Better

Developing better products, faster, that exceed customer expectations the first time, every time

 

Rapid Product Development is the integration of design, manufacturing and marketing using a systematic process to initiate, research and develop successful products in the shortest possible time.

 

Operating both as a research center and as a consultancy, the Centre for Rapid Product Development offers a range of competencies and expert knowledge that add value to New Zealand industry.

 

The Centre’s key objective is to develop a range of tools and techniques for adding value to the product development process, particularly in the areas of design quality, Human Centered Design (HCD), and speed to market. These tools and techniques range from fuzzy front-end management tools, to on-line design tools, to novel rapid prototyping methods.

CONTACTING US

Creative Industries Research Institute Office
Faculty of Design & Creative Technologies
WS117, 34 St Paul St
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142, NZ

Tel: +64 9 921 9485
Fax: +64 9 921 0421
Email: Olaf Diegel

AUT Rapid Prototyping Lab Location
Creative Industries Research Institute Office
WS117, 24 St Paul St
Auckland 1142, NZ

RESOURCES

Listed below are a variety of resources that may useful in managing creativity and inovation. Should you wish to contribute any resources to this section of the site, please email us.

Brief Development Tools Download
Quality Function Deployment (QFD)

A very cool Macromedia Flash tutorial on Quality Function Deployment (QFD), from the Centre for Management Innovation and Technology of MacQuarie Graduate School of Management

SWOT Analysis

Requirements and Constraints Matrix

Creativity Stimulation Tools
Brain Storming

Mind Mapping

Perfect Fantasy

Random Image

De Bono’s Six Hats

TRIZ, Theory of Inventive Problem Solving

TRIZWorks, A simple little software package for the application of TRIZ

Intellectual Property

Everything you wanted to know but were afraid of being told…

Project Management

Quick quide to Project Management…

Other Useful Stuff

Light Pipe Design Guide

BendWorks: A handy little calculator for working out K-factors when doing sheet-metal work

LINKS
Listed below are a links that are of relevance to the creative industries.

Funding Organisations
Creative New Zealand
Foundation for Research Science and Technology
Tertiary Education Commission
Royal Society of New Zealand
ASB Trust
People doing cool stuff
Right Hemisphere
NextSpace
ArtSpace
Moving Images Centre

Research

RESEARCH

The Creative Industries Research Institute comprise the research clusters shown below, and has a close affiliation with several other AUT Institutes. Besides these core research centre, CIRI also has a team of individual researchers and specialists working in a wide variety of areas related to the creative industries.

Listed below is a selection of the research projects that we are currently involved with, which will give a general idea of the variety of research projects that we are involved with. Note that this section will be updated regularly, so please visit often to see what’s new…

PROJECTS

Pacific Media Centre

Pacific Journalism Review: www.pjreview.info
Pacific Media Watch: www.pmw.c2o.org
Book Project: South Pacific Islands Communication: Local & Regional Perspectives:
www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/publications.shtml
Book project: Media and development in the South Pacific:
www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/publications.shtml
Kanak mining and media research project:
www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/niusbeat/071012_kanak.shtml
National NZ journalism survey project:
www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/niusbeat/071009_journ.shtml
Ngatihine indigenous land and the media project:
www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/niusbeat/070819_photographer.shtml
Centre for Rapid Product Development

Research into the Rapid Prototyping as Design methodology
Effects of CAD, technology and “inclusive development” on PD cycle
Tools for better managing innovation and creativity at the fuzzy front-end of NPD projects
Action based research through Industry Rapid Product Development Projects
Predictive Health Systems for home health monitoring
Regenerative computing
Curved layer Rapid Prototyping Project
Two-pot Rapid Prototyping Project
User Centered Design research
Healthworks free software for home health management
InnovationWorks II software for managing innovation during the fuzzy front-end part of the project
OASIS: Design Tools Online
Textile & Design Lab

Smart textiles for health
The development of a merino/possum knee support using Whole Garment® Knitwear Technology. Possumdown Ltd / Tapestry Knitwear Ltd in conjunction TDL
The redesign of an antenatal bonnet using Whole Garment® Knitwear Technology. Possumdown Ltd / Tapestry Knitwear Ltd in conjunction withTDL
The development of ‘the ultimate sock’ using Whole Garment® Knitwear Technology Possumdown Ltd Tapestry Knitwear Ltd in conjunction with TDL
Transformation of knitwear manufacturing processes from ‘cut and sew’ to ‘Whole Garment®’ Technology.
Using CAD and on demand garment printing technologies to improve capacity and enhance design, product differentiation and marketability across an apparel and textile range. Miranda Brown Ltd and TDL
The digital carpet, digital couch: Robert Wreisnik
Co-Lab

Symposia and workshops with international artists and technology developers experimenting in new technologies
3d and virtual reality workshops for staff, students and industry using Right Hemisphere Deep Server, 3D Digital Asset Management and Deep Exploration platforms and other 3D software
Development of software for a mobile content video repository
Development and performance of mobile phone applications
Motion Capture facilities for education, research and industry
Research on augmented reality systems using location based information
Interdisciplinary research on the nature of creative visualisation and visualisation of creativity
Physical computing workshops for staff, students and industry
A transdisciplinary Salon programme of specialist speakers for staff, students and industry
Performance Research Centre

Survey of work and attitudes amongst New Zealand Actors and Performers.
Research into New Zealand cultural identities as fundamentally performative and the part played by local and global media and culture in that process
Research into the use of dramaturgical prototypes for computer game development
Collaborative work with Professor Robert Burnett of Karlstad University in Sweden on the comparative differences in the reception of the Pop Idol format in Sweden and New Zealand.
Multimodal Research Centre

Activist Documentary in Latin America and Aotearoa New Zealand
Attention in the Age of Information Overload
Consumerism & Sustainability
Digital Art Discourse: Black Noise
German-speaking Immigrants in NZ
Horseback Riding Lessons – A Video Ethnography
Identity in Everyday Life
Interactive Gaming
Interface Discourse: Smart Systems
Multimedia Learning Objects
Patu! and its Audiences
Performance Motion Capture for 3D Animation
PR-isation in Journalism
Reincarnating Heroes
Ritualization in Social Practice: Aipan Art of India
Software Studies: Brainstorm
Workplace Practices – A Video Ethnography

about

ABOUT US

The AUT Creative Industries Research Institute (CIRI) was founded in 2007 in order to promote the interdisciplinarity that makes AUT and, in particluar, the Faculty of Design & Creative Technologies unique.

Ultimately, the most important measurable outcome for the Institute is to increase AUTs standing as a world-class university achieved, in principal, through an increase in tangible research outputs. To achieve this goal, CIRI will serve several main functions:

Encourage and foster cross-disciplinary collaborative research both across the University and between the schools within the Faculty of Design & Creative Technologies
Help to coordinate research activities within the various research centres
Mentoring of new and emerging researchers
Act as a champion in the collection of funding from a variety of sources
Attract industry projects and funding
The Creative Industries Research Institute will also act as a shop-front to showcase research being undertaken by the various research centres at AUT. The effect of this “Creative Industries Research Gallery” will be to promote and disseminate the work being undertaken, which will lead to attracting further research projects and funding as well as attracting both postgraduate and undergraduate students.

STAFF

Prof. Olaf Diegel, Director, Creative Industries Research Institute. Olaf’s Website
A. Prof. Frances Joseph, Acting Director, Textile Design Laboratory
A. Prof. Frances Joseph, Director, CoLab
A. Prof. Charles Walker, Director, CoLab
Deborah Lawler-Dormer , Director, CoLab
A. Prof. David Robie, Director, Pacific Media Centre. David’s Website
A. Prof. Barry King, Director, Centre for Performance Research
Dr. Sarat Singamneni, Director, Centre for Rapid Product Development. Sarat’s Website
A. Prof. Sigrid Norris, Director, Multi-Modal Research Centre. Sigrid’s Website

The AUT Creative Industries Research Institute is a hub which weaves together the many creative strands running through the Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies.

It is a focal point for collaborative research and practice between our varied areas of expertise, encourages excellence in our disciplines, and promotes the innovation that is core to many of our creative industries.

The strong research-led culture that permeates our environment allows us to promote the interdisciplinary synergies that not only should, but must, be a part of all creative endeavors, and positions us at the leading-edge of creative industry.