Upcoming Events

The Best Design Awards are a major feature of the local design calendar and some of last year's winners are touring the country to offer first-hand insights into their projects.

This event is brought to you by Dulux 

Alt Group

Dean Poole FDINZ & Janson Chau FDINZ, Alt Group

There is no such thing as a New Zealand typeface

A series of place names, each chosen to resonate and speak to our collective understanding of the New Zealand character.

This posed the question- what does a New Zealand typeface mean?

Clemenger BBDO, Oranga Tamariki, Ministry for Children

Mark Dalton, Clemenger BBDO; James Whittaker, General Manager Oranga Tamariki- Ministry for Children

Trails of Taonga

State-care alone cannot provide the aroha children need. The goal was to get people in the community to help these tamariki in any way they can, big or small. When we spoke to care-experienced kids, they told us amazing stories about people who'd helped them and made a difference in their lives. People they'd never forgotten.

Our strategy was simple: share their stories and inspire others from the community to step-forward and help a child in need.

RCG

Andy Florkowski PDINZ, RCG

Māori Television

Te haerenga, the story and journey of Māori Television, is a story inextricably bound up with a claim made to the Waitangi Tribunal in 1985,Ko te reo te mauri o te mana Māori, that the language is the life force of mana Māori, and that there must be a recognised place for the language of one of the partners to the Treaty.

Smudge, NZ Police

Toby Vincent DINZ & Sandra Atkinson DINZ, Smudge; Bronwyn Marshall, NZ Police

NZ Police Family Harm App

Smudge have been working with NZ Police 2014, most recently designed a mobile app together to help tackle, the single biggest social issue facing New Zealand today - domestic violence.

The Family Harm app gives frontline officers useful information in real-time such as historical episodes at the same location, providing them with valuable context in what is often an ongoing chain of events.

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™ at Three Sixty Architecture is a boutique event where the 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™ at Edwards White Architects is a boutique event where the 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 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™ at Motion Sickness is a boutique event where the 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 a boutique event where studios on K'Rd & West St open their doors to the design community. Inviting them in to take a nosey and maybe an insight or two into their studio.

Material Creative / Design Dairy / CTRL_Space

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.

Material Creative, Design Dairy and CTRL_Space studios are tucked into K Road and West Street. They will open their doors, inviting the design community to come and relax, sip a drink and share some stories. 

An infamous & eclectic city fringe strip, K Rd is now home to a variety of designers. Come along with us as we experience the sounds and sights of K Rd & West St while visiting our design studio partners to get a real insight into their inner-workings.

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™ at Studio Pacific Architecture is a boutique event where the studio opens their doors to the design community. Inviting them in to take a nosey and maybe an insight or two into their studio.

Studio Pacific Architecture is a Wellington based practice of around 80 architects and designers working on a large range of projects from small furniture items to large projects involving entire new towns. 

Open Studio™ is 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.

DENFAIR is a contemporary design fair for designers, architects and design professionals held in Melbourne each June.

Thibaud Cau-Cecile, the show’s Co-founder, and DINZ shared the same desire to attract some more shine for New Zealand design at the event. After a year of development, a joint vision is about to be unveiled at DENFAIR next month.

The result is an exciting collective showcase featuring some of New Zealand’s leading furniture designers and artistic collaborators.

The installation is called Palisades designed by James McNab from Think + Shift, and supports works by Nathan Goldsworthy, Tim Webber and a selection of complementary collaborators.

Palisades is an immersive space that drew its inspiration from the fortifications that once protected hillside early settlements throughout New Zealand. The installations curved walls are fabricated from vertically standing tubes, echoing the defences on these ancient sites.

Tim Webber, Tim Webber Design

Nathan Goldsworthy, Goldsworthy Studio

James McNab, Think + Shift

From the outset, the key criteria was to make the installation textural and material- driven. The aim was to design a space that isolated any audible or visual noise from neighbouring exhibitors, enveloping visitors and allowing the featured pieces to have their own moment.

This led to the support of Auckland-based Autex Industries - a specialist acoustics and insulation company, founded in 1967. They provided the high-tech material that cloisters the space, greatly enhancing the immersive experience.

James McNab aptly summed up this showcase of New Zealand talent: "We often think Milan, New York or Shanghai are the main events on the design calendar. But really, DENFAIR is within easy reach to an Australian market of up to 25 million people.” 

The Best Design Awards are a major feature of the local design calendar and some of last year's winners are touring the country to offer first-hand insights into their projects.

This event is brought to you by Dulux 

Methven Global Design & Innovation

Andy Grigor DINZ, Methven Global Design & Innovation

Tūroa Bathroom Collection

Methven set out to understand their customers better than anyone else and embarked on an exploration into daily habits and routines.

They discovered that everyone is different with different habits, routines, and needs.

Inspired to create an experience which adapted to your changing needs or mood, their challenge was not only to create a new experience but also to combine this experience with sustainable water use and manufacturing processes.

Howard Wright

Anthony Bately & Angus Mcleod, Howard Wright

M10 Bed

Three key avoidable harms occur within the medical bed environment: patient falls; pressure injuries and cross infection. The project mission was to design a new bed which reduced the risk of these avoidable harms.

Simply put; Howard Wright had to design the safest medical bed.

MWDesign

Mike Williams PDINZ

Suzie the Pig

Suzi AI Pig is a Clinical skills training manikin configured here to teach artificial insemination techniques.

Practice makes perfect because if you get it wrong, it hurts! A badly inseminated sow won't let anyone inseminate her again, forcing your prize sow to become bacon.

Philbe Design Ltd

Split Credenza

Delicately proportioned, modern in style, with an elegant nod to a more retro era. 

A truly contemporary and functional design which pays respects to traditional craftsmanship.

Designers Speak® Hui is aimed at creating a conversation within the design community.

Diversity and Inclusion — Warren and Mahoney’s Journey to Date

Andrew Tu’inukuafe FDINZ, Principal; Sarah Coleman, Group People & Culture Officer

In 2017, Warren and Mahoney agreed on a new Diversity and Inclusion strategy and has been working to achieve more gender balance in its leadership team and more broadly (along with other diversity goals). 

While Warren and Mahoney recognises there is still a lot more it must do to achieve its ambitions in this area, please come along to hear about the steps they have put in place to become a more diverse and inclusive place to work.

Designers Speak® Hui is aimed at creating a conversation within the design community.

Diversity and Inclusion — Warren and Mahoney’s Journey to Date

Andrew Tu’inukuafe FDINZ, Principal; Sarah Coleman, Group People & Culture Officer

In 2017, Warren and Mahoney agreed on a new Diversity and Inclusion strategy and has been working to achieve more gender balance in its leadership team and more broadly (along with other diversity goals). 

While Warren and Mahoney recognises there is still a lot more it must do to achieve its ambitions in this area, please come along to hear about the steps they have put in place to become a more diverse and inclusive place to work.

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™ at Fuman is a boutique event where the 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.

DINZ Annual General Meeting 2019

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

Michaela Webb, Round
Christopher Doyle, Christopher Doyle & Co.
Lucas Brooking, Buck

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

Adele Winteridge,  Foolscap Studio  
Alexander Loterzstain,  Derlot  
Xavier Lifran,  Schneider Electric Pacific Design Lab  

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.

Hosted by Italian Stone and DBJ.

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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