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Elly Strang

Elly Strang

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Elly is Idealog's editor and resident dog enthusiast. She enjoys travelling, tea, good books, and writing about exciting ideas and cool entrepreneurs.

Making the invisible visible: Patrick Godfrey and Scott Dadich on inclusivity, impostor syndrome and Abstract: The Art of Design

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Making the invisible visible: Patrick Godfrey and Scott Dadich on inclusivity, impostor syndrome and Abstract: The Art of Design

Ex-editor of Wired Scott Dadich and Patrick Godfrey are the co-chief executives and co-founders of Godfrey Dadich Partners, a strategy, design, and content firm headquartered in San Francisco and the main brains behind Netflix series Abstract: The Art of Design. Elly Strang caught up with them in Sydney at Semi-Permanent to talk making design inclusive, the future of the tech sector, and more. 

The Tech Issue, 2018

Idealog's Tech Issue is out now (get your copy here). Editor Elly Strang explains the thinking behind the issue's theme, 'New Heights' – and showcases some of the people who fit into it – and explores the cultural conflict between the need for confidence to succeed in the tech sector and the typically understated nature of New Zealanders.

Cultural preservation

Realityvirtual’s Simon Che de Boer recently had a hand in documenting one of the world’s most ancient civilisations in VR. And now, he’s keen to get to work on his passion project: local cultural preservation work of the Christchurch Cathedral. He wants to resurrect the old Cathedral in VR using publicly sourced photography, so is putting out a call to the public to submit any photos or videos they have of the building pre-earthquake, and using deep learning, a company can fill in the missing data and build a VR experience around this.

Virtual reality realities

The man behind what’s been dubbed ‘the world’s most realistic VR’ is earning worldwide acclaim for his hyper-realistic VR cinematography. Now, Simon Che de Boer’s latest release, Nefertari: Journey to Eternity, takes viewers up close-and-personal in VR to an ancient civilisation that’s not experienced in many people’s lifetimes: Nefertari’s tomb in Egypt. This plays right into the passion driving Che de Boer’s work – to document heritage sites so they’re preserved digitally for years to come.

Football fever

New Zealand streetwear brand I Love Ugly has waded into the football fever engulfing the world at the moment and launched a limited edition FIFA inspired collection of clothes called the 'Legends' collection. While sports brands typically go for the clean, athletic-looking aesthetic in their designs for big sporting occasions, I Love Ugly says it decided to go against the grain and celebrate the occasion with a series of bright, bold, comedic-inspired prints with the help of UK illustrator Chester Holme.

Elevator Pitch, brought to you by Flick

As part of our Elevator Pitch series in partnership with Flick, we gave Haman Shahpari and Sergio Figueroa a little longer than an elevator ride to pitch WaHiki Creamery, a healthy alternative to dairy ice cream that’s the first New Zealand ice cream to be coeliac certified.

GLAM rock

While tech entrepreneur Ezel Kokcu readies herself to take her third start-up into the stratosphere, the talented founder has also been named as the entrepreneur-in-residence at Te Papa. Kokcu will be providing hands-on mentorship for participants in the four-month culture-tech accelerator programme, Mahuki. Kokcu has a chat about what wisdom she hopes to impart on the founders, as well as what’s next for her company Passphere.

Elevator Pitch, brought to you by Flick

We gave Brittany Teei a little longer than an elevator ride to pitch KidsCoin, an online educational platform that teaches children and their wider communities how to manage their money through a virtual currency.

Elevator Pitch, brought to you by Flick

As part of our Elevator Pitch series in partnership with Flick, we gave Amelia Diggle a little longer than an elevator ride to pitch HI Jewellery, a 3D printed made-to-order jewellery line that fuses fashion and technology to create ‘wearable tech’ pieces for women in a male-dominated industry.