About Us

Our network of collaborators include educators, researchers, practitioners and students, all of whom believe in the significance of design.

Project Make is being developed by a small team of initial collaborators.

Demelza is a cross-disciplinary secondary school teacher who specialises in Art and Technology education, designerly thinking and educational leadership.

Her experience with National Standard Alignment process in 2011 prompted her to undertake research aimed at contributing to future national curriculum development. She has recently completed a Masters of Professional Studies in Education through the University of Auckland (2015). Demelza’s research has investigated how to develop designerly thinking practices in secondary education and fostering collaboration between the secondary and tertiary sectors.

She held various positions at Saint Kentigern College between 2011 - 2017 including Head of Technology, Acting Head of Visual Art and Creative Director of Visual Art, Technology and Design. During this time specialisms under her leadership included Product Design, Object Art, Fashion and Textile Design, Food Technology, Digital Technology, Animation and Motion Graphics and Computer Science (Technology) and Sculpture (Art).

She is currently the Teacher in Charge of Digital Media Design at Diocesan School for Girls where she is developing a unique programme in this diverse and exciting field.

Nathan is the founder and Creative Director of Align Left. His passion for Communication Design is evident within the diverse nature of his projects to date. While his work is primarily focused on UX/UI, web and graphic design, it also encompasses illustration, branding, packaging and editorial design. Prior to starting Align Left he freelanced as a designer and front-end developer for more than six years throughout high school and university for organisations across a range of industries including technology and education.

His interest in the activity and impact of design started in high school with the presentation of his International Baccalaureate research at a national conference on the future of New Zealand. He is currently engaged in the development of the branding, web development and project resource development of Project Make as part of his undergraduate research at AUT.

Nathan prides himself on understanding the sum total of micro details and how the outcome will be viewed and experienced by the end user. To this end he has become renowned for eye for detail and ability to produce sophisticated outcomes that are deceptively complex.

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