Spark 2017

Wintec’s School of Media Arts
Hamilton, New Zealand

Spark International Festival of Music, Media, Arts & Design, is an annual celebration of contemporary arts, media, music and design bringing together creative minds from New Zealand and around the globe.

Organised by Wintec’s School of Media Arts, #SPARK17 festival unites industry leaders from around New Zealand and the globe. #SPARK17 provides opportunities for attendees to hear from – and meet – the specialists and innovators in their respective industries. Speakers will share cutting edge trends, insights about their industry and provide encouragement for students and those in the creative industries sector. It is a dynamic week of learning and networking.

More about makebardo talk here

9:00am - 10:00am
Tuesday. 15 Aug
Wintec Hub, Events Room 1

Pic by @catherineleet


Design Industry Breakfast - Spark 2017

A Spark Festival tradition, the Design Industry Breakfast will see some of our design-focused presenters gather with other industry professionals, tutors and students alike to discuss past and present projects and to network over a delicious breakfast with Jason Little, Sarah MaxeyKris Sowersby and makebardo presented by Alan Deare

Bren Imboden and Luis Viale, of the Queenstown agency makebardo, find inspiration for their design in a range of unlikely places. Their unique aesthetic has seen them win bronze at the 2016 Designer’s Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards. They'll be talking about Queenstown Airport case study.

7:30am - 9:00am
Tuesday. 15 Aug
Mavis, Made to Order

Pic by Taylor Pascoe


Flexible Packaging

Flexible packaging is defined as any packaging whose shape can be readily changed. It includes packaging made of plastic film, paper, alumnium foil, fabric, or a combination of these materials, and has been widely used in food and pharmaceutical industry. This book invites expert engineers and designers to write about their experience and understanding of flexible packaging. Through an excellent showcase of design works, this book will lead you into the lesser-known world of flexible packaging.

Project published: Meat Snacks
About the Brand: Zamora
Get the book here: SendPoints


5 Minutes with… makebardo

Ahead of the exciting Adobe Creative Jam event on February 16th, we grabbed a quick five minutes with Luis and Bren from Queenstown-based studio makebardo.

Check all the interview here.


Color Code - Branding & identity

Color has the power to communicate feelings andemotions to an audience and to bring incredible power to a design. Color Code: Branding & Identity explores the subject of color by decoding the secrets of its use in branding and identity design. The design projects that the book features reveal the dynamic possibilities offered by the thoughtful application of color and illustrate the visual impacts of colors in different industries. This volume is an essential guide for understanding and mastering the use of colors in graphic design.

You can get the book here.
More about the published projects: Prima & The World Bar Queenstown


Adobe Creative Jam

Calling all Aucklanders for a special Adobe Creative Jam! Witness a live design battle, and hear from top creatives over free food and beer. Join us on February 16th at Thievery Studio.

Adobe Creative Jam
Thursday, February 16th, 6.00–9.00pm
Thievery Studio
203 Karangahape Rd

Hear from local creative industry superstars including makebardo, and Material as they share their processes and projects. Meanwhile watch teams of designers compete in a tournament to tackle a design challenge in just 4 hours using Adobe Creative Cloud.


Favourite Design 2016

The objective of Favourite Design is to promote quality design and increase the visibility of designers worldwide.

The Annual Book displays all design projects that have been selected throughout the year. It includes the best creations of the year. The Annual Book is a true reflection of the International design trends.

You can buy the book here.
More about the published projects: Zamora & Cargo Brewery


Novum Magazine 02.17

The February issue of novum looks behind the scenes of various Brazilian design studios. Abracadabra, Casa Rex, Chiapa, Elefante or Frente, no matter whether they are large or small, all the studios produce great designs and their solutions are as diverse and multi-cultural as the country itself. The many facets of Brazilian life are also reflected in André Bergamins illustrations and Chico Homem de Melo talks about the rich history of Brazilian design. 

In our showroom section we visited the Indo-Croatian studio Blok and the German agency Karl Anders als well as Makebardo from New Zealand and Power-nap Over in Hong Kong.

You can get the magazine here.
More about the published projects: Caribou, The Empanada Kitchen, Edible Fair, The World Bar, Voicot, ZamoraEdumazing


PAGE Magazine 04.2017

Title: Recruiting in the design and digital sector

Creatives look very closely at their potential employers today during the job search. We show how agencies can win talents - and the chances for applicants.

Recruiting is now an exception for both employers and young people. More and more often, the new channels, such as Snapchat, Instagram or Facebook, are used to communicate with each other.

In PAGE 04.2017 we explain in detail what exactly the personnel responsible for the agencies do to reach young talents and communicate the employer image appropriately to the outside. 

You can get the magazine here.
More about the published project: Lillevik Alpine


Brand Built

Brand Built — Branding Buildings & their Builders
RHED Publishers

We are very proud to announce that we have been published with the works that we’ve done with: Approval Partners, Bourke Studio, Urbanscale and Prima at the this amazing book from RHED Publishers.

With the global boom of the property market, the branding of builders and buildings becomes crucial to remain competitive and stand out from the rest of the competition. 

‘Brand Built’ showcases the best of branding in the property industry. By categorizing them into “Buildings” and “Builders”, Brand Built aims to provide property developers, construction firms and interior design companies a comprehensive resource for inspiration and branding. 

More about the book here


Chris Gallery Magazine

Chois Gallery Magazine. The best Graphic Design. Vol#36
Shanghai, China

We have been invited to participate with the branding for Edible Fair and the wayfinding project for Queenstown Airport.

Based in CA and Shanghai, Choi's Gallery started its journey with Gallery-the World' best graphics magazine. Over the past years, Choi's Gallery has fully committed itself to publishing design books and magazines, focusing on architecture, fashion, graphic design, interior design and product design.


GSM Magazine

GSM Magazine Issue #8
BJ Ball Ltd
New Zealand & Australia

A huge thanks to Mhairi of BjBall Papers NZ for inviting us to participate with a full interview in GSM Magazine. 

GSM Magazine is all about inspiration for creative types in print. Each issue features awesome examples of graphic design from around Australia and NZ! In this 8 issue, GSM Magazine is thinking global! If you want to read the full article, please subscribe to the magazine 👉🏼here.

#bjball #gsmmagazine #press #queenstowndesign #makebardo


Novum Magazine

Novum Magazine #12.16
Munich, German

Very very proud to see our @queenstownairport wayfinding system featured in the new issue of Novum Magazine World of Graphic Design. A huge thanks to the whole team of #novummagazine for the article.

Novum is the oldest design magazine in Europe. It was first published in 1924. Is a leading and influencial design magazine. Each month this bilingual journal (German/English) presents the very best in graphic design, illustration,photo-design, new media, corporate design, paper, packaging, advertising and typography. Novum also spotlights new talents and the latest trends. It presents a balanced mix of visions for the future and state-of-the-art-design – to inspire all creatives in the world of international graphic design and advertising.

See the whole project here


Poster Exhibition

Design Assembly
Christchurch, New Zealand

makebardo has participated with an A0 poster for Design Assembly poster exhibition in Christchurch. Our quote on the poster: 'we do what we love to do because these things make us be'.

At the end of November, Design Assembly celebrated the end of the year and the start of summer at a series of events held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Nicola Devine, our wonderful DA Host in Christchurch, sent through these great shots from the Christchurch EOY party and poster exhibition…

More pics of the event here
Photos by Peanut Productions.



Typography. Exploring the limits

Sandu Publishing
Guangzhou, China

We have been invited to participate with the packaging for The Empanada Kitchen, and Cargo Brewery.

Typography is the art and technique of designing and arranging type, to make texts readable and appealing and therefore a fundamental area of graphic design. "Typography" gathers a selection of the most creative design projects from all over the world ranging from branding, poster and packaging design to space design.


Eco Packaging Now

Eco Packaging Now
Images Publishing, Australia
Project: Little Balena

Nowadays, the sales range of goods spans across the world. It is not difficult for us to drink Russian vodka in New Zealand or taste fruits from Brazil in Japan. So how do designers find ecological ways to design packaging strategies that protect the product while ensuring that the packaging is more sustainable and not harmful for environment?

This book will inspire both design creativity and reveal ways to help counter significant environmental issues facing the world today.

You can get the book here


Caminos Inspirados

Trimarchi Editions & Cynar
Mar del Plata, Argentina

Project: Las ideas no se matan
Collaboration: Voicot + makebardo

This book compiled hopeful decisions. People with inspiring paths. We divided it into 5 Sections: Life, roots, Couples, Social and Environment. For every one we choose projects that give their time to good causes, who work for and by the love, equality, the well-being of our planet and all who inhabit it.

Check it here.