JUROR 2011

Brandon Gien

Managing Director
Good Design Australia

Australian International Design Awards


Brandon is the Managing Director of Good Design Australia and the Chair of the Australian International Design Awards. He represents Australia as an Executive Board Member and Treasurer of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design [ICSID], a Member of the International Design Alliance, a strategic venture between the peak international organisations representing design.

Prior to founding Good Design Australia, Brandon was the General Manager of Design Strategy and Head of Corporate Services at Standards Australia, recognised by the Government as Australia’s peak Standards body. Brandon was a Member of the Senior Executive Team at Standards Australia and had executive responsibility for a number of key divisions including Technology, Human Resources, Customer and Information Services, Corporate and Strategic Projects, Corporate Design and Branding and the Media and Communications departments.

With a background in management and Industrial Design, Brandon has transformed the Australian International Design Awards program over the past decade into Australia’s peak design assessment and promotion body. He plays a key role in collaborating with design and creative experts from around the world and has affiliations with leading universities and design organisations across Australia and the globe. Through his work on the ICSID Executive Board, he has been instrumental in creating the World Design Impact Prize, a new prize to honour Industrial Design driven projects that make a positive impact on our social, economic, cultural and environmental quality of life.

Brandon studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Newcastle where he later graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design. He is currently completing a Doctorate in Environmental Design at the University of Canberra’s School of Design and Architecture with a focus on the development and promotion of Industrial Design in Australia. He is a professional member of the Design Institute of Australia and the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) and sits on the Advisory Board of the Design Research Institute of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) where he chairs the Design Challenge program.