Upcoming Events

At long last we’re excited to announce pre-sales for the Best Awards Annual 2020, proudly presented by the Designers Institute of New Zealand (DINZ). Slightly delayed due to Covid-19, but worth the wait. This year’s annual has been given a facelift to truly celebrate the best of our creative industry.

The Annual is specially edge-printed, and features a section-sewn lay flat binding so it opens flat and stays flat. Beautifully offset printed, and spanning 736 pages, this chunky purple book proudly gives every medal-winning project it’s own page.

This year, DINZ are selling the Annual for $69 NZD in order to help cover costs of production. With a very limited edition print-run of 500, don’t miss out on securing your block of design history.

Long live print! www.bestbook.co.nz

Thanks Seachange 💜

Best Annual 2020

Limited edition print-run of 500. Pre-order yours from www.bestbook.co.nz

The weather will be good, we will have had the chance to reset over the summer break and we can celebrate our community as a community – together, holding up the best our industry has to offer.

To ensure that Best can be the celebration we want it to be, this week we have made the difficult decision to move the award evening to Friday 18th February, 2022.

The Best Awards marks the annual moment where we pause and raise a pin (and a glass) to the contribution design makes to our culture, our economy and our unique place in the world.

We look forward to seeing you for the first summer edition of Best Awards.

*If you have booked for the 5th November and the February date doesn't work for you we will refund (see our Rules on refund policy).

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

Dress Your Best for FRIDAY 18th FEBRUARY 6.30pm at the Aotea Centre:

The Best Design Awards 2021 includes drinks, dinner and after party.

18.30 - 19.00    Pre drinks 
19.15 - 19.30      Move into the theatre to your designated row/seat
19.30 - 22.00   Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre and awards presentation
22.00 - 1.00      Food Stations / Afterparty

MC - Jennifer Ward-Lealand.
(Jennifer Ward-Lealand appears by arrangement with Johnson & Laird Management).

Beverage service in the Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre
Food Stations for dinner after the ceremony

One thing to get excited about this year is The 2021 Feels Campaign Tote Bag!
Every Best guest 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!

Tickets $265 including GST
Ticket sales close 11th February 2022

REFUNDS:
If you have booked for the 5th November and the February 2022 date doesn't work for you we will refund (see our Rules on refund policy).
Refunds will not be given 10 working days prior to the advertised awards ceremony.
Online payments incur third party Stripe fees. The refund for tickets will have this fee deducted and reflected in the refund.

Covid-19 rules will apply as set by the government and venue.

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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