Upcoming Events

The Aotearoa New Zealand Design Challenge is a competition run by the Designers Institute of New Zealand that seeks to showcase how design can be used as a tool for creating a better New Zealand.

We are looking for passionate people with forward thinking ideas, and creative solutions that help us toward our vision of Social, Cultural, Economic and Environmental Prosperity?

Core themes
- The circular economy
- Stewardship of our natural environment
- Healthier lives and wellbeing
- The future of work and industry
- Better homes, towns & cities
- Responding to climate change
- Cultural and social cohesion

Entries can be anything grand or small, across any design discipline whether it’s a product, a service, a system, an artistic vision, a film, a movement, a campaign, an app, a space...whatever your idea it’s up to you to communicate how it will contribute to a better New Zealand.

The Process
Entries will be submitted online. Images, videos and text fields. 

The winner will
Receive $20,000 prize money to go towards taking their idea to the next level and making an impact. Be provided advice and mentors to support their journey.

Who can enter
Any NZ resident 35 years old or under
There is no entry fee

Entries Open
February 1st 2022

Entries Close
March 31st 2022

JUDGING CRITERIA
New Zealand focus

- Entrant to design Aotearoa New Zealand’s future
- Demonstrate connection to Aotearoa New Zealand industry
Concept – How does concept demonstrate:
- Value
- Purpose
- Future thinking “A new way of doing something, a new way of thinking”
- Refreshing creativity
- Process
- Clear communication and execution
Impact – How does concept demonstrate impact in one or more of the core themes:
- Social impact
- Environmental impact
- Economic impact
- Impact on the design Industry
Cultural
- Clarity around process and protocol required

Judging Panel
A judging panel will be assembled from Aotearoa New Zealand design leaders 

Dear beloved Best community, we have a new trick in the bag we’re pulling out for THE FEELS.

The awards ceremony will be broadcast live from our set designed THE FEELS studio.

You will enjoy the beautiful welcomings from mana whenua, the Studio South movie intro to the campaign and each of the award categories delivered as they would be in the theatre in person on screen by the wonderful bi-lingual Jennifer Ward-Lealand.

This live show will be broadcast nationwide direct to your studio, office or campus projector, where you can host your own parties and celebrate as the night plays out and awards are revealed.

We encourage everyone to make and share social content of their high fives and swirling success, and post to our live social feed by way of hashtags.

ZOOM for Finalists
We’ll be playing the show program live on an exclusive Zoom link, starting at 6:30pm sharp. This will run the awards program from start to finish, awarding each category enabling everyone to see the winners from each category.

On the night we are aiming to ‘Zoom live’ into finalists studios, campuses or offices throughout the country to check in on THE FEELS. 

Finalists will be sent the Zoom Link during the week of Best.

Make sure your studio name is visible to the camera so we know who you are so we can Tag You if you or a guest win Gold.

Purple Pin winners we will be asking you to say a few words.

VIMEO for the Public
We will publish here and on an eDM the Vimeo link for anyone else who is interested...Alaska, Belgium..wherever.

These will be free broadcasts of course.

NEIGHBOURHOOD HOST STUDIOS
To encourage the social ‘feels’ and vibes that encompass the night of Best for our communities, we have curated a set of Host Studio’s, across neighbourhoods, who will host small gatherings (as per under red light).

If you live close to a local host studio and are a finalist, you’ll have the opportunity to RSVP to go and enjoy the night, dressed up of course. 

ALL guests will be expected to BYO beverage & BYO food.

Only double vaxxed may attend a neighbourhood party.

Dress Your Best for THE VIRTUAL BEST DESIGN AWARDS FRIDAY 18th FEBRUARY. Show starts 6.30pm

See you on Zoom.

Gold Pin Party
On another evening, following the broadcast online and the wrap up of all the winners on February 18th, the Purple Pin and Gold Pin winners, along with our amazing Best Partners, will be invited to a party where they can celebrate their achievements in all the 'in person' glory they deserve.

Tote Bags
Another thing to get excited about this year is The 2021 Feels Campaign Tote Bag!
Every Best finalist studio will obtain a beautifully custom-designed tote by South and Porter Packaging that delivers the sensation of textural touch, and the feeling of functional excellence when carrying your pins out the theatre!

More from us in the coming weeks as the momentum builds for February 18th 2022.

This has been an incredibly hard decision for DINZ and Best after navigating the curve balls of 2021. We tried SO hard to achieve the big event, but have decided to make it easy on everyone in the community and de-risk it. We hope you can see the optimism we see in this new format and celebrate the 2021 BEST FEELS campaign with us ONLINE!

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.

We will be back to Aotea Centre in October for Best 2022.

Zoom Link for Finalists
We’ll be playing the show program live on an exclusive Zoom link, starting at 6:30pm sharp. This will run the awards program from start to finish, awarding each category enabling everyone to see the winners from each category.

All finalists will be issued the Zoom link ahead of the night, and can ‘go-live’ on the night from where they choose to watch it.

Make sure your devices camera captures the party.

Make sure your studio name is visible to the camera so we know who you are so we can Tag You if you or a guest win Gold.

Purple Pin winners we will be asking you to say a few words.

We encourage everyone to make and share social content of their high fives and swirling success, and post to our live social feed by way of hashtags.

NEIGHBOURHOOD HOST STUDIOS
To encourage the social ‘feels’ and vibes that encompass the night of Best for our communities, we have curated a set of Host Studio’s, across  neighbourhoods, who will host small gatherings (as per under red light).

If you live close to a local host studio and are a finalist, you’ll have the opportunity to RSVP to go and enjoy the night, dressed up of course. See list below.

ALL guests will be expected to BYO beverage & BYO food.

Only double vaxxed may attend a neighbourhood party.

Neighbourhood Hosts: McCarthy

Christchurch Neighbourhood Host

Three Sixty Architecture

Christchurch Neighbourhood Host

EdwardsWhite Architects

Hamilton Neighbourhood Host

Crestline

Parnell Neighbourhood Host

Extended Whānau

Toitanga Neighbourhood Host

Fuman

Beresford Square & K'Rd Neighbourhood Host

Marx Design

Northcote Birkenhead Neighbourhood Host

Milk

Fringe Grey Lynn & Newton Neighbourhood Host

Motion Sickness

Cross St Neighbourhood Host

Studio South

Fringe City & Ponsonby Neighbourhood Host

Unispace

Inner Auckland Neighbourhood Host

AUT School of Art and Design

Massey University College of Creative Arts

Media Design School

McCarthy -  Christchurch Neighbourhood Host 
To encourage the social ‘feels’ and vibes that encompass the night of Best for our communities, we have curated a set of Host Studio’s, across  neighbourhoods, who will host small gatherings (as per under red light).

McCarthy are one of the neighbourhood studios hosting in Christchurch and if you are a finalist, you’ll have the opportunity to RSVP to go and enjoy the night, dressed up of course. 

RSVP guests only and limited spots.

ALL guests will be expected to BYO beverage & BYO food.

On the night we are aiming to ‘Zoom live’ into finalists studios, campuses or offices throughout the country to check in on THE FEELS. 

Purple Pin winners we will be asking you to say a few words.

We encourage everyone to make and share social content of their high fives and swirling success, and post to our live social feed by way of hashtags.

McCarthy 
Level 1, 49 Ferry Road
Christchurch

Neighbourhood Host - McCarthy

Three Sixty Architecture  -  Christchurch Neighbourhood Host 
To encourage the social ‘feels’ and vibes that encompass the night of Best for our communities, we have curated a set of Host Studio’s, across  neighbourhoods, who will host small gatherings (as per under red light).

Three Sixty Architecture are one of the neighbourhood studios hosting in Christchurch and if you are a finalist, you’ll have the opportunity to RSVP to go and enjoy the night, dressed up of course. 

RSVP guests only and limited spots.

ALL guests will be expected to BYO beverage & BYO food.

On the night we are aiming to ‘Zoom live’ into finalists studios, campuses or offices throughout the country to check in on THE FEELS. 

Purple Pin winners we will be asking you to say a few words.

We encourage everyone to make and share social content of their high fives and swirling success, and post to our live social feed by way of hashtags.

Three Sixty Architecture
Level 1, The Yard
173 St Asaph Street
Christchurch

Neighbourhood Host - Three Sixty Architecture

EdwardsWhite Architects -  Hamilton Neighbourhood Host 
To encourage the social ‘feels’ and vibes that encompass the night of Best for our communities, we have curated a set of Host Studio’s, across  neighbourhoods, who will host small gatherings (as per under red light).

EdwardsWhite Architects are the neighbourhood studios hosts in Hamilton and if you are a finalist, you’ll have the opportunity to RSVP to go and enjoy the night, dressed up of course. 

RSVP guests only and limited spots.

ALL guests will be expected to BYO beverage & BYO food.

On the night we are aiming to ‘Zoom live’ into finalists studios, campuses or offices throughout the country to check in on THE FEELS. 

Purple Pin winners we will be asking you to say a few words.

We encourage everyone to make and share social content of their high fives and swirling success, and post to our live social feed by way of hashtags.

EdwardsWhite Architects
Level 3
The Riverbanks
286 Victoria Street
Hamilton

Neighbourhood Host - EdwardsWhite Architects

Crestline -  Parnell Neighbourhood Host 
To encourage the social ‘feels’ and vibes that encompass the night of Best for our communities, we have curated a set of Host Studio’s, across  neighbourhoods, who will host small gatherings (as per under red light).

Crestline are the Parnell neighbourhood studios hosts and if you are a finalist, you’ll have the opportunity to RSVP to go and enjoy the night, dressed up of course. 

RSVP guests only and limited spots.

ALL guests will be expected to BYO beverage & BYO food.

On the night we are aiming to ‘Zoom live’ into finalists studios, campuses or offices throughout the country to check in on THE FEELS. 

Purple Pin winners we will be asking you to say a few words.

We encourage everyone to make and share social content of their high fives and swirling success, and post to our live social feed by way of hashtags.

Crestline
106 St Georges Bay Rd
Parnell, Auckland

Neighbourhood Host - Crestline

Extended Whanau -  Toitanga Neighbourhood Host 
To encourage the social ‘feels’ and vibes that encompass the night of Best for our communities, we have curated a set of Host Studio’s, across  neighbourhoods, who will host small gatherings (as per under red light).

Extended Whanau are one of the Toitanga neighbourhood studios hosts and if you are a Toitanga finalist, you’ll have the opportunity to RSVP to go and enjoy the night, dressed up of course. te.

RSVP guests only and limited spots.

ALL guests will be expected to BYO beverage & BYO food.

On the night we are aiming to ‘Zoom live’ into finalists studios, campuses or offices throughout the country to check in on THE FEELS. 

Purple Pin winners we will be asking you to say a few words.

We encourage everyone to make and share social content of their high fives and swirling success, and post to our live social feed by way of hashtags.

Extended Whanau
20-22 Gundry Street,
Auckland CBD

Neighbourhood Host - Extended Whānau

Fuman -  K'Rd & Beresford Square Neighbourhood Host 
To encourage the social ‘feels’ and vibes that encompass the night of Best for our communities, we have curated a set of Host Studio’s, across  neighbourhoods, who will host small gatherings (as per under red light).

Fuman are the K'Rd & Beresford Square neighbourhood hosts and if you are a finalist, you’ll have the opportunity to RSVP to go and enjoy the night, dressed up of course. 

RSVP guests only and limited spots.

ALL guests will be expected to BYO beverage & BYO food.

On the night we are aiming to ‘Zoom live’ into finalists studios, campuses or offices throughout the country to check in on THE FEELS. 

Purple Pin winners we will be asking you to say a few words.

We encourage everyone to make and share social content of their high fives and swirling success, and post to our live social feed by way of hashtags.

Fuman
Suite C3, 1 Beresford Square
Newton, Auckland 

Neighbourhood Host - Fuman

Marx -  Birkenhead & Northcote Neighbourhood Host 
To encourage the social ‘feels’ and vibes that encompass the night of Best for our communities, we have curated a set of Host Studio’s, across  neighbourhoods, who will host small gatherings (as per under red light).

Marx are the Birkenhead & Northcote neighbourhood hosts and if you are a finalist, you’ll have the opportunity to RSVP to go and enjoy the night, dressed up of course. 

RSVP guests only and limited spots.

ALL guests will be expected to BYO beverage & BYO food.

On the night we are aiming to ‘Zoom live’ into finalists studios, campuses or offices throughout the country to check in on THE FEELS. 

Purple Pin winners we will be asking you to say a few words.

We encourage everyone to make and share social content of their high fives and swirling success, and post to our live social feed by way of hashtags.

Marx Design
92B Hinemoa Street,
Birkenhead,
Auckland

Neighbourhood Host - Marx Design

Milk -  Fringe Grey Lynn & Newton Neighbourhood Host
To encourage the social ‘feels’ and vibes that encompass the night of Best for our communities, we have curated a set of Host Studio’s, across  neighbourhoods, who will host small gatherings (as per under red light).

Milk are the fringe Grey Lynn & Newton neighbourhood hosts and if you are a finalist, you’ll have the opportunity to RSVP to go and enjoy the night, dressed up of course. 

Milk are the fringe Grey Lynn & Newton neighbourhood hosts 

RSVP guests only and limited spots.

ALL guests will be expected to BYO beverage & BYO food.

On the night we are aiming to ‘Zoom live’ into finalists studios, campuses or offices throughout the country to check in on THE FEELS. 

Purple Pin winners we will be asking you to say a few words.

We encourage everyone to make and share social content of their high fives and swirling success, and post to our live social feed by way of hashtags.

Milk
68 France Street South,
Eden Terrace,
Auckland

Neighbourhood Host - Milk

Motion Sickness -  Cross St
Neighbourhood Host

To encourage the social ‘feels’ and vibes that encompass the night of Best for our communities, we have curated a set of Host Studio’s, across  neighbourhoods, who will host small gatherings (as per under red light).

Motion Sickness are one of the neighbourhood studios hosting in Auckland and if you are a finalist, you’ll have the opportunity to RSVP to go and enjoy the night, dressed up of course. 

RSVP guests only and limited spots.

ALL guests will be expected to BYO beverage & BYO food.

On the night we are aiming to ‘Zoom live’ into finalists studios, campuses or offices throughout the country to check in on THE FEELS. 

Purple Pin winners we will be asking you to say a few words.

We encourage everyone to make and share social content of their high fives and swirling success, and post to our live social feed by way of hashtags.

Motion Sickness
6/1 Cross Street, Newton,
Auckland

Neighbourhood Host - Motion Sickness

Studio South -  Fringe City & Ponsonby Neighbourhood Host
To encourage the social ‘feels’ and vibes that encompass the night of Best for our communities, we have curated a set of Host Studio’s, across  neighbourhoods, who will host small gatherings (as per under red light).

Studio South are one of the neighbourhood studios hosting in Auckland and if you are a finalist, you’ll have the opportunity to RSVP to go and enjoy the night, dressed up of course. 

RSVP guests only and limited spots.

ALL guests will be expected to BYO beverage & BYO food.

On the night we are aiming to ‘Zoom live’ into finalists studios, campuses or offices throughout the country to check in on THE FEELS. 

Purple Pin winners we will be asking you to say a few words.

We encourage everyone to make and share social content of their high fives and swirling success, and post to our live social feed by way of hashtags.

Studio South
27 Hargreaves Street,
Auckland CBD

Neighbourhood Host - Studio South

A masterclass series in design led business management.

The Business of Design - Building Capability D.Cast is a discussion about running a design business or design in a business.

We will look at a range of subjects but cover a single theme for each episode. We’re looking to draw out and share insights, experience and anecdotes

Covering:
1. Foundation of a Business
3. People
4. Creative and Outputs

D.Cast One: STARTING UP/GEARING UP
Concepts
Getting team of experts
Finding clients and work
Cashflow runway
Equipment
Software
Suppliers
Leases

D.Cast Two: DESIGNING A SYSTEM

D.Cast Three: PARTNERS, PARTNERING & PARTNERSHIPS
Concepts
Legal Structures
Contracts, Constitutions and Shareholder Agreements
Shareholders & Directors
Finance
Intellectual Property

D.Cast Four: BUILDING THE GANG
Concepts
Recruitment
Employment law
Culture
Developing people
Making ‘changes’
So you’re a CD now?

D.Cast Five: MONEY, FEES & LIABILITIES

D.Cast Six: REPUTATION & NOTORIETY

D.Cast Seven: INHOUSE

D.Cast Eight: OPTIMISING

We are in fast changing world with Covid-19, social unrest, climate change, diversity and inclusion and indigenous design all in the forefront of our minds.

As designers we are optimistic, we are problem solvers, and we have a strong desire to making a better future. We also acknowledge that these events will be with us for some time unless there is a real shift in behaviour..global behaviour.

We would like to explore in The Form Forum®️ - ‘What does the future of our built environment look like ? How do we support and develop our local design community? What new opportunities have arisen?’

The Form Forum®️ 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.

Cheshire Architects

The Hotel Britomart

Material Creative

Resene

Bremworth

Italian Stone

We are in fast changing world with Covid-19, social unrest, climate change, diversity and inclusion and indigenous design all in the forefront of our minds.

As designers we are optimistic, we are problem solvers, and we have a strong desire to making a better future. We also acknowledge that these events will be with us for some time unless there is a real shift in behaviour..global behaviour.

We would like to explore in The Form Forum®️ - ‘What does the future of our built environment look like ? How do we support and develop our local design community? What new opportunities have arisen?’

The Form Forum®️ 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.

Milliken-Ontera

A Holistic View on Sustainability of Materials

Shaneel Deo, Managing Director and James Mufla, Creative Director will talk about why it is imperative for manufacturers to reduce their environmental impact and create better opportunities for the communities they work in. In this session Milliken-Ontera will go through their design philosophy, product transparency and how it is positively impacting the community.

Autex Industries

Fisher & Paykel Appliances

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.

Other