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Paul Brislen on why design and innovation are crucial to New Zealand’s future success

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Paul Brislen on why design and innovation are crucial to New Zealand’s future success

Paul Brislen is a technology commentator, communicator, journalist and past Chief Executive of the Telecommunications Users Association of NZ. He joins New Zealand judging panel of this year’s James Dyson Award, a competition that celebrates and inspires the next generation of designers and engineers. Here he muses on why we need to innovate and our strengths and weaknesses in this area.

Idealog + Roam

In this digitally-saturated world, design forms the architecture of our daily lives. But its importance goes beyond aesthetics – it changes the profitability of companies. Here, digital product agency Roam tells Findlay Buchanan why great design can pay dividends.

Idealog + Insight Creative

Getting staff aligned and focused on the collective vision and purpose requires a very special sort of internal marketing and communication strategy. It takes enormous leadership authenticity and commitment to be successful.

Put your rubbish where your mouth is

The circular economy is a hot concept these days, so what better way to embrace this concept than to make food packaging edible, too? Better Burger is serving up burgers this Sunday (aka Earth Day) in one-off packaging made from wafer paper and edible ink.

Moving mountains

For the 2018 Design Issue, we wanted to explore New Zealand’s national identity and the way it is interpreted through different forms of design. So, we reached out to renowned furniture maker, sculptor and design educator Carin Wilson and asked if he wanted to interpret Aotearoa’s identity and its ties to our indigenous culture through a carving for our cover.

Wood work

At Idealog, we regularly celebrate our community’s brilliance. But, just as we did in 2017 with our Block Party experiment, when we sent a whole bunch of Lego to some of our favourite humans from the fields of art, design, architecture and creative business and asked them to do something interesting with it, we want to showcase that brilliance in different ways. So, once again, we’ve tapped into the talents of the Idealog community for the 2018 Design Issue 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 to see what they could do. Here's what Wrestler came up with.