Upcoming Events

The John Britten Black Pin is the highest award given by the Designers Institute and celebrates an outstanding individual for leadership, vision and achievement in the field of design both nationally and internationally.

Dan Bernasconi - design lead Emirates Team New Zealand

It takes a bold team to create a winning design, and Emirates Team New Zealand's aggressive and innovative approach to designing their AC50 catamaran was vital to America’s Cup victory in Bermuda. The radical change to pedal power, developed through an intensive design and simulation process, gave them the winning edge.

Dan Berasconi, Technical Director for Emirates Team New Zealand, led the design team. An engineer and veteran of four America’s Cup campaigns, Dan spent six years with the McLaren Formula One team before switching to sailing. He has a doctorate in mathematical modelling and aerodynamics.

Dan Bernasconi is the Best Design Awards 2017 John Britten Black Pin recipient. He will receive his Black Pin on Friday 6th October at the Best Design Awards. 

Designers Speak®️ - is a conversation between Dan Bernasconi and Tony Parker. 

Tony is a designer of the Hulme Car and an avid Formula One enthusiast - not so much a sailor. He will have a chat with Dan about his move from Formula One to boat design.

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.

DJ line up: Hamish Crocker DJ + Sax, Rina Chae’s 'Street Candee' Dance Crew, DJ Spragga from Sola Rosa, Sweet Mix Kids Live, Plus Sax + Hoop Performer.

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 

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.

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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