Upcoming Events

Best Design Awards Judging Week
1st August - 7th August 

Over the seven days of Judging Week, respected design professionals will judge entries entered into the Best Design Awards.

Judges across eight disciplines will recognise and celebrate the amazing work from our community that can proudly be measured against the best in the world.

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.

Meet your 2021 judges here

2020 was a complex year, not only with Covid but social unrest, climate change, diversity and inclusion and indigenous design all in the forefront of our minds.

 As designers we are an optimistic bunch, with our minds set on the future, we acknowledge that the events of last year will be with us for some time.

 We have been asking ourselves these questions for a while now ‘What does the future of our built environment look like in post Covid world? How do we support and develop our local design community? What new opportunities arise out of these restrictions?’

The Form Forums 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.

2020 was a complex year, not only with Covid but social unrest, climate change, diversity and inclusion and indigenous design all in the forefront of our minds.

 As designers we are an optimistic bunch, with our minds set on the future, we acknowledge that the events of last year will be with us for some time.

 We have been asking ourselves these questions for a while now ‘What does the future of our built environment look like in post Covid world? How do we support and develop our local design community? What new opportunities arise out of these restrictions?’

The Form Forums 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.

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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