Upcoming Events

A one-day seminar, held at AUT, 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.

Feel free to wear casual clothes for this event. Lunch will be provided.

Aaron McKirdy, Chrometoaster

Aaron McKirdy is the design director at Chrometoaster–an award winning digital design agency creating exceptional brand and user experiences for mobile and web.

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Toni Brandso, Material Creative

Toni Brandso is one of two creative directors at Material Creative whose focus is on creating spaces that bring people together and demand attention. 

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Tim Webber, Tim Webber Design

Tim Webber is a furniture designer who produces internationally acclaimed, award-winning designs with a focus on form and function.

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Mat Bogust, Think Packaging

Mat Bogust is a cardboard engineer at Think Packaging. Think Packaging is an award winning structural packaging design studio whose pure focus is cardboard engineering and delivering solutions. 

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Sam Wieck, DDMMYY

Sam Wieck is a Graphic Designer at DDMMYY–a design agency and publishing platform based in Auckland that works across a diverse range of outputs including brand-building, identities, packaging and art book publishing.

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Melanie Kassian, Jasmax

Melanie Kassian is an interior designer at Jasmax, a company made up of architects, interior designers, landscape architects & urban designers. Jasmax designs award-winning spaces that are connected, collaborative and sustainable.

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Josh Forsman, Flux Animation

Josh Forsman is Executive Producer at Flux Animation, an award-winning animation studio that works across adversiting, film and television. With a strong focus on developing and creating characters, Flux's artist work in 2D traditional, CG, Stop motion, Live action and VFX.

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Janson Chau, Alt Group

Janson Chau is a graphic designer at Alt Group, New Zealand’s most award-winning design studio, having won over 450 local and international awards. With a strong focus on ideas, Alt Group are known for developing creative and unique work that really stands out from the crowd.

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Professor Tony Parker, Massey University

Professor Tony Parker is an industrial designer who works across the areas of design for agriculture, security and automotive design. His primary focus is aesthetically driven effective product design, which includes product desirability, usability, experience and innovation for improved user satisfaction. 

New Zealand designers taking on the world.
Good design transcends barriers and many New Zealand designers have made the brave and uncertain move of shifting overseas. What drives these inquisitive and ambitious creative talents?

Working internationally can be life-changing; a chance to develop a career, undertake a personal journey and develop a wider, global perspective.

No Borders is the stories of those New Zealand designers who've stepped out into the world and are making it work.

Tyrone Ohia, PDINZ - Alt Group

Tyrone moved to Japan for a year to experience a different culture. He worked remotely for Alt while living in Osaka.

His time in Japan helped him understand how a country's culture and its peoples behaviour help shape its design sensibilities.

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Phoebe Ellis, DINZ - Alt Group

As a fresh design graduate back in 2014, Phoebe moved to New York to intern for design agency Red Antler. The opportunity to go overseas came about through an internship scholarship program at AUT, the first of its kind in New Zealand. Phoebe will share the process of how the opportunity came about, and importantly, the impact her overseas experiences have made on her current life and design practice in New Zealand.

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Keri Cunliffe, DINZ - Warren & Mahoney

Interior designer Keri Cunliffe is the first New Zealander to win a place on the inaugural 2016 Dulux DIAlogue on Tour. This was an inspirational expedition,  taking the five winners to London and Stockholm in September 2016, where they met and learned from European and Scandinavian design talent.

Motivated by the desire to immerse herself in built work abroad, Keri approached the tour seeking insight into the thought processes, influences and parameters shaping these designs.

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Jae Park, DINZ - Honours Graduate, AUT

Jae Woo Park is a multi-disciplinary young creative. He holds a Bachelor of Communication Design with first class honours from AUT University and has a fancy for all creative products ranging from graphics to physical forms.

During Jae's third year studying at AUT, he went to further his education in the USA, by working as a design intern.

Jae talks about this journey into further education.

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Rufus Knight, PDINZ - Knight Associates

"At the end of 2014 while on sabbatical in Europe I was offered a job with the Antwerp-based office of Vincent Van Duysen.

Before our paths crossed professionally, I had been drawn to Vincent’s work and was familiar with his approach to interiors. He is an expert at re-interpreting traditional design tropes through a modernist lens, and this was an approach that had strongly shaped my ideas about what constituted a potent interior design language. The opportunity to work in Belgium also appealed as it offered a chance to experience Interior Architecture and Design in a more established context than I could find within New Zealand. The 12 months I spent with Van Duysen offered insight into how considered interior design can be. The approach of the office, which was based around reinterpreting classic, specifically Belgian, forms and crafts through reductive aesthetic principals, was highly pertinent. Simply, it made me question what New Zealand interiors could offer with a similar approach and what, in fact, constituted a ‘New Zealand interior’."

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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 proudly supported by Metro Performance Glass.

Unispace - Rosie Taylor and Autex - Jonathan Mountfort

Rosie Taylor from Unispace, "used freight and ocean-inspired materiality and imagery to reflect Kotahi's story". Rosie needed a product that could impress visually an perform acoustically without using too much space.

Autex was willing to run with bespoke designs using their exciting new acoustic interior design product, Etch™. Jonathan Mountfort from Autex, will be going into more detail about Etch™, a visual layer of artistic expression; a wall fabric combining design, colour and texture, created using cutting edge laser technology.

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Backhouse - Gary and Michelle Backhouse

Backhouse will be discussing the JWB chair and its importance and relevance in the evolution and future direction of their company.
It’s a story about longevity, craftsmanship and modern technology.
Backhouse has a strong reputation for innovative and internationally acclaimed imported design, but also supports and celebrates New Zealand manufacturers producing world class designs.

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Tile Space - Leigh Druce and Erin Stephenson

Tile Space will present on the newest trends in tiles - created with cutting edge technology for eco-friendly, hardwearing and incredibly realistic looking tiles. 

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Dulux - Shontelle Crosswell

Porter's Original Paints was started in 1982 in Sydney, and started out making traditional lime washes. Today Porter's manufactures traditional and modern paints that combine the finest ingredients and materials with the latest technologies. Porter's specialty finishes offer a strong point of difference and added luxury for both interiors and exteriors.
​Join us to discover some of these finishes including French Wash, Fesco, and Liquid Copper - you can even try them for yourself! 

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James Dunlop Textiles - Julia Weiss

“Delve into the mind of James Dunlop’s Product Development Manager, Julia Weiss, as she takes us on a journey inspired by the striking Alpine mountain regions of New Zealand. Expressing her reconnection with nature, and the inspirations she drew directly from the land around her, you will discover how our Alpine Collection was conceived. Volcanic landforms, domes, cones and lava create a vivid and dynamic landscape, influencing and translating into the surface designs of the collection while the colours of the region are reinterpreted to a create a stunning selection of warming upholsteries and stormy draperies.  Uncover how impressions can translate into fabulous fabrics suitable for Commercial spaces!” 

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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 and Whitecliffe students by invitation only.

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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 brought to you by Warren  & Mahoney and BJ Ball 

Open Studio™ is a boutique event where a 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™ is brought to you by Warren  & Mahoney and BJ Ball 

Open Studio™ is a boutique event where a 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.

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 Inhouse is exclusive to AUT and Whitecliffe students by invitation only.

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The Graphics Forum is a series of events that presents topics of interest for graphic 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 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 Space Studio is exclusive to AUT students by invitation only.

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The Best Awards 2017 ceremony will be held at The Viaduct Events Centre. Includes dinner, drinks and after party. Dress your Best!

Jeremy Corbett will be your MC for the evening.

Bookings are seated together on tables of 10 guests or up to 12 guests.

Info:

18.30 – 19.30: Drinks and reception
19.30 – 22.30: Dinner and awards ceremony 
22.30 – 01.30: After-party & DJ

No refunds offered for any cancellations.

Please let the Best team know of any special dietary requests at

If you have a question call 09 523 1407 or email to 

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 a 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.

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.

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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