To mātou whainga
Our purpose

Rukuhia te rētōtanga o te moana, piki ake ki te taumata mō ngā kōrero.
Dive into the deepest oceans, climb the highest peaks for wisdom.

We believe design can change the world. We believe in the power of creative problem-solving to impact our clients' world for the better. We are very clear about why we exist, what we are great at, and how we can help our clients achieve their goals.

He aha tā mātou e mahi nei
What we do

Every project has a process.
But no two projects are ever the same. 

We use our design skills to help solve our clients' problems. As a design company we seek to deploy our skills to help our clients where they need our expertise for their brands, social-marketing programmes, exhibitions, educational tools, films, charitable causes, and other information design projects.

Our mission is to help our clients to develop what we call the modern Aotearoa brand - brands that are inclusive, open and built with te tāngata at their heart.

Communication design.

For stakeholders, customers, communities — in a word, people.

Strategic design.

Brand strategy, brand architecture, brand identity — because getting these things right helps organisations move forward.

Culture design.

Purpose, values, engagement — when people believe and belong true value can be realised.

Our experience in client sectors include:

Finance & Insurance
Food & Beverage
Not For profit
Professional Services
We are on the New Zealand All-of-Government procurement panels for:-
Design; Consulting; Web Services; and Advertising.

Ko wai mātou
Who we are

People make our place.
And are the reason others come to us.

We are a team of designers, thinkers, activators, doers. Ocean Design is a place we are proud to work at because we are accepted for who we are, valued for what we can offer, and encouraged to become the best possible versions of ourselves. We have a diverse team who complement each other's strengths slash quirks.

Ngā mātapono
Our values

We centre our practice around five core values that remain unchanged.
They underpin the work we do, and guide our journey to be an equitable Aotearoa brand with an authentic Te Ao Māori lens. With the help of designer Kauri Te Atua we developed a tohu that signifies our values using the sail of a traditional waka or va’a. To learn more about our values please contact us. We are happy to share.
Rukuhia rētōtanga
Dive deep
Whakatangihia te pūtātara
Ring the bell
Hopuhia te hau
Catch the wind
Ki te hoe!
Take the wheel!
Tautoko tātou kia tātou
All hands on deck

To mātou pūkōrero
Our story

We’ve covered a few miles.
But we're still learning.

Founded originally in 1988, Ocean is in its 4th decade. Although the scope of our work has changed over the years, the Ocean attitude never has. We learnt a long time ago that hard problems are solved better when we roll up our sleeves and get stuck in, together.