New Zealand’s ever-growing design community becomes richer through connection, exploration and reflection. We aim to provide opportunities for our members to build strong networks both within and across disciplines; with industry leaders, experienced peers and the next generation studying design.

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As a professional body, our members are our most valuable asset. We support you by providing events, community initiatives, professional resources and more.

Member Benefits

Best Design Awards
Discounted entry.

Designers Speak
Discounted, and often free, tickets

Contract Agreements
As a Member you have access to use our very comprehensive documents suite - contract agreements for each discipline, non disclosure agreements and procurement documents.

Legal, Insurance and Business Support
As a Member you are entitled to free, limited legal consultation, business and accounting consultation and Insurance packages tailored for your business:

  • Clendons Barristers & Solicitors offer a complimentary phone consultation on legal issues. (Please contact to arrange a consultation).

  • Auckland Insurance are the Designers Institutes insurance brokers and will help you manage risk, and are happy to discuss your current policy.

The D.Card
Friends don’t let friends pay retail. Reap the benefits of friendship thanks to some of New Zealand’s best design companies.

See below for details on how your loyalty can be rewarded with a friendly discount.

The D. Cube
All members of The Designers Institute are recognised with a Green Cube, a symbol of belonging and a commitment to celebrating and advancing New Zealand design.

  • Every member receives a Green D. Cube.
  • Professional Members who have been peer reviewed and have earned the right to a White D. Cube.
  • Fellows not only have a Green and White but also receive a Black D. Cube for their contribution to DINZ

Receive a complementary subscription of Idealog.

D. Card

One of the most appreciated DINZ membership benefits, is the D.Card, which provides you with a generous discount at some of New Zealand's best design companies.

Buy a few things (or even just one thing) from our friends below and your membership will have paid for itself.

  • Dulux

    Designer Discount

    A discount is available at all Dulux Trade Centres and Guthrie Bowron Trade Depots throughout New Zealand. The discount will vary depending on product. Present a valid D. Card to Dulux Trade Store Staff at the time of purchase (along with photo identification).


  • Fisher & Paykel

    Designer Discount

    Contact Nick Thompson to purchase your personal Fisher & Paykel appliances or DCS Grills at attractively discounted D. Card holder rates. Quote your D. Card membership number and email Nick Thompson.


  • Goldsworthy

    10% Discount

    Nathan Goldsworthy designs furniture. He makes some of it too. The studio produces both commissioned and production pieces characterised by strong conceptual imagery and beautiful utility. Goldsworthy pieces are sold by selected stores and partners in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. Email the Goldsworthy studio for more information.


  • IMO

    15% Discount

    IMO are designers and manufacturers of world-class commercial and residential furniture. IMO offer a 15% Discount for D. Card holders. Some product exclusions apply.


  • Lumojo

    10% Discount

    This is honey. Made by Bees. Lumojo presents gourmet NZ honey in beautiful handcrafted stoneware. Email the DINZ office to verify your membership and recieve your discount code to enter in the discount section during checkout to receive 10% off your purchase.


  • Methven

    Designer Discount

    At Methven we are all about making water amazing. An exclusive designer discount is available on selected Methven products and discount vary depending on product. Email Peter Polglase for more information.


  • Pollen Group Ltd


    Pollen Group Ltd is a family of furniture brands comprised of three New Zealand design and research-led brands - IQ Commercial, Fletcher Systems and essenzeWe believe in supporting an enhanced life through original thought and design.


  • Simon James Design

    10% Discount

    Simon James Design is a New Zealand based company committed to developing and manufacturing innovative contemporary furniture and lighting for both the residential and commercial market. Some product exclusions apply.


  • Tim Webber Design


    Tim Webber Design studio has gained international exposure through for its furniture and accessories. Tim has also won the Design Folio Incubator award including a trip to Milan, and has been a finalist in the HOME NZ Awards and the Best Awards.


All members of The Designers Institute are recognised with a Green Cube, a symbol of belonging and a commitment to celebrating and advancing New Zealand design.

No matter where you are in your design career —student, recent graduate, educator or seasoned professional — there’s a membership level for you.


Since 1991, The Designers Institute has been a community of creative thinkers and doers. Each and every one of us cares deeply about design and its power to transform. It’s not just a thing we do, it’s a way of life, and we’re proud of it.

All members of The Designers Institute are recognised with a Green Cube, a symbol of belonging and a commitment to celebrating and advancing New Zealand design.

Any student participating in a design-related course, who’s not yet practising as a designer.

A newly-graduated practising designer. This applies for up to two years before you must upgrade to become a Member (DINZ).

Any designer practising in a design sector the Institute represents. A Member (DINZ) is eligible to apply for Professional (PDINZ) membership if they have been practising for a minimum of five years.


An existing Member (DINZ) who has gained experience as a practising designer and attained a high level of professional competency in their design sector. A Professional Peer Review must be carried out by a selected panel to acknowledge this Professional Membership (PDINZ). Contact or 09 529 1713 with any enquiries.


A select few individuals are awarded the title of Fellow. A Professional Member can be made a Fellow of The Designers Institute if they have given especially meritorious or distinguished service to the Institute or its predecessor societies or the design profession.

Join the Club

No matter where you are in your design career — student, recent graduate, educator or seasoned professional — there’s a membership level for you.

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