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Josh Lancaster shares a few of his favourite things
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As part of Idealog’s Design Month, several wise souls from across the industry (and beyond) shared some insights on their favourite design-related things. In this section, we chat to ad-man-turned-artist Josh Lancaster, who finds himself straddling two different worlds as he answers the questions.

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Idealog launches New Zealand’s first VR cover
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For Idealog’s technology issue, we wanted to find a way to use contemporary technological processes to create a cover that embodied the kinds of technologies that would be covered within its pages. Could we code a cover? Automate the design with an algorithm? Get readers to download an app and make it come to life? Could we make it a hologram?

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Architecture firm Studio 106 relocates office to the beach
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After their Ponsonby lease expired, the architectural team at Studio 106 decided to make a change and relocated the business to Okahu Bay. And with the benefit of being able to take a lunchtime dip, they haven’t considered making the move back to the big smoke.

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Back to black: Best Design Awards finalists aren’t afraid of the dark
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It would be fair to that the Kiwi brand is somewhat synonymous with the colour black (or shade if you want to be pedantic). Not only do Kiwis have a penchant for donning black clothing (and other dark hues), with several online articles devoted to the fact, our national sports teams also rock it. The announcement of the finalists of this year’s Best Design Awards revealed a familiar thread – Kiwi graphic designers who work magic with the beloved hue.

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PlayStation on the lesson plan at MDS
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Auckland’s Media Design School (MDS) expects its students to be producing PlayStation games by the end of this year now it’s offering the PlayStation First Academic Development programme.

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Biotech star Pacific Edge reigns Supreme at New Zealand Innovators Awards
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Dunedin-based biotech company Pacific Edge is this year’s supreme winner of the New Zealand Innovators Awards thanks to its novel cancer detection test Cxbladder. The awards also honoured several individuals and companies, including Fonterra for its Alternative Make Cheese process used to produce premium Mozzarella on a commercial scale; StretchSense, which has created a sensor for measuring human body deformation and movement; and 14-year-old Ayla Hutchinson, who developed Kindling Cracker – a device used for making wood kindling.

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It’s choice, bro! People’s choice!
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While the judges deliberate on who will take home the other categories of this year’s Innovators Awards, it is time for you to decide who should win the People’s Choice. The finalists are in and voting starts… NOW!

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NZ Innovators Awards finalists revealed
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The world’s first cardiovascular exercise bike, an aerial robot, a method of controlling insects with sex, a novel bladder cancer detection test and a cardboard pet casket range are among the finalists of this year’s New Zealand Innovators Awards, the annual awards that celebrate the best of Kiwi innovation.