The Designers Institute of New Zealand exists to serve New Zealand’s design community and represent its interests to the wider world. Formed in 1991, we grew from the merger of the New Zealand Society of Industrial Designers (formed 1960), and the New Zealand Association of Interior Designers (formed 1968). Today, we represent a much broader range of disciplines: graphic design, interactive design, motion graphics, spatial design, product design, design in business, service design and design education.

Our Vision

Our Vision is that professional designers are valued and rewarded for the contribution they make to the economic, cultural and social growth of New Zealand.

To do this we have a number of goals:

  • Bring the different design disciplines together under a united front
  • Improve the standards of professional service
  • Increase demand for design excellence
  • Increase the profile of design
  • Encourage the development of professional skills within the membership

The Board

The Designers Institute Board is made up of members from each of the industry’s design sectors. Each sector’s board representation is relative to what proportion of the total membership that sector represents. The board directs the affairs of the Designers Institute, determines policy and controls the organisation’s monies and finances.

  • Cathy Veninga FDINZ
    Cathy Veninga FDINZ
    CEO
  • Mike Jensen PDINZ
    Mike Jensen PDINZ
    President
  • Vee Kessner FDINZ
    Vee Kessner FDINZ
    Vice President—Spatial
  • Ed Burak PDINZ
    Ed Burak PDINZ
    Product
  • Donna Maxwell PDINZ
    Donna Maxwell PDINZ
    Design in Business
  • Andrew Withell PDINZ
    Andrew Withell PDINZ
    Education
  • Matthew Arnold FDINZ
    Matthew Arnold FDINZ
    Interactive
  • Bevan Tonks PDINZ
    Bevan Tonks PDINZ
    Graphic
  • John Shepherd PDINZ
    John Shepherd PDINZ
    Graphic
  • Richard Furze PDINZ
    Richard Furze PDINZ
    Spatial
  • Tom Norman PDINZ
    Tom Norman PDINZ
    Spatial