2017 Key Dates:

April 3
Entries Open

June 30

Entry Deadline

July 5

Late Entries

July 31
Judging Week

August 7
Finalists Announced

October 

Awards Night

FAQs

Eligibility

Can I enter self-promotional work?

Self-promotional work (ie. identity for your own company) is eligible only if it was released commercially and distributed / made available to potential customers. We may ask for clarification for any entry.

Can I enter work if I am the client?

Definitely, clients can enter work, but if it was produced by an agency, check with them, they may have wanted to surprise you.

Can two companies enter the same project?

Two entrants can't enter the same piece of work. If you have collaborated on an entry, play nice and check if your collaborators plan to enter. In case of duplicate entries, only the first entry to be paid for will be accepted.

How many categories can I enter?

You can enter the same work in as many categories as you choose. The entry fee is charged on a per category basis.

What work will you accept?

Work must have been produced, published and released before 15 July of the entry year. If work has been previously entered it is ineligible.

Who can enter?

Anyone. You don't need to be a member of The Designers Institute to enter, however members (including AGDA members) pay discounted entry fees.

Entry Process

Can I enter the same work in more than one category?

You can enter the same item in as many categories as you choose. The entry fee is charged per category.

Can I start an entry then go back to it later?

Yes, you can edit entries as much as you like before the deadline closes. But once an entry is submitted and paid for it cannot be edited. Please check all details carefully.

Do you have a photoshop template I can work from?

Sure do. If you have a landscape image just use the entire canvas. For portrait images we've included a suggested mask but feel free to crop it any way you'd like. Download it here.

How do I enter the Best Design Awards?

You can enter online, right now. Students click here to enter. Studios click here.

Is a written rationale of the work required for the judges?

Yes. Entries should include a written description of the work when entering online, limited to 300 words. Judges read this information so think carefully about conveying the brief / objective / idea / solution.

Should images and text identify the studio or student?

No, there shouldn't be anything on your images or within the text submitted that identifies the entrant. Nor should any supporting boards or samples identify you. The work must be anonymous during judging.

What are the image specifications?

You need to upload at least one image per entry and a maximum of ten.
 Images should be 300dpi RGB jpegs sized to 210mm wide x 148mm tall. 
Images are restricted to 8MB each.

Judging

Do designers judge their own work?

No, never. A judge with a conflict of interest to a specific entry submits a ‘no vote’ and does not take part in discussion, evaluation or awarding that entry. This is enforced by the convenor at all times.

What is the role of the convenor?

The Convenor is not a judge. He or she selects and appoints a group of judges and facilitates the judging process. The Convenor ensures that all categories and work is judged fairly, that all judges are given equal opportunity to comment and provide critical input and he or she manages any conflicts of interest.

Who is the Head of Judges?

This role will normally be undertaken by the CEO of The Designers Institute unless otherwise agreed to by its Board. The HoJ selects and appoints Convenors in consultation with The Institute's Board, and can instruct judging panels to reconsider judging decisions where overall standards of quality or fairness and have not been achieved.

Who will be judging my work?

We select judges from the local industry in Australia and New Zealand and past winners of the Best Awards. You can see the talent on the About page

Prices and refunds

Can I cancel entries?

Entrants may cancel or remove Entries via written request (email us at events@dinz.org.nz) up until the entry deadline. The Designers Institute is under no obligation to refund payments made after entries close.

How much does it cost to enter?

The Best Design Awards costs $289 for each entry. We have special rates for students and Designers Institute and AGDA members. If you'd like to join the Institute prior to entering, visit dinz.org.nz.

Where does the money I spend on my entries go?

The Designers Institute is a not-for-profit organisation. Entry fees contribute to funding programmes like The Best Design Awards publishing and re-invested back into the awards programme. In doing so, we want the Best Design Awards to be recognised internationally and provide an archive of New Zealand visual culture.

Supporting Material

Are samples returned?

Yes, if you pay the courier fee at the end of the entry process. Product sector entrants can collect their work.

How can I submit supporting information?

Send all supporting material and boards in a plastic mail bag (one bag per entry), along with your entry confirmation slip attached to the bag (confirmation slip will be emailed to you once entry payments are made) to:

The Designers Institute
27 Gillies Ave,
Suite 3, Ground Floor
Newmarket,
Auckland 1023,
New Zealand

Product entry samples will be requested by the convener.

May I submit supporting information?

Supporting information can be used in the judging process.

• Graphics – submit samples of the work entered eg packaging, books, posters
• Spatial – mood boards. At the discretion of the judges and where possible there may be site visits
• Product – Product samples will be requested by the convener.

If the product is too large to transport, and at the Conveners discretion, we will arrange site visits where deemed necessary and possible.

Categories
  • Best Effect

    Best Effect

    Great organisations recognise that design is an investment.The Best Effect Award measures the return on the design investment and the impact of that return on the organisation’s overall performance.

  • Graphic

    • Business Communication

      This category includes both external and internal engagement work for a business or organisation. Annual reports, IPOs, profiles and internal communication collateral (digital and printed).

    • Colour Award

      This category celebrates outstanding, innovative and creative use of colour.

      Judges are looking for unexpected, delightful work that employs colour as a critical part the communication or message.

      It should challenge current design practice and thinking.

    • Design Communication

      Brochures, catalogues, campaigns, direct response, calendars, posters, street posters and billboards.

    • Design Craft

      Work may be entered in multiple subcategories within this category, provided each has been entered as a separate entry (and entry fee paid).

      Projects that qualify for this category are outstanding works of photography, typography, illustration, computer generated rendering/enhancement in the context of graphic design.

      The work may be commercial, social, cultural, environmental or informational in purpose, and will likely have typography, a brand, or other devices with it.

      Please ensure that you show both the specific work and the context for the overall project.

      Work that has no clear design purpose will not qualify, eg. fine art, photography or photojournalism.

    • Editorial and Books

      Book covers, complete books, magazine covers, magazine features

    • Environmental Graphics

      Signage and way-finding systems, interpretive graphics, trade shows and exhibition design, retail displays, street posters and billboards.

    • Large Brand Identity

      Comprehensive large organisation projects.

      Commercial - Corporate, product, service or retail
      Cultural - Arts, NGO, Not-for-profit, Government
      Judges will mark each sub category separately to assess finalists.

      Those judged Silver from both Commercial and Cultural will then be judged together for the selection of the Gold Pin(s).

    • Packaging

      FMCG - Large volume, local and export products
      Boutique - A start up or small scale enterprise

      Judges will mark each sub category separately to assess finalists. Those judged Silver and above from both FMCG and Boutique will then be judged together for the selection of the Gold Pin(s).

    • Self Promotion

      All graphic design work complete for your own practice

    • Small Brand Identity

      Small scale, boutique projects.

      Commercial - SME, product, service, hospitality or retail
      Cultural - Arts, NGO, Not-for-profit, Government
      Judges will mark each sub category separately to assess finalists.

      Those judged Silver and above from both Commercial and Cultural will then be judged together for the selection of the Gold Pin(s).

  • Interactive

    • Applications

      Kiosks, Mobile Applications, Games, and Web Applications

    • Interactive Marketing

      Apps or components supporting a larger marketing campaign including microsites, banners or campaign elements for existing websites. The entry must explain the wider marketing context of the entered work.

    • Large Scale Websites

      Full websites or components of exsisting websites, with budgets over $25,000. If a component, the entry must clearly state the scope of the entered work.

    • Moving Images

    • Small Scale Websites

      Full websites or components of existing websites with budgets under $25,000. If a component, the entry must clearly state the scope of the entered work.

  • Moving Image

    • Interactive

      Moving image within website/app/games etc

    • Long Form

      Animated or moving image graphic design created for film, broadcast, TV, internet or in-house videos.
      Over 90 seconds (e.g., film, music video channel idents)

    • Short Form

      Animated or moving image graphic design created for film, broadcast, TV, internet or in-house videos.
      Under 90 seconds (e.g., commercials)

    • Time Based Graphics

      Animated or moving image graphic design created for film, broadcast, TV, internet or in-house videos

  • Ngā Aho

    Ngā Aho

    Design that reflects a clear understanding of who we are by responding to our indigenous culture, heritage and sense of place. Ngā Aho recognises the collaborative practice of ‘co-design’ between designers and clients and between cultures.

  • Product

    • Colour Award

    • Concept/Experimental

      Concept and experimental design studies which have not been implemented.

    • Consumer

      Product for the retail market including appliances, electronic, household items, sporting and recreational products

    • Designed Objects

      Domestic consumer objects, artefacts and products that are produced in a low volume series or at least in part made by the designer.

    • Furniture

      Domestic, commercial and office furniture, kitchen and bathroom ‘furniture’

    • Lighting

    • Non-Consumer

      Including agricultural, industrial, heavy equipment, transport, professional and medical products

    • Structural Packaging

      The overall 3 dimensional design, form, structure and ergonomics of structural packages used for distributing, protecting, and marketing at point of sale products including, but not limited to, manufactured goods, cosmetics or food.

      Emphasis in this category is the 3 dimensional structural design content of the package.

      Graphic content will only be considered where this is an integral part of the structure of the package.

    • Sustainable Product Design

      Refer to judging section for details

  • Public Good

  • Spatial

    • Built Environment

      This is an opportunity for entries whose project has included a significant architectural component as part of the design solution.

    • Colour Award

    • Emerging Designer

    • Exhibition & Temporary Structures

      Exhibitions, installations, studios and stage sets

    • Healthcare

    • Hospitality

      Bars, cafes, hotels, motels, lodges, retreats, spas

    • Offices and Workplace Environments

      Offices, factories, specialist facilities

    • Public and Institutional Spaces

      Hospitals, schools, community/conference centres, museums

    • Repurposed Spaces

    • Residential

      Schemes for dwellings or home apartment, mobile home

    • Retail Environments

      Shopping outlets, banks, supermarkets, salons, showrooms, galleries, retail stores

    • Rooms

      A single space such as a bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom, reception

    • Spatial Design Communication

      This category recognises and celebrates the design process through recognition of the tools, processes and outputs required to realise a project.

      The project must have been realised and completed to be eligible for this category.

      Rendering, animation, sketches, models and other modes of presentation supporting the development of the design process on a given project may be entered. Examples include but are not limited to: developmental sketches and drawings, models, animations and fly-thru’s, finished renderings or similar.

      Entries will be assessed on the basis of:

      Appropriate media selection for intended outcome e.g. demonstrate that the selected media is appropriate for the purposes it was chosen. Why was it selected (best way of demonstrating intended outcome, cost, time)?
      Quality of execution e.g. present the information to its best effect demonstrating the quality of the output.
      Effectiveness of outcome e.g. demonstrate how the piece(s) impacted the project and the role they played in the ultimate outcome. Comparative images between design communication pieces submitted and the realised outcome along with explanations of differences (as the design process progressed) would be an advantage.

    • Sustainable Spatial Design

    • Unrealised Concept Projects

      Entries in this category will be projects either unrealised but of sufficient quality to warrant recognition, or purely conceptual ventures with no intent to be realised.

      Submissions must include material supporting the clear explanation of the project given its unbuilt or conceptual nature. This should include content outlining the purpose and intended outcomes for the project.

      If originally intended to be realised, an explanation of the reasons for incompletion would be an advantage.
      Entries will be assessed on the basis of the general evaluation criteria for realised projects

Judges

Over three days in Auckland each year, respected and experienced professionals from New Zealand and Australia judge your design work, measuring it against the best in the world for originality, context and execution. More about the process

Best Effect

Convenor
Matt McKendry
Matt McKendry

Marmont

Convenor
Noel Brown PDINZ
Noel Brown PDINZ

DNA

 
Nevil Gibson
Nevil Gibson

National Business Review

 
Geoff Suvalko
Geoff Suvalko

Thoughtfull

 
Duncan Shand
Duncan Shand

Young Shand

 
Simon Coley DINZ
Simon Coley DINZ

All Good Organics

 
Stephanie Gasperini
Stephanie Gasperini

Better by Design

Graphic

Convenor
Janelle Rodrigues PDINZ
Janelle Rodrigues PDINZ

Creature

 
Chris Flack PDINZ
Chris Flack PDINZ

Strategy

 
Rachel Doughty PDINZ
Rachel Doughty PDINZ

One Design

 
Paul Garbett
Paul Garbett

AGDA

 
Brogen Averill
Brogen Averill

Brogen Averill Studio

 
Tana Mitchell PDINZ
Tana Mitchell PDINZ

Akin

 
Chris Jones PDINZ
Chris Jones PDINZ

Switch

 
Janson Chau FDINZ
Janson Chau FDINZ

Alt Group

Interactive

Convenor
Matthew Buchanan FDINZ
Matthew Buchanan FDINZ

Cactuslab

 
Ben Morreau
Ben Morreau

Roam Creative

 
Jonti Griffin
Jonti Griffin

Pitch Studio

 
Jessica Huddart
Jessica Huddart

AGDA

 
Jade Tan
Jade Tan

Vend

 
Jarred Bishop
Jarred Bishop

OUTPUT

Moving Image

Convenor
Matt Von Trott
Matt Von Trott

Assembly

 
Gareth O'Brien
Gareth O'Brien

AGDA

 
Wade Cowin
Wade Cowin

Resn

 
Gary Sullivan

Assembly

 
Andrew Timms
Andrew Timms

Finch Company

Ngā Aho

Convenor
Karl Wixon FDINZ
Karl Wixon FDINZ

Arahia Pathfinders

 
Phil Kelly
Phil Kelly

Whybin/TBWA

 
Tyrone Ohia DINZ
Tyrone Ohia DINZ

Alt Group

 
Maree Mills
Maree Mills

Auckland Council

 
Phil Wihongi
Phil Wihongi

Nga Aho Inc.

Product

Convenor
Prof. Tony Parker FDINZ
Prof. Tony Parker FDINZ

Massey University College of Creative Arts

 
Nathan Goldsworthy
Nathan Goldsworthy

Goldsworthy Design

 
Chris Bisman
Chris Bisman

Formway Design Studio

 
Phil Brace
Phil Brace

Phil & Teds

 
Dion Christie DINZ
Dion Christie DINZ

Fisher & Paykel Appliances

 
Greg Olsen
Greg Olsen

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

 
Pierre-Yves Panis
Pierre-Yves Panis

Philips Lighting HQ, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Public Good

Convenor
Prof. Tony Parker FDINZ
Prof. Tony Parker FDINZ

Massey University - College of Creative Arts

 
Anna Brown
Anna Brown

Massey University - College of Creative Arts

 
Peter Harrison
Peter Harrison

ThinkPlace

 
Jane Strange
Jane Strange

Aucklands Co-Design Lab, MBIE

Spatial

Convenor
Vee Kessner FDINZ
Vee Kessner FDINZ

Space Studio

 
Tim Dorrington
Tim Dorrington

Dorrington Atcheson Architects

 
Toni Brandso PDINZ
Toni Brandso PDINZ

Material Creative

 
Rufus Knight PDINZ
Rufus Knight PDINZ

Knight Associates

 
Jose Gutierrez
Jose Gutierrez

Jose Gutierrez Ltd

 
Jessica Barter
Jessica Barter

Bureaux

 
Chris Stevens PDINZ
Chris Stevens PDINZ

ctrl Space