Art Gallery
Maitland Regional Art Gallery      
Designer: Clare Hodgins (Maitland Regional Art Gallery)

The judges said: A confident suite of collateral that provides dynamic options for branding on multiple touchpoints. Nice use of bespoke icons.

IDENTITY

LEVEL B

HIGHLY COMMENDED

ACMI
ACMI Summer Campaign
Designer: Robert Cordiner (ACMI)
The judges said: Nice continuation of the new brand, using fun elements of colour and icons to celebrate summer while strengthening the ACMI brand.


INFORMATION BROCHURE

LEVEL A

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Redland Art Gallery
Redland Art Gallery Exhibitions 2022       
Designer: Andrea McArthur
The judges said: Consistently impressive. Manages to pack in a lot of information in a legible way.

 

WINNER

Maitland Regional Art Gallery
Maitland Regional Art Gallery Highlights 2021        
Designer: Clare Hodgins (Maitland Regional Art Gallery)

The judges said: So much to look at – a new discovery every day of ther week. This is a comprehensive annual calendar that communicates the necessary information but includes activities and easter eggs, making it a treasure for the whole year. 

INFORMATION BROCHURE

LEVEL B

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Mary Quant Kids’ trail        
Designer:Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
The judges said: Simple in-gallery trail for all ages.

State Library of NSW
How’s Tricks? Magic in the Golden Age exhibition – How-to guides        
Dominic Hon (State Library of NSW)
The judges said: Appealing and nostalgic use of images and colour.


INSTITUTION WEBSITE

LEVEL A

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Place Management NSW
Rocks Discovery Museum
Designer: Art of Multimedia
The judges said: This site is clean and easy to navigate. While not revolutionary, the design successfully highlights the stories as the first aspect of the homepage navigation.

WINNER

Maitland Regional Art Gallery
Maitland Regional Art Gallery Website    
Designer: Clare Hodgins (Maitland Regional Art Gallery)

The judged said: Open, clean design, elegant and easy to navigate.

INSTITUTION WEBSITE

LEVEL B

HIGHLY COMMENDED

State Library of Queensland
Curriculum Connect        
Designer: State Library of Queensland
The judges said: Built for its audience (teacher, students and homeschooling parents potentially) and delivers info to them in an effective way breaking up content into learning areas. Resources are presented in an easy to understand way with the ability to share socially.

WINNER AND BEST IN SHOW – DIGITAL

National Gallery of Australia
National Gallery of Australia        
Designer: John Wilson, Joseph Johnson (Studio Ongarato) & Keir Winesmith (National Gallery of Australia)

The judges said: The mirroring of the brutalist new brand in stark black and white across the site does a great job of highlighting the art and the content. The What’s On calendar redevelopment is very elegant and easy to use with the different categories of program clearly delineated. Similarly, the On Demand archive functionality is impressive given the number of assets on offer; well-laid out and very intuitive.


PROGRAM WEBSITE

LEVEL A

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Maitland Regional Art Gallery
A Conspicuous Object  
Designer: Shannon Morton & Cara Gray (February)
The judges said: Content rich site with a relatively intuitive navigation. 

PROGRAM WEBSITE

LEVEL B

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Museums Victoria
Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs        
Designer: Museums Victoria
The judges said: Easy site to navigate with a real museum education feel. Content rich with many bite sized pieces to explore. The design isn’t particularly revolutionary but it works well and would be familiar to the youth and education audiences. The documentary ‘Triceratops TV’ broken down into bite sized pieces also works well for online consumption and the play section would appeal to the target demographic. 

WINNER

National Gallery of Australia
4th National Indigenous Art Triennial: Ceremony        
Designer: Matt Smith, JP Marin (Distil Immersive) & Keir Winesmith (National Gallery of Australia)

The judges said: This is a beautiful looking site – and is particularly lovely to navigate on a desktop. There are some very nice details in the way features draw across each other, the image rollovers on the artist list and way video has been integrated. 


MAGAZINE

LEVEL A

WINNER

Chau Chak Wing Museum
MUSE
Designer: Katie Sorrensen (Chau Chak Wing Museum)

The judges said: Consistently good. Great image reproduction – a worthy platform to celebrate the collection.

MAGAZINE

LEVEL B

WINNER

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Art Toi
Designer: Aaron Richardson for Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

The judges said: Classic magazine with excellent photography. Very readable.


VIRTUAL TOUR OR EXHIBITION

LEVEL A

WINNERS

MOD.
UP CLOSE online exhibition  
Designer: Morgan Martin-Skerm (Lightbulb)

The judges said: Excellent colour and design of the learning resources. Multiple ways of navigation through the bar at the bottom and clickable icons.

WINNERS

National Wool Museum
Necessity: Waggas And The Art Of Making Do        
Designer: National Wool Museum

The judges said: Lovely graphics of a beautiful exhibition

VIRTUAL TOUR OR EXHIBITION

LEVEL B

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Australian Museum
Unsettled exhibition Digital Twin Experience        
Designer: PHORIA
The judges said: The depth and quality of the content, the commitment to completeness, and the feeling of presence (which is super rare in this products) is top shelf. The high quality supporting YouTube video provides curatorial background to the exhibition. Tags to many interactive learning resources, strong First nation voices.

WINNER

NSW Department of Education – The Arts Unit
ARTEXPRESS Virtual 2021        
Michael Rampe (Rampe Realistic Imaging)

The judges said: An extremely impressive achievement, being both a virtual walkthrough and with supporting resources on the website. The walkthrough is simple to navigate (StreetView style), and with excellent 3D modelling of the many objects on display.


EXHIBITION CATALOGUE (SMALL)

LEVEL A

HIGHLY COMMENDED

City of Melbourne / City Gallery
Dream Factory: GMH Design at Fishermans Bend 1964-2020        
Designer: Stephen Banham (Letterbox)
The judges said: Jam-packed little catalogue made on a budget. Legible heirarchy of design elements.

EXHIBITION CATALOGUE (SMALL)

LEVEL B

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
All That Was Solid Melts  
Designer: Aaron Richardson for Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
The judges said: Very neatly presented budget catalogue with a solid grid and font heirarchy.

EXHIBITION CATALOGUE (MAJOR)

LEVEL A

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Maitland Regional Art Gallery
Shadow Boxer        
Designer: Clare Hodgins (Maitland Regional Art Gallery)
The judges said: Amazing cover. Rich design throughout with typography and layout evocative of contemporary posters for boxing.

WINNER

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū
Te Puna Waiora: The Distinguished Weavers of Te Kāhui Whiritoi     
Designer: Peter Bray (Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū)

The judges said: This catalogue appears to be highly traditional on first glance but is truly magical. It celebrates the tactile nature of the content through clever stock choices.

EXHIBITION CATALOGUE (MAJOR)

LEVEL B

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Museums Victoria
Treasures of the Natural World    
Designer: Mary Callahan (Mary Callahan Design)
The judges said: Difficult material presented in an exciting way. Beautiful photography.

National Gallery of Victoria
Queer: Stories from the NGV Collection        
Designer: Dirk Hiscock and Karina Soraya (National Gallery of Victoria)
The judges said: Big, bold and proud. An ambitious production, deftly handled.

National Gallery of Victoria
Maree Clarke: Ancestral Memories 
Designer: Dirk Hiscock (National Gallery of Victoria)
The judges said: Lovely, sensitive stock creates a warm textural feeling. Beautiful tip-ins.

WINNER

National Gallery of Victoria
Golden Shells and the Gentle Mastery of Japanese Lacquer      
Designer: Karina Soraya (National Gallery of Victoria)

The judges said: Understated and delicate design – to use the modern vernacular: a quiet aesthetic.

See also: Te Papa Press Children’s Book Wins A Top Prize At Museum Design Awards

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