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Massey University students and staff win Gold at Best Awards

Tokitoki and James Caddell by Rowan Heap

Tokitoki and James Caddell by Rowan Heap.

A game to help people learn sign language and a testing kit to encourage young men to get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are among the student projects that won gold pins at the Best Awards in Auckland on Friday night.

Of the 49 Massey student projects from Toi Rauwhārangi College of Creative Arts that were finalists, seven projects won gold, nine were awarded silver pins and a further nine won bronze pins.

The Best Awards are an annual showcase by the Designers Institute of New Zealand which acknowledge the best in graphic, spatial, interactive and product design.

Master of Design graduate Rowan Heap’s publication won gold in the Graphic category. The work is centred on a case study of a Māori/Pākehā encounter that occurred around Foveaux Strait in 1810 and explores how “visual narrative can reframe early Māori/Pākehā encounters from a decolonising perspective.”

Visual communication design graduate Emma Davies’ Hands On project gamifies learning sign language and won gold in the Public Good category. The judges said it was “a great fun way to address a social issue of increasing NZ sign language among the general population.”

Padraig Simpson also won gold in the Public Good category for his innovative Take the Piss project, which enables young men to get tested for STIs without having to see a doctor. The testing system aims to address the issue that STI testing rates are much lower in males than females. The judge’s said it was a “creative solution to an often-awkward conversation” and uses “design to make men’s health easy to manage.”

3D Printed Ceramics by Zöe Lovell-Smith

3D Printed cermaics by Zöe Lovell-Smith

Industrial design graduate Zöe Lovell-Smith earned praise from the judges for her gold pin winning 3D printed ceramics collection. “The technical enterprise and creativity displayed by the application of the self-built 3D ceramic printer coupled with the design sensitivity and material representation displayed by the resulting vessels is highly impressive.”

Katie Valentine’s publication Sign of the Times won a gold pin in the Graphic category and addresses climate change. The judges said: “Bold, simple, raw, direct and appropriate for the subject matter. A well-constructed piece that is a definite call to action!”

Third-year industrial design students Thomas Mackisack, Charlie Budd, Ben Fernando’s Leg Up is a new design for surfboard vehicle racks. The judges were impressed by the “thorough research and conceptual thinking which generated this refined presentation and well resolved and ergonomically innovative design proposal. Surf’s up!”

And industrial design graduate Hannah Reid’s Arrived design is a beautiful floor lamp designed for the entranceway of the home. The judges said the simple elegance of this desirable piece captured their admiration and the thorough research and development behind its design sealed the gold award. “Arrived is a great example of design that identifies human rituals to facilitate in the creation of helpful habits. The understated aesthetic of Arrived ensures the piece can complement a range of spaces while fulfilling its functional needs.”

Massey staff members Rachael Rakena and Mike Bridgman from Whiti o Rehua School of Art were also recognised for their co-curated project Mana Moana, which won bronze in the Toitanga award.

 “Like the proverbial saying, Mana Moana guides the way through the glistening of light and water – bringing to life the power and prestige of the ocean through presenting Māori and Pacifika stories in a visually compelling and impactful way on the Wellington waterfront. The judges were impressed with both the breadth of collaboration and compelling presentation, bringing our cultural landscape to life in our urban landscape,” said the judges.

Leg Up by Thomas Mackisack, Charlie Budd and Ben Fernando

Leg up by Thomas Mackisack, Charlie Budd and Ben Fernando.

The full list of Massey winners is below:

Gold                 Student Graphic                        Rowan Heap

Gold                 Student Graphic                        Katie Valentine

Gold                 Student Product                        Thomas Mackisack,  Charlie Budd,  Ben Fernando

Gold                 Student Product                        Zoë Lovell-Smith

Gold                 Student Product                        Hannah Reid

Gold                 Student Public Good Award        Emma Davies

Gold                 Student Public Good Award        Padraig Simpson

Silver                Student Digital                         Holly Downer

Silver                Student Moving Image              Hannah Wedlock,  Duncan Van Der Schyff,  Jess Williams

Silver                Student Product                        Zoë Lovell-Smith,  Daniel Shorrock,  Chris Warren,  Oscar Jackson,  Fergus Salmon,  Liam Avery

Silver                Student Product                        Samantha Hughes

Silver                Student Product                        Georgia Millward

Silver                Student Product                        Carmen He

Silver                Student Public Good Award        Laura Cooper

Silver                Student Public Good Award        Julia Hope

Silver                Student Public Good Award        Briar Patel

Bronze              Toitanga                                   Rachael Rakena, Mike Bridgman, Robert Appierdo, Allan Walker, Andrew Croot, Charles Anderson, Arpo Deer, Tim Konieczny, Kereama Taepa, Kura Puke, Stuart Foster, Kurt Komene, Louise Potiki Bryant, Karlo Mila, Michel Tuffery, Jess Feast, Rob Thorne, Cathy Livermore, Jasmine Togo-Brisby, Johnson Witehira, Warren Maxwell, Tina Ngata, Terri Crawford, Regan Balzer, Horomona Horo, Laughton Kora, Te Rina Warren

Bronze              Student Graphic                        Hannah Colenbrander

Bronze              Student Graphic                        George Boyd

Bronze              Student Graphic                        Sam Fraser

Bronze              Student Moving Image               Kelly Moneymaker,  Rebekah Curtis-Motley,  Jessica George,  Mason Rudd,  Ben Dickens

Bronze              Student Product                        Lisa Newman

Bronze              Student Product                        Charlotte Klinge

Bronze              Student Spatial                         Jack Dyer

Bronze              Student Public Good Award        Rosa Shand

Bronze              Student Public Good Award        Jacob Dollman-Low

Finalist             Student Graphic                         Kimberley Zhou

Finalist             Student Graphic                         George Boyd

Finalist             Student Graphic                         Frankie Hayman

Finalist             Student Graphic                         Eden Kleiman

Finalist             Student Graphic                         Mary Vickers

Finalist             Student Graphic                         Lauren Kjestrup

Finalist             Student Graphic                         Sophie Douglas

Finalist             Student Digital                           Luke Burrough,  Vasley Thompson,  Aran Campbell-Hawker,  Josh Laubscher

Finalist             Student Moving Image               Solomon Drader

Finalist             Student Moving Image               Duncan Van der Schyff,  Daniel Symons

Finalist             Student Product                         Daniel Shorrock 

Finalist             Student Product                         Thomas Mackisack

Finalist             Student Product                         Taylor Wickman

Finalist             Student Product                         Kristal Roberts

Finalist             Student Product                         Daniel Shorrock

Finalist             Student Product                         Matthew Smith

Finalist             Student Product                         Genevieve Jensen

Finalist             Student Product                         Olivia Spinetto

Finalist             Student Spatial                          Kate Stanley

Finalist             Student Spatial                          Tom Calder

Finalist             Student Public Good Award         Matt Kendrew

Finalist             Student Public Good Award         Eden Kleiman

Finalist             Student Public Good Award         Emma Macdonald

Finalist             Student Public Good Award         Esther McDowall,  Jacob Paterson


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