Yellow book wins gold at prestigious design awards
  • Wednesday 09 September 2020

The Sunshine Coast Design book, created to inspire and promote quality design on the Sunshine Coast, has won a coveted Gold Good Design Award at the Good Design Australia Awards.

Produced by Sunshine Coast Council in partnership with the community and the design and development industry, the ‘yellow book’ is a must-have for anyone designing or renovating houses, buildings, streets, parks, public spaces and neighbourhoods.

Sunshine Coast Council Design and Placemaking Manager Sarah Chalkley said she was delighted to virtually accept the award on behalf of council and hoped it encouraged even more local interest in design.

“The Sunshine Coast Design book is a community resource created for everyone. It provides design ideas and seeks to inspire designs that work with and complement our region’s environment, sub-tropical climate and identity,” Ms Chalkley said.

“It guides readers through four values and 10 design principles which are based on what our community told us they treasure most about our region.

“It encourages a place-based approach to design to inspire our healthy, smart and creative region to continue to thrive.

“A place-based approach puts place at the centre of the design process, so our buildings, streets and spaces reflect the values and characteristics of the Sunshine Coast, rather than just ‘anywhere’.

“The Good Design Awards have been running for more than 60 years, helping to foster a culture of design thinking, creativity and innovation in Australia and abroad.

“The award categories include Architectural Design, Communication Design, Digital Design, Design Strategy, Fashion Design, Product Design, Service Design and Student Design.

“This award celebrates the best in architectural design and means we have not only met the criteria for Good Design with our yellow book, but exceed them.

“Thank you to everyone who helped create this very special resource for the people of the Sunshine Coast.”

The Sunshine Coast Design book is an outcome of the Sunshine Coast Design Strategy, created to strengthen the Sunshine Coast 'look and feel' to create great places for residents and visitors.

The Sunshine Coast Design book is free to download or view online.

To get your hands on a hardcover copy of the Sunshine Coast Design book visit one of the following locations, where it is available to purchase for $50:
• Folio Books
• Harry Harthog
• Nambour Book Exchange
• Sunshine Coast Council Customer Contact Centres.

The Sunshine Coast Design book also won an award for Research, Policy and Communications at the 2020 Queensland Landscape Architecture Awards.

Visit for information about the Good Design Australia Awards.