New Zealand
Best Design Awards

Brought to you by The Designers Institute of New Zealand, The Best Design Awards is an annual showcase of excellence in Brands & Communication, Design Concept, product, Product Design.

The National Graphic Design Awards were established in the mid seventies to celebrate New Zealand’s best graphic design. Attracting 300 entries, the awards exhibited 130 works as part of a touring exhibition and lecture series.

In 1988 the name was changed to the New Zealand Best Design Awards and enabled a growing community to benefit from the experience of a jury of international peers.

In 1992 the awards were expanded to include Spatial and Product design.By 1998 the Best Design Awards became a annual awards programme.

In 2010, Interactive was established as a distinct discipline. The Ngā Aho Award and Best Effect Award were added in 2012 and Public Good along with Moving Image in 2015.

In 2017 the User Experience Award was introduced.

By 2020 Interactive became Digital and User Expereince was merged into digital.

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Whether aesthetically pleasing, functional, smart or innovative – the award-winning objects are united by their outstanding design quality.


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International Memberships
International Council of Design (ico-D)
World Design Organisation (WDO)
Memorandum of Understanding
Design Institute Australia (DIA)
Good Design Australia (GDA)
Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA)
Taiwan International Student Design Competition (TISDC)
Strategic Partners
New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI)
Partnering Events
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Platinum Partners
BJ Ball Papers
Clendon Barristers and Solicitors
Crestline Furniture Systems
Logick Print
Massey University – College of Creative Arts

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Gold Partners
Auckland Insurance / Autex / ECC Limited
Harrows / homestyle/ Italian Stone / Jasmax