Upcoming Events

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 Dulux

Colenso BBDO & Breast Cancer Foundation NZ

Maria Devereux & Kim Ragan, Colenso BBDO

The Survivors Collection

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of breast cancer in the world. However, there’s a 92% chance of surviving breast cancer if found and treated early.

With the majority of breast cancers found through self-checks, our brief was to get women from 25 to 40 to know the signs of breast cancer, know their breasts, and check their breasts regularly.

four eight five & NZ Police

Nathan Chambers DINZ, Lisa Fedyszyn & Danny Carlsen of four eight five & Sergeant John Hughes, NZ Police

Pirihimana Car

New Zealand Police are always looking to build better relationships within their local Māori community but have sometimes struggled to do so in a public-facing manner. They wanted to enhance their relationship in a more proactive and positive way.

The Pirihimana car’s purpose is to be used as a starting point to symbolise a commitment to working in a positive way with the key communities that the cars operate in. 

RUSH Digital, Watermark Creative

Terry Williams-Willcock, RUSH Digital; Dave Way, Watermark Creative; Shannon Jahnel Lanktree, Watermark Creative

Starship Animal Check Up & Magical Forest

Every year 34,000 children come to the Starship children’s emergency department. The assessment area and waiting room is where the patient journey starts for many of these children.

Starship & ASB wanted us to create new ways to enhance the emergency department experience for both children, parents and the staff. The expectation was to calm children and prepare them for treatment, as well as create a more accommodating space for patient comfort and flow.

Studio7

Josh Heares & Luca Russo, Studio7

Club-Mate

Club-Mate is an energy drink with a twist, naturally-made and with an intriguing history, from its roots as ancient South-American tonic, to its contemporary, cult status as the pick-me-up of choice for hackers and clubbers in Germany.

Our challenge was to launch this beverage in New Zealand, staying true to Club-Mate's alternative roots, while adding mainstream appeal.

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 Dulux

Warren and Mahoney Architects, Boffa Miskell, NZ Transport Authority

Tom Locke, Warren and Mahoney Architects; Peter Whiting, Boffa Miskell; Sam Bourne, NZ Transport Authority

Waterview Connection

The Waterview Connection sought to do what its name implied – to preserve local connections.  Described as “a model of how to consult and carry on”, the project unconventionally sought to put people, not cars, at the project’s heart by seeking to reflect though design the culture of the communities involved.

Fisher & Paykel Appliances, Alt Group

Jaron Ansley DINZ, Fisher & Paykel Appliances & Zoe Ikin PDINZ, Alt Group

Fisher & Paykel IFA Exhibition 2017 Berlin, Germany

Fisher and Paykel's objective is to become the number one premium appliance brand globally.The intent for Fisher & Paykel global exhibitions was to develop recognisable design and material signatures that communicate New Zealand, reinforced through material palette and design elements. 

With the product and brand portfolio nearing completion, they chose the world’s leading annual trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances, IFA in Berlin, to put the business on the world stage.

Cheshire Architects

Catalina Workshops

The site is on the historic apron and wharf area on the north east corner of Hobsonville Point, an area being redeveloped as Catalina Bay.

Existing buildings, originally constructed as seaplane hangars and workshops on date from 1930. The seaplane landing and support base were used for military operations originally then shared with Tasman Empire Airways Ltd (TEAL), until the final seaplane flight in April 1967.

Recently, as part of the wider redevelopment of Hobsonville Point, the defence force moved off site leaving the hangars and workshop buildings empty.

Isthmus Group, Steven Lawson Architects, Auckland Council

Sarah Bishop, Isthmus Group; Yvette Overdyck, Steven Lawson Architects; Lisa Spasic, Auckland Council

Freyberg Place and Ellen Melville Centre

The project extends the dialogue between public architecture and public space to deliver a place in which everyone feels welcome and proud. The vocabulary of design has been infused with art process to create a powerful public home in the heart of the city.

It celebrates land, people and culture to create a unique place for that Aucklander’s have claimed for themselves.

Designers Speak® Hui is aimed at creating a conversation within the design community.

Diversity and Inclusion — Warren and Mahoney’s Journey to Date

Andrew Tu'inikuafe FDINZ, Julia McPherson DINZ, Sarah Coleman

In 2017, Warren and Mahoney agreed on a new Diversity and Inclusion strategy and has been working to achieve more gender balance in its leadership team and more broadly (along with other diversity goals).  While Warren and Mahoney recognises there is still a lot more it must do to achieve its ambitions in this area, please come along to hear about the steps they have put in place to become a more diverse and inclusive place to work.

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 Dulux

Alt Group

Dean Poole FDINZ, Alt Group; Janson Chau FDINZ, Alt Group

There is no such thing as a New Zealand typeface

A series of place names, each chosen to resonate and speak to our collective understanding of the New Zealand character.

This posed the question- what does a New Zealand typeface mean?

Warren and Mahoney Architects, Boffa Miskell, NZ Transport Authority

Tom Locke, Warren and Mahoney Architects; Peter Whiting, Boffa Miskell; Sam Bourne, NZ Transport Authority

Waterview Connection

The Waterview Connection sought to do what its name implied – to preserve local connections.  Described as “a model of how to consult and carry on”, the project unconventionally sought to put people, not cars, at the project’s heart by seeking to reflect though design the culture of the communities involved.

Clemenger BBDO, Oranga Tamariki, Ministry for Children

Brigid Alkema, Clemenger BBDO; James Whitaker, General Manager Oranga Tamariki, Ministry for Children

Trails of Taonga

State-care alone cannot provide the aroha children need. The goal was to get people in the community to help these tamariki in any way they can, big or small. 

When we spoke to care-experienced kids, they told us amazing stories about people who'd helped them and made a difference in their lives. People they'd never forgotten.

Our strategy was simple: share their stories and inspire others from the community to step-forward and help a child in need.

RUSH Digital, Watermark Creative

Terry Williams-Willcock, RUSH Digital; Dave Way, Watermark Creative; Shannon Jahnel Lanktree, Watermark Creative

Starship Animal Check Up & Magical Forest

Every year 34,000 children come to the Starship children’s emergency department. The assessment area and waiting room is where the patient journey starts for many of these children.

Starship & ASB wanted us to create new ways to enhance the emergency department experience for both children, parents and the staff. The expectation was to calm children and prepare them for treatment, as well as create a more accommodating space for patient comfort and flow.

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 Dulux

Alt Group

Dean Poole FDINZ & Janson Chau FDINZ, Alt Group

There is no such thing as a New Zealand typeface

A series of place names, each chosen to resonate and speak to our collective understanding of the New Zealand character.

This posed the question- what does a New Zealand typeface mean?

Warren and Mahoney Architects, Opus

Andrew Barclay, Warren and Mahoney Architects

Te Omeka / Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct

Strongly influenced in its layout and architecture by European colonial settlers, Christchurch post-earthquake needed to redress its past cultural imbalances through design.

Working with local hapu Ngāi Tūāhuriri the new Precinct would embody both the process and outcome of repairing these relations, to build a stronger, more inclusive Christchurch for the future.

“Te Omeka is a legacy left by the people of Ngāi Tūāhuriri. It asks that our hearts and minds and different faiths be bound as one to the law of Crown and Queen so that the Treaty may speak to us all.” – Dr Maire Tau, Upoko of Ngāi Tūāhuriri

Smudge

Sandra Atkinson & Reuben Bijl, Smudge

NZ Police Family Harm App

Smudge have been working with NZ Police 2014, most recently designed a mobile app together to help tackle, the single biggest social issue facing New Zealand today - domestic violence.

The Family Harm app gives frontline officers useful information in real-time such as historical episodes at the same location, providing them with valuable context in what is often an ongoing chain of events.

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 Dulux 

Alt Group

Dean Poole FDINZ, Alt Group; Janson Chau FDINZ, Alt Group

There is no such thing as a New Zealand typeface

A series of place names, each chosen to resonate and speak to our collective understanding of the New Zealand character.

This posed the question- what does a New Zealand typeface mean?

Clemenger BBDO, Oranga Tamariki, Ministry for Children

Mark Dalton, Clemenger BBDO; James Whittaker, General Manager Oranga Tamariki, Ministry for Children

Trails of Taonga

State-care alone cannot provide the aroha children need. The goal was to get people in the community to help these tamariki in any way they can, big or small. When we spoke to care-experienced kids, they told us amazing stories about people who'd helped them and made a difference in their lives. People they'd never forgotten.

Our strategy was simple: share their stories and inspire others from the community to step-forward and help a child in need.

RCG

Andy Florkowski PDINZ, RCG

Māori Television

Te haerenga, the story and journey of Māori Television, is a story inextricably bound up with a claim made to the Waitangi Tribunal in 1985,Ko te reo te mauri o te mana Māori, that the language is the life force of mana Māori, and that there must be a recognised place for the language of one of the partners to the Treaty.

Smudge, NZ Police

Sandra Atkinson, Smudge; Reuben Bijl, Smudge

NZ Police Family Harm App

Smudge have been working with NZ Police 2014, most recently designed a mobile app together to help tackle, the single biggest social issue facing New Zealand today - domestic violence.

The Family Harm app gives frontline officers useful information in real-time such as historical episodes at the same location, providing them with valuable context in what is often an ongoing chain of events.

RUSH Digital, Watermark Creative

Terry Williams-Willcock, RUSH Digital; Dave Way, Watermark Creative; Shannon Jahnel Lanktree, Watermark Creative

RUSH Digital, Watermark Creative

Starship Animal Check Up & Magical Forest

Every year 34,000 children come to the Starship children’s emergency department. The assessment area and waiting room is where the patient journey starts for many of these children.

Starship & ASB wanted us to create new ways to enhance the emergency department experience for both children, parents and the staff. The expectation was to calm children and prepare them for treatment, as well as create a more accommodating space for patient comfort and flow.

Terry Williams-Willcock, RUSH Digital; Dave Way, Watermark Creative; Shannon Jahnel Lanktree, Watermark Creative

Terry Williams-Willcock, Dave Way, Shannon Jahnel Lanktree

A unique opportunity to have a sneak peek inside some of New Zealand’s best studios and see what goes on behind closed doors.

Open Studio™ at Three Sixty Architecture is a boutique event where the studio opens their doors to the design community. Inviting them in to take a nosey and maybe an insight or two into their studio.

Open Studio™ is also about creating a place for networking, and getting to know each other through conversations within a smaller networking opportunity.

 It is a social event, a chance to relax, sip a drink and share some stories.

A unique opportunity to have a sneak peek inside some of New Zealand’s best studios and see what goes on behind closed doors.

Open Studio™ at Edwards White Architects is a boutique event where the studio opens their doors to the design community. Inviting them in to take a nosey and maybe an insight or two into their studio.

Open Studio™ is about creating a place for networking, and getting to know each other through conversations within a smaller networking opportunity.

It is a social event, a chance to relax, sip a drink and share some stories.

A unique opportunity to have a sneak peek inside some of New Zealand’s best studios and see what goes on behind closed doors.

Open Studio™ is a boutique event where studios on K'Rd & West St open their doors to the design community. Inviting them in to take a nosey and maybe an insight or two into their studio.

Material Creative / Design Dairy / CTRL_Space

Open Studio™ is also about creating a place for networking, and getting to know each other through conversations within a smaller networking opportunity.

It is a social event, a chance to relax, sip a drink and share some stories.

Material Creative, Design Dairy and CTRL_Space studios are tucked into K Road and West Street. They will open their doors, inviting the design community to come and relax, sip a drink and share some stories. 

An infamous & eclectic city fringe strip, K Rd is now home to a variety of designers. Come along with us as we experience the sounds and sights of K Rd & West St while visiting our design studio partners to get a real insight into their inner-workings.

A unique opportunity to have a sneak peek inside some of New Zealand’s best studios and see what goes on behind closed doors.

Open Studio™ at Studio Pacific Architecture is a boutique event where the studio opens their doors to the design community. Inviting them in to take a nosey and maybe an insight or two into their studio.

Open Studio™ is about creating a place for networking, and getting to know each other through conversations within a smaller networking opportunity.

It is a social event, a chance to relax, sip a drink and share some stories.

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 Dulux 

Methven Global Design & Innovation

Andy Grigor DINZ, Methven Global Design & Innovation

Tūroa Bathroom Collection

Howard Wright

Anthony Bately & Angus Mcleod, Howard Wright

M10 Bed

MWDesign

Mike Williams PDINZ

Suzie the Pig

Philbe Design Ltd

Split Credenza

Designers Speak® Hui is aimed at creating a conversation within the design community.

Diversity and Inclusion — Warren and Mahoney’s Journey to Date

Andrew Tu'inikuafe FDINZ, Julia McPherson DINZ, Sarah Coleman

In 2017, Warren and Mahoney agreed on a new Diversity and Inclusion strategy and has been working to achieve more gender balance in its leadership team and more broadly (along with other diversity goals).  While Warren and Mahoney recognises there is still a lot more it must do to achieve its ambitions in this area, please come along to hear about the steps they have put in place to become a more diverse and inclusive place to work.

Designers Speak® Hui is aimed at creating a conversation within the design community.

Diversity and Inclusion — Warren and Mahoney’s Journey to Date

In 2017, Warren and Mahoney agreed on a new Diversity and Inclusion strategy and has been working to achieve more gender balance in its leadership team and more broadly (along with other diversity goals).  While Warren and Mahoney recognises there is still a lot more it must do to achieve its ambitions in this area, please come along to hear about the steps they have put in place to become a more diverse and inclusive place to work.

A unique opportunity to have a sneak peek inside some of New Zealand’s best studios and see what goes on behind closed doors.

Open Studio™ at Fuman is a boutique event where the studio opens their doors to the design community. Inviting them in to take a nosey and maybe an insight or two into their studio.

Open Studio™ is about creating a place for networking, and getting to know each other through conversations within a smaller networking opportunity.

 It is a social event, a chance to relax, sip a drink and share some stories

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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