Best Design finalists announced. We pick our five favs from ... Public good design!

The Best Design Awards finalists were announced this week. And because there's too many finalists to list (or even cover in a meaningful way), we decided to give you our picks from each category. Time for some Public Good design.

YIA Dart Stand by Woods Creative for Priority One

Sweet simplicity is behind this ‘Paper Plane Make-a-thon’ from Tauranga, which teaches kids hands-on dart design and innovation skills. If only this competition was on when we were at school…

Karma Cola Foundation by Karma Cola  for Karma Cola Foundation

It’s all about good vibes at the Karma Cola Foundation, where sparkling bottles of cola help give back to communities in Sierra Leone. And it’s walking the talk - so far the foundation has sent 60 young girls to school. It’s part of All Good Organics, and we quizzed co-founder Simon Coley here.

Game of Awesome by Chrometoaster for Ministry Of Education

These playing cards become building blocks for school children with their own writer’s block. They do look awesome.

A Dog's Story by Colenso BBDO and Watermark Ltd for Pedigree

The makers of A Dog’s Story tackled dog attacks head on, and the resulting app is like a Dora the Explorer of dog safety. There’s no Swiper, but it’s is colourful and educational design journey.

Te Oro by Archimedia for Auckland Council, Maungakiekie Tamaki Local Board

This music and arts centre is all about nature and local history with a ‘leaf canopy’ atop ‘timber trunks’. It’s a dream space for Glen Innes’ young ones to grow.

For all the finalists in public good design, click here.