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Idealog—in the ideas business

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Events

Design play

The subtleties of gaming design are set to get a thorough look-in next month as part of the ‘Interactive Entertainment 2010’ conference in Wellington, dedicated to the science and art of designing ‘play’. More …


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Design/Brand

Story time with DB

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It’s been 50 years and counting for beer brand DB Export, and to spruce up the brand half a century on, DB has enlisted the creative hands of Dow Design, who has added a touch of nostalgia to the ... More …


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Design

Free for your Friday

The kind folk at Lava 360 have put 20 high-res funky textures for you to download and utilise in your designs—for free. Everybody loves free. More …



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Awards

Canterbury architecture keeps it clean

What do a stadium and shed have in common? Clearly it’s not size, but an eye for clever design and construction detailing saw both take out awards at tonight’s Canterbury Architecture Awards. It was clean, clear palettes and ... More …



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Architecture

Apple Bay house a quietly, sensitive performer

Winner of a local branch award in the 2010 Nelson/Marlborough NZIA awards, Parsonson Architect’s Apple Bay house was praised by the judges for the way it sits sensitively in the trees. But, for the owners who have a ... More …



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Building

Book aims to clarify building code misconceptions

According to the Minister for Building and Construction, Maurice Williamson, energy efficiency in the home is all down to good building design. The words—though not rocket science— came as Williamson launched the second edition of Designing Comfortable Homes—a ... More …


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Design Competition

Unleash your wild creativity

What do you do when faced with increasing energy demands that could impact on New Zealand’s pristine and wild rivers and valleys? Launch a design competition. Called ‘Wild Energy’, the international green energy design competition has been developed by ... More …



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Design Awards

Best of Best: Studio Alexander keep it in the family

Having won several Gold awards in the past, this year’s Best Design Awards resulted in a first for Studio Alexander, with the team taking home the overall graphics award for their three-dimensional safety installation for Fletcher Construction. The secret ... More …


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Architecture

Free flowing bricks

In a previous life, this Shanghai warehouse was used to store fabric. Now, having received a makeover courtesy of Archi-Union Architects, the building retains its fabric-like contours and waves, only this time, that flow has been applied to the exterior ... More …


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Design/Brand

I am the new Dunedin

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Regional branding efforts and their associated tourism pushes often have a whiff of desperation about them. But there seems to have been a coming of age in New Zealand recently, with some solid and distinctly uncringeworthy new marketing initiatives from ... More …


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Opinion

Head v Heart: the importance of emotion in marketing design

Emotive weapons are being brought even more to the front and centre of design than before, Fraser Gardyne tells us. The creative director at gardyneHOLT design and convenor of graphics judging for the Best Design Awards, takes stock of this ... More …