The 2023 Winners and Designs
The entries for the Raising the Bar competition in 2023 brought a wave of creativity and imagination to the competition. The final products were outstanding, with designs that celebrated the art of barcoding with practical applications in various industries.
The winners were announced at Whitireia/WelTec's opening night of the E/MERGE Creative Tech Ākonga exhibition. The exhibition was a beautiful display of the sheer talent of their design students. While the winners were decided by Whitireia/WelTec, the GS1 NZ team always has a ‘people’s vote’ where the GS1 NZ team votes for their favourite barcode design. This year's designs were some of the best we had seen, but with only three top prizes the competition was tight.
First place and a $1000 prize was taken out by Kay Taitua for their design Hydra.
Second place was taken out by Richard Christy-Jones and their design Arcarna.
Third place was taken out by Iva Tanevesi and their design Hāku.
What made the occasion even more special was to see their friends and whanau looking on, able to celebrate the student's successes and hard work. Alice Moore, Tutor Of Creative Technologies expressed her gratitude stating “On behalf of Whitireia and Weltec, I would like to thank GS1 for providing our students the opportunity to engage in a real-world industry project. It was wonderful to see the student's excitement and engagement with the project, and the support and feedback they offered one another despite this being a competition.”
The Raising the Bar competition is a testament to the power of collaboration, innovation, and creativity. As we look ahead, we are excited about the positive changes that this competition will continue to bring to the design community within New Zealand. It's not just about barcodes - it's about pushing the boundaries of what's possible and inspiring the innovators of tomorrow.