We at AUT would like to express out deepest condolences at the news that (Alban) Gifford Jackson passed away today at the age of 93.
Known as the ‘godfather’ of New Zealand industrial designers, Gifford Jackson’s gentlemanly manner, professional skills and generous mentorship were greatly valued by clients and colleagues.
“The first generation of design graduates were entering the market when Gifford returned to New Zealand in 1966 after 17 years working with major practices in New York. Ten years were spent at the Walter Dorwin Teague office where he became its senior product designer. The consultancy practice he established at the Devonport house he was born only ran down when he reached his 80s.
Gifford’s highly valued contribution to the development of our industrial design profession was first acknowledged in 1988 when he was an early recipient of the John Britten Award – the Designers Institute of New Zealand’s highest accolade. Wider recognition came in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours when Gifford was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
A survey exhibition – Gifford Jackson: New Zealand Industrial Design Pathfinder – was mounted at The Depot Artspace in 2013 and a book of the same name was written and published by its curator, Michael Smythe. The Depot reported record attendance with enthusiastic visitors of all age groups marvelling at Gifford’s pastel renderings and working drawings and reminiscing about the products he designed having been part of their lives.”
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