Design Work is a new podcast hosted by New Zealand designer Kate Darby that interviews trailblazing creatives from all over the globe about how they design and how they embrace new modes of working. In this episode, she chats with Katie Levy and Mike McVicar, the founders of Gander. Working out of their Brooklyn studio, Gander creates brands and experiences with soul and substance. Katie and Mike cut their teeth in studios like Red Antler and with brands like Kiehl's before setting out on their own. In this interview, they chat about what starting a studio was really like, and how to make cool work for cool people.

Yeah Nah Buoy

It’s common place in New Zealand to have a scare in the water. Our various beaches - particularly on the west coast - though beautiful, are littered with rips and rocks. Two young design students, Hannah Tilsley and Chamonix Stuart, have set out to make them safer, designing a buoy, which detects rip currents and signals them to surf-life-savers, receiving the runner-up for the prestigious James Dyson Award, while being recognised as a top 20 design globally.

From waste to wash

Ecostore has partnered with global ocean waste plastic supplier Pack Tech to create 20,000 limited edition hand washes that are made completely from plastic waste collected from the ocean – the equivalent of half a tonne being salvaged from the sea. The company says it is part of its commitment to help raise awareness around plastic pollution in our seas, while also being part of the solution. Designed to be refillable, the bottles feature one of three artworks of the ocean by New Zealand artist Tomas Cottle.

Idealog + ATEED

Auckland is, like it always seems to be, in a state of transition. A gangly yellow crane hovers somewhere in the peripheries and a new co-working space threatens the once grotesque Karangahape Road. The construction across central Auckland feels rushed, anxious and exciting (for some), as events such as the 36th America’s Cup, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Rugby World Cup 2021 and ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, loom on the city’s calendar.

Best Awards

The 2019 Best Design Awards was held at the Spark Arena on Friday night celebrating the crème de la crème of the design industry. It recognised designers, young and old, for their craft across a range of categories, from graphic to moving image to product design. Most who attended were in agreement that the night was a blast, and resembled the maturing success of the design industry in Aotearoa. Here is a breakdown of the supreme winners.

The value of design

The annual celebration of New Zealand's design industry, the Best Awards, took place on Friday night, and the evening had a historical first: The Designers Institute of NZ (DINZ) awarded its highest honour, the black pin, to an organisation rather than an individual. Fisher & Paykel Healthcare took home the prestigious black pin for their contribution to growing the design sector in New Zealand, which is now worth over $10 billion. CEO of DNA design Noel Brown reflects on the maturing of the design industry in New Zealand, its contribution to our economy and the commercial reach of design.