Idealog is New Zealand’s favourite guide to entrepreneurship and innovation in business, design, science and tech

Idealog + Spaceworks

Since it kicked off in 2002, MMC has become a leader in the field of fund and investment administration services and currently has funds in excess of $32.9bn under administration. But, as its business has grown, so too has its need for bigger, better and more beautiful office space. So Spaceworks set about creating two floors of inspiration in the middle of Auckland’s CBD.

View all stories

Most Creative People

Indigo and Wills Rowe were one of the People's Choice winners for the manufacturing category in Idealog and Accenture's Most Creative People. The Marlborough-based duo run a design and art social enterprise called the Paper Rain Project that creates, among many things, longboards made out of recycled wine barrels. The boards are sold mainly as artworks, but there are also plans in the works to develop a rideable eucalyptus board for commuters. Here, they talk creativity, resilience and bringing an ethos into your craft.

Most Creative People

Jamie Beaton was one of the People's Choice winners for the education category in Idealog and Accenture's Most Creative People. You don’t create a company valued at $220 million in your early 20s unless you have something special, and the mile a minute whizzkid Beaton has done that with Crimson Education, which helps students from around the world get into top US universities. Here, he talks why some creative passions shouldn't be a full-time gig, resilience and how to tell a good idea from a bad one.

Innovation Heroes

As part of the New Zealand Innovation Council’s new video series, Innovation Heroes - Show and Tell, which will focus on eight specific elements required to achieve successful business growth, some of Aotearoa’s best-known innovators share their stories of innovation and inspiration. This time we hear from Wine Grenade’s Jonathan Boswell, Springfree Trampoline’s Doug Hill, and ecostore’s Pablo Kraus.

Topics

Enhancing experiences

In this series from our fellow publication The Register, Courtney Devereux assesses the relationship between retailers and hospitality offerings, and asks if catering to the consumer’s every need result in sales, or if shoppers moving on.

View articles (2)
The future of finance

Seven ventures, three months and a whole lot of great ideas that have the potential to change the financial sector. We look at how FinTech is a good thing for the consumer and the New Zealand economy.

View articles (8)
25 things with Vaughan Rowsell

Vend's Vaughan Rowsell knows things, wants things, predicts things, worries about things and improves things.

View articles (5)
The great food disruption

Milk without the cow, meatless burgers that bleed, chicken and shrimp made from plant matter, and now foie gras without a force-fed goose in sight. A new food revolution enabled by science and biotech is brewing and, if it succeeds, animals will have little to do with the future of food. For some, that future looks rosy, but, as Dr. Rosie Bosworth writes, the implications for New Zealand’s agricultural sector could be less than palatable.

View articles (6)
25 things with Craig Walker

Xero's longtime CTO Craig Walker knows things, wants things, predicts things, worries about things and improves things.

View articles (5)
Idealog's Guide to Tauranga

When Captain James Cook first laid eyes on the shores of Tauranga in the 1700s, he aptly named the town the ‘Bay of Plenty’ in reference to the many villages and bountiful produce he could see from on board the Endeavour. And there's still plenty on offer. In this series, Idealog showcases some of the forward-thinking people and businesses that are playing a part in helping craft the city’s future.

View articles (9)
The future is clear

The best sci-fi stories tend to focus on the battle between humanity and technology and the scenes they create in our imaginations are often close enough to the present to make you feel slightly uncomfortable about what the future might hold. For our Technology Issue, we asked some talented friends of the Idealog family to examine the role technology might play in our lives. We hope their stories get you thinking.

View articles (4)
Idealog #65: The Technology Issue

Reality Check: The tech sector is booming in New Zealand and new technologies continue to amaze us, entertain us and improve us. But as we step into the unknown, are we in danger of losing our humanity?

View articles (15)
The art of projection

No longer is the modern canvas confined to being flat. Fostered by the advent of powerful projectors and more advanced methods of mapping, large-scale walls, sharp edged buildings and peculiarly-shaped objects have all become receptacles for today’s ambitious creatives. As photographers, designers and directors increasingly dabble in the world of video projection, Jihee Junn talks to three different artists to discover their take on the intersection between technology and visual art.

View articles (4)
Reality Check

While there have been numerous positives to be born from the creation of the internet, it's also had dangerous effects on the human population. From the influence of algorithms run by companies that hold enormous power, to the increasing threat of cybercrime, to the mental health of tech entrepreneurs, to signs of digital addiction among the general populace, to the lack of diversity in tech – technology's not all just beer and skittles. We give the digital revolution a reality check.

View articles (2)
The Idea Log

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

View articles (5)
Reality Check: Q&As

As part of Idealog's Technology Month, we've picked the brains of some of the movers and shakers in the industry to find out their favourite tech-related things and what other companies and individuals inspire their work. But for every action, there also is an equal and opposite reaction, so we've also quizzed them on their biggest fears surrounding tech.

View articles (31)

Idealog + Insight Creative

Te Papa has transformed its learning programmes and space, creating Hīnātore, a disruptive new learning lab stacked with cutting-edge tech gizmos that consign clunky projector slideshows and VHS videos to the museum’s basement archives. And it needed eye-catching, dynamic branding to communicate the evolving and experimental nature of the programme. That’s where Insight Creative came into the story.