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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DA Workshop, Hand Lettering with Kelly Spencer, April 8th, Wellington

Join Kelly Spencer, hand-letterer, designer and illustrator, for this full-day, Wellington-based typography workshop. Hand Lettering with Kelly Spencer Saturday 8th April, 10am–4pm Toi Pōneke Arts Centre Upper Chamber 61 – 69 Abel Smith Street Te Aro Wellington $299 Professional / $249 Design Assembly Friend / $149 DA Student Friend (Not a Design Assembly Friend? Sign up here). Workshop…

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Hot New Things — Christopher Bryant, ACG Yoobee School of Design

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. This week we speak with Christopher Bryant from Yoobee ACG School of Design. Christopher Bryant Level 6 Diploma in Computer Graphic Design Yoobee ACG School of Design Hi Chris, can you tell us…

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Fresh from the Field — Feel A Little

This week’s Fresh from the Field showcases a recent Little Love (Mary Egan Publishing) project with some great illustrations from Evie Kemp. 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. Feel A Little, the book of little poems about big feelings, combines original…

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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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Mise en place — the art of being prepared

Written by Sarah Ritchie “All great cooks… know that the secret to success is something called mise en place… [which is] a universal concept focusing on the idea of readiness. When chefs walk into a kitchen, they don’t just start cooking, they first assess the situation and make sure they will have everything they need for their…

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Hot New Things — James Meyer, Yoobee ACG School of Design

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. This week we speak with James Meyer from Yoobee ACG School of Design. James Meyer Level 6 Diploma in Computer Graphic Design Yoobee ACG School of Design Hi James, you completed your full…

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Fresh from the Field — Proudly Asian Theatre, Category

This week’s Fresh from the Field celebrates the new branding for PAT by Category. 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: Proudly Asian Theatre is an exciting new theatre company dedicated to giving a voice to Asian theatre artists…

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Now and Then: Luke Rhys Jenkins

Brought to you by Portfolio Recruitment Now and Then is a new series where we catch up with designers who we’ve been recently placed, via Portfolio Recruitment, to get their thoughts and feedback about their roles and their work. First up we speak with Luke Rhys Jenkins. Luke is an intermediate designer based in Wellington. Background. Where it all…

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Urbis Designday, Auckland’s best day in design

Urbis Designday, New Zealand’s premier public design event and a celebration of original thinking, will serve up a sensory feast on Saturday 25 March. An eclectic mix of designers – from the worlds of art, architecture and interior design – have been teamed up with leading design showrooms dotted around Ponsonby, Eden Terrace, Parnell and…

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5 Minutes with… Sean McGarry, Creative Director, Voice Brand Agency

Sean McGarry is currently Creative Director at Voice Brand Agency in Auckland. Sean was a partner and worked at Base Two Design in Wellington for over 15 years as Creative Director and most recently as Business and Strategy Director. We recently interviewed Sean to find out more about his latest move… Hi Sean, you purchased…

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Hot New Things — William Anselmi, Whitecliffe

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. This week we speak with William Anselmi from Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design. William Anselmi Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design Major Whitecliffe   Hi William, you completed your full time…

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Apply Right: job application tips from Portfolio Recruitment

written by Annie McCulloch, Portfolio Recruitment Apply Right. There will often be grey areas and exceptions to the rules but here are a few pointers to set you on the right track. We’re seeing 100’s of applications a day and due to the time of the year, many are grads/juniors. While some hit the mark and…

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Fresh from the field — Maven from Onfire Design

This week’s Fresh from the Field reveals a 3-dimensional graphic design project completed by Onfire Design for Maven. 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. Located on the edge of native bushland in Auckland, Maven handcrafts some of the most…

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It’s time to catch up: Issues of diversity and representation

written by Lana Lopesi You would think we have a national design template. Looking through back issues of some of our country’s most popular mainstream magazines, there is one cover image which is seemingly repeated over and over again; a very slim, Pākehā model. There is nothing shocking about this typical cover image. It’s pretty…

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Design Assembly Conversations Akl March 23rd

Autumn Conversations Auckland Thursday 23rd March 6–8pm, event begins @6.30pm Thievery Studio Refreshments thanks to Sunshine Brewery. Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA Conversations Autumn 2017 series taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in March. Our Auckland event will take the form of a panel discussion about pertinent issues in graphic design today, and will…

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Hot New Things — Paul Phanoulas, Whitecliffe

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. This week we speak with Paul Phanoulas from Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design. Paul Phanoulas Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design Major Whitecliffe   Hi Paul, you completed your full time…

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Luxury packaging from Rome

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.  Nigel will share some of his design-related experiences in the UK and Europe with us throughout this year. Recently Nigel was inspired by Italian package design. Officina Profumo Farmaceutica…

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DA Workshop: The Essentials of Typography with Nicole Arnett Phillips, 28th May 2017, Christchurch

Join Brisbane-based type designer Nicole Arnett Phillips aka TypographHer, for this full-day, hands-on typography workshop in Christchurch: The Essentials of Typography – Everything about type that you didn’t learn at school! Sunday, 28th May 10am–4.00pm ARA, Institute of Canterbury Studio: D219 130 Madras St, Christchurch $350 Professional / $250 Design Assembly Friend / $150 Design Assembly Student…

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Te Hoahoa Hou: Finding New Zealand Design

written by Johnson Witehira The history of design has been shaped by the European lineage of art and design. This has its origin in Greek and Roman art, with European notions of beauty carried through the ages. From the golden ratio, to the accepted aesthetics of a landscape painting — even now, this drives the…

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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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Design Assembly Conversations Autumn 2017

Autumn Conversations Christchurch Thursday 16th March 6–8pm, event begins @6.30pm XCHC 376 Wilsons Road Christchurch   Autumn Conversations Auckland Thursday 23rd March 6–8pm, event begins @6.30pm Thievery Studio   Autumn Conversations Wellington Thursday 30 March 6–8pm, event begins @6.30pm BizDojo 115 Tory Street Te Aro Wellington Refreshments thanks to Sunshine Brewery. Design Assembly is delighted…

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Smells Like Fresh Print — B&F Christmas Cards

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 B&F Papers abstract card designs for Christmas 2016. Project Title: B&F Papers 2016 Christmas card Studio / Design team:  Brogen Averill Client: BF Papers Printer: Centurion Print Production methods: double hit white foil Paper…

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Hot New Things — Shari Baker, Wintec

Our 2017 Hot New Things series continues today –  it’s an opportunity to profile a selection of some of the top design grads coming out of our tertiary institutions. Fourth up, we speak with Shari Baker from Wintec. Shari Baker Bachelor of Media Arts (Graphic Design) Wintec Hi Shari, you completed your full time studies at the end of 2016, can…

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