Upcoming Events

Jamie McLellan is Head of Design for AllBirds in San Francisco where he has managed to design the woollen shoe that the New York Times calls the go-to uniform of anyone who is anyone in Silicon Valley. 

Jamie has crafted an enviable range and variety of products. The Candelabra lamp produced during his tenure at Tom Dixon in London. A bike frame for Avanti, furniture pieces for Resident, beer taps, sails for boats for Neil Pryde in Hong Kong, meal trays for airlines, a biodegradable coffin and an impossibly expensive concept for a chair made from an aerogel material invented by Nasa. 

After Jamie's presentation he will be be joined by Prof Tony Parker FDINZ, OMNZ, his lecturer at Massey University; and Kelvin Soh FDINZ, DDMMYY for a conversation on the intersection of fashion, start ups and industrial design.

Where
Drinks 6.00-6.30pm at Designworks,
Opposite Auckland Art Gallery main foyer

Then across to:
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Cnr Wellesley St East and Kitchener St
Auckland 

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 Moving Image along with three special awards - Value of Design, Public Good and Toitanga.

You will enjoy the beautiful welcomings from mana whenua Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, the SEVEN movie intro to the campaign and each of the award categories delivered by the wonderful bi-lingual Jennifer Ward-Lealand.

Dress Your Best for FRIDAY 7th OCTOBER 6.30pm till 1.00am at the Aotea Centre:

The Best Awards 2022 includes drinks, buffet dinner and after party. 
YOU WILL BE SEATED WITH YOUR TEAM - the Best Team will allocate seating to keep you together during the awards ceremony.

Date & Venue:
Friday 7th October 6.30pm
Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre
Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland

6.30 - 7.10pm Pre drinks
7.30 - 10.30pm Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre (drinks served while seated during award presentations)
10.30 - 1.00am Buffet Dinner and Afterparty.

AS YOU ARRIVE
HeyHey Vodka, Lemon, Lime, Bitters & Soda
HeyHey Gin, Cloudy Pink Grapefruit & Tonic
Moa Dry Hopped Pilsner
Moa Motueka Hazy
Brancott Estate Bubbles
Brancott Estate Pinot Noir
Brancott Estate Pinot Gris
Seedlip cocktails with Good Sh*t Soda

DURING THE AWARDS CEREMONY
YOU WILL BE SEATED WITH YOUR TEAM - the Best Team will allocate seating to keep you together.
* Entree will be provided for the ceremony.
* There will bar service while seated in the theatre for the ceremony.

BUFFET DINNER
Asian Station

Selection of Dumplings I Prawn & Ginger I Pork & Chive Vegetarian
Yakitori chicken skewer, accompanied with soy sauce, lemon, sweert chilli & Japanes mayonnaise (GF)

Slider Bar
Cheese burger, 100% NZ beef patty, melted cheddar, pickle, tomato sauce
Chicken schnitzel, swiss cheese
Portobello mushroom, roasted tomato relish, spinach

Kiwiana Station
Mince, cheese pie Butter chicken pie
Wild mushroom, Gruyere pie (V)
Braised New Zealand lamb croquette, chimichurri (df,gf)
Pea & potato croquette, tomato relish (gf,vg)
Bacon mac & cheese croquette (gf)

BUFFET & AFTER PARTY BAR SERVICE
HeyHey Vodka, Lemon, Lime, Bitters & Soda
HeyHey Gin, Cloudy Pink Grapefruit & Tonic
Moa Dry Hopped Pilsner
Moa Motueka Hazy
Brancott Estate Bubbles
Brancott Estate Pinot Noir
Brancott Estate Pinot Gris

Event Night Dietary Requirements
If you are going to attend the awards night, please email bestawards@dinz.org.nz any dietary requirements you may have so we can inform our caterers ahead of the night.

MC
Jennifer Ward-Lealand

Pre-Drinks
DJ Jaimie Webster Haines

On the Main Stage
Live Nathan Haines Jazz Quartet

After Party DJs
DJ & Live Frank Booker / Nathan Haines
Saxophonist
Sweet Mix Kids

Tote bags with Seven campaign & Porter Packaging
Keepsake - thanks to BJ Ball, Logick Print & Yalland
Selfie Photowall 

Tickets $265 including GST
Ticket sales close 30th September
No refunds after 23rd September

Join us in celebration of New Zealand Design, with the BEST design community...YOU!

THANK YOU to all our Best Partners:
PRINCIPAL: Resene

PLATINUM: BJ Ball Papers, Bremworth, Crestline, Logick Print, Milliken,
Te Taura Whiri I Te Reo, The Warehouse Group

GOLD: AUT, Autex, ECC, Harrows homestyle, Italian Stone, Maxwell Rodger Fabrics 

SILVER: Futurity, Moa, Porter Packaging

STUDENT SPONSORS:
Blender, Klein Architects, Milk, Motion Sickness, RUSH, Smudge, TOA

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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