Best of the Best Designers Speak® - Video - Tim Denee, Chris McDowall & Nicola Legat

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

The 2021 series was recorded on video. Here is one from the series of twenty recorded.

We Are Here: An Atlas of Aotearoa
Tim Denee, Chris McDowall & Nicola Legat

What goes into creating a conceptual map of the history of New Zealand music?

A heck of a lot, it seems.

Geographer and cartographer Chris McDowall took the stage to explain a little of the process that led to the publication of his latest book We are Here: An Atlas of Aotearoa (2019, Massey University Press) which includes, among many others, the above-mentioned musical map.

From creating a software that tracks bands, terms and music styles from New Zealand to the early brain maps categorising such data dump, Chris took the audience through a step by step process leading to the final visual. Tim Denee then explored his own graphic contribution which included translating Chris’ data into infographics, crafting illustrations and the many cover iterations which preceded the final proof.

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Chris McDowall & Tim Denee

Tim Denee

Thanks Designworks for the pre-drinks venue

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DINZ Interviews

When the opportunity arises, DINZ interviews leading designers from here and overseas. These interviews seek to dig beneath the surface to address the common and uncommon challenges, problems and opportunities the design community faces.