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The Aotearoa New Zealand Design Challenge is a competition run by the Designers Institute of New Zealand that seeks to showcase how design can be used as a tool for creating a better New Zealand.

We are looking for passionate people with forward thinking ideas, and creative solutions that help us toward our vision of Social, Cultural, Economic and Environmental Prosperity?

Core themes
- The circular economy
- Stewardship of our natural environment
- Healthier lives and wellbeing
- The future of work and industry
- Better homes, towns & cities
- Responding to climate change
- Cultural and social cohesion

Entries can be anything grand or small, across any design discipline whether it’s a product, a service, a system, an artistic vision, a film, a movement, a campaign, an app, a space...whatever your idea it’s up to you to communicate how it will contribute to a better New Zealand.

The Process
Entries will be submitted online. Images, videos and text fields. 

The winner will
Receive $20,000 prize money to go towards taking their idea to the next level and making an impact. Be provided advice and mentors to support their journey.

Who can enter
Any NZ resident 35 years old or under
There is no entry fee

Entries Open
February 1st 2022

Entries Close
March 31st 2022

JUDGING CRITERIA
New Zealand focus

- Entrant to design Aotearoa New Zealand’s future
- Demonstrate connection to Aotearoa New Zealand industry
Concept – How does concept demonstrate:
- Value
- Purpose
- Future thinking “A new way of doing something, a new way of thinking”
- Refreshing creativity
- Process
- Clear communication and execution
Impact – How does concept demonstrate impact in one or more of the core themes:
- Social impact
- Environmental impact
- Economic impact
- Impact on the design Industry
Cultural
- Clarity around process and protocol required

Judging Panel
A judging panel will be assembled from Aotearoa New Zealand design leaders 

A masterclass series in design led business management.

The Business of Design - Building Capability D.Cast is a discussion about running a design business or design in a business.

We will look at a range of subjects but cover a single theme for each episode. We’re looking to draw out and share insights, experience and anecdotes

Covering:
1. Foundation of a Business
3. People
4. Creative and Outputs

D.Cast One: STARTING UP/GEARING UP
Concepts
Getting team of experts
Finding clients and work
Cashflow runway
Equipment
Software
Suppliers
Leases

D.Cast Two: DESIGNING A SYSTEM

D.Cast Three: PARTNERS, PARTNERING & PARTNERSHIPS
Concepts
Legal Structures
Contracts, Constitutions and Shareholder Agreements
Shareholders & Directors
Finance
Intellectual Property

D.Cast Four: BUILDING THE GANG
Concepts
Recruitment
Employment law
Culture
Developing people
Making ‘changes’
So you’re a CD now?

D.Cast Five: MONEY, FEES & LIABILITIES

D.Cast Six: REPUTATION & NOTORIETY

D.Cast Seven: INHOUSE

D.Cast Eight: OPTIMISING

The weather will be good, we will have had the chance to reset over the summer break and we can celebrate our community as a community – together, holding up the best our industry has to offer.

To ensure that Best can be the celebration we want it to be, this week we have made the difficult decision to move the award evening to Friday 18th February, 2022.

The Best Awards marks the annual moment where we pause and raise a pin (and a glass) to the contribution design makes to our culture, our economy and our unique place in the world.

We look forward to seeing you for the first summer edition of Best Awards.

*If you have booked for the 5th November and the February date doesn't work for you we will refund (see our Rules on refund policy).

Brought to you by The Designers Institute of New Zealand, The Best Design Awards is an annual showcase of excellence in graphic, spatial, product, digital and motion design along with three special awards - Value of Design, Public Good and Toitanga

Dress Your Best for FRIDAY 18th FEBRUARY 6.30pm at the Aotea Centre:

The Best Design Awards 2021 includes drinks, dinner and after party.

18.30 - 19.00    Pre drinks 
19.15 - 19.30      Move into the theatre to your designated row/seat
19.30 - 22.00   Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre and awards presentation
22.00 - 1.00      Food Stations / Afterparty

MC - Jennifer Ward-Lealand.
(Jennifer Ward-Lealand appears by arrangement with Johnson & Laird Management).

Beverage service in the Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre
Food Stations for dinner after the ceremony

One thing to get excited about this year is The 2021 Feels Campaign Tote Bag!
Every Best guest will obtain a beautifully custom-designed tote by South and Porter Packaging that delivers the sensation of textural touch, and the feeling of functional excellence when carrying your pins out the theatre!

Tickets $265 including GST
Ticket sales close 11th February 2022

REFUNDS:
If you have booked for the 5th November and the February 2022 date doesn't work for you we will refund (see our Rules on refund policy).
Refunds will not be given 10 working days prior to the advertised awards ceremony.
Online payments incur third party Stripe fees. The refund for tickets will have this fee deducted and reflected in the refund.

Covid-19 rules will apply as set by the government and venue.

We are in fast changing world with Covid-19, social unrest, climate change, diversity and inclusion and indigenous design all in the forefront of our minds.

As designers we are optimistic, we are problem solvers, and we have a strong desire to making a better future. We also acknowledge that these events will be with us for some time unless there is a real shift in behaviour..global behaviour.

We would like to explore in The Form Forum®️ - ‘What does the future of our built environment look like ? How do we support and develop our local design community? What new opportunities have arisen?’

The Form Forum®️ invites our community to unpack the challenges that face the built environment through the lens of materiality.

 Design leaders and key suppliers will discuss their approach to materiality, offering insights into different approaches that begin to address or unpack these topics.

Materiality is a scale, beginning with the micro, this first discussion centers around hand crafted or locally made materials.

Scaling out, the second discussion, 22nd September, considers the sustainability of the materials we select.

Both approaches seek to explore how materials will shape the future of our built environment.

Cheshire Architects

The Hotel Britomart

Material Creative

Resene

Bremworth

Italian Stone

We are in fast changing world with Covid-19, social unrest, climate change, diversity and inclusion and indigenous design all in the forefront of our minds.

As designers we are optimistic, we are problem solvers, and we have a strong desire to making a better future. We also acknowledge that these events will be with us for some time unless there is a real shift in behaviour..global behaviour.

We would like to explore in The Form Forum®️ - ‘What does the future of our built environment look like ? How do we support and develop our local design community? What new opportunities have arisen?’

The Form Forum®️ invites our community to unpack the challenges that face the built environment through the lens of materiality.

 Design leaders and key suppliers will discuss their approach to materiality, offering insights into different approaches that begin to address or unpack these topics.

Materiality is a scale, beginning with the micro, the first discussion, 15th September, centered around hand crafted or locally made materials.

Scaling out, this second discussion considers the sustainability of the materials we select.

Both approaches seek to explore how materials will shape the future of our built environment.

Milliken-Ontera

A Holistic View on Sustainability of Materials

Shaneel Deo, Managing Director and James Mufla, Creative Director will talk about why it is imperative for manufacturers to reduce their environmental impact and create better opportunities for the communities they work in. In this session Milliken-Ontera will go through their design philosophy, product transparency and how it is positively impacting the community.

Autex Industries

Fisher & Paykel Appliances

Best Week

The lead up to our most prestigious night of the year is the ideal time to bring the design community together to reflect and connect. During Best Week we hold a series of events that build towards the industry's big night out at the Best Design Awards.

Designers Speak®

The more we talk about design in New Zealand, the more robust the conversation becomes. Our Designers Speak events give our members the chance to hear top designers sharing insights into their work.

Designers Speak® Across the Ditch

Great design can flow both ways across the ditch. This event encourages that trans-Tasman design dialogue, and is a collaboration between the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) and DINZ.

Folio Night

Supported by design schools and studios, Folio Night is an initiative from the DINZ Student Council. Each event is a prestigious opportunity for nominated students to present their work for discussion and critique.

No Borders

Good design can transcend geography’s barriers. And many inquisitive and ambitious New Zealand designers have made the brave and uncertain move of shifting overseas. At No Borders, they return home to share what they have learned.

Open Studio™

We all have a natural curiosity about the spaces in which designers create. Open Studio offers a rare opportunity to enter these private worlds, and see the inner workings of some of New Zealand's best studios.

Pixel to Product

With digital technology, design is in a state of constant change. This event series gives designers a forum to discuss how this impacts on their innovation process; how they push ideas from the abstract into the real; and on how quickly they bring products to market.

The Form Forum®

This series of informal events is primarily a forum for spatial designers to meet and share insights. A broad range of relevant topics are presented and discussed including useful tools and tips, the latest design trends and best industry practice.

The Graphics Forum

This series of informal events is primarily a forum for graphic designers to meet and share insights. A broad range of relevant topics are presented and discussed including useful tools and tips, the latest design trends and best industry practice.

The Product Forum

This series of informal events is primarily a forum for product designers to meet and share insights. A broad range of relevant topics are presented and discussed including useful tools and tips, the latest design trends and best industry practice.

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