Best of the Best- Part I

It’s time again for New Zealand design’s premier prize, the Best Awards. I have so many favourites this year, I’ll do a two-parter. Here’s episode one of my faves from the finalist nominations.
(There’s generally much more to see on each project, so follow the links to get a bigger picture).

Deadly Ponies Brand (and a custom typeface, Duel) designed by Osborne Shiwan.
(Very cool side note: Osborne Shiwan Partner and Creative Director, Shabnam Shiwan, has been shoulder-tapped to represent NZ on the Global Young Guns jury this year – big big honour. She’s also one of a select group of creative leaders asked to provide mentorship by Womentor – an international leadership program for women in graphic design).

A very sexy leave-behind for photographer Troy Goodall, designed by Fuman.
Always a sucker for a perf.

Nice work by Studio South for our friends at Aalto Paint

Clean n’ contemporary brand work with an organic edge by Strategy Creative for The Brothers Green.
First time I’d heard of this NZ brand, created two brothers (see the titles on the business card!)

Jervois Apartments identity by Seachange.

Marx Design for Strangelove Lo Cal Sodas.

Motion Sickness have a few photographic campaigns nominated for Best Awards this year – these two shots gave me beautiful pause this morning.

Designworks turned the story of New Zealand Steel into an opus and their gutsy blue-collar workers into absolute fucking rockstars – see much more here.

Pepeha, a typeface by Anthony Hos / Designworks.  Used across the pepeha project – including the Pepeha.nz website where you can enter your own details of the people and places that are important to you, and download your own pepeha. Ka mau te wehi.

Real car crash survivors, real injuries. This poster series concept by Clemenger BBDO is so clever it actually makes me miss my days in the advertising industry. Sometimes, your ideas can make a difference.


A Few of the Best

Some of my favourite finalists from New Zealand’s highest design honours, the 2018 Best Awards.
I haven’t included any Australian finalists (sorrynotsorry), nor anything I’ve already featured (a fair few).

Alt Group for Fisher & Paykel – exquisite styling and photography

Studio South for Auckland apartment development, Edition

Fry Baby (Belgian Fry Eatery) by One Design

Port of Tauranga Annual Report by Wave

Studio Akin for Auckland Art Gallery

Fuman for Atomic 25 Coffee

Love this business card that Seachange designed for photographer & filmmaker Agnes Lloyd-Platt
(the whole identity suite is wicked, but I especially love this business card)

Superb, emotional, important work by Colenso BBDO for Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand.
Eleven of the world’s revered Renaissance paintings feature models with symptoms of breast cancer. This photograph is a recreation of a renowned 1654 Rembrandt, and the inspiring woman in it survived breast cancer after finding it through a self check. Part of a whole series called The Survivor Collection that serves as a triumphant reminder that knowledge can beat cancer.

Aspen Lounge Chair by David Moreland and Nikolai Sorensen for Citta

Four different Klim Type Foundry have earned finalist honours

Sunday Best for Mayan Man Tea

Stone Soup – brilliant grassroots magazine connecting New Zealand creatives through the lens of food


No Ugly wellness tonic by Culture&Theory

Hannah Design Studio for clothing label Marle

Kokako brand and packaging by Design Dairy

 Very much a favourite – Douglas and Bec brand identity by Natasha Mead

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