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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Fresh from the Field — Lunchclub, Transformer

This week’s Fresh from the Field showcases the Lunchclub initiative devised by the fun-filled creative folk at Transformer. 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. Lunchclub transpired after a few Friday lunches out, having had an itch to work on a web…

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Now and Then: Scott Wilson

Brought to you by Portfolio Recruitment Now and Then is a new series where we catch up with designers who we’ve recently placed, via Portfolio Recruitment, to get their thoughts and feedback about their roles and their work. Second up we speak with Scott Wilson. Scott is a designer at Saturday. in Auckland. Scott, tell us a bit about yourself. What…

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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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Beyond the Frangipani: Pacific Designers on Pacific Design

Written by Lana Lopesi Supported by Creative New Zealand   Lana Lopesi is the editor of 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 that looks at design and the ‘Other’ that will be…

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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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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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Fresh from the Field — First Light, Dow Design

This week’s Fresh from the Field showcases the branding, identity and packaging for First Light grass-fed meats by Dow. 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. The brief: At first we were commissioned just to come up with a positioning for First Light. They…

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Dealing with fear and anxiety

Written by Sarah Ritchie, AM-Insider StudioLand is a tough environment. It’s quite conceivable that at various times you will feel a sense of fear or anxiety at work (or because of work). Your heartbeat quickens, your breathing gets shorter, and your mind races as you feel your work start to smother you. Fear can be a…

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A man you need to know: Robert Coupland Harding, Part IV

Written by Kelly Gilchrist Earlier articles in this series are available here: Part I, Part II, Part III To undertake a project the size of Typo is an outstanding feat by today’s standard; to produce an eight to twelve page, detailed, comprehensive, virtually error free, journal, essentially single-handedly every month; Robert Coupland Harding was a workaholic. He was…

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Fresh from the field — Ministry of Awesome, Christchurch

This week’s Fresh from the Field showcases the new look for the Ministry of Awesome‘s Christchurch space by Tanker Creative, thanks to Nicola Devine. 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. “Crazy, cool, wow and eye-catching” was the brief Team Tanks got from the…

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Postcard from Blighty: Bletchley Park brand identity

Written by Nigel Smith Nigel Smith is the Director of Transformer Design in Auckland and currently lives in England. In this series he shares his views and opinions on graphic design work, exhibitions and conferences that he comes across. Bletchley Park brand identity I came across this excellent brand identity while visiting Bletchley Park museum in…

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Smells Like Fresh Print — Purosa Estate & Bukonzo Joint Coffee

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 Purosa Estate & Bukonzo Joint coffee packaging by Design Dairy: Project Title: Purosa Estate & Bukonzo Joint Studio / Design team: Design Dairy — Jonathan Templeman, Frank Turner & Trudi Hewitt Client:  Kokako…

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What is Design Thinking?

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 first in a four part series which looks internally at this concept of ‘Design Thinking’ and what…

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Designing for Print, by The Print Guys

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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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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Fresh from the Field — Disobedient Teaching, Welby Ings

Written by Nicole Arnett Phillips When I was at AUT, I was distracted. I enjoyed design, I enjoyed learning… but I was also working 18+ (often 24-30) hours per week, partying most evenings, and was diagnosed with celiac disease. So looking back now, parts of my time at university are a bit of a blur…

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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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Fresh from the Field — Newsroom, Sanders Design

This week’s Fresh from the Field showcases the branding and identity for Newsroom by Sanders Design. 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. “Last month two of the country’s heavy news hitters launched Newsroom; an independent news and current affairs site. Tim Murphy,…

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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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Hot New Things — Demi Garland, 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. Our final recent design graduate for this year is Demi Garland from Hamilton’s Wintec. Demi Garland Bachelor of Media Arts (Graphic Design) Wintec     Hi Demi, you completed your full time studies…

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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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