Our inaugural Kātoitoi collection is live.
Our intent is the body of work submitted to Kātoitoi is not judged; This archive is not an award program. We looked to some of the distinctive aspects of Aotearoa Design, both our output and our practice, and Te Ao Māori to see what we could learn about sharing, inclusivity, accessibility, and impact that shaped our unique approach.
We invited a gender and culturally diverse panel of design leaders to participate in our evaluation process. The panel was selected based not only on their area of expertise, scale of practice but also their ability to bring an individual perspective to the evaluation process. They were asked to assess the content in line with the archives Kaupapa.
- Does this project demonstrate mastery or innovation of craft in the chosen outcome?
- Does this project advance our design practice or discourse?
- Does this project have influence and or impact outside of the design community?
- Does this project deliver against the selected Kaupapa?
Our team of reviewers each assessed three categories. (With 3-5 reviewers looking at each output category). Reviewers were asked to evaluate each project objectively and equitably. They worked remotely online, independently and without having the chance to influence each other.
- What we strive to achieve with Kātoitoi (learn more about the Archives vision and values).
- A broad definition of each kaupapa category work was submitted against.
- That English may not be the designer’s native language. Asking reviewers to forgive grammatical or spelling errors. To evaluate the substance of what the designer is describing, rather than the writing quality.
- Not all designers or studios have the ability to fund professional photography when presenting their work.
- We aim to be a friendly, encouraging and constructive platform, so we asked participating reviewers to extend generosity while discussing the work.
- Reviewers abstained from scoring projects where they had a conflict of interest (with 3-5 reviewers assessing each category abstaining did not negatively impact the mahi).
Thanks to the support of Creative New Zealand we are also about to embark on a series of interviews with the reviewers where they will talk about the projects, key learnings, themes and observations that emerged within the categories they reviewed. And we commissioned a series of writers, academics and artists to participate in the response. They are looking to the Kaupapa categories for a broad view of the work submitted.
These responses from the contributing designers, writers, academics and artists will be published throughout April, May and June, to contextualise the work in our inaugural collection.
Today we proudly share with you those 100 submissions.
Over the next 12 weeks, the reviewers, writers and artists, responses to the work will be published on katoitoi.nz. You can join the kōrero by creating an account and discussing the work there too; we would love to have you take part.
Louise and Nicole (Kātoitoi co-founders)
The South Island Robin (Kātoitoi) Illustration above is created by graphic designer and strategic thinker. Russell Hooton-Fox @russell.fox