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Projects ranging from an emergency water filtration system to an online political youth engagement web tool, a multi-use courier bag and a reusable nappy service were among the Massey University winners at the Best Design Awards.

The online interactive youth engagement tool On the Fence

The reusable tote bag called Carrie

Promotional material for the reusable nappy service Clean Cheeks

Students and graduates from Massey University’s College of Creative Arts won eight gold pins at the 2018 Best Design Awards for entries ranging from an emergency water storage system, to a multi-use courier bag to a reusable nappy cleaning service.

The awards, presented at a function in Auckland at the weekend, are an annual showcase organised by the Design Institute of New Zealand of the best in graphic, spatial, interactive and product design.

Staff were also among the award winners with the Design + Democracy Project led by School of Design senior lecturers Karl Kane and Tim Parkin awarded a gold for a public good project encouraging youth engagement with the 2017 general election via an interactive online tool called On the Fence. The game-like questionnaire which guides people toward finding a values match for them among political parties was described by awards judges as an engaging design with direct value for New Zealand

“The gamification reduces stress for young voters. The idea is fresh, innovative and impactful,” the judges said. The entry also won a silver pin in the value of design category while a portable solar fence energiser designed by Professor Tony Parker and the Gallagher Group won a bronze pin in the product design category.

The theme of sustainability was a popular thread running through many of the winning entries including several of the entries submitted by students and graduates from the School.

Michael Scott Jones designed a product that can be connected to a water system to filter and store water in an emergency. It can be refreshed throughout the day, and then automatically isolates itself should an earthquake strike.

Industrial design graduates Hannah Jensen, Jodi Melody and Sam Ross developed a multi-use postage courier bag called Carrie that is both durable and reusable.

When full, Carrie can hold a range of garments, packages and special goods. As an empty tote bag Carrie can be conveniently folded down for storage, placed in a handbag or fit into a coat pocket.

Fellow graduates Ivy Wallis and Sophie Watts designed a sustainable, reusable nappy cleaning service that provides convenience, time efficiency and minimises the consumption of disposable nappies.

Other winners included graphic design graduate Ruby Ash (with a guide to help creative individuals engage amidst stress and anxiety) and double gold winner Luke Hoban (the latter for a website redesign, with Jeremy Hooper and Raphael Roake, and a graphic design entry with Alfred Hoi that explores the relationship between designer and machine). Graduate Harmony Repia was awarded a Ngā Aho award for Māori design for a system communicating the risk of tsunami.

Massey University students also won nine silver pins and 10 bronze pins at the awards.

Designers Institute of New Zealand chief executive Cathy Veninga says it was heartening to see how much thought went into many of the designs.

“The world faces many issues and designers bring a focus that is transformational that can help solve key issues within our communities, demonstrating a greater emphasis on who we are solving issues for – humans.”