A Nation in Drawing: An Homage to Footrot Flats

Aotearoa New Zealand – more commonly pronounced as ‘Nieuw Zilland’ – is a very diverse set of islands. The name New Zealand (then Nova Zeelandia) came from Dutch cartographers after Abel Tasman sighted the islands in the 1600s. In 1840, a few waves of ‘discovery’ later, Tangata Whenua and the British Crown signed two treaties;…

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5 Minutes with… Pete Montgomery, DA Conversations WEL 30 March

Ahead of our next Design Assembly Conversations Wellington event, we grabbed a quick 5 minutes with Pete Montgomery, Creative Director at Xero. Pete joins illustrator and hand-letterer Kelly Spencer in conversation this coming Thursday at BizDojo. Autumn Conversations Wellington Thursday 30 March 6–8pm, event begins @6.30pm BizDojo 115 Tory Street Te Aro Wellington Refreshments thanks to…

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DA Workshop, Hand Lettering with Kelly Spencer, April 8th, Wellington

Join Kelly Spencer, hand-letterer, designer and illustrator, for this full-day, Wellington-based typography workshop. Hand Lettering with Kelly Spencer Saturday 8th April, 10am–4pm Toi Pōneke Arts Centre Upper Chamber 61 – 69 Abel Smith Street Te Aro Wellington $299 Professional / $249 Design Assembly Friend / $149 DA Student Friend (Not a Design Assembly Friend? Sign up here). Workshop…

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Chromacon is coming!

Chromacon 2017, taking place at the Aotea Centre on April 8th and 9th, is shaping up to be a really exciting and talent-packed weekend, and Design Assembly’s got 2 x FREE all-day passes to give away. (If you’re keen, email Zoë before 5pm Monday April 3). The list of exhibitors was recently released and features a…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Make Bardo, March 2017

Welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to New Zealand graphic designers, hear their stories, and celebrate their work. Bren and Luis form Make Bardo – a creative design studio based in Queenstown that practices contemporary visual communication, specialising in packaging design , brand strategy and signage systems for national and international…

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Hot New Things — Christopher Bryant, ACG Yoobee School of Design

Our 2017 Hot New Things series continues today – an opportunity to profile a selection of some of the top design grads coming out of our tertiary institutions. This week we speak with Christopher Bryant from Yoobee ACG School of Design. Christopher Bryant Level 6 Diploma in Computer Graphic Design Yoobee ACG School of Design Hi Chris, can you tell us…

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Fresh from the Field — Feel A Little

This week’s Fresh from the Field showcases a recent Little Love (Mary Egan Publishing) project with some great illustrations from Evie Kemp. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the Field series email Zoë for details. Feel A Little, the book of little poems about big feelings, combines original…

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Meet the panel: DA Conversations Auckland, Thursday 23 March 2017

Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA Conversations Autumn 2017 series taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in March. Our Auckland event, Thursday March 23rd, takes the form of a panel discussion about relevant issues in graphic design today, and features a selection of design professionals with Grant Alexander as adjudicator.   The panel are: Tana Mitchell and Emma Kaniuk from Akin,…

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Mise en place — the art of being prepared

Written by Sarah Ritchie “All great cooks… know that the secret to success is something called mise en place… [which is] a universal concept focusing on the idea of readiness. When chefs walk into a kitchen, they don’t just start cooking, they first assess the situation and make sure they will have everything they need for their…

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Hot New Things — James Meyer, Yoobee ACG School of Design

Our 2017 Hot New Things series continues today – an opportunity to profile a selection of some of the top design grads coming out of our tertiary institutions. This week we speak with James Meyer from Yoobee ACG School of Design. James Meyer Level 6 Diploma in Computer Graphic Design Yoobee ACG School of Design Hi James, you completed your full…

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Celebrating 100 Days 2017

The Auckland 100 Days Exhibition was recently celebrated at Thievery Studios. Mrs Jones and Mahani Del Borrello were there to capture a few images from the weekend. Congratulations to all involved.   Don’t forget that Registrations are NOW OPEN for the next 100 Days Challenge. Starting on May 22 you are invited to repeat a creative exercise or task,…

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EVENTS & WORKSHOPS

Mar 30

DA Workshop: Being a leader in your design business, 30 March 2017, Auckland

Join Mike Kensington for this half-day Auckland workshop helping you to develop your leadership skills: Being a leader in your design business Thursday 30th March, 9am–12.30pm Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland Refreshments from Atomic Coffee and Serious Popcorn. Thanks Guys! Often when you run your own business, you are juggling so many things – developing…

Auckland

Mar 30

Design Assembly Conversations Wellington

Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA Conversations Autumn 2017 series taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in March. Our Wellington speakers are Peter Montgomery and Kelly Spencer: Craft Works Pete Montgomery has worked in agencies — from large to small, advertising to branding — and often asks himself, “How do you champion craft in an…

Wellington

Apr 01

DA Workshop: Risograph printing with Inky Palms, 1 April 2017, Auckland

Join the team at Inky Palms for this full-day risograph printing workshop in Auckland: Risograph printing with Inky Palms Saturday 1st April 10am–4.00pm Inky Palms,  203h La Gonda Arcade, Karangahape Road, Auckland Refreshments from Atomic Coffee and Serious Popcorn. Thanks Guys! Come along to Inky Palms and learn the basics of printing with a GR 3770 Risograph digital…

Auckland

Apr 07

DA Workshop: Creating great teams through self-selection, 7 April 2017, Auckland

Join one of the world-leading experts in Self-Selection, Sandy Mamoli, for this half-day Auckland workshop: Creating great teams through self-selection Friday April 7th 9am–12.30pm Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland Refreshments from Atomic Coffee and Serious Popcorn. Thanks Guys! Self-Selection creates more efficient teams of happier people. Learn how to run your own self-selection event and how…

Auckland

Apr 08

DA Workshop, Hand Lettering with Kelly Spencer, 08 April Wgtn

Join Kelly Spencer, hand-letterer, designer and illustrator, for this full-day, Wellington-based typography workshop. Workshop Summary Take a well earned break from points and pixels in a 1 day intensive workshop studying the craft of hand lettering, with Wellington lettering artist Kelly Spencer. Learning Outcomes Workshop attendees will learn a range of practical hand lettering skills, building confidence…

Wellington