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Guide Dogs wins three Good Design Awards for CatchUp.

August is thrilled to announce that Guide Dogs has won three Good Design Awards for CatchUp, the online networking platform and support community for people with low vision and blindness.

Good design award logo positioned above the interface of the CatchUp platform on a soft blue background


The winners of Australia’s peak international design awards were announced on Friday 8 September at the 2023 Australian Good Design Awards. Congratulations to all winners and nominees for an inspiring collection of work across a range of important categories.

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 while contributing to social and environmental outcomes.

The Awards are the highest honour for design and innovation in the country.

CatchUp won three prestigious Good Design Awards in the following categories:

  • Good Design Award Winner for Social Impact
  • Good Design Award Winner for Digital Design, Web Design and Development
  • Good Design Award Winner for Digital Design Interface

Go behind the scenes in this case study to learn more about how CatchUp came to fruition.

The Good Design Award Trophies


In describing CatchUp, the Jury offered the following:

‘A highly accessible solution backed by understanding that serves a vulnerable Australian community. Its potential for positive impact is massive and we can see the platform kickstarting social opportunities worldwide. We commend the co-design process and clearly see the passion and desire throughout the design approach. Incredible work!’

‘The Jury was super impressed by the effortless user experience of CatchUp and look forward to watching it continue to connect our community members with low vision.’

‘The Jury commends the design team for this outstanding project and for setting the bar for good design in this category. Well done.’

About CatchUp: the Guide Dogs networking and community support platform.

CatchUp is a highly accessible networking and social support platform, uniquely designed for people with low vision or blindness. It’s an online community where people can discuss experiences, find support and information, and meet with others who share similar life context.

Designed and built in collaboration with people living with blindness or low vision, CatchUp is carefully designed to facilitate a ‘go at your own pace’ experience; you can read about other peoples’ experienced in community forums, connect with people and form bonds based on common interests, join themed groups, attend events, or just browse the platform at your leisure.

A person with low vision using a mobile phone


To learn more about CatchUp, Guide Dogs, or the Good Design Awards, you can:

Or, if you’re keen to build something incredible—and potentially see your own name on multiple Good Design Awards next year—drop us a line today and let’s have a conversation. We’d love to help you create genuine positive impact.

Let’s do it.

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