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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DA Conversations Podcast with Johnson Witehira, February 2017

Welcome back to Design Assembly Conversations for 2017. In this series we talk to New Zealand graphic designers, hear their stories, and celebrate their work.

I’m Louise, and today I’m talking to Johnson Witehira. Johnson is an artist and graphic designer from Wellington. Currently he has his own graphic design practice and teaches at AUT University in Auckland.

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Creative Spaces – Material Brand & Design Agency.

Creative Spaces is a new 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 first of this series we went into the Material studio and had a chat with Nick Riley. Nick…

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Fresh from the Field — ClickClack By Dow Design

In this week’s Fresh from the Field we profile a new project by Dow Design for ClickClack. 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 Brief:  To look at the ClickClack identity. The client suspected that they didn’t have a…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Jonathan Sagar, December 2016

Welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to New Zealand graphic designers, hear their stories, and celebrate their work.

I’m Louise, and today I’m talking to Jonathan Sagar. Jonathan is the executive creative director of Voice Brand Agency, a brand development and design agency with offices in Auckland and Melbourne.

Jonathan, hi.

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DA Conversations Podcast with Kelvin Soh, November 2016

Welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to New Zealand graphic designers, hear their stories, and celebrate their work. I’m Louise, and today I’m talking to Kelvin Soh. Kelvin is the creative director and founder of design studio DDMMYY. DDMMYY also publishes bi-annual arts and culture magazine Le Roy and regularly participates in…

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untitled dsgn – Media Design School Graduate Exhibition

Opening tonight, the Media Design School, Bachelor of Media Design
graduate show at The Grid AKL, 101 Pakenham Street West, Auckland

Check out some of the talent in this preview ahead of the opening tonight.

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Make Something 2016

After a successful return in 2015, Make Something is back this November at Allpress Studio, Auckland with yet another impressive line-up of creative collaborations.

In the creative industries it’s often rare that we get the opportunity to collaborate without the common interest of a client brief. And, even more rare, that our potential collaborators themselves come from an industry not often associated with the creative arts.

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DA End of Year Wrap Party, Auckland

Join your fellow designers and creatives and celebrate the end of the year and the start of summer! Design Assembly End of Year Wrap Party, Auckland At Atomic Coffee Roasters 420c New North Road, Kingsland Limited numbers

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DA Conversations Podcast with Annie Dow, October 2016

Welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to New Zealand graphic designers, hear their stories, and celebrate their work.
I’m Louise, and today I’m talking to Annie Dow. Annie started and runs Dow Design, which has for over 21 years been a leading New Zealand design studio.

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DA Conversations Podcast with Kate Alexander, September 2016

Hello, and welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. An interview series with New Zealand graphic designers. Design Assembly seeks to hear the stories of New Zealand graphic designers, get to know who we are, and celebrate New Zealand graphic design.

Today I’m speaking to Kate Alexander. Kate Alexander started, runs, and is the Creative Director of Places & Graces, an interior styling company. Kate started Graces & Places after 15 years as a graphic designer, running the brand strategy and design business, Studio Alexander – which she co-founded with her father, Grant Alexander. Kate has won many Best Awards, and is a fellow of the Designers Institute of New Zealand.

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By Day By Night – An interview with Luke McConnell, Wintec

By Day By Night is an interview series that profiles graphic design tutors from design schools throughout New Zealand. We learn about their role as a teacher and their own personal design practice. Today we hear from Luke McConnell who works at the School of Media Arts at Wintec in Hamilton

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Mapping La Macha: the hole that Mark dug

Written by Cameron Ralston Last February, walking from the North/Clybourn station back to River North in Chicago, I lost my copy of Tim O’Brien’s The Nuclear Age. This book recounts protagonist William Cowling’s past as he digs a large hole in his back yard to build a bomb shelter, still spooked by the possibility of…

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Innovation by Design — a Design Thinking workshop, Wellington

This full-day workshop explores Design Thinking, a deeply human-centered methodology that taps into abilities we all have but that get overlooked by more ‘common’ problem-solving methods. This approach allows people (even non-designers) to use creative tools to address a myriad of different problem-solving or innovation challenges.

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DA Workshop – Photograph and promote your design work

This practical workshop targets final year students, graduates or anyone eager to have their portfolio professionally photographed and presented online. Attendees will bring along at least one physical piece of work they would like documented. We will explore styling and photo editing techniques to produce compelling images while touching on strategies to effectively use social media to share your work and create genuine interest.

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DA Workshop – Being a leader in your design business – and why you should bother

Often when you run your own business, you are juggling so many things – developing business, keep clients happy, writing proposals, doing the doing, balancing the books, fixing IT problems – and of course keeping staff happy.

Wouldn’t it be so much easier if staff just managed themselves – did as they were asked, did it well, created no fuss or dramas and didn’t leave. Although this can’t be guaranteed, one major step to getting the most out of your team is to improve your skills as a leader.

This workshop is about becoming a better boss and a better leader.

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DA Workshop – Managing your design business

Join Mark Osborne from Roll and Asheel Bharos from Rightway in an evening seminar looking at the systems behind managing your design business.

Mark will talk about transforming your design business with software, moving beyond Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office and the future – where is business software heading?

Asheel will focus on the challenges around cash flow and forward thinking around financials – particularly where jobs last several months and the need to track partial payments and WIP. He will also discuss reporting on efficiency and understanding project profitability as well as profit and loss.

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DA Conversations with Welby Ings, August 2016

Hello, and welcome to Design Assembly Conversations, an interview series with New Zealand graphic designers. Design Assembly seeks to hear the stories of New Zealand graphic designers, get to know who we are, and celebrate New Zealand graphic design.

Hi, I’m Louise, founder of Design Assembly. Today I’m speaking to Welby Ings. Welby Ings is a professor at the Auckland University of Technology in the Graphic Design department. He also writes and directs his own films. To date, he has produced two short films: Boy and Munted. In 2006, Boy was nominated for an Academy Award. Currently, he is working on his third short film, Sparrow.

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Fresh from the field – Em by Curative

The Brief: The frightening truth is that 1 out of 3 girls in New Zealand may be sexually abused before she turns 16, and most of this abuse (90%) is likely to be done by someone she knows. And if that isn’t bad enough, this age group also lacks awareness of resources available to support…

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