In addition to our successful AUT student Best Awards entries, we would like to congratulate designer and AUT lecturer Clark Bardsley on winning a Bronze Award for his tongue-in-cheek design “Arm Chair“. “‘Arm’ is not another chair; it is an anti-chair. It celebrates nonsense, and gleefully breaks the chair design rule book. It is not comfortable; in fact, it cannot be sat on. It is the outline or symbol of a chair, produced in fine American Oak.” Clark has an impressive […]
In her book “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance”, University of Pennsylvania psychology professor Angela Duckworth argues that success is achieved when talent meets drive. “Whatever your talent, you have to engage to realize that talent. We all have seen talent wasted.” Click here to listen to a podcast interview with Angela Duckworth to find out what else she has to say.
As designers we are constantly fed new ideas of what the ideal design process is or should be. Countless frameworks tell us that if we just go about the business of creativity in a certain way then our designs are sure to be successful. In reality I’m sure we all know that there probably is no secret formula; no one-size-fits-all solution. That said, learning how others work can give us access to alternative ways of thinking that we can tap into when […]
We all know how much of a distraction our smartphones can be with push notifications and incoming calls and messages demanding our attention at all hours of the day. The compulsion to constantly check a smartphone screen can pose a real barrier to hunkering down to get work done. Wellington designers Avid Kadam, Ruya Akyol, Jules McGannon, and Yong-Ming Wang developed an elegant solution to this problem, designing the “Tranquillo” lamp that only turns on when you surrender your smart phone […]
The winners of this years Best Awards have been announced following Friday night’s awards dinner and we are proud to announce that we have 1 gold, 3 silver, and 4 bronze winners from the AUT product design department. This is a fantastic result! Our winners are: Gold: Antonio Wan – The Little Ones Silver: Hadyn Jack – Sixth Sense Kelly-Anne Keach – Lumi Joshua Bradley – Waterboy Bronze: Jordan Warham – LAYR Ankle Support Hayden Maunsell – Sideboard Speaker Shiri Friedler – […]
Good design has the power to create beauty and value from otherwise worthless materials. The Recycle series by Bentu design takes the kind of construction site rubble that we walk past everyday and think nothing of and transforms it into a set of robust, minimalist homeware designs Click here to see more.
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As the end of the year rapidly approaches, many of us will be thinking once again about what comes next. Whether continuing study or moving into the full time workforce, everyone can benefit from further developing skills that will improve our employment prospects as we move forward with our career. While the experience and skills that employers are looking for vary depending on the position, soft skills like work ethic, attitude, and communication are valued across the board. Soft skills […]
Jonjin Park turns stacks of paper towels into sculptural ceramics by brushing the paper with slip then putting them into the kiln to fire away the paper and leave behind a solid ceramic structures. Click here to read more. Or see more of Park’s work here.
Where day to day work for design students usually involves a dynamic mix of field research, collaborative idea generation, CAD, and hands on model-making, working as a designer for a large company can sometimes mean a more specialised role. Check out this core77 discussion to learn how designers from around the world spend their working day. Understanding what it might be like to work as a designer for different types of companies may help you steer your career in the right […]
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