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Diploma in Graphic Design 1969


CoCA Hall of Fame 2009

Grant Alexander

Grant Alexander is a stalwart of the New Zealand design industry, having established and built one of New Zealand’s largest and most awarded design agencies, designworks.

Having graduated from Wellington Polytechnic in 1969 with a diploma in graphic design Grant initially worked with Designscape magazine and the architectural firm Price Adams Dodd, before a move to London in 1972. On his return in 1976 he took a position as art director at the The New Zealand Listener, and later joined Ray Labone and Trevor Plaisted to establish Nova Pacifica, a company that went on to receive international critical acclaim.

In 1982 Grant and Ray Labone co-founded designworks, soon becoming a strategic force in the design fabric of New Zealand over the next  20 years. In 2000 Grant formed a partnership with daughter Kate to create Studio Alexander, a move that enabled Grant to have more hands-on involvement with client business strategies and creative design. Studio Alexander continues today as a design and marketing business that commands respect for its creative intelligence and clever digital publishing.

Grant's successes include winning numerous BeST design awards both individually and as part of a team; being published in the D@AD, Graphis and AGDA publications; Fellowship of the Designers Institute of New Zealand; and being a member of the Equip Design Integration consulting group.