News about makebardo, a creative design studio based in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Package & Design Magazine

Vol 205. Guangzhou, China
Zelanian design duo makebardo: Creativity burst from multicultural

With a history of 44 years, Package & Design is one of the most influential professional design magazines in China. Specializes in international design and communication, Package & Design is a bimonthly and bilingual magazine featuring graphic design, packaging design, brand identity, and industrial design.

Projects featured:
Zamora, Lillevik Alpine, Cargo Brewery, Mask, Davies Bakery, The Human Nutrition Project, The Changer, Little Balena, Queenstown Airport, Edumazing, The Empanada Kitchen, The World Bar Queenstown


On the Grid

We're pleased to announce that Queenstown is the first place of New Zealand to be launched as part of @onthegridcity We had the wonderful opportunity to curate a list of our beloved places and support local businesses. A big thanks to the guys of @studiovertigo for inviting us to be the ambassador for our lovely Queenstown and we extend our thanks to the whole team of #OnTheGridCity

We hope it's useful if you ever come to Queenstown! Check it here

@bespokekitchen @thebarnqueenstown@worldbarqtn @sherwood_queenstown@patagoniachocolates@the_empanada_kitchen@vudularder@raewardfreshqueenstown@zamora_the_meat_preachers @yonderqt@atlasbeercafe @odelaycafe @taco_medic@theboatshedqueenstown @napolistreet@peakespresso @smithscraftbeer .

#onthegridcity #newzealand #queenstown#cityguide #design #placestogo#makebardo


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


The Waikato Independent

Travelling designers make home in Queenstown

Two international Argentinian designers now based in Queenstown have told Spark Festival attendees never to get too comfortable in one place. As part of the 2017 Spark week festival at Wintec, designers and founders of Makebardo Luis Viale and Bren Imboden spoke to students and creatives this past Tuesday.

The whole interview here by Ben Flood


Best of the Best Designers Speak

Was a pleasure to be part at the Best of the Best Designers Speak at Auckland Art gallery Special thanks to Cathy from The Designers Institute of New Zealand for the amazing night and to approach us to nice people and serious talents.

Photo by @designersnz
Behind the Honest Drop. Check the project here


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


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


First Things First! by Gestalten

New Branding and Design for New Businesses.

Creative outsiders and first-time founders are redefining what used to be called corporate design in a more holistic and playful way. A breath of fresh air from a new breed.

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


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


Chois 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