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, 20 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 second 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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By Day/By Night: Pat Dunal, Media Design School

Welcome 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. Third up we speak with Pat Dunal, Lecturer, Bachelor of Creative Technologies (Game Art) at…

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Fresh from the Field — Kekulé’s Dream, Outlier Cartel and Sam Bunny

This week’s Fresh from the Field features the new illustrations and packaging design for Kekulé’s Dream by Sam Bunny and Outlier Cartel. We’re delighted to have Outlier Cartel be a part of our 6th Annual Design Assembly Pub Quiz in Auckland. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the…

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By Day/By Night: Peter Gilderdale, AUT

Welcome 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. Secondly we speak with Peter Gilderdale, Associate Head of School, Research and…

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Annual Design Assembly Pub Quiz, Christchurch, July 27th

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 Christchurch are. Pit your studio against the rest, or if you’re working independently, gather together a team of…

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5 Minutes with… Briar Levit, Director of Graphic Means

Ahead of our film screenings coming up in Wellington on June 12th and Christchurch on June 14th, we grabbed a quick five minutes with Director/Producer of Graphic Means, Briar Levit: Hi Briar, can you tell us a little bit about who you are, what your background is, and how you initially got into film? I’ve been…

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Fresh from the Field — Careers NZ, Pixel Fusion

This week’s Fresh from the Field features the new CV Builder Tool for Careers NZ by Pixel Fusion. 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. Careers NZ Case Study The Challenge Careers NZ provides an invaluable service to the population of…

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By Day/By Night: Alexey Botkov, ACG Yoobee School of Design

Welcome 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. First up we speak with Alexey Botkov, Game Art and Development…

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Feeling Our Way Toward Election Day

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 second in a four part series on design and politics that will be published over the course…

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DA Workshop: Creative Refresh with Kathryn Burnett, 09 June 2017, Auckland

Join creativity coach and award-winning writer, Kathryn Burnett, for this half-day ideation workshop in Auckland — a perfect opportunity to boost your creative process in 2017: Creative Refresh Revamping Your Creative Problem Solving Friday 9th June 9am–12.30pm Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland $350 Professional / $250 Design Assembly Friend / $150 Design Assembly Student Friend (Not…

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