The Best Awards were held last Friday night to celebrate New Zealand’s top outputs in Product, Graphic, Spatial and Interactive design.
Well done to Mark Wu who received a Silver award for his ‘First Breath Infant Resuscitator.’ This was Mark’s masters project and was an investigation into how design could be used to develop a low cost and simple resuscitator, using third world constraints to drive innovation. Mark is now working part time at Blender Design and is also working on freelance projects for independent clients and his family business.
Nick Hayes received a Bronze award for his project ‘Sound Ways:’ An app designed to help the visually impaired navigate the AUT campus. Nick Is currently undertaking his masters in collaboration with Auckland Transport, investigating and improving public transport systems. Good luck in finishing off your final year Nick!
Reid Douglas also received a Bronze award for his 2012 masters project, ‘Minimal Running Footwear.’ The concept explored how design for disassembly and stewardship schemes might be used to develop new solutions for the minimal running shoe industry. Reid currently works part time for a New Zealand product designer and is undertaking part time research for the university.
Congratulations to all our best awards finalists and be sure to check out their projects in the ‘our work’ section of this blog:
Neerali Parbhu for ‘Sprout IV pole.’
Hannah Clark for ‘Wormcycle.’
Mandy Wong for ‘Fantail Insulin Dose Calculator.’
Kathryn Hayward, Jamie Cardow, Charlotte Dickson, Tinghui Su, Levi Crookes-Heywood for ‘SociaLIGHT.’
Josh Munn, ‘SENSA Knee Support.’
The Best Awards are great way to have your work out in the public realm and is a chance to gauge where your work sits amongst some of New Zealand’s design students. Start preparing your ideas, get stuck in and compete at next years best awards!