1 Day Left To Enter A' Design Award!!

A' Design Award & Competition is the Worlds' largest annual juried design competition that honors best designers, architects, and design oriented companies worldwide to provide them publicity, fame and recognition. The A' Design Accolades are organized and awardedinternationally in a wide array of categories ranging from industrial design to architecture. Every year, projects that focus on innovation, technology, design and creativity are awarded with the A' Award to push them further for success.

A' Design Award & Competition is open to submissions from entries in 110 categories. Each category has a distinct evaluation and submission criteria. Submissions can be made to Furniture Design, Interiors, Electronic Devices, Architecture, Packaging, Graphic Design, Ready-Made, Jewelry Design, Interfaces, Web Sites, Transportation, Yacht Design and others. View a list of all design award categories and requirements.


Agenda: Good People Run Exhibition Fundraiser

Good People Run are having a collective exhibition and fundraiser on the 7th November at 6pm – 10pm at Lululemon Britomart Auckland.

The GPR collective will be showcasing a selection of creative running centric works, celebrating our launch, be answering any questions about our project, and offering a space for everyone to meet people involved with the industry, culture and sport who are keen on ‘giving back’ through running. All profits from sales of any artwork/ goods on the night will be donated to KidsCan New Zealand.

Lululemon Athletica's store is slap bang in the amazing Britomart area Auckland City with great parking close by and we hope to see you there from 6pm – 10pm on Saturday November 7th. 

The event is free, so show some love with a gold coin donation for KidsCan on the night.

Beautiful Risograph Printed Matter & Open Call

Forty Five Symbols Risograph Magazine #1

FORTY FIVE SYMBOLS is a collaborative exploration of visual language that unites students, teachers, scholars, and ideas from 6 cities across 4 continents: New York, Hong Kong, Beirut, Falmouth, Bogota and Cologne. Take a look at their more photos of the risographed magazine here.

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Open call for entries

The FORTY FIVE SYMBOLS initiative globalmurmurs is accepting entries from around the world. This international call is open to: 
→ Art & design faculty interested in integrating the project into their teaching.
→ Currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students in visual communication, visual arts, design, typography, and related areas.
→ More information

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Design Agenda: Make Something - The Collaborators

New Zealand Creative Industries Mash-Up

In the creative industries, collaborations exist for the most part within the confines of one discipline – whether that be graphic design, architecture, fashion or music and rarely is there the opportunity for it outside of commercial parameters.  MAKE SOMETHING was established to provide Graphic Designers a chance to change that with a group exhibition of non-commercial, cross-genre New Zealand creative industry collaborations.  

Kyra Clarke
Kyra Clarke is the Founder and Design Director of a Threaded – a studio of three arms’ with a focus on client-based projects, from print, web and digital, branding and identity, packaging and marketing campaigns to their international, award-winning design publication, Threaded Magazine and newly released Threaded Apparel. Based in New Zealand with an outpost in the USA and clients all over the world, collaboration is the key ingredient in her everyday design process.

Amy Clarke
Amy is a fashion designer, photographer and textile lover living and working in Auckland. She has been a self-employed designer for 9 years and is currently running her own label Mylarke. Previously Amy has worked under the fashion label Victoria n Bird and also collaboratively set-up the brand Rust and Stardust, creating homewares and teaching workshops. Avidly interested in conscious fashion and a down-to-earth hands-on approach to design, has her spending her days designing, pattern-making, locally sourcing fabric, screen printing, dyeing, cutting and constructing garments all herself. She consequently drinks way too much coffee, spends too much time “researching” on Pinterest and has possibly become a shocking team-player. This should be fun then!

Sarah Melrose
A creative career begun in London and honed in Auckland, with more than 20 years experience working with both established international names and local companies on a mission for good. Inspired to re-define brands with an approach that’s intelligent, idea driven and socially relevant. Sarah’s creativity combines an astute eye for styling, strong conceptual thinking and elegant sense of intuition. She strongly believes in ethical design, and a sustainable approach. The results are typically timeless, beautiful, and recognised as award winning. Her passion for food is another way to push creative boundaries, exploring what happens when design, ethics and cuisine collide. Sarah is a Design Director at Designworks Auckland.

Michael Meredith
One of New Zealand’s most creative chefs, owner of degustation style restaurant Merediths and fuelled by a passion for kids that has created the recently launched ‘Eat my lunch’ initiative, helping out kiwis in need. Michael was born in Samoa, and credits his upbringing for the philosophy that influences his work today; experimental, ethical and efficient. In his words ‘just doing what’s right’ is pushing the boundaries of culinary creativity, sourcing ingredients ethically and minimising waste, all at an elite level of quality. Never one to sit still, he’s driven, passionate, energetic and restless. Excited to explore what happens when design, ethics and cuisine collide.

Jenny Miles
Hardhat is the graphic design studio of New Zealander Nik Clifford and Brit Jenny Miles. They have been thoughtfully crafting websites, books, illustrations, packaging and brands for over 10 years, splitting their time between their three homes - Auckland, London & Brooklyn. Hardhat collaborate with clients who provide quality craftsmanship, bespoke services, forward-thinking and outside-the-box creativity, and a sense of humour. Collaborators include furniture & fashion designers, fine artists, architects & interior designers, boutique hotels & restaurants, independent artisanal food & beverage producers, organic beauty brands and book publishers.

Nik & Jen are also focussing their attention in 2015 on creative collaborations outside their primary practice; working alongside other creatives and craftsmen to create products and/or experiences whether it’s homewares, small batch liquors, pop-up events, or more conceptual work. Current projects include a stationery line with interiors design studio Ladies & Gentlemen, and this project for Make Something with NZ/US based Thing Industries. Hardhat has grown into an award winning studio, with work published widely worldwide. Nik & Jen both also write about design, in particular most recently about slow design, community building, sustainability, and how their own practice can fit within these principles.

Thing Industries
Thing Industries, established very recently by Bridie Picot and Matt Smith, is an online store that designs and produces useful things. It began as a means for Bridie to finally get her hands on the Sacrificial Chair that Matt had sampled but never produced, and has grown to an award winning company with a decent-sized collection and more things in the pipeline. Its founders are both from New Zealand but one of them lives in New York. The other one wishes he lived in New York. They communicate on email with a massive time delay. They also produce things with other people, usually stuff that Bridie and Matt aren’t able to figure out themselves. Things that involve pottery, plantology, and complicated welding techniques.

Clem Devine
As Creative Director at Richards Partners, Clem leads a team of curious design thinkers and doers to arrive at beautifully thought out projects that make sense. Along with Sam Trustrum and Zoe Ikin, Clem edits Studio Magazine, the international magazine about making places.

Jodie Salmond

Sam Trustrum
Sam has steered projects that have been recognised internationally including awards from Graphis; SEGD (The Society for Experiential Graphic Design, US); Type Directors Club, AGDA (Australian Graphic Design Association) awards; and the Purple/Stringer award for Best in Graphics at BEST awards. Sam is the Design Director of Saatchi & Saatchi Design Worldwide.

Toby Curnow
Toby is Design Director of Inhouse. He completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Elam School of Fine Art in 1994 and co-founded Alt Group in 1997 where he was Design Director until joining Inhouse in 2012.

Sam Haughton
Sam is a product designer specialising in commercial and residential furniture. He opened his first workshop in 1992, designing and manufacturing one-off commissions. Over time he developed a standard product range, and in 2004 established IMO with his wife Hannah.

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5 of our Favourite Staff Picks from Tent London 2015

Dish 1: Mixture of the Past
Shikai Tseng, Rain Wu

Cities colour palette London
The Ceramicists

In Our Nature chair
Ellinor Ericsson

ateljé Lyktan

Tent London & Super Brands London
24th September - 27th September 2015

Tent London & Super Brands London have rapidly become the host fairs for national pavilions during the London Design Festival, with 450 exhibitors from 29 countries. Some pavilions will be themed around a design discipline such as the Czech Republic’s 2015 Glass Mania by Umprum academy, or will be a cross-disciplinary selection by producers such as Fulgen for 100% Norway 2015. Visitors will be able to enjoy a colour experience presented by Dulux and a talks programme that will reflect the country pavilions line-up.

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Design Agenda: Make Something - A Collection Of Collaboration

New Zealand Creative Industries Mash-Up

In the creative industries, collaborations exist for the most part within the confines of one discipline – whether that be graphic design, architecture, fashion or music and rarely is there the opportunity for it outside of commercial parameters.  MAKE SOMETHING was established to provide Graphic Designers a chance to change that with a group exhibition of non-commercial, cross-genre New Zealand creative industry collaborations.  

Originally founded in 2010 the event threw 6 New Zealand Graphic Designers a challenge; given absolute free reign, who would you choose to work with and what would the results of that mash-up be? The results saw the likes of Fur Patrol’s Julia Deans, a former Visual Effects producer with Oscar Winning VFX company The Mill and an Amazon crowd-sourcing platform form a collection of collaboration that blended a mix of New Zealand creative talents. It then returned in 2011 with a fresh set of pairings, again lead by Graphic Designers, that included an industrial designer from Fisher & Paykel, a mixologist from Stolen Rum and artist Billy Apple®.

After a four-year hiatus the event returns boasting the same cross-section of creative collaborations which this year includes, among others, a racing car driver and Chef Michael Meredith.

WHEN: NOVEMBER 19 - 21 (8am - 2.30pm)
WHERE: Allpress Gallery, 8 Drake Street, Auckland City


The 2015 collaborative partnerships are:

Kyra Clarke (Graphic Designer & founder - Threaded Magazine)
and Amy Clarke (Fashion Designer - Mylarke)

Sarah Melrose (Graphic Designer - Designworks)
and Michael Meredith (Chef & owner – Merediths)

Jenny Miles (Graphic Designer - Hardhat)
and Thing Industries (Product Designers)

Clem Devine (Graphic Designer - Richards Partners)
and Jodie Salmond (Artist)

Sam Trustram (Graphic Designer - Saatchi & Saatchi Design Worldwide)
and Steve Rasmussen (Racing Car Driver)

Toby Curnow (Graphic Designer - Inhouse)
and Sam Haughton (Product Designer & founder - IMO)


For more information or an interview with any of the 2015 MAKE SOMETHING collaborators, please contact the Event Directors or visit www.makesomething.co.nz

Portfolios of the Week #roundup

Each week we showcase online portfolios from talented individuals worldwide. Follow along on our facebook or take a look at the #roundup below.

Parallel Teeth

Maria Tran

Tyler Spangler

Adam J. Kurtz

Sophie Merkens

Simon Devitt

Emil Kozole

Natalie Tozer

Thanks to everyone featured in this blog post. We'd love to hear from you and share your portfolio, connect with us today.

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Design Our Next Masthead - Win $500 Worth of Study at YOOBEE ACG School of Design

We've teamed up with our Partner ACG Yoobee to bring this opportunity to students/graduates/professionals worldwide!

What you Win!
Win an online or short course at ACG Yoobee, worth $500! Plus a copy of the issue your masthead will adorn.

Anyone from anywhere in the world can enter this competition.

How to Enter
1. Download the masthead template and create your design for the masthead of the next issue of Threaded.

2. Submit via Twitter or Facebook or Email. Submit it by tweeting/posting to our Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #ED19MASTHEAD. Emails accepted also.

All submissions close by 31 October 2015.