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.

Supertrash — Make some noise

Seachange - Amanda Gaskin, Tim Donaldson DINZ

Supertrash is a small, family-run collection service with a big purpose; to help divert waste from landfill through circular solutions. This involves repurposing, recycling and reimagining what we do with waste.

A key strategy was to do something that couldn’t be ignored. To truly go against convention, and embrace the spirit and energy of this youthful company and act as a beacon for the incredible work they do.

BRITOMART

Jeremy Hansen

Fifteen years ago, Britomart – the nine-block precinct at the centre of downtown waterfront Auckland – was a bit of a wasteland, with a neglected bus depot and a bunch of heritage buildings whose best days were well behind them. Nowadays, a patient regeneration process has seen heritage buildings refurbished and new architecture inserted, all of it centred around the creation of dynamic new public spaces. Design – both in the architectural and urban design sense, but also in graphics – has been vital in creating a coherent identity for this evolving part of the city, and for The Hotel Britomart, currently under construction. Jeremy Hansen began working for Britomart Group two years ago after a long time in media, editing HOME and Paperboy magazines. Here, he gives a brief rundown on establishing an identity for Britomart and the foundational role design has played in that.

Britomart - Nine Blocks

Inhouse - Arch MacDonnell FDINZ

Britomart’s recent digital evolution has involved the creation of a suite of e-newsletters and a brand-new Gold Pin-winning website created by Inhouse and Grafik. Arch MacDonnell of Inhouse will talk through the refinement of Britomart’s digital identity, the creation of the identity for The Hotel Britomart, and how these projects were shaped to reflect the energy and dynamism of the precinct.

Britomart - Taipari Taitimu

Extended Whānau - Tyrone Ohia PDINZ

Britomart has featured a number of temporary art installations in the past two years, including a series entitled Works on Paper on the construction hoardings of The Hotel Britomart. Tyrone Ohia will talk about Taipari Taitimu, a suite of 30 individual posters he created for the hoardings that refer to the waters of the Waitematā that washed across the Britomart area prior to reclamation.

Han

AUT - Jungie Choi DINZ

South Korea has progressed from the complete destruction caused by World War II and the Korean War into a country with the 11th largest economy in the world. This rapid progression of economy and technology has led to a dysfunctional society that neglects the teaching of social ethics to its people.

This situation raises the question: If a government refuses to acknowledge the social repercussions of rapid advancement and purely focuses on monetary gain—are the ramifications worth it?

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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.

Shahriar Asdollah-Zadeh, Patrick Loo, Sarosh Mulla

Rainbow Machine

Population growth presents Auckland with new challenges and opportunities. High density living for families in the city centre is one of those many challenges. How can Auckland provide more urban amenities for families? Auckland Council and the Waitematā Local Board continue to provide more creative experiences for children living in the Waitematā area.

Rainbow Machine is an immersive experience of natural light that created an interactive play-space for children, an experience that they could discover and visit with their families.

Alt Group, Monk MacKenzie Architects & Knight Associates

Dean Poole FDINZ, Rufus Knight PDINZ, Mark Craven NZRAB

Les Mills Auckland City

Les Mills is a world-leading fitness and lifestyle brand committed to improving health and wellbeing aspiring to create ‘humans fit for life’.

Their Auckland City campus is the global hub for training development and innovation which occupies a large inner-city footprint. The newly refurbished space accommodates three new offerings for members – functional training, boxing and the world’s largest 100-bike immersive cycle studio.

Jasmax

Cameron Pollock

B:Hive, Smales Farm

The B:Hive concept has been conceived as the first step in the transformation of a twentieth-century office park to a twenty-first century engaged urban hub. Its genesis is to be a “place” for flexible, collaborative and community engaged work attracting start-ups, small companies and individuals and where wellness was a primary consideration.

LandLAB

Scott Greenhalgh

Vaughans Stream Corridor – Wetlands + Bridges

The Vaughans Stream Reserve is a new 20ha infrastructural park that provides signature landscape experiences for a site that encompasses a new town centre, houses and parks.

With its sensitivity to the surroundings of Long Bay and the Waitematā beyond.

The design strategy stitches together the ecological restoration of the corridor with new stormwater and social infrastructure programs into a contemporary coastal parkland network with a distribution of design elements - boardwalks, bridges and pavilions - which facilitate circulation, navigation and occupation.

AUT

Lauren Gibbs

The Performance Terrain Theatre

In a bold cutting of Fort Lane’s existing urban fabric sits a daring visionary architecture that is theatrical, gracious and rhythmical. A dance of colour and space.

At the lane’s Fort Street entrance, both above and below the surface, The Performance Terrain Theatre will exist as a moment within the city where space rhythmically transforms, materiality pirouettes and eyes will drift.

Beneath the weight of urban dwellers, the hidden performance of ground, land, and architecture takes place. Small spatial moments work together in a combination of materiality, surface, colour, and form to imaginatively retell a moment of history.

Bureaux

Jessica Walker, Maggie Carroll

Arran Bay House

The water’s edge on Waiheke’s west coast is a tranquil setting; populated by small, white, weatherboard baches, with an occasional jetty pushing out towards Rotoroa Island.

This new beach house is a place of escape and retreat, but it is primarily a place for active lives to be lived on the water.

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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.

Woolkin

Blythe Rees-Jones FDINZ

Brave Dave The Fire Engine

Big or small, fighting fires is not for the faint hearted. With Brave Dave the mighty fire engine, any little one can come to the rescue!

Woolkin wanted to honour real play and respect real materials, and free the playroom from cheap easy to break and unsafe toys that don't stimulate little people - by helping move your child’s play beyond plastic.

Navico Asia Pacific

Paul Bailey DINZ

Lowrance Ghost Trolling Motor

Ghost is Navico's first trolling motor and a complete ground up development  undertaken over the last 3 years. The result is the most powerful (25% greater thrust), most efficient (60% longer running time), quietest and most user friendly trolling motor and aimed at the American inland base fishing market.

Citta & Alex Buckman Studio

Alex Buckman, David Moreland

AB Pendant

The AB Pendant Light is the result of a creative collaboration between Product Designer Alex Buckman and Città’s design studio, David Moreland and Nikolai Sorensen.

The AB Pendant celebrates the beauty of simplicity combined with a paired back material palette.

Blender

Oliver McDermott PDINZ

Micropod Packaging

Inspired by indoor farming and with a vision of harvesting fresh greens at home that is super easy, sustainable and fun for anyone: Micropod was created.

Packed with nutrients and grown without nasty pesticides, Micropod was designed for people who wanted to benefits of home-grown greens but lacked the space, time, climate or know-how.

AUT

Charlotte Dickson

Tracheostomy – From Stigma to Silver Lining

Tracheotomy is a surgery during which an artificial opening is made in the front of the patient’s trachea.

Living with a tracheostomy is physically uncomfortable and the need for ongoing maintenance limits autonomy, forcing users to structure their lives around their condition. It alters user’s appearance, causing shame and attracting stigma.

Before this project there was limited research into the experiences of people living with them long-term. This project aimed to capture tracheostomy users’ stories, advocate for their needs, and challenge historic stagnation in tracheostomy design.

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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.

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

Chris Nightingale

Black Pin for Value of Design.

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare are champions of the power of good design to create massive impact.

 Fifty years of continual and increasingly sophisticated product development have spawned a company that is now New Zealand’s largest hi-tech exporter. 

 The People at Fisher & Paykel will tell you two things they learned fifty years ago that drive them still:
“1. Having the patient at the centre of everything we do sparks innovation.
2. Having the designers close to that patient creates empathetic thinking and meaningful solutions.”

Sharesies

Sharesies

Empowering a generation, by design.

Money is part of everyone’s lives, but most people have a negative relationship with it. There are three main barriers that people feel: Jargoned out, priced out and branded out.

From surveying 100 people to 4,000 people, this validated that the problem was real and big enough to be worth solving.

Since their launch in 2017, Sharesies have attracted over 50,000 investors who have invested over $62 million, with 79% of their investors are aged 24 – 40.

Designworks & 3Degrees

Anzac Tasker PDINZ, Andrew Baker DINZ

Pepeha

Around the world, indigenous languages are in decline – and with them, tradition, culture and identity. Since the early days of European colonisation of New Zealand. In recent years, there has been an awakening, a realisation that we must actively preserve, protect and revitalise Te Reo Māori.

Today, it continues to grow and gain momentum. Most importantly, it provides a new gateway for hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders to learn more about Te Reo and Te Ao Māori. Pepeha: a taonga to New Zealand.

Koinei tā Aotearoa whakamihi. This is Pepeha, and this is how New Zealand introduces itself.

Storybox & Massey University College of Creative Arts

Rachael Rakena, Rob Appierdo

Mana Moana

Mana Moana is a collaboration between Maori and Pacifica musicians, artists, writers and choreographers that explores its themes of ocean, migration and diaspora on a screen of projected water.

The five short films explore indigenous relationships and identities with the ocean and as we grapple with climate change, our futures will be linked in new ways. Water is connective tissue – the sea connects us all between the islands of the Pacific – and Mana Moana is literally projecting its stories on water.

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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.

Sharesies

Sharesies

Empowering a generation, by design.

Money is part of everyone’s lives, but most people have a negative relationship with it. There are three main barriers that people feel: Jargoned out, priced out and branded out.

From surveying 100 people to 4,000 people, this validated that the problem was real and big enough to be worth solving.

Since their launch in 2017, Sharesies have attracted over 50,000 investors who have invested over $62 million, with 79% of their investors are aged 24 – 40.

Resn

Rik Campbell

twenty øne piløts - Bandito

Having the opportunity to create an interactive music video for the American musical duo twenty øne piløts’ song Bandito, Resn were tasked with continuing the narrative journey, previously explored in three live-action music videos and creating a captivating user journey and incorporating the band’s rich and mysterious mythology.

 Since the release of the Bandito video, it has attracted millions of views and the attention of the international press and an enthusiastic reception from the band’s dedicated fanbase.

Storybox & Massey University College of Creative Arts

Rachael Rakena, Rob Appierdo, Mark Bridgeman

Mana Moana

Mana Moana is a collaboration between Maori and Pacifica musicians, artists, writers and choreographers that explores its themes of ocean, migration and diaspora on a screen of projected water.

 The five short films explore indigenous relationships and identities with the ocean and as we grapple with climate change, our futures will be linked in new ways. Water is connective tissue – the sea connects us all between the islands of the Pacific – and Mana Moana is literally projecting its stories on water.

Isthmus Group

Sophie Jacques

Discovery Garden

Te Kaapuia o Te Waoku The Discovery Garden has transformed a little used area of the Botanic Garden into a vital activity centre for children and their families to learn more about the natural world and their community. Material choices are reflective of the garden’s main theme – the many ways plants can be helpful to us.

Isthmus Group worked closely with the team at Wellington Botanic Garden to bring their vision to life – to develop a vital activity centre for children and their families to learn and focus on the many ways that plants sustain human life and bringing people and plants together.

While beautiful, Discovery Garden is meant to be touched, smelled, picked, cut and frequently climbed over. The collection is playfully arranged to bring new meaning to the terms ‘fast foods’, ‘incredible edibles’, ‘healthy dye, and ‘growing wild’.

Studio Pacific Architecture

Marc Woodbury, Susanna Stevenson

20 Customhouse Quay

Where city meets waterfront, 20 Customhouse Quay is a multi-storey office development located in a prime location in Central Wellington, setting a new standard of seismic resilience and design quality for the Wellington market.

As well as being seismically advanced, 20 Customhouse Quay addresses a number of sustainable criteria to achieve its 5 Star Green Star rating from New Zealand Green Building Council.  

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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.

Shahriar Asdollah-Zadah, Patrick Loo, Sarosh Mulla

Rainbow Machine

Population growth presents Auckland with new challenges and opportunities. High density living for families in the city centre is one of those many challenges. How can Auckland provide more urban amenities for families? Auckland Council and the Waitematā Local Board continue to provide more creative experiences for children living in the Waitematā area.

Rainbow Machine is an immersive experience of natural light that created an interactive play-space for children, an experience that they could discover and visit with their families.

Seachange

Amanda Gaskin, Tim Donaldson DINZ

Supertrash

Supertrash is a small, family-run collection service with a big purpose; to help divert waste from landfill through circular solutions. This involves repurposing, recycling and reimagining what we do with waste.

A key strategy was to do something that couldn’t be ignored. To truly go against convention and embrace the spirit and energy of this youthful company and act as a beacon for the incredible work they do.

DESIGNsense Limited

Michael Denton DINZ

IZON Automatic Fraction Collector

The client required a futuristic look while still having a science element.

The Izon Science Automatic Fraction Collector (AFC) is a profound advancement in the isolation and purification of nano-biological particles from biological fluids. The primary target is extracellular vesicles (EVs), which have recently emerged as an important player in intracellular communication.

The AFC is the world’s first instrument developed specifically for the isolation and purification of EVs.

LandLAB

Henry Crothers

Avon River Park Terraces + City Promenade

This project enhances access to the water and brings the spirit and ecology of the river (fluid) into a dialogue with the city (grid) where the ecologies of nature, culture, infrastructure and commerce are interwoven at the edge of the Avon - Ōtākaro in Christchurch.

The Terraces precinct redefines the relationship between the city and the river, establishing a new continuous and vibrant edge while the Promenade provides a focal point where the flows of the river, community and commerce come together at the edge of Avon – Ōtākaro in Christchurch.

Architects’ Creative Ltd

Daniel Sullivan DINZ, Kate Sullivan

Menzies POP!

The resulting spaces of Menzies POP! embodies the craft of architecture, bringing joy to the occupants in their everyday living, thus meeting their desire for an enduring family home.

The decision to retain the derelict and “unhealthy” original 1940's cast insitu concrete dwelling, that may have otherwise been demolished, allowed for the creation of a family home that exceeds the level of comfort and performance expectations for today’s modern living.

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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.

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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