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Design Month, brought to you by DNA

Hopefully you’ve already felt the thud of Idealog’s big, fat, highly nutritious Design Issue on your kitchen bench/office desk/bedside table/toilet floor/butler’s hands. We dedicated 148 pages to what we felt were the most interesting subjects in the wide-ranging field of design, talked to a whole host of impressive design luminaries from here and around the world, and showcased some of the best examples of New Zealand’s top-drawer design scene. But we still couldn’t fit everything in and there were too many other good stories to tell. So, with the support of our friends at DNA, one of the country’s best interactive design and customer experience agencies, we’re dedicating an entire month to the topic of ‘decisions with intent’ in our pop-up Design Month section.

Vodafone xone innovators series

To mark the arrival of the Vodafone xone business accelerator, Idealog is interviewing heaps of established New Zealand innovators, as well as the founders of the 10 startups selected by Vodafone to receive mentorship, funding and the potential benefits of working with a global network. In this edition, publisher and editorial director Ben Fahy talks with Stephen Smith, the chief executive of fast-growing travel recovery drink 1Above about his bold plans for the business.

Vodafone xone innovators series

To mark the arrival of the Vodafone xone business accelerator, Idealog is interviewing heaps of established New Zealand innovators, as well as the founders of the 10 startups selected by Vodafone to receive mentorship, funding and the potential benefits of working with a global network. In this edition, publisher and editorial director Ben Fahy talks with Prof Keith Alexander, the inventor of the Springfree Trampoline, and Doug Hill, the owner of the company.

Vodafone xone innovators series

To mark the arrival of the Vodafone xone business accelerator, Idealog is interviewing heaps of established New Zealand innovators, as well as the founders of the 10 startups selected by Vodafone to receive mentorship, funding and the potential benefits of working with a global network. In this edition, publisher and editorial director Ben Fahy chats with Jenene Crossan, digital evangelist, serial entrepreneur and the winner of the most inspiring individual at last week's New Zealand Innovation Awards.

Vodafone xone innovators series

To mark the arrival of the Vodafone xone business accelerator, Idealog is interviewing heaps of established New Zealand innovators, as well as the founders of the 10 startups selected by Vodafone to receive mentorship, funding and the potential benefits of working with a global network. In this edition, publisher and editorial director Ben Fahy dials in to San Francisco to speak with Tim Brown, ex-pro footballer and co-founder of hot-to-trot, New Zealand born, woollen shoe brand Allbirds, which recently won big at the Best Awards.

Vodafone xone innovators series

To mark the arrival of the Vodafone xone business accelerator, Idealog is interviewing a whole heap of established New Zealand innovators, as well as the founders of the 10 startups selected by Vodafone to receive mentorship, funding and the potential benefits of working with a global network. Next up, David Downs, the co-author of seminal innovation book No. 8 Re-Wired, general manager, services, at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, and, undoubtedly his most impressive title, Idealog's resident business agony uncle.

It'll be fine

The economist John Maynard Keynes got plenty right. But one thing he got very wrong was his belief that we would probably all be working 15 hour weeks by now because our material needs would largely be met. Many believe he completely underestimated the competitive nature of humanity and our drive for progress, and over the past month, I saw that first hand as an evaluator for the New Zealand Innovation Awards.