Upcoming Events

The John Britten Black Pin is the highest award given by the Designers Institute and celebrates outstanding individuals for leadership, vision and achievement in the field of design both nationally and internationally.

This year's John Britten Black Pin recipients Liz and Neville Findlay, founders of Zambesi.

Kelvin Soh, DDMMYY, will chat with this year's Black Pin recipients, Liz and Neville Findlay, who founded New Zealand's leading fashion brand Zambesi 40 years ago.

Liz and Neville will talk about their passion for fashion & the journey with their beloved label, staying true to their ethos, going global, and making important strategic decisions that span four decades.

"Flying the flag for New Zealand fashion around the world, Zambesi’s designs have been lauded for its innovation and pioneering a look that’s unique to New Zealand fashion." - Stacy Gregg, VIVA

The John Britten Black Pin will be presented to Liz and Neville Findlay at the Best Design Awards.

Liz and Neville Findlay, Zambesi

Liz and Neville say of their iconic brand: "Zambesi favours the notion of creating enduring clothes for real people where season on season there is a connecting thread tying the dream to reality.”

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Benton-Fieulaine Runway

Kelvin Soh, DDMMYY

Kelvin Soh, DDMMYY, will chat with this year's Black Pin recipients,  Liz and Neville Findlay, and ask the questions we would like to ask.

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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.

Different Part of Town, Different Venue & Different Format.

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

The Best Awards 2020 includes drinks, dinner and after party.

Dress Your Best for FRIDAY 13 NOVEMBER 6.30pm at the Aotea Centre:

18.30 - 19.15 Pre drinks 
19.30 - 22.00 Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre
22.00 - 1.00 Food Stations / Afterparty

MC - Jesse Mulligan

Beverage service and snack box in the Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre
Food Stations for dinner after the ceremony
Goodie bags by Porters Packaging
Photowall by Autex
DJs - Sweet Mix Kids

This year we won't have a seated dinner at tables.

You will be drinking: 
Haze of Our Lives / Hazy Pale Ale: This lightly hazed Pale Ale is packed full of aroma hops. A true to style Hazy with low bitterness and a tropical, juicy fruit aroma.
Polar Beer / Extra Pale Ale: Crisp, easy drinking Pale Ale with a lighter malt base and bright hop character.

Zeffer Cider Co.

Pernod Ricard
RTD Cocktails - Absolut Lime Vodka & Soda
RTD Cocktails - Beefeater Pink Gin & Soda
Brancott Brut Cuvee
Brancott Estate Pinot Gris
Brancott Estate Pinot Noir

Seedlip non alcoholic

Futurity bottled water

Tickets $225 including GST
Ticket sales close 6th November
No refunds after 30th October

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.

Sarosh Mulla, Patrick Loo, Shahriar Asdollah-Zadah

Rainbow Machine

Population growth presents Auckland with new challenges and opportunities. High density living for families in the city centre is one of those many challenges. How can Auckland provide more urban amenities for families? Auckland Council and the Waitematā Local Board continue to provide more creative experiences for children living in the Waitematā area.

Rainbow Machine is an immersive experience of natural light that created an interactive play-space for children, an experience that they could discover and visit with their families.


Amanda Gaskin, Tim Donaldson DINZ


Supertrash is a small, family-run collection service with a big purpose; to help divert waste from landfill through circular solutions. This involves repurposing, recycling and reimagining what we do with waste.

A key strategy was to do something that couldn’t be ignored. To truly go against convention and embrace the spirit and energy of this youthful company and act as a beacon for the incredible work they do.

DESIGNsense Limited

Michael Denton DINZ

IZON Automatic Fraction Collector

The client required a futuristic look while still having a science element.

The Izon Science Automatic Fraction Collector (AFC) is a profound advancement in the isolation and purification of nano-biological particles from biological fluids. The primary target is extracellular vesicles (EVs), which have recently emerged as an important player in intracellular communication.

The AFC is the world’s first instrument developed specifically for the isolation and purification of EVs.


Henry Crothers

Avon River Park Terraces + City Promenade

This project enhances access to the water and brings the spirit and ecology of the river (fluid) into a dialogue with the city (grid) where the ecologies of nature, culture, infrastructure and commerce are interwoven at the edge of the Avon - Ōtākaro in Christchurch.

The Terraces precinct redefines the relationship between the city and the river, establishing a new continuous and vibrant edge while the Promenade provides a focal point where the flows of the river, community and commerce come together at the edge of Avon – Ōtākaro in Christchurch.

Architects’ Creative Ltd

Daniel Sullivan DINZ, Kate Sullivan

Menzies POP!

The resulting spaces of Menzies POP! embodies the craft of architecture, bringing joy to the occupants in their everyday living, thus meeting their desire for an enduring family home.

The decision to retain the derelict and “unhealthy” original 1940's cast insitu concrete dwelling, that may have otherwise been demolished, allowed for the creation of a family home that exceeds the level of comfort and performance expectations for today’s modern living.

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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.