100 Days Project 2017: Angelo de Marchi

100 Days Project is a simple creativity project that requires one thing, every day for 100 days. This year’s 100 Days Project is nearly over. It’s featured all its usual exciting, and unexpectedly wide range of creative endeavours. Close to 700 participants have signed up in New Zealand for 2017. We grabbed a few moments with designer/tutor/paper…

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Fresh from the field — Refreshing L&P, Marx

This week’s Fresh from the Field celebrates L&P‘s rebranding via some stunning photography, brought to you by Marx. 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. With their ‘World Famous in New Zealand’ campaign in the mid 2000’s, L&P cemented itself…

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UX Intensive Week: a weeklong introduction to user experience design, September: Auckland and Wellington

In partnership with UX Gym and Lushai, Design Assembly presents two x week-long intensive courses focussing on user experience design, happening in Auckland and Wellington in September. UX Intensive Week: Auckland September 4th–8th, 9.30am–4.30pm daily Thinkspace Shared Space, 3 Glenside Crescent Book here for Auckland   UX Intensive Week: Wellington September 18th–22nd, 9.30am–4.30pm daily 115…

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New Zealand Game Developers Conference 2017, 6–8th Sept, AUT

  The New Zealand Game Developers Association has announced the speaker lineup for New Zealand’s premier game development conference at https://nzgdc17.sched.com/ The New Zealand Game Developers Conference (NZGDC) is an annual professional game development conference for primarily a New Zealand audience. It focuses on practical and inspirational content, and provides networking opportunities with international guests. This year ‘s theme…

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Ahead of Christchurch’s Adobe Creative Jam: 5 Minutes with… Natasha Vermeulen

Ahead of our Thursday September 7th Adobe Creative Jam in Christchurch, we grabbed a quick five minutes with guest speaker and creative industry star: designer/illustrator Natasha Vermeulen. Hi Natasha, can you tell us a little bit about who you are, what your background is, and how you first got started in the industry. I studied design…

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Plans and Reality in Central City Christchurch: How graphic design works towards, shapes, navigates and imagines a future city

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 third in a four part series which looks internally at this concept of ‘Design Thinking’ and what on…

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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. Co-design for good with Eddy Royal, October 27th, Auckland Friday 27th October 10am–1.30pm Objectspace 13 Rose Road, Ponsonby Auckland $350 Professional / $250 Design Assembly Friend / $150 Design Assembly Student Friend (Not a DA Friend? Details…

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Fresh from the field — Toast, by Designworks

This week’s Fresh from the Field features the recent Toast project — a publication and accompanying promotional event — celebrating creative process by the talented team at Designworks. 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. The Toast Project is about…

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100 Days Project 2017: Colleen Pugh

100 Days Project is a simple creativity project that requires one thing, every day for 100 days. This year’s 100 Days Project is now drawing to a close. It’s featured all its usual exciting, and unexpectedly wide range of creative endeavours. Close to 700 participants have signed up in New Zealand for 2017. We grabbed a few…

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2017 PANZ Book Design Awards Winners

On Thursday 20 July the 2017 winners of the PANZ Book Design Awards were announced. Cazador: game, offal and the rest, written by Dariush Lolaiy and Rebecca Smidt, designed by Tim Donaldson and Amanda Gaskin of Sea Change Studio, took home the Gerard Reid Award for Best Book. The judging panel said of Cazador: ‘This cookbook as brave, classic, yet…

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Smells Like Fresh Print — iceberg stationery

Brought to you by B&F Papers, the Smells Like Fresh Print series celebrates the beauty and tactile qualities of recently created, selected print projects. This week we share iceberg‘s in house stationery range: Project Title: iceberg stationery Studio / Design team: iceberg Client:  iceberg Printer: Valley Print Production methods: Business cards: Front white foiled and spot UV, back printed…

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Wellington Adobe Creative Jam 2017 Review

On Thursday 6th July Wellington designers and creatives got together at the College of Creative Arts at Massey University to hear from local creative industry superstars Jarred Bishop, Celeste Skachill (designer at Te Papa Museum), and Fraser Callaway from Strategy, as they shared their processes and projects. Meanwhile four teams of designers competed in a tournament to tackle a design challenge in just 4 hours…

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Fresh from the field — Glenn Jones 2018 Calendar

This week’s Fresh from the Field showcases the new 2018 Calendar full of kiwi-inspired illustrations by Glenn Jones. 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. “This is our fourth calendar featuring 12 Glenn Jones Art print designs. It’s really quite…

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Adopting a kaizen mindset

The Japanese people have a word they know as kaizen, which means ‘change for the better’, or ‘good change’. Over the years, the business world has adopted and evolved this word to mean the implementing of a mindset/process of continual improvement. “Kaizen is a daily process, the purpose of which goes beyond simple productivity improvement.…

2 months ago by

DA Film: Helvetica, 10th Anniversary Screening in Auckland

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 the influence of one typeface on a generation and decade of design. “Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It…

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Ahead of Semi Permanent Auckland: 5 Minutes with… Mark Gowing

Ahead of this year’s Semi Permanent event, we spoke with Mark Gowing, founder and director of Sydney’s Formist: Hi Mark, can you tell us a little bit about who you are, your background, and how you first got started in the industry. I am a graphic designer and publisher living and working in Sydney. I…

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Interview with Todd Atticus

Written by K. Emma Ng Supported by Creative New Zealand Emma Ng 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 third in a four part series on design and politics that will be published over the course…

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5 Minutes with… Unna Burch

Self-taught home cook, stylist and food photographer Unna Burch recently released her newly created cookbook, ‘The Forest Cantina – HOME’ Cookbook. Wellington-based designer, Marine Bucher, grabbed a quick five minutes with Unna to find out more: Hi Unna, you’ve just released your new book ‘The Forest Cantina – HOME’ cookbook. How is it all going? …

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DA Workshop: Sales for non-sales people with Johnson McKay, Friday 8th September, Auckland

Design Assembly is delighted to bring back award-winning Creative Strategist, Johnson McKay from Fly for this one-day, client-focussed, business workshop in Auckland. Please note that this is a master class aimed at Creative Directors, Studio Managers, senior staff, and business owners. Sales for non-sales people with Johnson McKay, Friday 8th September, Auckland 9am–4pm Objectspace 13 Rose Road, Ponsonby Auckland…

2 months ago by

Fresh from the field — GoodFor, Marx Design

This week’s Fresh from the Field celebrates the feel good, beautiful, new small brand identity for GoodFor, Ponsonby’s recently established wholefoods refillery, brought to you by Marx. 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. GoodFor is a wholefoods refillery that…

2 months ago by

DA Workshop: Writing on Design, Lana Lopesi, September 15th, Auckland

Design Assembly is delighted to present Lana Lopesi, Editor of our Aotearoa Design Thinking 2017 series, for this half-day Auckland workshop Writing on Design. Writing on Design Friday 15th September 9am–12.30pm Objectspace 13 Rose Road, Ponsonby Auckland $350 Professional / $250 Design Assembly Friend / $150 Design Assembly Student Friend (Not a DA Friend? Details on…

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Ahead of SPARK: 5 Minutes with Jason Little

Jason Little is one of the many talented creatives taking part in this year’s SPARK festival held at Wintec from August 14–17th. #Spark17 features a wide range of presentations, workshops and events. Tickets are at NO COST and available via Eventbrite. Jason is co-founder of design agency For the People, who strive to close the gap between people, technology…

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5 Minutes with… Elliot Stansfield

Following on from a recent Fresh From The Field, we grabbed a quick five minutes with designer Elliot Stansfield to find out more about his work and the decisions that lead to going it alone: Hi Elliot, can you tell us a little bit about who you are, what your background is, and how you first…

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DA Workshop: Applying Design Thinking to creating Māori Graphic Design, 19th September, Hamilton

Design Assembly welcomes back Johnson McKay from Fly to present this half-day Hamilton workshop at Wintec’s Marae focussing on Māori Graphic Design. Applying Design Thinking to creating Māori Graphic Design Tuesday 19th September 9am–12.30pm Te Kōpu Mānia o Kirikiriroa Wintec Marae Wintec Hamilton $350 Professional / $250 Design Assembly Friend / $150 Design Assembly Student Friend (Not a…

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