Author of NEW ZEALAND BY DESIGN: a history of New Zealand product design, Michael Smythe is offering a special student price on the 90 remaining copies of the book. This is a recommended text for the product design course and is a great historical overview of design in New Zealand. Order 12 copies for $49 per book Please note that to get the special offer you will need to order a box of 12 shipped to one address. Because of this you may want […]
eVolo Magazine is pleased to invite designers around the world to participate in the VMODERN Furniture Design Competition. The award was born from the desire to create a forum for the discussion, debate and development of innovative design. Our goal is to discover and promote the most creative pieces of furniture that will transform the way we live and interact with our environment. What is the future of furniture design? This is an ideas competition and designers may submit pieces in […]
Second year student Taylor Burn was announced among the 2015 Best Awards finalists for his All Weather Day Pack designed as part of a project collaborating with Kathmandu. Informed by the works of Lucy Orta and FINAL HOME, and driven by the opportunity to design a Multipurpose/hybrid product for Kathmandu, the All Weather Day Pack enhances the user’s camping experience by providing lightweight, fast protection against the elements. Compartments are integrated into the backpack, containing a waterproof jacket and hood, […]
2014 graduate Product Design student Nicole Marshall is a finalist in the 2015 Best Awards for her product “Grasshopper” designed as part of her final third year project last year. Grasshopper is an educational appcessory that seeks to reverse the stigma that is often associated with technology use among children. It aims to unlock the potential for technology to support learning and creativity through social, imaginative, and active play. Grasshopper works with both Apple and Android devices to serve as a […]
Postgraduate student and workshop technician Glenn Maxwell is a finalist in this years Best Awards competition with his acoustic guitar design called “Infinitum”. Glenn’s design is a reimagining of traditional archtop acoustic guitars, with traditional construction techniques augmented by CAD, CNC, and 3D printing technologies. The primary focus of the design was to increase the soundboard (front) active resonance zone, to allow for more sound production. Click here to see Glenn’s full entry.
With the finalists for the 2015 Best Awards announced yesterday we are proud to say that we had three successful entries from AUT Product Design this year. Congratulations to Glenn Maxwell, Nicole Marshall, and Taylor Burn! Throughout the week we will be showcasing each finalist’s work here. All the best to our finalists in the upcoming rounds of the competition!
Check out this article to learn about the happy accidents that resulted in some iconic foods and beverage.Here’s hoping similar strokes of luck might help out our second year students as they get to work on their “gift of chocolate” project this semester!
Congratulations to Douglas and Bec for having two finalist entries in this year’s HOME New Zealand Design Awards (the line table lamp and line floor lamp pictured above. Rebecca (the Bec of Douglas and Bec) has acted as a mentor for our second year students on an artisan design project each year since 2013, so it is our pleasure to congratulate her on this achievement. Click here to see the other finalists.