Argus X-ray camera has won two prestigious Good Design Award Gold Winner accolades, in product design and engineering design in recognition of outstanding design and innovation.

The winners of Australia’s peak international design awards were announced on Friday September 8 at the 2023 Australian Good Design Awards in front of more than 1000 guests from the design and architecture community.

The Good Design Awards Jury commented: “The Argus remote x-ray scanner is incredibly valuable. It is hard to deny the impact of such technology for the health and safety of personnel working with IEDs and conventional explosives. The Jury commends the design team for this outstanding project and for setting the bar for good design in this category. Well done.”

This is the second time Micro-X has been recognised at the Good Design Awards, having won best in class in 2018 for its Mobile DR X-ray system.

Micro-X Chief Executive Officer Kingsley Hall said the two gold awards had been earned through the commitment of Micro-X’s team to create a new solution for rapid assessment and diagnosis of threats.

“Our team of engineers, designers and subject matter experts have worked diligently to create a world-class product that meets the needs of the explosive ordnance disposal community,” Mr Hall said.

“Argus uses Micro-X’s nano electronic x-ray technology to deliver a new product that allows defence and security personnel to quickly assess suspect packages from a safe distance, without the need to place a detector panel behind the object.”

The Good Design Awards are the highest honour for design and innovation in the Australia and reward diverse projects across 11 Design Disciplines covering more than 35 Categories and Subcategories. Each year, the Awards celebrate the best new products and services on the Australian and international market, excellence in architectural design, engineering, fashion, digital and communication design, and reward new and emerging areas of design including design strategy, social impact design, design research and up-and-coming design talent in the next-gen category.

The 2023 Good Design Awards attracted high-quality design projects from Australia and around the world. These innovative projects were evaluated by more than 70 Australian and international Jurors, including designers, engineers, architects and thought leaders. More than 900 entries were evaluated according to a strict set of design evaluation criteria which includes Good Design, Design Innovation and Design Impact.

“To be recognised with an Australian Good Design Award tells the world this project not only represents design excellence, but it also surpasses the criteria for design innovation and design impact. The Good Design Award is an independent endorsement of professional design quality,” said Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia and Chair of the Australian Good Design Awards.

The Australian Good Design Awards is the country’s oldest and most prestigious international awards for design and innovation with a proud history dating back to 1958. The 2023 Awards celebrated 65 Years of Good Design since the founding organisation behind the awards – the Industrial Design Council of Australia (IDCA) was first established.

“It is incredible to see how design has changed over the past 65 years. While we celebrate this important milestone for Australian design, we also pay our respect to the oldest living designers on this planet who have been designing and creating for more than 65,000 years. We have such a deeply rich and diverse design culture in Australia to draw and learn from as we shape the next 65 years of design,” said Dr. Gien.

“Some of the Award-winning projects from this year’s Good Design Awards are truly ground-breaking. There are so many inspiring impact-led projects this year that have embraced the power of design as a problem-solving tool – their design stories deserve to be recognised and celebrated at the highest level. We are proud to continue the legacy of celebrating design, and designers making a positive impact on our world. The Good Design Awards showcase what true design excellence looks like, to inspire others to greatness – that’s exactly what these Awards are about.”

Projects recognised with an Australian Good Design Award demonstrate excellence in professional design and highlight the impact a design-led approach has on business success and social and environmental outcomes.