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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UX Homegrown 2017: Akl, 21 July

UX Homegrown is a one-day boutique conference about user experience in Auckland. It’s a one day submission-based and community curated conference with the goal of growing the level of practice across our whole community. We have the best stories, not the easiest to find — our community’s stars and untold stories from unexpected places that help us…

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Fresh from the Field — Proudly Asian Theatre, Category

This week’s Fresh from the Field celebrates the new branding for PAT by Category. 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. About: Proudly Asian Theatre is an exciting new theatre company dedicated to giving a voice to Asian theatre artists…

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Design Assembly Conversations Christchurch, Thursday 16 March

Autumn Conversations Christchurch Thursday 16th March 6–8pm, event begins @6.30pm XCHC 376 Wilsons Road Christchurch Refreshments thanks to Sunshine Brewery. Design Assembly presents our DA Conversations Autumn 2017 series taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in March. We are delighted to bring you Jane Maloney from M/K Press along with Stephen McCarthy and Scott Bolton from…

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Now and Then: Luke Rhys Jenkins

Brought to you by Portfolio Recruitment Now and Then is a new series where we catch up with designers who we’ve been recently placed, via Portfolio Recruitment, to get their thoughts and feedback about their roles and their work. First up we speak with Luke Rhys Jenkins. Luke is an intermediate designer based in Wellington. Background. Where it all…

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Urbis Designday, Auckland’s best day in design

Urbis Designday, New Zealand’s premier public design event and a celebration of original thinking, will serve up a sensory feast on Saturday 25 March. An eclectic mix of designers – from the worlds of art, architecture and interior design – have been teamed up with leading design showrooms dotted around Ponsonby, Eden Terrace, Parnell and…

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5 Minutes with… Sean McGarry, Creative Director, Voice Brand Agency

Sean McGarry is currently Creative Director at Voice Brand Agency in Auckland. Sean was a partner and worked at Base Two Design in Wellington for over 15 years as Creative Director and most recently as Business and Strategy Director. We recently interviewed Sean to find out more about his latest move… Hi Sean, you purchased…

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Chromacon 2017 — seeking your help

Chromacon is running a Kickstarter campaign to support their upcoming 2017 Festival and would be eternally grateful for some support. As a free, grassroots festival Chromacon is bolstered by the contributions and support of the Chromacon community. After being successfully crowdfunded in 2013 and 2015, they are again turning to all art lovers to help them with marketing, venue and running…

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5 Minutes with… Jane Maloney, M/K Press

Ahead of Design Assembly Conversations Christchurch, coming up on Thursday March 16th, we grabbed a quick five minutes with one of our guest speakers, Jane Maloney from M/K Press: Hi Jane, can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do. I am a freelance graphic design and Risograph printer. The…

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Hot New Things — William Anselmi, Whitecliffe

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 William Anselmi from Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design. William Anselmi Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design Major Whitecliffe   Hi William, you completed your full time…

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Apply Right: job application tips from Portfolio Recruitment

written by Annie McCulloch, Portfolio Recruitment Apply Right. There will often be grey areas and exceptions to the rules but here are a few pointers to set you on the right track. We’re seeing 100’s of applications a day and due to the time of the year, many are grads/juniors. While some hit the mark and…

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Fresh from the field — Maven from Onfire Design

This week’s Fresh from the Field reveals a 3-dimensional graphic design project completed by Onfire Design for Maven. 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. Located on the edge of native bushland in Auckland, Maven handcrafts some of the most…

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5 Minutes with… Tim Wightman

Here at Design Assembly we’re delighted to have Atomic Coffee and Serious Popcorn come on board as sponsors of our Auckland DA Workshops series 2017. We also thought it timely to delve into the background of Serious Bear, so spoke with illustrator Tim Wightman to find out more… Hi Tim, can you tell us a bit about who you…

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It’s time to catch up: Issues of diversity and representation

Written by Lana Lopesi You would think we have a national design template. Looking through back issues of some of our country’s most popular mainstream magazines, there is one cover image which is seemingly repeated over and over again; a very slim, Pākehā model. There is nothing shocking about this typical cover image. It’s pretty…

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Design Assembly Conversations Akl March 23rd

Autumn Conversations Auckland Thursday 23rd March 6–8pm, event begins @6.30pm Thievery Studio Refreshments thanks to Sunshine Brewery. Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA Conversations Autumn 2017 series taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in March. Our Auckland event will take the form of a panel discussion about pertinent issues in graphic design today, and will…

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Design Assembly Conversations Wgtn March 30th

Autumn Conversations Wellington Thursday 30 March 6–8pm, event begins @6.30pm BizDojo 115 Tory Street Te Aro Wellington Refreshments thanks to Sunshine Brewery. Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA Conversations Autumn 2017 series taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in March. We can confirm Peter Montgomery and Kelly Spencer as our Wellington speakers. We recommend…

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Hot New Things — Paul Phanoulas, Whitecliffe

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 Paul Phanoulas from Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design. Paul Phanoulas Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design Major Whitecliffe   Hi Paul, you completed your full time…

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Golden Summer

‘Golden Summer’ is a joint exhibition by Greg Straight and Ross Murray. It opens Friday March 3rd at Endemic World, 62 Ponsonby Road. An ice-cream run to the corner dairy; that road trip up the coast; a cold one on a long, hot afternoon. ‘Golden Summer’ celebrates all this and more on a nostalgic journey around New…

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Luxury packaging from Rome

Written by Nigel Smith Nigel Smith is Director of Transformer, an Auckland creative agency. He’s currently based in the UK but is still actively involved in Transformer’s projects.  Nigel will share some of his design-related experiences in the UK and Europe with us throughout this year. Recently Nigel was inspired by Italian package design. Officina Profumo Farmaceutica…

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DA Workshop: The Essentials of Typography with Nicole Arnett Phillips, 28th May 2017, Christchurch

Join Brisbane-based type designer Nicole Arnett Phillips aka TypographHer, for this full-day, hands-on typography workshop in Christchurch: The Essentials of Typography – Everything about type that you didn’t learn at school! Sunday, 28th May 10am–4.00pm ARA, Institute of Canterbury Studio: D219 130 Madras St, Christchurch $350 Professional / $250 Design Assembly Friend / $150 Design Assembly Student…

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Three Takeaways from Webstock 2017

Written by Shane O’Connell, Pixel Fusion What is Webstock? It’s much more than a conference, it’s a community of people that welcome you with open arms. The team behind Webstock; Natasha Lampard, Mike Brown, Deb Sidelinger, Ben Lampard, and Charles Bird pour their hearts, feelings and passion into making sure the event is successful, entertaining, and…

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Webstock 2017 — an impression

Written by Gerbrand van Melle The week before last was Webstock week. Yes, there was an incident. Yes, you can read all about on the Internet. Yes, Sagmeister’s tasteless joke was over 8 years old. Yes, Natasha and Mike from Webstock responded accurately and conform the conference code of conduct. Chapeau! What else happened on Thursday…

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