Off Grid 17: An Experiential Journey, converges Wellington 20–21 February

Off Grid 17: 4 Days, 5 Cities, 22 Venues, 39 Speakers Off Grid is a design conference converging in Wellington, New Zealand on 20-21 February. With a great list of local speakers, Off Grid will explore the meaning of experiential design and ways to connect people to place. Off Grid 17 is the first attempt to examine…

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Meet the designers: Adobe Creative Jam

Design Assembly proudly presents the Adobe Creative Jam this coming Thursday from 6pm at Thievery Studio. It’s an excellent opportunity to hear from local creative industry superstars makebardo, and Material as they share their processes and projects. Plus you’ll also be watching five talented designers compete in a tournament tackling a design challenge in just 4 hours using Adobe Creative…

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Ladies, Wine & Design, @ Dow Design, February 15th

Dow Design have teamed up with Jessica Walsh to bring her initiative ‘Ladies, Wine & Design’ to Auckland. Jessica Walsh started Ladies, Wine & Design in New York after doing a lot of thinking and reading on why there are so few female Creative Directors. She believes we can create change through mentorship and championing each…

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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…

4 months ago by

DA celebrates the end of the year in Auckland

At the end of November, Design Assembly celebrated the end of the year and the start of summer at a series of events held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. James Magee sent through these great shots from the Auckland EOY party held at Atomic Coffee Roasters in Kingsland. Thanks to our awesome event partners Moa Beer and All Good Organics,…

4 months ago by

Celebrating the end of the year with Media Design School

Thanks to Jim Murray for supplying these great shots from Media Design School‘s ‘untitled dsgn’ EOY show in central Auckland on November 18th. Great work, guys.

4 months ago by

DA Type Swilling Social Night with Nicole Arnett Phillips, 26 May 2017, Auckland

You’re invited to join Brisbane-based type designer Nicole Arnett Phillips for this innovative Auckland type, wine, and design appreciation evening. Type Swilling Social Night Friday May 26th 6–8.00pm Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland $70 Professional / $50 Design Assembly Friend (Not a DA Friend? Sign up here.) Special DA Friends Table booking: 4 x people $150   Typography (like…

5 months ago by

DA celebrates the end of the year in Christchurch

At the end of November, Design Assembly celebrated the end of the year and the start of summer at a series of events held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Nicola Devine, our wonderful DA Host in Christchurch, sent through these great shots from the Christchurch EOY party and poster exhibition… Thanks to our awesome sponsors Moa Beer…

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Off Grid 17: An experiential journey

Off Grid: An Experiential Journey is a unique design-driven way to experience New Zealand and will bring influencers engaged in experiential design to stimulate and provoke discussion and respond to the emerging agenda. Off Grid explores the intersection of communication design and the built environment. Embracing a wide range of design fields, interrogating projects that…

5 months ago by

ACG Yoobee Discovery and Possibility Graduate Exhibition

ACG Yoobee School of Design welcomes you to their end of year exhibitions showcasing student work from the graphic design and web departments of ACG Yoobee School of Design. The exhibitions feature a range of work from a mixed genre of styles. Opening: Wednesday 30 November 2016 – 6pm Running Dates: Wednesday 21 December Exhibiting Students: Ivy Ng…

5 months ago by

DA End of Year Wrap Party, Christchurch

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, Christchurch At XCHC 376 Wilsons Road, Christchurch Join the Meetup here: www.meetup.com/Design-Assembly-Christchurch/events/235584216/ Limited numbers

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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.

5 months ago by

100 Days Project: 5 Minutes with Sam Bunny

Sam Bunny is an Auckland-based designer who specialises in brand identity and publication design, and is now working in UX. He is also one of this year’s 100 Days Project participants. Sam is working on 100 Days of Icons with the intention of creating create one icon per day, 100 times over. Sam states that each icon reflects an element…

5 months ago by

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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Whitecliffe GD16 Graduate Show

A showcase of graduation projects from Whitecliffe College’s Graphic Design Department. Featuring a broad range of work from experimental typefaces to 3D generative design and everything in between. Opening: Friday November 18th 5:30pm – 8:30pm. November 18th – 20th 19th, 10AM – 3PM 20th, 2PM – 6PM @gd16_gradshow For more info visit: gd16.co.nz https://www.facebook.com/events/198954493841570/ https://www.instagram.com/gd16_gradshow/ Exhibiting Students Ahnand Unka My…

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End of Year Christmas Party for Wellington creatives

Join your fellow designers and creatives to celebrate the end of the year and the start of summer! Preservatorium Christmas Party, Wellington The Preservatorium 39 Webb St Mount Cook Wellington 6011 Kicks off from 5.30pm, Wednesday November 30th. Numbers limited. RSVP via: http://www.meetup.com/designpro/events/235446160/  

6 months ago by

Chromacon returns: April 8/9th, 2017

CHROMACON 2017 is officially full steam ahead! Mark this weekend on your calendars: 8/9th April 2017, Aotea Centre, Auckland. Chromacon is a biennial indie arts festival, based in Auckland, that celebrates the coming together of creativity, artistic excellence, and community. It connects all kiwis with the best homegrown independent creators of illustration, comics, 3D/ scuplture,…

6 months ago by

2016 Graphic Design Graduate Shows

November sees the 2016 Graphic Design Graduate Shows open across New Zealand. Get along and support the new designers joining our professional community, check out the talent to hire for 2017, and raise a glass to the students who have finished their studies. Cheers!

6 months ago by

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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Yoobee students claim top spots at Worldskills

written by Vanessa Trethewey Forget the Rio Olympics. Three ACG Yoobee students are setting their sights on world domination in Abu Dhabi next year. Digital Media Advanced students Sarah Browning, Mitch Batie and Marcus Seumanu have won the top three spots in the WorldSkills Graphic Design Nationals. Now they’ll embark on months of intense training…

6 months ago by

CreativeMornings arrives in Wellington

Wellington is set to join creative communities across 152 cities in 58 countries for a monthly dose of inspiration, as the CreativeMornings free breakfast lecture series arrives in the capital. Known as the TED talks of the creative world, the series began in New York after designer Tina Roth Eisenberg (@swissmiss) saw the need for an ongoing, accessible event…

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Celebrating this year’s Best

Design Assembly congratulates all of this year’s Best Awards finalists and, of course, our Graphic Design winners. Here’s the best of 2016’s Best Design Awards: Business Communication: Studio South: At Your Request Communications Alt Group: Home Book Colour Award: Fuman Nice Blocks: Summer on a stick Design Communication: Alt Group: Silo Theatre 2016 Osborne Shiwan: Manaia Campaign…

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Half-Blood: Johnson Witehira at Objectspace

Showing at Objectspace from 1 October 2016 – 5 November Half-blood is an exhibition that challenges the history and myths associated with both Māori and Pakeha identity through two playable digital artworks by graphic designer Johnson Witehira. The works, projected side-by-side in the gallery space, present two narratives; the arrival of Māori and the arrival of Pakeha in Aotearoa…

6 months ago by

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.

7 months ago by