Mark Armstrong is one of the founding principals of Blue Sky and is well known in the design community. The company has grown into one of Australia’s leading design consultancies.
Mark is an Industrial Designer who has developed an international client base including both government and corporate clients. He has received several Australian design awards and European IF Design awards for lighting and consumer products. Design quality and innovation are key factors in the success of Mark’s personal career development.
Blue Sky was commissioned by the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games todesign the Olympic Torch for the 2000 games. This project has become one of the Icons of thenew millennium games and was a showcase of Australian design and technology.
In 2007 Blue Sky was commissioned by EDI Rail to design new trains for the Sydney network. The project included interior and exterior designs for a single deck and double deck configuration. The project is the largest single commission undertaken by Blue Sky and required the selectionof a wide variety of additional resources to support the creative team.
Cochlear is one of Australia’s leading technology company’s responsible for the development of the Cochlear Implant. Blue Sky was commissioned to design the next generation of products with super slim ergonomics and customer focused features. The N6 design takes Cochlear to a new level aesthetic with improved functionality.
In 2011 Blue Sky created the Next Generation Check-in System for Qantas Airlines and revolutionised the travel experience for Qantas passengers. Utilising new knowledge in the field of experience design Blue Sky began work with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia to re-invent the banking experience with a complete upgrade of their retail environments.
Mark also plays an active role in the Design Institute of Australia and was recently inducted into the DIA Hall of fame. He is passionate about design education and was recently appointed The Eva and Marc Besen International Research Chair in Design at Monash University and has initiated several large design research collaborations in his new role.