Bright Bold Boundless | Designing the Queen's Baton

1 Mar – 28 Oct I Open daily, 10am–5pm
Asia Pacific Design Library, level 2
State Library of Queensland


Queen's Baton

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Discover a Local Design Story

Passed from hand-to-hand in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games, the Queen’s Baton is the symbolic heart of the ‘Friendly Games’– a tangible symbol that has undergone a fascinating design evolution in its many guises over 60 years.

Explore the design story behind the innovative Queen’s Baton for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at State Library of Queensland. Designed, engineered and manufactured by Brisbane-based Designworks, the GC2018 Queen’s Baton draws inspiration from the boundless energy of the people, place and spirit of the Gold Coast.

See the inner workings of a contemporary design practice and the intricacies of designing a meaningful symbol, as demonstrated by the design process undertaken to develop the GC 2018 Queen’s Baton.

Co-curated with Designworks.

The Design Process

In form and inspiration GC2018 Queen’s Baton is a symbol of the past, present and future. To design the 2018 Queen’s Baton, the team applied their Immersion, Ideation and Delivery design process.

Designworks Design Process

The Journey begins

The journey to create the #GC2018 Queen's Baton begins.

The Design journey

Learn more about the Design process used by Designworks.

The Final Design

Designworks pitch Design solutions for the Queen’s Baton.

The Queen’s Baton

The final look at the Design process of the #GC2018 Queen's Baton.

Design works team

Meet The Queen's Baton Designers

Designworks is an industrial design and manufacturing consultancy based in Brisbane, Queensland. They develop commercially successful products by taking a human centred approach, cutting through complexity and focusing on the things that really matter.

"We dunked our design team into the Gold Coast and were boldly challenged, amazed, and surprised. We listened, learnt and were moved. A narrative emerged truly reflecting the People, Place and Spirit of the Gold Coast – Boundless Energy." - Designworks team

Design works

Continue the Learning

Educational activities that relate to encourage practical learning about the design process and the development of the Queen’s Baton.

Design Minds Toolkit

Design Minds Toolkit

Design Minds Toolkits are designed for teachers to access Design Thinking resources for education.

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Further Resources

Further Resources

This resource contains details of State Library of Queensland collection items relating to Design.

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