Studio Ongarato Wins Five Awards at the Australian Graphic Design Association Design Awards 2019

We are delighted to have our work recognised at the recent Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) Design Awards, winning five awards including a coveted Pinnacle Award for One Wellington, a Distinction Award for Arup Melbourne and Merit Awards for 52 Artists 52 Actions, Moss Hotel and 161 Collins.

Held in Brisbane on 9 November 2019, the annual AGDA awards recognise the best work in Australia across a wide range of design disciplines each year. A huge thank you to the clients who made these awards possible.

One Wellington
(Pinnacle Award)
Catalogues & Brochures

A distinctive, multi-faceted campaign inviting prospective residents to live ‘A life less ordinary’ was developed to launch One Wellington, a unique residential development situated on the corner of St Kilda Junction, Melbourne. Communications were designed to shift in tone, targeting different areas of the market, ranging from sophisticated to youthful, refined to humorous. The campaign was reinforced by sales collateral presented in a custom multi-toned perspex box. Comprising an embossed hardcover book with custom tipped-in pages featuring artists commissions, posters, postcards and maps which unveiled authentic St Kilda stories told from unexpected perspectives.

Arup Melbourne
(Distinction Award)
Wayfinding/Signage & Environmental Graphics

A comprehensive signage and environmental graphics system based on the concept ‘Testing Grounds’ was developed for Arup’s new Melbourne headquarters. Designed to complement the organisation’s corporate values of honesty, integrity and ingenuity and the new agile workplace environment designed by architects Hassell, the response sought to reflect Arup’s corporate values whilst connecting and engaging its employees with their new workspace. The final outcome reflects notions of investigation, discovery and innovation and the aspiration to put Arup ‘On Show’.

52 Artists 52 Actions
(Merit Award)
Design for Good
Social & Community

In conjunction with Artspace, 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS was an ambitious, year-long project exploring critical social and political issues through artistic practice across Asia. As co-curators of the concept, an identity, website and a monograph of the project’s creative responses was developed and designed. Conceived as a subversion of globalised, 24-hour news channels like Bloomberg or CNN, the premise was to create an alternative artists news channel imbued with thought-provoking news. The resulting book and exhibition at the end of the year-long project, became a repository, an encyclopedia of creative responses to political and social issues facing contemporary Asia.

Moss Hotel
(Merit Award)
Small Business

A unique brand strategy, naming, brand collateral, signage and artwork commission was conceived which complemented the rich history of Moss, a new boutique hotel tucked across the first and second floors and attic spaces of two discrete addresses in the heart of Salamanca Place, Hobart. Responding to the inward-facing architectural schematic by Circa Morris-Nunn Architects, every design touchpoint was considered, with the environment and brand experience completely integrated to immerse visitors into a rich cultural retreat, tailored for escapism and respite.

161 Collins
(Merit Award)
Wayfinding/Signage & Environmental Graphics

The historic T&G building at the prestigious Paris end of Collins Street in Melbourne’s CBD is considered one of the city’s most beautiful and occupies a significant corner address. Integral to the building’s extensive refurbishment and upgrade to an A-grade workplace environment, the wayfinding and signage required seamless integration with the new and historic architecture, whilst performing the functional role of guiding visitors through the complexities of a multi-level site, dual street entries, North and South lift cores, basement carparking, end of trip facility and new high-end exterior retail signage.