Awards & Recognition

Zef has been constantly tinkering with technology and evolving his understanding of human-computer interaction throughout his career. From time to time this has been recognised within New Zealand and internationally.

Industry Recognition & Presentations

2015

  • Finalist – Moving Images: Best Design Awards – The Future of Electricity
  • Winner – Excellence in Design – New Zealand International Business Award

2014

  • Gold – Communication Design – Premier’s Design Awards – Think Ahead Exhibition, Museum Victoria
  • Silver – Health – W3 Awards (US) – Pothelp, NZ Drug Foundation
  • Silver Award – Cheers, The Tomorrow Project – W3 International Academy of Visual Arts (USA)
  • Finalist – Scienceworks, Museums Victoria – Best Design Awards (NZ)
  • Bronze Award – Muse Awards (American Alliance of Museums) – Scienceworks, Museums Victoria

2013

  • Finalist – Interactive: Best Design Awards – Lifelines at the National Library of New Zealand
  • Finalist – Innovation and Use of Technology – NZ Museum Awards – Lifelines at the National Library of New Zealand

2012

2010

  • Best Design Awards – Bronze, The Pollinator – Interactive Media (Click Suite)
  • 14th Annual Webby Awards – Official Honoree Selection, The Suite Spot (Click Suite)
  • The ONYAs – Winner, Best Content (Personal) for Zefamedia blog

2009

  • AIMIA (Australasian) Awards – Finalist, Effectiveness Category (Mission-On)

2008

  • W3 Awards – Gold, Children’s Category – Mission-On (Click Suite)
  • Nielson Norman Group 2008 Intranet Design Awards – Winner Top 10 (MoT)
  • Association of Local Government Information Management Web Symposium – Under the Hood of the MoT Intranet (Presenter)
  • Webstock Conference – High Performance Personas (Presenter)

2007

  • FullCodePress – Winner Trans-Tasman Challenge (User Experience Lead)
  • TUANZ Business Internet Awards – Finalist (Information Architecture)
  • GOVIS Conference – Power to the People Workshop (Presenter)

2005 – 2006

  • President of the NZ Chapter of Usability Professionals’ Association

2004

  • eGov Watch – Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) website rated the ‘most compliant’ E-Government website in New Zealand

2003

  • TUANZ Interactive NZ Awards – Winner ‘Business Interactive Training’

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1999

  • TUANZ Interactive NZ Awards – Judge for the Craft Award
  • Gathering Documentary – Winner Best Film, Wellington Fringe Film Festival
  • Tearaway Online – Netguide Internet Awards Finalist (Best eZine)

1998

  • Tearaway Online – NZ Magazine Awards, Website of the Year
  • Tearaway Online – Netguide Top 500 Featured Site

1997

  • Water Safety New Zealand Website – Netguide Top 500 Featured Site

1995

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  • Antarctica CD-Rom – Voted Top 100 CD-Rom by USA’s PC Magazine
  • Mungo CD-Rom – New Zealand ITVA Award for Best Illustrated Title

1994-1999

  • Winner of various WAMMO and SODA awards for excellence in web design

Training & Professional Affiliations

2019

SDNow4
Service Design Conference
Workshop: Self Sufficient Cities (Ross Harding)
Workshop: Clashing Futures: Relational Pattern Thinking (Tristan Schultz)

2011

Cooper U
Interaction Design Practicum

2009

IxDA (Interaction Design Association)
Mentor

2008

Adaptive Path – UX Week
Workshop: Designing Gestural Interfaces (Dan Saffer)

Webstock 2008
Workshop: How to Lead Breakthrough Projects (Scott Berkun)

2006

OZIA 2006 – Information Architecture Conference
Workshop: Models of Invention (Dan Saffer, Adaptive Path)
Workshop: Statistical Techniques for the Practicing IA (Steve Baty, Red Square)

Webstock 2006
Workshop: User Experience Intensive (Kelly Goto, Gotomedia)

2004

APCHI – Asia/Pacific Computer Human Interaction Conference
Workshop: Mobile Device User-Interface Design (Aaron Marcus, AM+A)
Workshop: Computers, Applications & Colour (Lyons & Moretti, Massey University)

2002

Nielsen Norman Group
User Experience World Tour 2001/2002
Workshop: Interaction Design (Bruce Tognazzini, NNGroup)
Workshop: Information Architecture (Lou Rosenfeld, AIfIA & Margaret Hanley, BBCi)

Tactics – Information Mapping
Workshop: Mapping Business Communications

2001

David Forman
Workshop: Establishing Higher Level Business Relationships

Nielsen Norman Group
User Experience World Tour 2000/2001
Workshop: Introduction to Web Usability Testing (Caroline Jarrett, Effortmark)
Workshop: E-Commerce Usability (Rolf Molich, DialogDesign)

2000

Rational University
Workshop: RUP Fundamentals

Martin Tate
Workshop: Essential Skills for Managing Projects

1991

New Zealand Broadcasting School
BBC – Bachelor of Broadcasting and Communications (Television Production)

1989

Wanganui School of Design
Certificate of Graphic Design (Hazel Gamec)