40/3 to 42/3

1997–2018, 45 Black Pins, 42 men, 3 women / 45 poster
1997–2018, 45 Black Pins, 42 men, 3 women / archive poster


Each year, the prestigious Black Pins are awarded to individuals for outstanding achievement.

The John Britten Black Pin is awarded to a designer for their leadership, vision and achievement both in New Zealand and internationally.

The Designers Institute Black Pin is awarded to a member of the Institute who has made a lasting and valuable contribution to the design profession and design culture in New Zealand.

— as written on the Best Design Awards ʻabout’ page

At the 2018 Best Design Awards on Saturday 22 September, the John Britten Black Pin was awarded to digital agency duo Rik Campbell and Steve Le Marquand of Resn. It appears, from the Best Design Awards site, that the Designers Institute Black Pin for 2018 was not awarded.

This trajectory reinforces the reason Designers Speak (Up) maintains that a professional, independent audit of the Designers Institute of New Zealand is required to discover where processes have gone so dreadfully astray, and how these processes might be turned around. The opportunity for all designers and others, DINZ members and non-members — anyone — with an interest in the gender balance and cultural diversity kaupapa to have their say comes this October.

Three hui/workshops organised by DINZ:

Workshop One
Date: Tuesday 9th October
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: Warren & Mahoney Architects
139 Pakenham Street West

Workshop Two
Date: Thursday 11th October
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: City Gallery

Workshop Three
Date: Wednesday 17th October
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: Warren & Mahoney Architects
254 Montreal Street

We will post as information comes to hand, regarding agendas and other details.

See Can a leopard change its spots? / read Power in the Poster, 1997–2017, 43 Black Pins, 40 to men, 3 to women / comment by Elisapeta Heta Email Tautoko / Johnson Witehira “Two cents … radical change” / and more, the full index of contributions on our blog


Catherine Griffiths / designer, typographer, artist … activist

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