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Autumn 2017

Issue #64, Autumn 2017

The Design Issue: 'Decisions with Intent'

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The Idea Log

The Idea Log, Idealog's spirit 'animal', fully embraced design thinking for Idealog's Design Issue and has a few suggestions on how to solve some of society's most intractable (and entirely inconsequential) problems. 

Best in class?

The Government is shaking up the curriculum, pouring millions into a digital-first focus. But as the way our children learn changes, so are the physical spaces they're learning in. And Richard Naish, the director of one of the country’s most-lauded architecture firms, RTA Studio, believes better-designed public schools can help improve education. 

Purpose built

Back in 1999, a few art school graduates with a passion for ideas jumped into the unknown and started a company in a garage in Kingsland, Auckland. Now two of them, Ben Corban and Dean Poole, run one of the world’s finest design studios, Alt Group, which has won practically every award that matters, continues to create work of ‘beautiful simplicity with a smile in the mind’ for companies big and small, and has managed to maintain its culture along the way. Ben Fahy gets a rare audience with the deep thinking co-founders and tries to find out what makes them so good.

Idealog's Guide to Wellington

After a few years of sluggish growth the nation’s second biggest regional economy has kicked into gear with business confidence hitting a three year high. Local government support is fuelling growth and the booming tech sector is attracting top talent to the city. All told, Wellington’s vital signs are looking good.

Idealog's Guide to Wellington

Canada has Justin Trudeau. Wellington has Justin Lester. As one of the country’s most progressive mayors, Lester is looking to the future and embracing the digital economy, sustainable living and the importance of cultural capital. He tells Idealog why Wellington is a smart choice for those looking to get ahead in life.

Idealog's Guide to Wellington

It takes a generous soul to run a business where profit is not the main goal. Having a thriving social enterprise sector, it seems many of those souls are congregating in Wellington.

Taking flight

Rave reviews, impressive sales, celebrity endorsements, a Purple Pin at the Best Awards … The Wool Runner from Allbirds has tapped into the growing desire for ‘anonymous luxury’ and is riding a wave of popularity. But it’s no overnight success. In the presence of about seven years’ worth of prototypes, co-founder Tim Brown and designer Jamie McLellan tell Ben Fahy about the long and winding road they had to travel to bring their vision to life.

Pack 'em in

All around the rapidly urbanising world, architects are attempting to create more liveable, more affordable housing options. Idealog looks at what New Zealand can learn from some of the world’s best developments in Los Angeles, Essex, Melbourne and Wellington.

Idealog + Unison

Unprecedented change and disruption in the workplace are calling into question the standards that have guided how, where, and why we work for decades - and Unison directors Matthew Vyle and Jane Roulston say there is no one-size-fits-all, off-the-shelf solution for an optimal workplace. Instead, each office is unique and should be based on the distinctive purpose, character, and activities of its inhabitants.

Sponsored content

If ever a business better embodied the phrase ‘two’s company, three’s a crowd’, it would be Dick&Jane;, creative brainchild of Olivia (Jane) Swinn and Paul (Richard) Johnson. With almost 40 years of experience between them, the company was built from a desire to be smaller, faster and braver.

Designing for VR

Virtual reality was one of the biggest tech trends of 2016. But, as with any new medium, storytellers are still experimenting with the technology and attempting to throw off the shackles of previous mediums. So what are the new rules of engagement when it comes to designing experiences for VR? And what does the future hold for those who hope to turn passive observers into active participants in a narrative? Maya Breen immerses herself in the work of Conical’s Alejandro Davila, the creator of the Green Fairy. 

Idealog's Guide to Wellington

Wellington’s digital heritage and collaborative spirit have combined to make it the perfect spot for tech tinkerers. From game developers to digital agencies, the capital boasts a thriving technology ecosystem. And while Wellingtonians are already more than three times as likely to work in tech than other Kiwis, the demand for skilled workers is growing quickly.

Idealog's Guide to Wellington

The Weta Group of companies smashed the doors wide open to a world of on-screen imagination and along the way provided the anchor to Wellington’s booming screen and technology sectors. Now, a gaggle of talented Weta offspring are exploring new frontiers as they help turn the capital into a global hotspot for virtual reality.

Idealog's Guide to Wellington

Wellington has just been named one of the world's most liveable cities. And creative types of all stripes are being drawn to the energy of the capital, embracing its vibrant culture and harnessing the booming tech and design sectors. Idealog's Guide to Wellington, which we will be publishing over the next few weeks, shows you why. 

Design Month, brought to you by DNA

The layout of the office has long been a subject of fascination for businesses and their employees, and for good reason. By most estimates, we spend one third of our lives there. But can a correlation be made between good design and profits? And what constitutes good design in 2017, anyway? Elly Strang pulls up a chair. 

Sponsored Content

Let’s be real for a moment about design. Most people think it’s simply the fine art of making things look pretty and/or functional. It can’t really help make the world a better place beyond looking a bit nicer, right? That’s where you’d be wrong.

Design Month, brought to you by DNA

We’d all like to believe our choices are our own; that we’re not simply sheeple, bleating through a world run by evil corporations and governments. But delve into the world of decision making and behavioural economics and you’ll find so much of what we interact with on a day-to-day basis is nudging us in a certain direction. Jessy Edwards takes a look at the way designers from a range of different fields are attempting to influence our behaviour.

Design Month, brought to you by DNA

At Idealog, we regularly celebrate our community’s brilliance. But for our just released design issue, we wanted to showcase some of that brilliance in a slightly different way. So we contacted Lego to see if it could provide a few blocks to send out to some of our favourite humans from the fields of art, design, architecture and creative business. Here's what Previously Unavailable's James Hurman came up with.

Design Month, brought to you by DNA

It’s all fun and games (until someone loses an eye), and balancing the need to be challenging with the need to be safe is the Catch-22 facing today’s playground designs. Jihee Junn takes a visit to one of Auckland’s newest and most ambitious play structures and slides into the strange world of modern play.

Design Month, brought to you by DNA

At Idealog, we regularly celebrate our community’s brilliance. But for our just released design issue, we wanted to showcase some of that brilliance in a slightly different way. So we contacted Lego to see if it could provide a few blocks to send out to some of our favourite humans from the fields of art, design, architecture and creative business. Here's what The Pallet Kingdom's Adriana Avendaño Christie came up with.

Block Party

At Idealog, we regularly celebrate our community’s brilliance. But for our just released design issue, we wanted to showcase some of that brilliance in a slightly different way. So we contacted Lego to see if it could provide a few blocks to send out to some of our favourite humans from the fields of art, design, architecture and creative business. Here's what architects Warren and Mahoney came up with.

Block Party

At Idealog, we regularly celebrate our community’s brilliance. But for Idealog’s just released design issue, we wanted to showcase some of that brilliance in a slightly different way. So we contacted Lego to see if it could provide a few blocks to send out to some of our favourite humans from the fields of art, design, architecture and creative business. Here's what artist Josh Lancaster came up with when he swapped paint for plastic.

Block Party

At Idealog, we regularly celebrate our community’s brilliance. But for Idealog’s design issue, we wanted to showcase some of that brilliance in a slightly different way. So we contacted Lego to see if it could provide a few blocks to send out to some of our favourite humans from the fields of art, design, architecture and creative business.