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A Day in the Life

How do you perfect the work/life balance? In an ongoing series, powered by Hummingbird, high-performing New Zealand entrepreneurs share how they handle the madness of business.

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25 things with Peter Haythornthwaite

Peter Haythornthwaite – industrial and creative design deity, Designers Institute of New Zealand fellow, owner of an ONZM for services to design, and current exhibitor of his life’s work at Objectspace Gallery in Auckland – knows things, loves things, predicts things, worries about things and improves things.

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The Log Experiment

At Idealog, we regularly celebrate our community’s brilliance. So for the 2018 Design Issue, we’ve tapped into the talents of the Idealog community and, in honour of our spirit ‘animal’, The Idea Log, we sent a few hunks ‘o wood out to some friends of the Idealog family from the fields of art, design, architecture and creative business to see what they could do. These are the results.

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Can We Fix it? Brought to you by Kiwibank

In a regular section in print and in a series of online pop-up sections throughout the year, Idealog and Kiwibank explore some of the world’s biggest – and, in some cases, most intractable – problems and then showcase some of the clever people trying to tackle them.

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Green Rush

In a new series, we talk to entrepreneurs and investors about the challenges and opportunities in the emerging New Zealand cannabis industry.

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The Idea Log

Million dollar ideas and inspiring inspiration from Idealog's sassy spirit 'animal'.

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What Keeps You Up At Night

Idealog chats with the movers, shakers, visionaries and future captains of industry about what issues keep them up at night and also what gets them going the next day.

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Designing a digital city

Sidewalk Labs' Craig Nevill-Manning talks to Idealog about the technologies he sees coming and how he and his team are hoping to use them to improve the quality of life in urban areas.

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More than a koru

Design reflects our heritage and identity. So what role does Māoridom play in New Zealand’s design identity? Who is able to do it? What principles need to be abided by? And how does a young country like New Zealand embrace the modern world while retaining its traditions? We float down the country’s cultural currents.

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All Electric

An ongoing series in partnership with Hyundai on the rise of electric vehicles and the future of transport.

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Elevator Pitch, brought to you by Flick

After we made Damaris Coulter stand awkwardly in an elevator to pitch her app The Realness, we sat down for a more in-depth discussion about how the idea came about, how the experience of running Coco's Cantina has shaped her views on the hospitality industry and why taking the longer way makes life more interesting. It was thought-provoking, funny, sad, wide-ranging, honest and sweary, and it was worth putting it all out there. So here's an edited and slightly condensed transcript of our quite long chat.

Elevator Pitch, brought to you by Flick

Damaris Coulter stands awkwardly in an elevator and pitches her soon-to-be launched app The Realness, which showcases unique owner-operated restaurants that fit certain criteria – and helps diners find them.

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A day in the life, brought to you by Hummingbird

Dr Delwyn Moller is a prominent earth scientist, former NASA scientist, and current director of research at the Centre for Space Science Technology in Alexandra, New Zealand. Her ground-breaking work developing state-of-the-art earth and environmental radar imaging technology has played a massive role in advancing global understanding of climate change, including enabling new and advanced areas of study around ice sheets, glaciers and rising sea levels. In June, this work was acknowledged with a Kea World Class New Zealand Award, which honours Kiwis doing incredible things on the world stage. Here's how she gets through the day, how she organises her time and how she handles the madness of business.

Smile wide

Grin Natural, a 100 percent natural New Zealand made toothpaste brand, recently launched a nationwide campaign to help Kiwi kids in need. Idealog spoke with Grin Natural marketing manager Paul Stokes and general manager and co-founder Tara Tan about its eco-friendly toothbrushes and natural toothpaste, how the company came about, and the urgent need to improve the dental health of kids around the country. 

The Technology Issue: New Heights

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Elevator Pitch, brought to you by Flick

After we made Damaris Coulter stand awkwardly in an elevator to pitch her app The Realness, we sat down for a more in-depth discussion about how the idea came about, how the experience of running Coco's Cantina has shaped her views on the hospitality industry and why taking the longer way makes life more interesting. It was thought-provoking, funny, sad, wide-ranging, honest and sweary, and it was worth putting it all out there. So here's an edited and slightly condensed transcript of our quite long chat.

Idealog + Method

Flashback to 2003 and it was a very different world. Some homes were still on dial-up internet, a lot of webpages were ugly and Nokia brick phones were the latest and greatest tech accessory. But 2003 was also the year digital-led creative agency Method opened its doors, paving the way for a new kind of digital storytelling in New Zealand. Co-founder and managing director Sam Ramlu reflects on how technology has transformed over the past 15 years in business, while Method’s goal remains the same: to deliver immersive and seamless experiences for the user.

Genius From Elsewhere

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The Guardian reports on the urban foraging movement in Seattle, looking at how it continues to be popular in the city’s green spaces and parks despite resistance.  

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An exhibition at the Vittoriano in Rome shows off stunning black and white photos of the Eternal City.

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Biophilic urbanism is about making contact with nature and the natural world an essential part of modern life. Architecture and Design reports on an example taking place in Brisbane. 

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MoMA is currently hosting the first US retrospective of the late Congolese artist Bodys Isek Kingelez. City Dreams features his sculptures, which explored utopian possibilities for global cityscapes.

Gratuitous self-promotion

Whether you're a selfish lover of design and want your own, or you're looking for a unique gift for family, friends, staff or clients, you'd better move fast and get yourself a Bonnie Brown's winning Blooming 'Brella. Only 300 of these beautiful things are being made, so if you want to secure yours, all you need to do is specify how many you want and then enter your payment and delivery details online. Once you've done that, the Blooming 'Brellas will be in your hot little hands by mid-September. 

Plastic less purchasing

Idealog's sister title The Register recently held its Hotlist Awards. The judges chose James Denton from package-less grocery brand GoodFor as the winner of 'retail visionary'. It’s clear the New Zealand market was ready for a high-end, wellness-focused, plastic-free interpretation of Bin Inn’s core concept. And with the announcement by the Government last week of a plastic bag ban, that vision has become even clearer. 

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IP 101

Determining whether to protect your IP or not is one of the most important decisions you will need to make as a business owner/leader.  Many factors come into play, including knowing what role IP plays in your organisation, and how you plan to leverage it for competitive or commercial advantage, now and in the future.