Best Design Awards: Goat video, smart fridge among this year's entrants

A crusading goat, a smart fridge and a model that shows how to artificially inseminate a pig - those are just a few entrants in this year's Best Design Awards.

How to handle a bullying sheep is the subject of interactive video Oat the Goat, which is up for two awards at Saturday night's Designers Institute of New Zealand's Best Design Awards.

The video aims to teach kids how to deal with bullies with a distinctly Kiwi flavour.

"Designing the landscapes and the scenes to be reflective of New Zealand was really important... from the visuals right through to the audio," says Matt von Trott, the Ministry of Education's design director.

Mr von Trott says the video has been incredibly popular, with children taking to it in droves.

"They've really been able to put themselves into the shoes of Oat, or even the shoes of Amos, or the sheep that are teasing Amos."

Along with a smart fridge and a model showing how to artificially inseminate a pig, the video is one of 1200 entries that have been received for the awards, which are the biggest of design awards in Australasia.

Other entrants include an animal check-up wall at Starship Hospital, where lions teach children to open wide, elephants take temperatures and giraffes measure height, as well as Auckland's Waterview Tunnel.

Cathy Veninga, chief executive of the Designers Institute of New Zealand, says the quality and depth of the work was impressive this year, especially those with interactive features.

"There's a real richness to the quality of what's being entered across all the disciplines. People want an experience, they want to engage."


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