We have a great number of students selected in this year’s Best Awards 2014 as finalist, all in the running for gold, silver or bronze placings. In support of these students and some great networking opportunities with all of New Zealand’s top product, interactive, graphic and spatial designers, head along to the awards night. This year, the awards night is Friday 10th October at the amazing Viaduct Event Centre. Tickets include a 3 course dinner, and drinks (throughout the reception, […]
Interesting talk by David Kelley about building your creative confidence. When people gain back their creative confidence they start to work on things that are really important to them, they make better decisions and produce more interesting ideas to choose from. The world shouldn’t be divided in to the creatives and non creatives. “To allow people to realise that they are naturally creative, and should let their ideas fly”
South Korean Design Jeonghwa Seo has designed a range of stools and table through exploring materials and pairing contrasting materials together. Combinations include “basalt and rosewood, cherry and copper, and cork and aluminium. In total the collection uses two types of stone, five types of wood and three types of metal, as well as woven rush and acrylic.” Read the full article and check out the full range here.
Very interesting article around over-engineering a product and the lack of user engagement in the context of international design. Designing to improve the lives of some of the poorest people in the world will not happen through technological high tech advancements here in New Zealand. This kind of innovation is extremely far from reach for the poor who see no benefit. Frugal Innovation is said to be the way to innovate to truly help some of the poorest people, challenging […]
Check out this interesting article comparing the benefits of hand made prototypes vs 3D printing. “Prototypes serve two essential functions: They turn design ideas into something tangible that clients can touch and hold and they help clients and designers work as a team to refine those ideas cooperatively. To make the best client impression and get the most from client feedback, competent designers use the best tools available to give physical form to their ideas. And the best tools often […]
Today a few of the second year students were lucky to explore the factory of Galloway in East Tamaki. Galloway produce rotational moulded products, including a range of boats and water tanks. We were able to witness first hand the process taking place to really understand how it works. A huge thank you to Garth Galloway for welcoming us in to the factory for the great tour and answering all of our questions.
Interesting article in Idealog presenting the sit stand furniture designed by Product Design lecturer Stephen Reay and students Daniel Ravlich and Nancy Wang. Grant Schofield, Professor of Public Health and Director of the Human Potential Centre explains his new perspective on nutrition and health trends internationally. Check out the article below or in the September/October edition of Idealog.
Postgraduate student Neerali Parbhu is featured in a full length article in Idealog, with a recent iteration of her Sprout IV pole. Sprout has been an ongoing design project, supported by the Starship Foundation and Mercury Energy, and forms part of Neerali’s PG research exploring how the involvement of users voices in the design process influences the design of medical products. Check out the article below, or pick up the September/October Edition 2014.
Check out some of the exploration and development work of second year student Justin Rosaria. Currently second year students are working on a collaborative brief with New Zealand design company Douglas and Bec. Students are asked to create a beautiful object that showcases the best of artisan design. “The main goal so far is to try experiment, combine and extract the best aesthetic and functional value that I can get from combining and using the materials that I have got.” Justin […]
Two of our great students are in the running for people’s choice award in the ECC NZ Student Craft/Design Awards. Make sure you vote for Nikolai Sorensen or Rowan Baker in support. To vote click here. All voters have a chance to win 1 of 5 one year subscriptions to Urbis.