Cultural Relevance in the Digital Age: Emotiki

Written by Lana Lopesi In 2015, The Oxford Dictionary named ‘emoji’ the official word of the year, revealing a major shift in consumer behaviour towards mobile and visual communication. Emojis are still and moving image characters, used in text and social media platforms to express emotion. While emojis were first invented in 1999, in 2016,…

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Creative Spaces — Fox & Co. Wellington

Creative Spaces is a 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 third of this series we went into Fox & Co. — a Wellington-based creative motion design studio, and…

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Igniting a Passion for Democracy: On the Fence

Written by Lana Lopesi Designers­—as communication specialists and image-makers—build election campaigns as we know them. They communicate political messages to the masses, and create pathways from the public to the politician. A voter’s initial impression of a candidate is often a visual one. If designed well, images, slogans or even hashtags can “embody ideological values…

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Ahead of Christchurch’s Adobe Creative Jam: 5 Minutes with… Lindsay Yee

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 Lindsay Yee. Hi Lindsay, 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’m from Christchurch,…

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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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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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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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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 — 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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Chromacon is coming!

Chromacon 2017, taking place at the Aotea Centre on April 8th and 9th, is shaping up to be a really exciting and talent-packed weekend, and Design Assembly’s got 2 x FREE all-day passes to give away. (If you’re keen, email Zoë before 5pm Monday April 3). The list of exhibitors was recently released and features a…

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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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Hot New Things — Sherylene Chan, Media Design School

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. Fifth up, we speak with Sherylene Chan from Media Design School. Sherylene Chan Bachelor of Media Design (Graphic Design major) Media Design School     Hi Sherylene, you completed your full…

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5 Minutes with… Armig Esfahani from Pixel Fusion

Ahead of our Overview of Digital for Designers 2017 workshop, coming up on Friday 12th May in Auckland, we spoke with UX Architect Lead, Armig Esfahani, from Pixel Fusion. Hi Armig, can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do. I’m Armig, I recently moved to New Zealand from Dubai for…

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UX Crash Course: Wellington 17th March

In association with Lushai and UX Gym, Design Assembly brings you: UX Crash Course: A hands on introduction to user experience design Friday 17 March BizDojo 115 Tory Street, Te Aro Wellington 6 hours | 9:30am – 4:30pm This course gives you hands-on experience of a digital UX design project from start to finish in an intense…

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UX Crash Course: Auckland 10th March

In association with Lushai and UX Gym, Design Assembly brings you: UX Crash Course: A hands on introduction to user experience design Friday 10 March Whitespace Shared Space 3 Glenside Crescent Auckland 6 hours | 9:30am – 4:30pm This course gives you hands-on experience of a digital UX design project from start to finish in an intense…

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Adobe Creative Jam: Feb 16th

Calling all Aucklanders for a special Adobe Creative Jam! Witness a live design battle, and hear from top creatives over free food and beer. Join us on February 16th at Thievery Studio. Adobe Creative Jam Thursday, February 16th, 6.00–9.00pm Thievery Studio 203 Karangahape Rd Auckland Hear from local creative industry superstars including makebardo, and Material as they share their…

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Björk Digital and the rise of VR tech

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. We’re delighted that Nigel has agreed to share some of his design-related UK experiences with our DA audience over the coming months. First up Nigel reviews Björk Digital.…

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