Kōkako among supreme winners at annual Best Design Awards

October 17, 2016

The Kōkako application was awarded a Purple Pin at the 2016 New Zealand design awards held last Friday night in Auckland. The award recognised Kōkako as the best entry in the interactive application category, including websites and mobile applications.

The Best Design Awards are an annual showcase of excellence in graphic, spatial, product, interactive and motion design. A jury of international peers reward the very best piece of design in each discipline with the supreme Purple Pin, which recognises work that raises the bar of New Zealand design. Kōkako was awarded the Purple Pin in the hotly contested interactive application category, which covers all websites and mobile applications designed in New Zealand in the last year.

The Kōkako award being announced, photo by Simon Winter of Salted Herring
The Kōkako award being announced, photo by Simon Winter of Salted Herring

Kōkako’s attractive and intuitive user interface was designed by Dragonfly’s project partners, Salted Herring. This collaborative effort resulted in an application that helps iwi radio stations measure the use of Māori language on their stations. The application, developed by Dragonfly for Te Māngai Pāho, uses machine learning to identify whether people are talking in Māori or English, and makes that information available to the radio stations.

Watch a recent story about Kōkako on Māori Television, or read a case study about the project.