Christchurch Adobe Creative Jam, Thursday 7th September

Calling all Cantabrian Designers and Creatives: join us for a special Adobe Creative Jam! Witness a live design battle, and hear from top creatives over FREE food and beer. Join us on Thursday September 7th at Christchurch’s XCHC. Hear from creative industry stars Lindsay Yee and Natasha Vermeulen as they share their processes and projects. Meanwhile watch teams of…

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Smells Like Fresh Print — Hugo’s Bistro

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 work created for Hugo’s Bistro by Hannah Souter: Project Title: Hugo’s Bistro Studio / Design team: Hannah Design Studio / Hannah Souter Client: Hugo’s Bistro Printer: Johnston Press Paper stocks:…

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Fresh from the field — Sui Gen Gifts by Stansfield Design

This week’s Fresh from the Field features the beautifully serene new branding and identity work for Sui Gen Gifts by Elliot at Stansfield Design Studio: 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 How many times do we want to buy a gift…

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5 Minutes with Sarah Maxey, ahead of this year’s SPARK event

Sarah Maxey 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. Ahead of this year’s SPARK, Festival Director, Megan Lyon, spent a few moments chatting with Sarah:…

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How diverse are we? Here’s what you told us

Written by Lana Lopesi Want to know how diverse the New Zealand graphic design industry is? So do we. When trawling the internet to find statistics, studies and reports about diversity within the sector, turned up empty, we decided to run our own study. Over a two-month period, we ran a survey of only five…

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UX Homegrown: July 21st, Auckland

This year Auckland is playing host to UX Homegrown, a one day conference of 20 talks and workshops about UX practice in New Zealand. It takes place on the 21st of July with a pre-conference evening of 3 talks on the 20th of July. Design Assembly recently spoke with Matt Gould who, along with Emma…

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By Day/By Night: Loryn Engelsman, Wintec

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. Fourthly we speak with Loryn Engelsman, Lecturer at Wintec. MEDIA ARTS…

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Adobe MAKE IT LOCAL, Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch August 3rd

Adobe MAKE IT LOCAL returns as one of Australia’s premier creativity events of the year! Design Assembly and Yoobee School of Design are delighted to invite you to join us for the live feed of this exciting event as it pans out in Sydney on Thursday August 3rd. MAKE IT LOCAL events happen simultaneously in Auckland,…

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Fresh from the Field — The Changer, makebardo

This week’s Fresh from the Field features the beautiful identity and packaging work for Queenstown based Mt. Rosa‘s The Changer mulled wine syrup, thanks to makebardo. 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 The story begins after several ski holidays in…

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100 Days Project: Alisha Henry

100 Days Project is a simple creativity project that requires one thing, every day for 100 days. This year’s 100 Days Project is well underway, featuring its usual exciting, and unexpectedly wide range of creative endeavours. This year close to 700 participants have signed up in New Zealand. We grabbed a few moments with designer, Alisha Henry,…

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Design Assembly Speed Dating Portfolio Evening, August 16th, Auckland

One evening, 40 young graphic designers and 20 professionals… It’s speed dating for graphic designers! A fast-paced evening of networking, portfolio reviews and feedback. As final year students or new graduates, you will have the opportunity to meet and show your work to several seasoned industry professionals. In a round robin series of quick fire…

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The 2017 PANZ Book Design Awards

The short lists for this  year’s PANZ Book Design Awards have now been published. The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony taking place in Auckland on July 20th. We wish all participants the very best and congratulate them on their work. They are: Penguin Random House New Zealand Award for Best Illustrated Book: Designer: Aaron Beehre…

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Auckland Zinefest 2017

The Auckland Zinefest graces our winter again from this Saturday 8th of July until Friday 4th of August. There are a ton of activities and opportunities to participate: Zinefest Market Sunday 30th July, 12pm–5pm North Atrium, Auckland Art Gallery 80+ zinemakers will be selling their fresh zines on everything from science, psychedelic journeys, feminism, mini comics,…

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Designing for Print by The Print Guys, Part II

Brought to you by The Print Guys As a design professional, you’re going to come up against all sorts of challenges and issues when printing your designs. Print is a highly complex and technical area with huge potential for mistakes. The great news is that you don’t have to make every single mistake yourself. The Print Guys have put together…

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Meet the Designers: Adobe Creative Jam Wellington

Design Assembly proudly presents the Wellington Adobe Creative Jam this Thursday from 6pm at Massey University in the Level D Presentation Room, Block 12. This is a great opportunity to hear from local creative industry superstars Jarred Bishop, Celeste Skachill (designer at Te Papa Museum), and Fraser Callaway from Strategy, as they share their processes and projects. Plus you’ll also…

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5 Minutes with… Celeste Skachill

Ahead of our July 6th Adobe Creative Jam in Wellington, we grabbed a quick five minutes with Celeste Skachill from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington. Hi Celeste, can you tell us a little bit about who you are, what your background is, and how you first got started in the industry.…

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5 Minutes with… Fraser Callaway

Ahead of next Thursday’s Adobe Creative Jam in Wellington, we grabbed a quick five minutes with Fraser Callaway from Strategy. Hi Fraser, 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 was born and raised in Christchurch and moved to Wellington to…

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5 Minutes with… Jarred Bishop

Ahead of our July 6th Adobe Creative Jam in Wellington, we grabbed a quick five minutes with Jarred Bishop from Output. Hi Jarred, can you tell us a little bit about who you are, what your background is, and how you first got started in the industry. Hi! I run a tiny branding and interactive…

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Nicole Arnett Phillips: Christchurch and Auckland

Brisbane based designer Nicole Arnett Phillips recently visited Christchurch to run a type workshop, hosted by the Ara Institute of Canterbury. Before we got stuck into the hands on work, Nicole took us through a quick re-cap in the history of type as well as the formal and structural aspects of letterforms. It was a good…

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Annual Design Assembly Pub Quiz, Wellington, September 7th

It’s that time of year once again and the stakes have been raised. Time to win this year’s title! Join us for an evening of graphic design, arts and culture trivia — sure to prove who the biggest design nerds in Wellington are. Pit your studio against the rest, or if you’re working independently, gather together a team of…

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Who’s Winning? Graphic Design Competitions

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

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Spark Festival provides a platform for exchange this August

Wintec’s city campus in Hamilton will once again be lit with creativity in August as the 19th annual Spark Festival opens, bringing a collection of thought leaders and creatives in the music, media, arts and design industries to students and public alike. Organised by Wintec’s School of Media Arts, the festival unites industry leaders from…

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5 Minutes with… Rebecca ter Borg, illustrator

After seeing her work around locally, and being totally inspired by it, we recently grabbed a quick five minutes with Auckland-based illustrator Rebecca ter Borg. Hi Rebecca, can you tell us a little bit about yourself, your background, and how you first got into illustrating? I have been drawing, slightly obsessively, since I was a…

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100 Days Project 2017: Tim Wightman

100 Days Project is a simple creativity project that requires one thing, every day for 100 days. This year’s 100 Days Project is well underway, featuring its usual exciting, and unexpectedly wide range of creative endeavours. This year close to 700 participants have signed up in New Zealand. We grabbed a few moments with illustrator, Tim Wightman,…

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