Political Agency in Graphic Design: In Conversation with The Elective Collective

Written by Cameron Ralston Supported by Creative New Zealand Cameron Ralston is a contributor to Aotearoa Design Thinking 2017, a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand. This article is the fourth in a four part series which looks internally at this concept of ‘Design Thinking’ and what on…

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Celebrating the 100 Days Project Exhibition: Sat 30th Sept/Sun 1st Oct, Auckland

It’s that time again! You’re invited to help celebrate the end of this year’s 100 Days Project at the Auckland Day 100 Show: Auckland Day 100 Show 6 – 9pm Saturday 30 Sep, 10 – 4pm Sunday 1 Oct Thievery Studio Level 2, 203 Karangahape Rd Auckland The Day 100 Show is a pop-up exhibition celebrating this most…

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Fresh from the field: Chapter 2, Onfire Design

This week’s Fresh from the Field reveals a 3-dimensional graphic design project completed by Onfire Design for Chapter 2. 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. Well-known designer, architect and bike racer, Michael Pryde recently opened the latest chapter of…

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Young Voices Matter: Adobe Creative Jam Christchurch Review

In the week of the 2017 Election, only 67.47% of the youth population (18–24 years old) is enrolled to vote. Those 149,930 young people who aren’t yet enrolled are potentially enough to change the government if only they realised the they possessed power. Looking at how design can encourage young people to vote, Design Assembly…

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Graphic Design & Photography: Michelle Weir

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with architectural/lifestyle photographer Michelle Weir to find out more about her work, her passions, and her studio, Studio: Weir. This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin. NZ Fashion Week 2015, Twenty-Seven Names © Michelle Weir Hi Michelle, can you tell our readers a little bit about who you…

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Printed Matter and the Document: A Conversation with p. mule

Written by Layla Tweedie-Cullen Supported by Creative New Zealand Layla Tweedie-Cullen is a contributor to Aotearoa Design Thinking 2017, a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand. This article is the second in a four part series of long-form interviews with interesting, exciting and innovative members of Aotearoa’s design…

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In Celebration: the DA+SPAKL 2017 Speed Dating Portfolio Evening

On August 16th, Design Assembly hosted its Speed Dating Portfolio Evening at Spark Lab featuring 20 young graphic designers and 20 professionals in a fast-paced evening of networking, portfolio reviews and feedback. Thanks to all our amazing professionals who gave up their time to provide valuable advice to our new designers. Thanks also to photographer Matt Dawkins.

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Catching up with Greg Straight

Design Assembly recently caught up with Auckland-based, illustrator/designer Greg Straight to find out more about what he’s recently been doing. (Seems like he’s been keeping pretty busy!) So, what’s been happening in the world of Greg Straight? It’s been another busy year and I’ve been trying to expand on what I do and what I…

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By Day/By Night: Caroline Powley, Whitecliffe

Welcome again to our 2017 By Day/By Night series. Here we profile a range of design teachers from our tertiary institutions to find out what projects they’re involved in outside of work hours, and how their personal creative endeavours feed back into their teaching roles. Sixth up we speak with Senior Lecturer Caroline Powley from…

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Cultural Relevance in the Digital Age: Emotiki

Written by Lana Lopesi In 2015, The Oxford Dictionary named ‘emoji’ the official word of the year, revealing a major shift in consumer behaviour towards mobile and visual communication. Emojis are still and moving image characters, used in text and social media platforms to express emotion. While emojis were first invented in 1999, in 2016,…

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Creative Spaces — Fox & Co. Wellington

Creative Spaces is a series exploring New Zealand creative and design workplaces, giving you a sneak peak into the space and behind-the-scenes. This series is proudly brought to you by Atomic Coffee – Fuelling creativity. In the third of this series we went into Fox & Co. — a Wellington-based creative motion design studio, and…

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Oct 18

DA Film Event: Helvetica 10th Anniversary Screening, 18th October, Hastings

Rachel and Jason Juno will be hosting the first ever Design Assembly event in the Hawkes Bay region with a screening of Helvetica on Wednesday, October 18th. It’s been 10 years since Helvetica the film was released. Join us in this special 10th Anniversary film event showing on the big screen, to celebrate and debate…


Oct 27

DA Workshop: Co-design for good with Eddy Royal, October 27th, Auckland

Design Assembly welcomes Eddy Royal, Director of Curative, to present this half-day Auckland workshop on co-design for good. $350 Professional / $250 Design Assembly Friend / $150 Design Assembly Student Friend (Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here). Book your tickets by clicking here. Smash assumptions  / Co-design for good.…