We are proud to announce that AUT’s Design Faculty is once again ranked the top design school in New Zealand and in the top 100 worldwide! For more info on AUT’s QS ranking scores click here.
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.
The latest issue of Idealog magazine features our very own head of Industrial Design and Innovation Shane Inder discussing what it means to be a product designer at AUT. “The traditional notion of an industrial designer is that they design a product and see how they might be able to sell it to people, but we start with identifying the problem and design a solution to it. It’s always about looking at the user and is the opposite of designer-centred […]
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Product design and development consultancy Blender Design‘s managing director Oliver McDermott was recently featured in an NZherald article discussing the advantages and challenges of outsourcing for offshore product manufacturing. Blender has collaborated with AUT students in the previous years, for example, acting as a mentor for third year students last year working on a brief to design “appcessories” with social impact. Blender will be working with some of the third year students again this year later in the semester. As […]
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2014 graduate Amanda Walker has just been featured in the most recent issue of Idealog magazine. The article talks about her third year project which focussed on preventing Kauri dieback disease through the design of an improved boot cleaning station for bushwalkers. Amanda’s design, which “resembles a treadmill, so walkers can step on it, clean each boot and keep walking in one fluid motion,” was awarded a $5000 grant as a runner up in the WWF New Zealand Conservation Innovation Awards. […]
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One of the top speakers from the 2015 Better By Design CEO Summit was New Zealand’s own Andy Hovey, Global Product Design Director of accounting software business Xero. Best known for making the dull tasks of accounting fun, Xero has grown from a startup to an internationally recognised business. From 3 minutes onwards, hear Andy explain the insights behind some of the company’s most successful products and the value of designing for experience. “we didn’t introduce, necessarily, any new functionality or feature… we […]
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The International Space Apps Challenge is an international hackathon event run in cities across the world. Run over 48 hours, the event presents participants with a range of challenges put forward by NASA giving them the opportunity to engage with space and its impacts on life on Earth. Challenges are categorised into four themes; Outer Space, Earth, Humans, and Robotics. You don’t need to be a space expert to register just ready to collaborate and come up with creative solutions. AUT […]
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Welcome back to all the returning students to the Industrial Design and Innovation Department as well as all our new first year students! Hope you have all settled into your projects and are well under well! Check out this interesting read about the department’s partnering company Adept, featured in the New Zealand Herald. Founder of Adept Murray Fenton discusses how he started the business back in 1970 in his backyard. What factors do you think have made you successful in […]
Jessica Quinn, one of our fellow Art and Design Postgraduate Honours student from this year has been named a finalist in the 2014 Attitude Youth Awards. These awards are given to anyone between the ages of 15-25 with a disability who has made a significant contribution to society. At the age of nine, doctors discovered a tumour on Jessica’s thigh bone, resulting in the removal of her thigh bone and knee joint, transporting her lower leg to hip level rotated 180 […]
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Back in 2010, semester two, students over the four year levels participated in the 3 day design challenge with the brief offered by Ray Avery New Zealander of the year. Students were divided amongst seven teams to develop a humidification system for baby incubators for third world countries, with a budget of only $100. Teams consisted of first years, to postgraduate students working together all with their allocated roles. Check out how it went by watching the video below.
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