May 17th, 2013
We are really excited that Lushai Auckland’s Matt Gould has been appointed a Better by Design Design Coach. This means that through New Zealand Trade & Enterprise Matt and the other design coaches will be teaching New Zealand businesses how design thinking and processes can be used to build real value into their organisations.
Better by design are, in their own words:
‘ … a specialist group within New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, New Zealand’s national economic development agency, based in Auckland.
We help companies increase their international competitiveness by integrating design principles right across their business. Our Design Integration Programme teaches design thinking and the tools of design integration to management teams through a sequence of learning activities. Companies are partnered with experts from the private sector and activities address real company challenges and opportunities.
To quote (quite liberally) from their website:
‘Successful designers have always been recognised for their sound user insights and ability to deliver creative solutions that anticipate customer needs. When businesses harness designer-like thinking across the entire business model they cultivate dynamic cultures, more desirable products and services, faster growth and passionate customers. This approach to business is called ‘design integration’.’
‘Better by Design recognises that management teams don’t just need to understand design better, they need to think and act like designers. Our Design Integration Programme helps companies use design to become more innovative, efficient and internationally competitive.’
This aligns beautifully with our own approach to design and ideas about the value of design to our clients.
For our clients this means building even more experience and capabilities into Lushai that can be used to their advantage.
As a company it gives us an opportunity to make a positive contribution to New Zealand’s economic health and diversity in a way that is consistent with our own ethos.
June 26th, 2012
Kick Off Auckland Design Coffee Morning:
Imperial Lane Cafe at 7 Fort Street
at 7:30 am, Tuesday the 3rd of July
Lushai’s Matt Gould and service design force of nature Penny Hagen have started a before work coffee group in Auckland as a chance to caffeinate and have a bit of a design yarn before we all slope of off to our various places of work. There’s no agenda, we are assuming that if a bunch of people who are interested in design get together the conversation will take care of itself. It’s a great chance to meet some interesting people and start our days with a bit of a break out of our usual boxes.
You don’t need to be a designer, anyone who is interested in, purchases, consumes, or is bothered by design is welcome to attend. We are also keen not to box it into just user experience or service design. If you can drag yourself out of bed on time then the kind of design that concerns you is the kind of design we will talk about.
The kick of event is at Imperial Lane Cafe at 7 Fort Street at 7:30 am on Tuesday the 3rd of July.
If you want to attend either just turn up or even better either RSVP to our twitter (@AKLDesignCoffee), to Matt (firstname.lastname@example.org / @mattsbrain) or Penny (@pennyHagen), or sign up on our meet up page: http://www.meetup.com/AKL-Design-Coffee-Morning/
We will also use the hash tag on twitter #aklDCM, so keep an eye out for that. Hopefully see you there!
February 8th, 2012
2012 is off to a great start for us here at Lushai with two big developments to announce.
First of all we are proud to announce the opening of our Auckland office. Opening an office in Auckland will enable us to give our Auckland clients the attention they deserve and also widen the pool of talent we can draw on to keep up our standard of work.
Our second announcement is the appointment of a new director, Matt Gould, who will head up our Auckland branch. Matt has returned to New Zealand from a successful stint as a user experience consultant in London and brings to Lushai a wealth of experience providing user experience and strategy consulting to some of the world’s biggest brands and organisations including Tesco, The UK’s Department for Work and Pensions, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Nomura and Societe Generale. As well as his consulting and strategy experience he brings a solid graphic design capability, helping us to towards our goal of building New Zealand’s best end to end user experience team.
To talk about Auckland projects please feel free to call Matt on 021 457 117 or email him at email@example.com
Finally, both Lulu and Matt will be at webstock in Wellington this February so please feel free to bowl up and introduce yourself if you would like to discuss working with Lushai or even just to say hi.
We are expecting big changes and a large increase in our capabilities this year. Subscribe to our blog or register to get updates as we unveil our plans, other wise watch this space!