AUT students design Export NZ trophies

23 Jul, 2019
 
Export NZ 2019 Awards trophy designed by AUT School of Art and Design Industrial Design students Kynan Robinson and Shah Mohebbi.
Export NZ 2019 Awards trophy designed by AUT School of Art and Design Industrial Design students Kynan Robinson and Shah Mohebbi.

Third year Industrial Design students Kynan Robinson and Shah Mohebbi are the designers behind this year’s Export NZ Awards trophies.

They were prototyped in-house at AUT’s 3D printing lab and produced by RAM3D in Tauranga in high quality metal.

Robinson and Mohebbi said they were thrilled to have had the opportunity to design Export NZ’s new awards.

Both students put together their different skill sets to design and produce the trophies. Kynan drew on his experience in digital fabrication technology and Shah on his VFX and animation background.

They said, “When designing the trophy, we wanted to capture values important to Export NZ and express them in a visual way.”

The trophy design was inspired by the journeys of New Zealand exporters.

“We focused on the ideas of growth and improvement, gradually making the sculpture more elegant and refined as it rises. The vertical height represents the experiences of an exporter as they start out rough and shaky, but slowly become more practiced, able and successful over time.”

“We feel this theme is particularly appropriate on an evening where we gather to celebrate the success of New Zealand exporters, all of whom have been inexperienced and young at some point in the past.”

Industrial Design lecturer Anke Nienhuis supervised Robinson and Mohebbi. She said, “This project has been an amazing opportunity for Kynan and Shah, with an outcome to be really proud of. Along the way, they have gained invaluable insights about CAD design and 3D metal printing as well as client interaction and project management.”

Export NZ award trophy progress pic
Kynan Robinson and Shah Mohebbi designed this year’s Export NZ Awards trophies.

Export NZ trophy in progress
The trophies were prototyped in-house at AUT’s 3D printing lab and produced by RAM3D in Tauranga.

Export NZ group photo
From Left to Right, Marco Creemers, Ryan Sanders, Shah Mohebbi, Kynan Robinson, Eleri Williams at the Export NZ 2019 Awards

Learn more about Industrial Design at AUT here.