Upcoming Events

Over the seven days of Judging Week respected Design professionals from New Zealand and Australia will judge all entries entered into the Best Design Awards.

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

Sunday 29 July 
Graphic

Monday 30 July 
Graphic & Interactive

Tuesday 31 July
Graphic, Interactive & Moving Image

Wednesday 1 August 
Graphic, Interactive & Moving Image

Thursday 2 August 
Product, Spatial & Value of Design Award

Friday 3 August 
Product & Spatial 

Saturday 4 August 
Public Good Award, User Experience Award & Ngā Aho Award

Designers Speak—Across the Ditch is a collaborative event of the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) and Designers Institute of New Zealand.

Mike Tosetto, Never Sit Still

Lighting the Sails for Vivid Sydney

Mike Tosetto from Never Sit Still will take you behind the scenes on how they tackled the epic projections for the Sydney Opera House at Vivid in 2017.

Nic Eldridge, sector7g & AGDA CEO

Nic Eldridge examines a work in progress for Humanee, a new type of accounting business, providing an insight into what it means to be a designer today and into the future.

Elliot Schultz, ED.

Outro Intro

Elliot Schultz from ED. dives into the challenges of creating a non-linear video experience for the 'Meet The Greek' website.

Zoe Green, Co Partnership

Redefining craft beer in Australia

Zoe Green from Co Partnership talks through the challenges and solutions behind the branding and packaging for Modus Operandi brewing Co.

The DINZ Student Council have reached out to schools and studios to create Folio Nights.

This highly prestigious opportunity is for students who have been nominated by their schools.

Shoulder tapped students are invited into a studio where the design leaders will critique each students work and advise on the best way they can develop a job-ready folio.

Folio Night at Designworks is exclusive to AUT students by invitation only.

View Designworks' work

The DINZ Student Council have reached out to schools and studios to create Folio Nights.

This highly prestigious opportunity is for students who have been nominated by their schools.

Shoulder tapped students are invited into a studio where the design leaders will critique each students work and advise on the best way they can develop a job-ready folio.

Folio Night at Fisher & Paykel is exclusive to AUT students by invitation only.

View Fisher & Paykel's work

The Designers Institute of New Zealand presents a one-day seminar, for secondary school students and teachers of design.

Leading practitioners from different design sectors will share a snapshot of the design industry, their work and their journey. We hope that students and teachers will leave inspired and have more understanding of design and the possibilities for a career in design.

Tim Donaldson DINZ & Amanda Gaskin - Seachange

Harbourvore

Seachange are a creative duo specialising in brand identity, creative direction and digital design.

Harbourvore is a unique series of culinary yacht cruises around Auckland harbour, that serves up local seafood cooked to perfection by award-winning chefs. Promising an informal and fun day out on the water, the cruises disrupt the category of the usual bland and stuffy corporate alternatives. 

Seachange created a fun set of Harbourvore characters including a hipster squid, octopus and lobster, and teamed them up with a bold typographic identity utilising a life-ring as an 'O', and fluorescent safety orange.

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Katie Naeher - Assembly

Geoff the Film | Heinz Australia

Katie Naeher is part of Assembly’s internationally acclaimed Character Animation Team, awarded at every major show around the world, from The Webby Awards, to Cannes and D&AD.

Geoff the Film | Heinz Australia
This three-minute animated short film for Kraft Heinz Australia follows the head of innovation at Heinz Beanz - a character named Geoff. It tells the story of how over the years our main characters' circumstances change – from getting married to having twins – which prompt him to create a new can size for every stage in his life.  

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Andy Florkowski PDINZ - RCG

AMI Concept Store

Andy is an Associate Director at RCG, and manages the Commercial and Retail design team. Andy has worked for major brands across Australasia, Europe and the Middle East, and has been recognised as one of the top emerging New Zealand designers.

AMI Concept Store 
RCG designed an environment and offer that reflected AMI’s customer aspirations along with a personal ‘curated retail’ offer, a mapped customer journey based on life stages and touch points and a visual system that expressed the brand personality.

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Mike Davison DINZ - Colenso BBDO

A Fresh Start with Dairy

Mike is currently one of the Creative Directors at ColensoBBDO in Auckland, New Zealand. Mike’s advertising career spans 30 years, including 7 years spent in New York. He has learnt from the bottom up, starting in the pre-computer era with letraset, scalpels and a passion for type and all things visual.

A Fresh Start with Dairy
Dairy products have had a PR problem for a few decades now. We have believed for a long time that alternatives to the natural fats they contain are better for us. Turns out that’s not true.

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Sam Burton - Bobux International

Bobux Hi-Dimension

Previously an Industrial Design consultant and now, Design and Innovation Manager for Bobux which is a children's shoe company in New Zealand manufacturing and exporting all over the world. 

Hi-Dimension
The Bobux Hi dimension is a durable, lightweight, flexible shoe with high performance textiles that are specifically selected to give the best performance for kids, and letting them do what they do best which is to grow and play.

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Tim Kelleher FDINZ - Sons & Co.

Architectural web design

Tim Kelleher is a designer and co-founder of Sons & Co. From the tiny Port of Lyttelton in New Zealand's South Island.

Architectural web design
Ten architects. Looking at ten architectural studios, their websites and what was essentially the same brief.

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Prof. Brian Lucid DINZ - Massey University

Working with some of the world's most successful cloud-based services. 

Professor Brian Lucid’s interaction design research focuses upon the strategic implementation and aesthetic refinement of digital interactive environments to foster effective interaction with products, brands, and services.
Guided by questions that address the relations among visual design, complex information and the ability of people to learn and adapt to unfamiliar processes, his practice-led research envisions, defines and implements functional and aesthetic screen-based digital products and services.

Working with some of the world's most successful cloud-based services. 
A digital product strategist working with brands such as Adobe, Oracle and Solidworks, Brian will provide insight into the future of user experience.

Tour of AUT Design Departments

The Designers Institute Student Council will give a guided Tour of AUT Design Departments during the day.

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

Johnson McKay from Fly gives students the chance to gain insight into his work and his journey getting to where he is today.

Open to AUT students. 

The Form Forum® is a series of events that presents topics of interest for spatial designers including tools and tips that keep you informed and up to date on the latest design trends and best industry practice, presented in an informal environment.

The Form Forum® is a series of events that presents topics of interest for spatial designers including tools and tips that keep you informed and up to date on the latest design trends and best industry practice, presented in an informal 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.

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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