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The Best Design Awards are a major feature of the local design calendar and some of last year's winners are touring the country to offer first-hand insights into their projects.


This event is brought to you by Resene 

Extended Whānau & Maree Sheehan

Tyrone Ohia & Maree Sheehan

Ōtairongo

Pushing at the boundaries of contemporary Māori art, Ōtairongo seeks to interpret and represent the identity of wāhine Māori through audio-portraiture.

Locales & Waipā District Council

Chris Hay, Anne Blyth & Shane Te Ruki

Te Ara Wai Journeys

Te Ara Wai Journeys is a self-guided tour of sites of cultural significance across the Waipā district with the aim of creating a  fully bicultural, bilingual resource for mana whenua, local communities and visitors alike. 

Beca Architects

Campbell Craig & Rangi Kipa

Te Hono - New Plymouth Airport Terminal

The Te Hono - New Plymouth Airport Terminal exhibits an embedded sense of place and connection to the local people of Taranaki and their story.

Storybox

Robert Appierdo

Mana Moana Digital Ocean

Mana Moana Digital Ocean brings together more than 20 leading Māori and Pacifica artists from across Aotearoa for an online collection of multimedia and video art - all housed over an immersive waterscape rendered in 3D.

AUT School of Art and Design

Maria Lokshina

#Things I wish I knew

#Things I wish I knew is a set of information cards for international students to learn more about tangata whenua and their history, traditions and language.

The Best Design Awards are a major feature of the local design calendar and some of last year's winners are touring the country to offer first-hand insights into their projects.

This event is brought to you by Resene 

Cheshire Architects

George Gregory

Waiheke House

Built on a couple of hectares of land located on the furthest reaches of Waiheke Island, Waiheke House was a place designed for entertainers, who desired a space to dine thirty and sleep none of their guests

Extended Whānau

Tyrone Ohia & Maree Sheehan

Ōtairongo

Pushing at the boundaries of contemporary Māori art, Ōtairongo seeks to interpret and represent the identity of wāhine Māori through audio-portraiture.

Springload

Dan Newman & Zak Brown

Klim Type Foundry

Springload designed a website for Klim Type Foundry that would give customers the opportunity to play with their type, test it, and read about it - putting the designer at the heart of the type browsing, buying, and learning experience. 

Jasmax

Clem Devine PDINZ & Roberta Johnson

Jasmax Brand Identity

The rebuilt brand identity for Jasmax reflects on their position as a bicultural design company.  It demonstrates their commitment to the Te Ao Māori worldview, expressed through their architectural style that is unique to Aotearoa New Zealand. 

The Best Design Awards are a major feature of the local design calendar and some of last year's winners are touring the country to offer first-hand insights into their projects.

This event is brought to you by Resene 

Cheshire Architects

George Gregory

Waiheke House 

Built on a couple of hectares of land located on the furthest reaches of Waiheke Island, Waiheke House was a place designed for entertainers, who desired a space to dine thirty and sleep none of their guests.

Extended Whānau

Tyrone Ohia

Ōtairongo

Pushing at the boundaries of contemporary Māori art, Ōtairongo seeks to interpret and represent the identity of wāhine Māori through audio-portraiture.

Springload

Dan Newman & Zak Brown

Klim Type Foundry 

Springload designed a website for Klim Type Foundry that would give customers the opportunity to play with their type, test it, and read about it - putting the designer at the heart of the type browsing, buying, and learning experience. 

Jasmax

Clem Devine PDINZ & Roberta Johnson

Jasmax Brand Identity

The rebuilt brand identity for Jasmax reflects on their position as a bicultural design company.  It demonstrates their commitment to the Te Ao Māori worldview, expressed through their architectural style that is unique to Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Resn

VanMoof S3 & X3

Due to Covid regulations, VanMoof’s plans to launch their new e-bikes at a live, in-person event in early 2020 had to be reassessed.

Resen created a digital platform which seamlessly combined live streaming, short films, interactive 3D, and live Q&A to launch the new VanMoof e-bikes to thousands of fans online.

Locales & Waipā District Council

Chris Hay, Anne Blyth & Shane Te Ruki

Te Ara Wai Journeys

Te Ara Wai Journeys is a self-guided tour of sites of cultural significance across the Waipā district with the aim of creating a  fully bicultural, bilingual resource for mana whenua, local communities and visitors alike. 

In the quest to define value, designers and StartUps often find themselves asking the same question: what problem are we solving? This shared understanding makes sense – design thinking and doing are actually baked into the DNA of StartUps.

Every aspect of a business benefits from great design; operating models, products, packaging, brand identities, customer experiences, delivery channels, communications, environmental impact, risk mitigation and more.

Several unicorn companies like Allbirds, AirBnB and Kickstarter have designers as part of their core team. Perhaps the biggest indicator of design’s value is the recent phenomenon of venture studios and designers holding equity in the StartUps they work with. Something which would’ve been almost unthinkable 20 years ago.

Gain insight into to the inner workings of design driven start-ups at various stages in their journey.

Learn how these companies have used design strategy to support their growth and build a business structure and culture that allows creativity and innovation to thrive.

This event is brought to you by Greatmaker.

Greatmaker

An investor's perspective on design

John Oldfield: Many New Zealand entrepreneurs have world-class talent for designing and producing innovative products. But few of our product businesses evolve into truly successful global businesses. Often they are constrained by capital and/or lack the expertise and experience they need to transition from good to great and to succeed internationally.

At Greatmaker, we believe that by providing expansion capital alongside expertise in scaling product businesses internationally, we can better support design-led product businesses to achieve great outcomes. In doing so, we help launch them on the road to success resulting in great outcomes for these businesses and their stakeholders.

Please join us as we share an investor's perspective on design including: why we choose to invest in design led businesses, why it may make sense to bring an investor onboard, some of our experiences of investing in design led businesses and what Greatmaker is hoping to achieve. 

Syrp/Vitec Group

You can't do good design if you go out of business...

Chris Thomson explores a few things that helped his start-up, Sryp, feel comfortable with the endless unknowns of a start-up, and some of the best practice Sryp used to allow us to embrace design and grow sustainably.

Hello Cup

A Bloody Good Idea

Robyn McLean and Mary Bond talk about how Hello Cup used innovative design to launch a start-up that challenged the mainstream period market.

Earshots

Applying design to business creation: some lessons from designing a business accelerator and a consumer tech company.

James Bell-Booth takes you from founding a start-up accelerator to founding a start-up. Some lessons learned creating a consumer tech product company in New Zealand, and a non-designers perspective on the role of design in business. 

Jesse Keith, Vivid Origin - Design of the StartUp facilitator

In the quest to define value, designers and StartUps often find themselves asking the same question: what problem are we solving? This shared understanding makes sense – design thinking and doing are actually baked into the DNA of StartUps. Every aspect of a business benefits from great design; operating models, products, packaging, brand identities, customer experiences, delivery channels, communications, environmental impact, risk mitigation and more.

Several unicorn companies like Allbirds, AirBnB and Kickstarter have designers as part of their core team. Perhaps the biggest indicator of design’s value is the recent phenomenon of venture studios and designers holding equity in the StartUps they work with. Something which would’ve been almost unthinkable 20 years ago.

So, how has this affected New Zealand design practice and designers? How has StartUp culture changed our roles as designers? How has it changed the way we work and the type of work we do? How have we responded to the need for market or category disruption? How have StartUps changed the way we do business? What are the upsides and downsides to working with StartUps?

Featuring invited studios the Design of a Startup sessions are a unique first-hand account from three New Zealand design companies and their experiences working with StartUps.

Rob Achten

Annual Reports, Undies & Dog Food

Rob Achten references his progression from a purist craft designer to a founder. designing annual reports 20 years ago to undies 10 years ago to dog food now.

His story will be one where he stumbled across a cultural trend and then became obsessed with a consumer (a chinese consumer in actual fact) and how they used that to inspire an idea, and develop a brand concept and then product using iterative prototyping and consumer testing at every step along the way.

He will touch on business model and getting the structure right as this is really important for a company's success.

* Marx Design worked with Rob Achten on the packaging.

Previously Unavailable

The Experiment

James Hurman: Previously Unavailable is less normal company, and more experiment. One that's been going since 2014, working with start-ups, creating start-ups, and even creating start-ups for start-ups. James will share case studies and learnings from 7 years of experimentation.

DDMMYY

The Truth

Milk

Finding the Enemy

No Ugly

Waging A War On Ugly

Aaron Taylor, No Ugly, and Nick Riley:  In a world full of ugly behaviours, ugly beliefs and ugly products, NO UGLY has taken a firm stance to go against the grain.

We’ll share our insights and process into how we disrupted the wellness category through provocative, purpose-driven design thinking.

Kelvin Soh, DDMMYY - Design of the StartUp facilitator

In the quest to define value, designers and StartUps often find themselves asking the same question: what problem are we solving? This shared understanding makes sense – design thinking and doing are actually baked into the DNA of StartUps. Every aspect of a business benefits from great design; operating models, products, packaging, brand identities, customer experiences, delivery channels, communications, environmental impact, risk mitigation and more.

Several unicorn companies like Allbirds, AirBnB and Kickstarter have designers as part of their core team. Perhaps the biggest indicator of design’s value is the recent phenomenon of venture studios and designers holding equity in the StartUps they work with. Something which would’ve been almost unthinkable 20 years ago.

In 2019, the global failure rate of startups was around 90%.

In New Zealand, it's reported only 37% of startups will still be in business after 2 years.

The Design of a Startup session is a unique look behind the scenes at 3 New Zealand StartUps at different stages of their growth.

What makes them successful? What were their struggles? What risks did they take and why? How did they use different design disciplines to help them succeed? 

Tend

Re Imagining the Doctors Visit

Josh Robb is Founder and Chief Product Officer of Tend and has over 20 years’ experience leading teams and building software products in Australasia, Europe and the USA.

He has built products in verticals including eLearning, advertising, human resources and FinTech.

Josh led the growth of Pushpay’s product design and development for 6 years, before co-founding Tend Health late last year with Cecilia and James Robinson where he's working on completely reimagining the traditional doctors visit.

Joining Josh is UX Strategist Jasmine Wilkinson

Sharesies

Sonya Williams is the co-founder, Director and 3EO (co-CEO) of Sharesies, a wealth development platform that aims to give someone with $5 the same investment opportunities as someone with $500,000. 

Terry Williams-Wilcock, Rush - Design of the StartUp facilitator

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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