Founder and Creative Director of Switch, now a well established Auckland Design Studio, but for the past 25 years Chris has been driven and inspired by both his projects, clients and creative pairs challenging the everyday norm.


Rinzi is one of the most prolific street photographers working today and his trademark black and white style is instantly recognisable. He makes the streets of downtown Los Angeles his canvas as he elevates the ordinary moments of passers-by into monuments of style and grace.

Richard Unsworth


Originally from the UK, Richard has held design roles in the music, advertising and graphic industries. Upon arrival on New Zealand shores he took up a position at branding agency Studio Alexander. Richard co-founded creative agency UnsworthShepherd in 2012.

José Gutiérrez

José Gutiérrez founded his Architecture studio in 2008. Schooled in Architecture at the University of Auckland - the Peruvian born’s architecture encompasses residential and commercial commissions at various scales. His work is characterised by elegant yet functional design that evokes spatial awareness through the careful manipulation and balance of light, materials, space and form. He has received various accolades for his work, most recently the 2015 NZ Interior - Supreme Award.

Janelle Rodrigues


Janelle is a founding partner and the Creative Director at Creature. She combines an empathetic approach and enquiring mind to her design practice. Her influences are wide and varied. From high art to street art, from high fashion to Fashion Police. As Creative director, it’s all about ‘the power of the team’ when creating and making great client commissioned work. This is her first venture into making art.

Jade Townsend

Jade’s current art practice investigates modern consumerist trends and often employs the seductive techniques used within high fashion boutiques. She creates works made from surplus or left over traces of consumerism including used shop fittings, packaging and common signage to explore the afterlife of ‘luxury’ goods. Born in Wanganui 1986, Jade completed her BA (Hons) Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University, England in 2009. Upon graduating she was invited by Hermès to create work for the boutique windows throughout the UK. Jade trained as their silk specialist to style at exclusive events with VOGUE, Harrods, DAZED&CONFUSED and Liberty. Jade has continued to collaborate with brands including Comme Des Garcon in Beijing to Te Papa in Wellington. Jade has exhibited internationally, most recently a solo show at PATAKA, Te Tuhi in Auckland and INTELLEGENSIA and ITBeijing Market, Beijing.


Hailing from America’s midwest, Heath Lowe is a partner and Design Director of Special Group. Founded on the principle of brand strategy, design and advertising working together as one team, Special imagine and design experiences that move people and matter to them, from NPD to TV. Building on his US and European design experience, Heath now leads the Special design team to create brands, packaging, environments and campaigns for such well-known and well-loved companies as Karma Cola, ecostore, 2degrees, Auckland Live, Molenberg and New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, among others. His keen interest in design disciplines outside of the graphic design world — namely architecture, product design — leads to a more open-minded approach to defining briefs and solving problems.

Darryl Ward


An early interest in photography led to Darryl assisting various fashion and commercial photographers while still at high school. He soon began working as a photographer for late 80s arts and culture periodicals, notably Rip it up, Cha Cha, Stamp and Planet magazines. A growing interest in cinematography led him behind the camera for many arts and music promos around the world throughout the 1990s, and eventually documentary and feature film work followed. He has operated a camera on such recent projects as ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’, 'The Rehearsal’ and the Nick Cave feature documentary, ’20,000 Days’. Darryl was a founding partner of the film production company Curious (2000) and  Curious Distribution (2010), and was awarded two Gran Prix at Cannes for his commercial work with Special & Iggy Pop. After 16 years of directing, he has recently left Curious but continues to work as a cinematographer and director. Darryl is happily married to Katie and has two mostly quite nice children, Joe and Grey.

Catherine Griffiths


Catherine Griffiths is a designer and typographer, who strays into realms of art and architectural practice. Her work is a mix of visual communication design, self-publishing (Vapour Momenta Books) and typographic installations in public and private spaces. She is active in the international design community, and advocate for alternative modes of education, including hosting the compact typ gr ph c workshop series. Projects include the Wellington Writers Walk (2002), TypeSHED11, New Zealand’s first international typography symposium (2009), and her ongoing Vowel series. Catherine was guest artist and speaker at Typojanchi 2015, the 4th International Typography Biennale in Korea.

Matt Galloway


Matt Galloway is an artist, designer, and writer currently based in Dunedin where he is a Lecturer in the Communication Design department at the Otago Polytechnic College of Art & Design. His work generally revolves around a self-initiated and research-based Graphic Design practice. He is increasingly interested in how he can use the tools and methodologies of Graphic Design in an editorial way, and within a gallery context. Linked to this is a focus on Design as an inherently political exercise. This way of practicing has involved developing an interdisciplinary approach to producing publications and art objects, by taking on the role of editor, writer, publisher, printer and designer.