Off Grid 17 

Written by Marine Bucher The first edition of Off Grid happened in February 2017 and I seriously wanted more. Great news they’re coming back in 2018! Let’s go back to that February. Let’s say that Wellington had a poor summer this year but on that weekend the weather was perfect! Perfect in Wellington meaning no wind.…

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SPAKL, August 10–12th

Semi Permanent returns to Auckland’s Aotea Centre in August. “This year’s speaker line-up is a roll-call of names, featuring some of the best minds from today’s biggest global companies – Dantley Davis, Director of Product AI at Facebook; Ethan Eismann, Director of Product at Uber; Katie Dill, Head of Experience at Airbnb and Hector Ouilhet,…

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6th Annual Design Assembly Pub Quiz, Auckland June 15th, 2017

It’s that time of year once again and the stakes have been raised. Time to wrestle the trophy out of the hands of the 2016 winning team for 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 Auckland are. Pit your studio…

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Wellington Adobe Creative Jam, July 6th

Calling all Wellington Designers and Creatives for a special Adobe Creative Jam! Witness a live design battle, and hear from top creatives over FREE food and beer. Join us on July 6th at College of Creative Arts – Massey University. Hear from local creative industry superstars including Jarred Bishop as they share their processes and projects. Meanwhile watch teams of…

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Branding & Placemaking for Cities, Katie Bevin, 23rd May, Wellington

The Wellington Chapter of SEGD hopes you enjoyed Off Grid 17, we certainly enjoyed meeting you all. The dates are set for Off Grid 18 — put 22–27 February 2018 in your diaries now! The next Wellington event will be on 23 May at Raglan Roast exploring branding and placemaking for cities with a talk by Katie Bevin. Designer…

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Porto Design Summer School, 5th Edition, July 2017—applications open

Details, Porto street signs and student projects, top left: Stevie Summers, AUSTRALIA  / bottom right: Tyler Johnston, USA / Josh Peter, USA New Zealand designer and typographer Catherine Griffiths will be a tutor alongside Hamish Muir and Andrew Howard at the Porto Design Summer School taking place in Northern Portugal in July. Applications are welcome from students, academics and design professionals,…

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Hamilton Zinefest this weekend!

Hamilton’s annual Zinefest is now in it’s 4th Year, sponsored by Creative Waikato. “We have nearly 50 people exhibiting this year and cannot wait to bring them to you. Come down and see us on Saturday the 13th May. We’re open from 10am-3pm. There will also be Talks by three local Hamilton artists/creatives; Loryn Engelsman, David…

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12th International Documentary Film Festival, Wellington and Auckland

The Documentary New Zealand Trust presents Documentary Edge International Film Festival (Doc Edge) Wellington: Roxy Cinema May 10th–21st Auckland: Q Theatre 24th May–5th June The full Doc Edge programme offers audiences 49 feature length films and 20 short films, representing the very finest of international and New Zealand-made documentaries. With over 30 international filmmakers and guests, Doc…

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Emerging Technology, Design and Indigenous Culture event, Media Design School, 10th May, Auckland

Design and indigenous culture: taking emerging technology back Written by Sarah Elsie Baker and Jodi Meadows Media Design School The field of design (or Design with a capital ‘D’) has largely been influenced by European ideas, values and aesthetics. As Johnson Witehira so astutely wrote a couple of months ago, the history of design is…

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Register now for the 2017 100 Days Project

The 2017 project starts on May 22 The 100 Days Project is back for 2017! We’re really excited to bring you another chance to take part in this creative marathon. All are welcome, no prerequisite creative skills required. The project can be a great way to extend your existing creative capacities, build a body of…

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Challenge to the Industry: 5 Things Worth Sharing from DA Conversations, Auckland

Written by Lana Lopesi How are you approaching branding in the digital age? More clients are reorganising themselves to be more like agencies, where is our role and value now? Achieving the holy grail of work/life balance! How to do this in a deadline driven business? What works?! How do we talk and present ourselves…

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Celebrating Design Assembly Conversations Wellington

Thanks to all those who attended our Design Assembly Conversations Wellington event on March 30th. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with guest speakers Kelly Spencer and Pete Montgomery. Photos thanks to Kyoko Locussol

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Startup Weekend: Auckland May 5th

Startup Weekends are 54-hour long events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, build products and launch startups! Teams go from an idea scrawled on a napkin to a working prototype and maybe even paying customers, all within a single weekend. Startup Weekends are a global phenomenon with events…

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The Design Conference Brisbane, May 24–27th

“The Design Conference 2017 (#tdcbne17) is the biggest and most anticipated event we have planned in our six year history. On top securing the best line-up of speakers we have ever featured, we’ve made it our mission to not only nail the event talks but to also deliver a range of world-class breakouts, workshops and…

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Celebrating Design Assembly Conversations Christchurch

Thanks to all those who attended our Design Assembly Conversations Christchurch event on March 16th. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with guest speakers Jane Maloney from M/K Press, and Stephen McCarthy and Scott Bolton from McCarthy. Photography thanks to designer, illustrator, photographer and all round awesome human: Natasha Vermeulen www.fromthemill.co.nz

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The Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival 2017

The sixth annual Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival is coming to a city near you. This year’s line-up will showcase the most acclaimed and current films in architecture and design, including documentaries on 20th Century visionaries, fashion design, film and photography and urban futures. The festival will play nationwide in four locations, kicking off in Auckland on May 4th. Auckland: May 04–17 Rialto Cinemas Wellington: May 18–June 04 Embassy Theatre Dunedin:…

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Design Assembly Film Screenings 2017

Design Assembly invites you to our eagerly-anticipated annual film events taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. This year we are delighted to present Briar Levit’s Graphic Means. Graphic Means Auckland Thursday 11 May, 8.00pm arrival, film starts 8.15pm Capitol Cinema 610 Dominion Road Balmoral, Auckland Tickets: $25 Professional / $20 Design Assembly Friend (Not a…

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DA Film Screening: Graphic Means, 11 May, Auckland

Design Assembly invites you to our eagerly-anticipated annual film events taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. This year we are delighted to present Briar Levit’s Graphic Means. Graphic Means Auckland Thursday 11 May, 8.00pm arrival, film starts 8.15pm Capitol Cinema 610 Dominion Road Balmoral, Auckland Tickets: $25 Professional / $20 Design Assembly Friend (Not a…

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DA Film Screening: Graphic Means, 12 June, Wellington

Wellington Design Meetup and Design Assembly invites you to our eagerly-anticipated annual film events taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. This year we are delighted to present Briar Levit’s Graphic Means. Graphic Means Wellington Monday 12th June, 6.15pm arrival, film starts at 6.30pm The Embassy 10 Kent Terrace Mount Victoria, Wellington  Tickets: $25 Professional / $20…

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DA Film Screening: Graphic Means, 14 June, Christchurch

Design Assembly invites you to our eagerly-anticipated annual film events taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. This year we are delighted to present Briar Levit’s Graphic Means. Graphic Means Christchurch Wednesday 14th June, 6pm arrival, film starts 6.15pm Deluxe Cinema The Tannery, Woolston 3 Garlands Road, Christchurch Tickets: $25 Professional / $20 Design Assembly Friend (Not a…

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Design Thinking/Stinking

Continuing their Ladies, Wine & Design events, Dow Design presents ‘Design Thinking/Stinking‘ on Wednesday 19th April. This popular event ponders, “Has all of this ‘thinking’ around design become over-rated or are we still diggin’ it?” and features Jane Strange, Amabel Hunting and Dow’s Creative Director Donna McCort. Numbers are strictly limited so it pays to keep an eye…

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5 Minutes with… Pete Montgomery, DA Conversations WEL 30 March

Ahead of our next Design Assembly Conversations Wellington event, we grabbed a quick 5 minutes with Pete Montgomery, Creative Director at Xero. Pete joins illustrator and hand-letterer Kelly Spencer in conversation this coming Thursday at BizDojo. Autumn Conversations Wellington Thursday 30 March 6–8pm, event begins @6.30pm BizDojo 115 Tory Street Te Aro Wellington Refreshments thanks to…

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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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Meet the panel: DA Conversations Auckland, Thursday 23 March 2017

Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA Conversations Autumn 2017 series taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in March. Our Auckland event, Thursday March 23rd, takes the form of a panel discussion about relevant issues in graphic design today, and features a selection of design professionals with Grant Alexander as adjudicator.   The panel are: Tana Mitchell and Emma Kaniuk from Akin,…

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