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Spring 2018

Issue #67, Spring 2018

The Design Issue, Autumn 2018

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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? In the final part of a series, we float down the country’s cultural currents with Māori designers, educators and architects. 

Genius steals

Invercargill's Dave Brown has created a thriving business out of recreating old cars in meticulously good detail. So is replicating something based off someone else’s designs above board? And what do Jaguar (and other companies where replicas are being made) think about it? 

Meet the makers

A pair of young Kiwi industrial designers are garnering awards, fans and sales across the world for their minimalistic yet practical products, such as clothes drying racks and paper rolls. Mount Maunganui-based George Wilkins and Will McCallum talk with Dawn Picken about their transition from tinkerers to heads of design studio, George & Willy.

Dear David

Idealog's agony uncle, David Downs, answers your burning questions about whether New Zealand has a design story (and whether it matters) and why Allbirds is his favourite example of great New Zealand design. 

Logging on

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 how Daniel Kamp of Kamp.Studio turned a piece of wood into a reflection of himself.

The Idea Log

Perception is everything in business. And perceptions are shaped by what people experience in the real world and by what they see and hear in the media. As we’ve seen with recent political events, feelings regularly trump facts, so the Idea Log, Idealog's spirit 'animal', is back again with some suggestions on how to gain attention and create positive perceptions of your brand.

Idealogic

As part of our ongoing data journalism project, we asked Cambridge Analytica to collect some information without consent in an effort to pinpoint New Zealand’s modern identity. Here are some of the rather contradictory findings, in difficult-to-understand venn diagram form.

Logging on

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 how our parent company, ICG, turned our mascot on paper into a real-life object.

Logging on

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 Isthmus came up with.

Who are we?

Sea-faring explorers. Suffrage. Sheep. Fencing wire. ‘Rugby, racing and beer’. New Zealand’s national identity has been linked to a number of things over the years. But the culture is constantly evolving and, in 2018, it feels as if the country has reached a tipping point. We’ve shaken off most of our colonial ties, we’re embracing our multicultural society, we’re working in new industries, we’ve lost our inferiority complex and we’re deciding what path to forge when it comes to big global issues like climate change. Societies aren’t born. They’re made. So, how do we design ours? And are we being bold enough with our policy ideas? Elly Strang takes the pulse of the nation.

25 Things

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. In part five, he lists five New Zealand-designed things he believes people will love.

25 Things

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. In part four, here are five things he wishes New Zealand would do to support the design sector.

25 Things

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. In part three, here are five things he predicts for 2038.

Elevator Pitch, brought to you by Flick

As part of our Elevator Pitch series in partnership with Flick, we gave Aaron Taylor a little longer than an elevator ride to pitch his scientifically formulated wellness tonic, No Ugly.

Poverty Week, brought to you by Kiwibank

Auckland, move aside. Indemic director Nick Jones makes the case for why small-town New Zealand is deserving of the same urban design treatment as big cities - and why this is important when it comes to social equality.

Poverty Week, brought to you by Kiwibank

While the world may sometimes feel like it’s going to hell in a handbasket, Sam Stubbs believes saving can help reduce poverty and social inequality - and believes it's something that could benefit Aotearoa, too.

Poverty Week, brought to you by Kiwibank

Throughout history, blockades have been overcome by new ways of thinking and experimentation – try, try and try again, as the saying goes. This faith in the human ability to find solutions has led to everything from penicillin to electricity to flying machines and it continues to push society forward. So, in a pop-up week called Can We Fix It? Idealog and Kiwibank will look at one of New Zealand's problems – poverty and inequality – and the homegrown businesses doing their bit to tackle it. Here's a look at how the Ngā Tangata Microfinance Trust is helping those on low incomes get access to safe, fair and affordable credit.

Poverty Week, brought to you by Kiwibank

Throughout history, blockades have been overcome by new ways of thinking and experimentation – try, try and try again, as the saying goes. This faith in the human ability to find solutions has led to everything from penicillin to electricity to flying machines and it continues to push society forward. So, in a pop-up week called Can We Fix It? Idealog and Kiwibank will look at one of New Zealand's problems – poverty and inequality – and the homegrown businesses doing their bit to tackle it. Here's a look at some organisations working to make a difference.

Poverty Week, brought to you by Kiwibank

Throughout history, blockades have been overcome by new ways of thinking and experimentation – try, try and try again, as the saying goes. This faith in the human ability to find solutions has led to everything from penicillin to electricity to flying machines and it continues to push society forward. So, in a pop-up week called Can We Fix It? Idealog and Kiwibank will look at one of New Zealand's problems – poverty and inequality – and the homegrown businesses doing their bit to tackle it. Here's how prefab building can help when it comes to issues of housing inequality.

Poverty Week, brought to you by Kiwibank

Throughout history, blockades have been overcome by new ways of thinking and experimentation – try, try and try again, as the saying goes. This faith in the human ability to find solutions has led to everything from penicillin to electricity to flying machines and it continues to push society forward. So, in a pop-up week called Can We Fix It? Idealog and Kiwibank will look at one of New Zealand's problems – poverty and inequality – and the homegrown businesses doing their bit to tackle it. Here's how the Southern Initiative is helping South Auckland families, creating new jobs, and supporting new businesses.

Poverty Week, brought to you by Kiwibank

Throughout history, blockades have been overcome by new ways of thinking and experimentation – try, try and try again, as the saying goes. This faith in the human ability to find solutions has led to everything from penicillin to electricity to flying machines and it continues to push society forward. So, in a pop-up week called Can We Fix It? Idealog and Kiwibank will look at one of New Zealand's problems – poverty and inequality – and the homegrown businesses doing their bit to tackle it.

25 Things

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. In part two, here are five things that sum up New Zealand's  modern design identity.

Opinion

While New Zealand occupies an isolated corner of the globe, it’s still affected by global cultural changes. TRA New Zealand cultural strategist Antonia Mann explains how to understand New Zealand’s unique emerging identity in relation to universal cultural trends.

25 Things

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. In part one, here's five things he wishes he knew before he started a career in design.

Elevator Pitch, brought to you by Flick

As part of our Elevator Pitch series in partnership with Flick, we gave Humble Bee founder Veronica Stevenson a little longer than an elevator ride to pitch her biotech start-up that mimics the material created by a species of native bee that’s just like plastic.

Elevator Pitch, brought to you by Flick

As part of our new Elevator Pitch video series in partnership with Flick, we gave Tony Small slightly longer than an elevator ride to tell us the story behind his company Innocent Packaging and its tree-free toilet paper and tissue brand Smartass.

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.