Upcoming Events

Ant Donovan, AGDA - Frost*collective, Australia

At the Frost*collective, they are dedicated to designing a better world. 

Ant is Group Creative Director and Partner at Frost*collective.
Ant is an award-winning and innovative creative with many notable campaigns for Australian and international clients including Frasers Property Australia, AIG, Woolworths, Westfield and OzHarvest, as well as breakthrough design for the University of Wollongong.

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David Howell - DHD Architecture + Interior Design, New York

David Howell, president of DHD Architecture + Interior Design, Best Design Awards 2016 Gold Pin winner.

DHD Architecture + Interior Design's philosophy begins with a commitment to outstanding service, that involves a deep understanding and development for our client's aspirations for their projects. David's work has international recognition and has been published in many renowned magazine titles.

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Annabel Dundas, AGDA - TILT Creative

Tilt Creative design and create motion graphics, wayfinding and environmental graphics, digital design and branding. 

Annabel, Founder and Creative Director of TILT Design has gained an international reputation in motion graphics branding and design. Her ethos of creating beautiful work ensures that every project starts with a strong concept and finishes with the highest level of production.

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Iva Foschia, DIA - IF Architecture, Australia

IF Architecture draws inspiration from a myriad of influences, including art, fashion, psychology, branding, graphic design, social and cultural trends, as well as the best examples of architecture from around the world.

Their clients include category-leading global corporations, cutting-edge creative companies, innovative restaurant entrepreneurs, market-winning Australian retailers and homemakers seeking a place to enhance their lifestyle.

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Nik Clifford, PDINZ - Hardhat Design, New York

Hardhat Design is a boutique, award winning, multi-disciplinary creative agency with years of experience working both face to face and remotely with clients from all corners of the world.

In their own words: "We aren't robots, we're human beings. We like to keep things relaxed, personal, straight-talking and honest. We ask the right questions in a simple, efficient manner, avoid the marketing jargon, and explain what we're thinking and doing in clear terms and plain English."

Nik Clifford is a Kiwi working in New York and Owner/Creative Director at Hardhat Design.

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The more we talk about design in New Zealand, the more robust the conversation becomes. 

Open to Whitecliffe students.

Sarah Gladwell, Inhouse

Sarah Gladwell from Inhouse gives students the chance to gain insight into her work and her journey getting to where she is today.

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The more we talk about design in New Zealand, the more robust the conversation becomes. 

Mark Haydon, Emma Church, Jamie Mayne and Wendy Nannestad, members of the Fisher & Paykel design team give students the chance to gain insight into their award-winning work and their journey getting to where they are today. They will also share insights into what they look for in a designer.

Open to AUT students.

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The more we talk about design in New Zealand, the more robust the conversation becomes. 

Spatial designer Olivia Harper gives students the chance to gain insight into Material Creative's work and their journey getting to where they are today.

Open to AUT students.

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The more we talk about design in New Zealand, the more robust the conversation becomes. 

Anzac Tasker from Designworks gives students the chance to gain insight into his work and his journey getting to where he is today.

Open to Unitec students.

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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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David Higgins, Avanti

David Higgins is a design engineer at Avanti Bicycles where he is in charge of the designing and testing for their road bike and path & trail ranges. 

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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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Kelvin Soh, DDMMYY

Kelvin Soh is the creative director and founder of 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. 

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.

Zoe Ikin, PDINZ - Alt Group

Zoe took three months off at Alt Group to work at a studio overseas. She was party to a "different design vernacular in Chicago" - the process of design was less fluid and flexible, with people signing off everything that was created in-house, including emails.

"It made me very aware of the design process," she says.

She also found the design itself more constrained by historical principles than in New Zealand.

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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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Keri Cunliffe, DINZ - Warren & Mahoney

Interior designer Keri Cunliffe is the only New Zealander who won a place on the 2016 DIAlogue on Tour. This is 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.

Keri explored how one might include a sense of intimacy within spatial settings in her master thesis. 
"It is that intimate connection with space that creates impressions and lasting experiences. Reinforcing and establishing that connection between people and interior spaces is what really drives me," says Keri.

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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 countries culture and its peoples behaviour help shape its design sensibilities."

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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 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 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 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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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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