A total of nine Otago Polytechnic Design students have been named as finalists in the prestigious national Best Design Awards, established by the Designers’ Institute of New Zealand.
The celebrated projects include a graphic campaign promoting the importance of voting; a series of Roller Derby-themed ‘zines; a high-tech children’s wheelchair; and a device for administering injections to livestock.
The Best Design Awards are held annually to showcase the cream of New Zealand design, recognising excellence in graphic, spatial, product, interactive and motion design. The Awards are judged by a jury of international design experts, and the very best piece of design in each discipline is given the supreme Purple Pin. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in Auckland on Friday 6 October.
Their lecturer, Matt Galloway, says, “It’s wonderful to see these students considered among the country’s finest designers. And it’s pleasing to note our continued success after Communications Design students won two Silver Awards in this category in 2016.”
Five Otago Polytechnic Bachelor of Design (Product) students are finalists in the Product Design category – including one student nominated for both an individual project and a team project: Jeremy Metherell; Elizabeth Anderson, Steven Kulicke, Malwin Scholegel and Jeremy Metherell; and Ian McDowall.
Product Design Programme Leader, Machiko Niimi, is delighted with these students’ achievements, which follow on from the success of the department’s Gold Award winner, Adam Gorrie, in 2016.
“We wish our finalists the very best at the awards ceremony,” she says. “These talented students deserve every success. We’re very proud of their hard work and proud too of our innovative Product Design teaching team.”
She adds, “It’s particularly pleasing to see these undergraduate-student projects being named as New Zealand finalists alongside many postgraduate-level design projects.”
Expiry: 31 Oct 2017