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Apple’s new Power Mac G5 line extends to provide the creative class with the superior tools they require. Featuring 64-bit power and high-bandwidth architecture, this groundbreaking system opens up a wealth of possibilities for designers.
People who are on the move can expect excellent performance from the current range of PowerBook computers, with a choice of screen sizes up to 17-inches!
The Apple Cinema Display line features a gorgeous new anodised aluminum enclosure to complement the Power Mac G5 or PowerBook G4 and provides stunning visual clarity, optimised for professional customers.
And last, but certainly not least, every Apple computer runs on the innovative Mac OS X and features the iLife suite of applications.




As a leading New Zealand Bathroom manufacture we at Athena are passionate about providing inspiring, innovative leading edge design. We are excited to be a sponsor of the ‘2005 BeST design awards’.

Athena Products is a privately owned New Zealand company founded in 1982. Our Core business is the manufacture and marketing of superior bathroom ware, specifically vanities, showers and baths.

Athena invests heavily in design research and development and has built a solid reputation driven by the ability to create innovative quality products.

Athena is proud to recognize the best of the best.




Great graphic design and quality printing are essential before fine paper stock can fulfil its potential. Hence BJ Ball Papers' longstanding support for the New Zealand design community.

In addition to our sponsorship of the BeST Design Awards, our ongoing "Identity Series" stimulates designers' creativity, design students can gain exposure through the BJ Ball Calendar competition and we profile outstanding new work on our website.

We actively encourage NZ designers to match their best work against the rest of the world. Last year Wellington graphic designer Dianne Fuller won the overall premier award in the prestigious International Papers Full Circle competition and we are currently encouraging designers to enter the sixth Mohawk Show where non-US winners are increasingly common.

Quality papers in our portfolio include Evergreen (now relaunched with enhanced product offer and eco-friendly credentials), Sumo (the heavyweight among art papers), Starwhite (sparkle and brilliance), Stardream (luxuriously metallic and pearlescent), Elements (exceptionally smooth), Strathmore (premium writing paper), Mataura (cost-effective corporate bond), and Novatech (superior coated art).


digital river


We have been proud sponsors of the BeST Design Awards since 1996
By constantly investing in the latest technology, Digital River has become a leader in visual communication.

Our One Stop Shop philosophy means we offer a complete range of services
in-house; creative design, print management, large format poster printing, multimedia presentations, digital asset management, web design, Internet production and hosting.
Digital River is a client-focused company comprised of skilled individuals who take pride in the results of their combined efforts.
Meeting or exceeding our clients' expectations is the norm, not the exception.



Dulux is proud to continue being a sponsor for the DINZ BeST Design Awards.

Dulux is both New Zealand’s and the world’s leading paint manufacturer.

To support the design and architectural market Dulux have just introduced the Dulux New Zealand Colour Map; an easy to use fandeck of 120 colours that has a strong emphasis on the colours of our environment, colours that surround us, muted earthy tones that suit our architecture so well in our harsh clear Southern light.

Dulux invest heavily in research and development and are renown for premium quality paints.

Dulux also manufacture timber finish brands Cabot’s, Feast Watson and Intergrain, plus an extensive range of Acra Tex texture coatings and industrial Protective Coatings.




Formway is passionate about pursuing excellence in design, a philosophy recognised when Formway was awarded the Best Design-Led Business Award in 1999. Formway prides itself in playing a key role in the creation of outstanding workplaces, providing creative solutions through its products, ideas and workplace expertise. Formway sees this investment in design as the vehicle for the company’s international success and the many worldwide accolades its products have received. Formway are delighted to again be sponsors of the 2003 BeST Design Awards.




Interion is a business with a solid history, but driven by innovation and fresh thinking. For over 25 years we have been building a reputation for the design and craft of superb interior product options. Products in the Bestwood and Interion family lead the market.
With an increased focus on innovation, we are continually adding to our Bestwood and Interion family of products to enhance your design options. From Bestwood Natural Wood Veneer and Melamine, to Stonex and Varia by Interion, we have the essential ingredients to bring interior concepts alive.




Lexus New Zealand is pleased to be a new sponsor of the 2005 BeST Design Awards.

Lexus New Zealand’s ‘Passionate Pursuit of Perfection’ in design, innovation, technology and quality has ensured Lexus continues to provide outstanding luxury vehicles and superior customer service.

Lexus has a global reputation based on quality, we are delighted to be able to recognise, encourage and applaud those who achieve quality in this year’s BeST Design Awards.




Panprint have a long relationship with many New Zealand designers and is therefore pleased to repay some of their loyalty by supporting the BeST Design Awards. The core of Panprint’s business is represented in every aspect of high quality print from the most demanding annual reports through to self-adhesive labels. Panprint is also pleased to see many of the Panprint Awards entrants moving steadily through all levels of our industry. The best design deserves the best print.




Portfolio Recruitment is the specialist in recruitment for the graphic design, advertising and communication industries. We operate on the philosophy that you need to appreciate the industry from the inside out in order to effectively service it and create true partnerships. Our directors and staff have all worked within these creative environments themselves giving us in-depth understanding of its many facets. We truly understand design!

Our offer to both our clients and candidates is to work closely with people right across the industry to help them achieve their goals, assisting companies in maintaining success through recruiting great people and helping people to develop their careers and hunt out the best job opportunities. Our strength is understanding this PEOPLE:PEOPLE dynamic.

We stay in close contact with the industry and are pleased to be able to continue to support the BeST Design Awards by remaining a sponsor for 2005.




PRODESiGN is the official magazine of the Designers Institute of New Zealand. It is unique in reflecting the interdependence of the three core commercial design disciplines: interior, product and graphic. The magazine continues to unashamedly promote New Zealand design, acting as the much-needed interface between designers and their corporate clients. PRODESiGN is a truly eclectic, inclusive, positive magazine that attracts and maintains the genuine enthusiasm of its readers through a mix of content, size and style. PRODESiGN is integral, and contributes much to the success of the programmes set in place for many of our top design awards. We are proud to be one of the sponsors of this year’s BeST Design Awards.






DNA DESIGN for the Graphic Student Award

DNA works with leading and emerging brands to help them achieve growth. We do this by translating intelligent brand strategy into compelling brand communication and expression. This means delivering the brand organisations need, for the growth their business requires. Our approach centres on the belief that the most successful brands – inGENEius® brands – understand and maximise what defines and differentiates them. Our award-winning team capture and express a brand's unique dna to inspire customers and generate preference, understanding and action.

DNA Design is proud to continue our sponsorship of the Graphic Student Award.


CUSTANCE for the Interior Student Award

Custance has a long association with the BeST Design Award Programme as both participant and sponsor.

For 15 years, Custance have consistently been among the finalists in the Interior category, with a number of projects receiving BeST Design Awards including 2003 BeST Retail Award for Buoy Salon and 2003 Best Residential Award for 350 Oriental Parade Apartments.

As original sponsor of the BeST Student Interior Award, Custance is delighted, once again, to celebrate excellence amongst emerging designers.

With offices in Wellington and Sydney, Custance delivers architecture, interior and product design, together with project management services, throughout New Zealand and Australia.

We are passionate about designing quality, innovative, functionally outstanding buildings, work environments and related products for our clients, utilizing our unique design skills and knowledge of the business workplace and work practices.


PHd3 for the Product Student Award

pHd3 is an idea packed, spirited design consultancy bringing fresh inspiration and profitability to our clients.

We operate across a broad platform of interrelated disciplines from product and graphic design.

It is our business and passion to help clients outsmart and out position their competitors through successful design and inspired communications, products and branding.

We understand the big picture, yet focus and implement the components that create it. pHd3 is therefore proud to continue our support of inspired new talent through the BeST Design Awards.