About Future Designers


Future Designers is a community of up and coming designers at high schools throughout New Zealand.

From June 2020, the School of Design Innovation at Victoria University of Wellington is releasing a monthly design challenge to put your design skills to the test. Our panel of esteemed judges are are cheering you on, and awarding prizes for the best submissions.

Teachers are also part of our crew. Stay tuned to find out about our teacher community, and join our next meet-up.

Organising Committee

Meet the Future Designers team:

Helen Andreae


Master of Psychology with Distinction, Bachelor of Design (hons)
Lecturer in Interaction Design
School of Design Innovation
Victoria University of Wellington

Helen Andreae’s designs aim to change people’s internal states through physical experiences. Helen uses psychological research to understand design challenges and bases her designs on these detailed insights.

Tuakana Metuarau


Master of Design Innovation
Lecturer in Digital Foundations
School of Design Innovation
Victoria University of Wellington

Tuakana Metuarau is a filmmaker, animator and game developer. He graduated from the School of Design Innovation in 2015 with a BDI specializing in Media Design before completing his Masters of Design Innovation in 2017, focusing on the history of video game home consoles and how that data could be stored and catalogued through the video game medium itself.

Study options in Design

Do you notice details about objects, systems, and experiences that could be improved? Think of a surfboard, an avatar, an art show, or a prosthetic leg—all began as ideas in a designer’s head.

The design field is changing fast and needs out-of-the-box thinking and innovation. Design at Victoria University of Wellington is about experimenting, researching, and imagining the future. Study options include:

  • Animation and Visual Effects UG PG
  • Communication Design UG PG
  • Design for Social Innovation UG PG
  • Fashion Design Technology UG PG
  • Industrial Design UG PG
  • Interaction Design UG PG
  • Media Design UG PG
  • Design Technology PG
  • User Experience Design