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Wildbase Recovery Centre, designed by Open Lab and Massey University staff.

The design of Wildbase Recovery Centre, a children’s TV show and a customisable bike are some of more than 50 projects by Massey University College of Creative Arts students, staff and graduates that are finalists in this year’s Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards.

The Best Awards is an annual showcase of excellence in graphic, spatial, product, interactive and motion design.

College of Creative Arts Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Industrial Design Tony Parker says the results highlight the creativity and excellence of work coming from college’s three schools of design, fine arts and music and creative media production.

“We are immensely proud of all our staff, students and graduates whose work has been recognised as among the best design in New Zealand. The College of Creative Arts is New Zealand’s leading provider of creative arts education and we are thrilled to have so many of our people acknowledged for their world-class output.”

The winners of the Best Awards will be announced at a ceremony in Auckland on October 4.

Kelsey Gee’s The Kea Project.


Massey University’s College of Creative Arts Best Awards finalists:

Student Product

Spirit sports car – Ash Sisson

People-Centred Passport Control – Daniel Philip

CORTEC trail helmet – Daniel Wilkinson

Surfing the Crimson Wave – The Alleviare – Emma Thornton

ReKAI – Jessica Lo

Swarmstorm – Liam Brankin

Hide and Seek – Rebekah Paul

Elavo – Sophie Martins

Nib –Sophie Lemaire-Sicre

CLICK- William Cook

Ohm – Elizabeth Cassels, Shubham Ghanatha and Leslie Meadows

Memoirs of a Glacier – Bradley Smith

Please Do Touch – Brittany Rustbatch

BOU Bike – Sian Hosking-Berge

Student Moving Image

Starting Small – Anna Wallace

Being Human – Emilia Gribbin and Grace Mirams

Lance, What Have You Done? – Christopher Chalmers

Raspberry and Coke – Alice Toomer and Francesca Sewell

Kiwis Can Fly – Courtney Gilbert, Joshua Tong, Caillan McCrostie, Kyle Phan, Tom Zhang and Andrew Peek

Inhabit – Josiah Watson,  Joshua Faisandier, Jeremy Hooper, Joanna Randall and Jacob Randall

Student Public Good

#Adulting – Averil Laird

The Kea Project – Kelsey Gee

Cahoot – Kristen Mabey

Amana – Maryam Alhaseny

Ora – Rachel Bolt and Katie McKenzie

Beauty for Good – Kate Bennett and Beth McPhail

Post Suss – Padraig Simpson, Mimi Seagar, Briar Walker and Annalise Russell

Sussed – Briar Bayler, Nicholas Lealand, Leeland Johnson and Rosie Chote

Student Interactive

Seeing Sounds – Briar Bayler

Insight – Hannah Williams-Stewart

Gallary – Trent Kokich

Student Ngā Aho

The Big Book of Māori Sounds – Christina Kirk Wilson

A Designer’s intro to te ao Māori – Kahu Jakicevich

Student Graphics

Free Wi-Fi – Dexter Smith Murray

Grey Pages – Giordano Zatta

Ad Hoc Wizdum – Harry Pickernell

The Face Thief – Maeva de Graaf

Frozen images – HsinYi Michelle Huang

Doppelganger – Shona Macleod

Sammie – Sonia Mijatov

Objection – Georgie Andrews and Mimi Seagar

The Lost Town of Lyell – Freya Wyeth

All is Welly – Liam Collinson, Briar Sheerin, James Weeks, Jared Thompson, Spring Ej and Thomas Field

Student Spatial

Te Papakāinga o ngā Kuaka – Libby White

Rona’s Journey – Jenny Moon, Lily Kelt and Abbey Yeoman

Shining a light on Mary Jane: Chronicles of untold tales – Hennessy Kear

Please Do Touch – Brittany Rustbatch

Ngā Aho, Public Good, User Experience and Product – Designed Objects

Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery – Tanya Marriott and Stuart Foster, with Open Lab team Michael Kelly, Connah Hazelwood, Adrienne Potts, Jennah Rasmussen, Bo Moore, Chaz McManus, Alex Love, Laya Mutton-Rogers, Kezia Tubbs, Taylor Wickman, Denzelle Marcovicci and Harry Brown

Ngā Aho Award

Mana Moana – Rachael Rakena, Mike Bridgman, Louise Potiki Bryant, Karlo Mila, Johnson Witehira, Robyn Kahukiwa, and Warren Maxwell

Spatial – Exhibition and Temporary Structures

Return to Skyland – Kerry Ann Lee

Children’s Holocaust Memorial – Matthijs Siljee with Mission Hall

Product – Non-Consumer

MBS800 Series Multi Powered Fence Energizer – Tony Parker

The Lost Town of Lyell by Freya Wyeth.

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