As we re-position ourselves from a far-flung corner of the British Empire to a young Pacific nation with a unique heritage, it is useful to consider the why, what, when, where and how of the locally designed objects that distinguish us. This course will begin with Māori models of making, then examine the impact of explorers, sealers, whalers and loggers; the second wave of settlers; early exports; products of protectionism; global exposure through unfettered imports and multi-cultural migration, and finally look at what we are making of ourselves as we face today's challenges.
Anyone interested in viewing New Zealand history through a design lens, or interested in NZ design as a maker, marketer, manager or end-user.
Michael Smythe spent 30-something years as an industrial design practitioners before completing a Master of Design Management. Having equipped himself to strategise the future, he was invited to teach design history to Bachelor of Product Design students. Michael has also written several books on the history of NZ design.