Design writer hopes for crowdfunds to propel him all the way to Brazil

An award-winning Kiwi design writer is hoping crowdfunding will help him take the New Zealand design story to an international conference in Brazil next month.

new zealand by design book michael smythe Michael Smythe is the author of New Zealand by Design: a history of New Zealand product design (read our review here), which won the NZSA Best First Book Award for Non-Fiction at the 2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards. 

 It was accepted for the Identities and Territories stream of the ICDHS Design Frontiers conference, the only paper from New Zealand.

It does mean Smythe has to pay his own way, so he's reaching out to all those who would like to see ‘the ends of the earth’ represented at the global forum. See

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