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 part one of a series, we float down the country’s cultural currents with designer Johnson Witehira.
With New Zealand – and particularly Auckland – suffering from a housing affordability and space problem, Andre de Graaf, a director at Isthmus Group, sees small homes as the answer to many of the questions being raised. He tells Georgina Harris about the benefits of small homes and why they should be seen to be desirable for reasons other than just affordability.
Trees are vital. They help us breathe, they’re fun to climb, give life to wildlife, provide shade at festivals and, as The Drawdown shows, they are also one of the answers to the beast that is climate change. Melanie Seyfort, marketing and communications manager at Trees That Count, speaks to Idealog about the project, its plans to help match supply with demand, and how New Zealanders – from an individual to the largest corporate – can get involved and reduce the country's carbon footprint.
Creating engaging spaces and connecting communities is the ethos of Fresh Concept. Simon van Praag, founder and managing director, and Adele Cubitt, place strategist, talk to Idealog about how the company came to be, working in the ‘now’, and how there’s never a dull moment in shaping peoples’ lives.
New Zealand company Soul Machines Limited - developer of emotionally responsive and intelligent avatars, and creator of digital human Sophie for Air New Zealand – is advertising for an intriguing position of a creative conversational designer (copywriter).
International ‘advertising philosopher’ Faris Yakob says attention is the most valuable resource in the world. Our lives are increasingly measured in minutes—and it’s those minutes that media channels and advertisers are grappling over.
Industrial scale development leaves little room for individual expression. But Vinegar Lane in Ponsonby is a notable exception. Georgina Harris speaks with David Irwin, creative director at Isthmus Group, about the unique project and the concept of ‘collective individuality’.