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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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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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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Hot New Things — Anna Markovina, Unitec

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 Anna Markovina from Unitec. Anna Markovina Bachelor of Graphic Design and Animation Unitec Hi Anna, can you tell us what your final year’s project was about and what…

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A Nation in Drawing: An Homage to Footrot Flats

Written by Lana Lopesi Aotearoa New Zealand – more commonly pronounced as ‘Nieuw Zilland’ – is a very diverse set of islands. The name New Zealand (then Nova Zeelandia) came from Dutch cartographers after Abel Tasman sighted the islands in the 1600s. In 1840, a few waves of ‘discovery’ later, Tangata Whenua and the British…

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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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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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Celebrating 100 Days 2017

The Auckland 100 Days Exhibition was recently celebrated at Thievery Studios. Mrs Jones and Mahani Del Borrello were there to capture a few images from the weekend. Congratulations to all involved.   Don’t forget that Registrations are NOW OPEN for the next 100 Days Challenge. Starting on May 22 you are invited to repeat a creative exercise or task,…

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5 Minutes with… Tim Wightman

Here at Design Assembly we’re delighted to have Atomic Coffee and Serious Popcorn come on board as sponsors of our Auckland DA Workshops series 2017. We also thought it timely to delve into the background of Serious Bear, so spoke with illustrator Tim Wightman to find out more… Hi Tim, can you tell us a bit about who you…

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Golden Summer

‘Golden Summer’ is a joint exhibition by Greg Straight and Ross Murray. It opens Friday March 3rd at Endemic World, 62 Ponsonby Road. An ice-cream run to the corner dairy; that road trip up the coast; a cold one on a long, hot afternoon. ‘Golden Summer’ celebrates all this and more on a nostalgic journey around New…

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Auckland Day 100 Show, 25/26th Feb

Join us as we celebrate the blood, sweat and tears of the latest lot of hundred dayers. Featuring 100 individual projects made painstakingly over a one hundred day period, the work is diverse, irreverent, heart-felt and fun. This is a really shambolic and vibrant kind of art show, and the artists come from all walks…

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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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Fresh from the Field — Tamatea Dusky Sound Restoration Project, Hight Design

This week’s Fresh from the Field features new work by Mel and the team at Hight 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. The brief The team at Hight was approached by Edge-Effect, a company that contracts to the Department of Conservation,…

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graf/AK

Currently on sale at The Beatnik Shop, graf/AK is the product of a three-year long project by New Zealand photographer Fraser Munro, a quest to document the constant evolution of Auckland’s internationally admired graffiti art. With over 350 full page colour photographs, graf/AK is not only an important record of the city’s street art landscape…

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5 Minutes with… Lucky 5

First up in our ‘5 Minutes with…’ series for 2017, we interview graphic artists Cass and Amy Cassidy, the creative duo behind the recently launched Lucky 5. Hi Cass and Amy, thanks for speaking with us. Can you tell our readers how you first got started in the industry, and what your backgrounds are? Well… we met at…

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Fresh from the Field — The Day the Costumes Stuck by Toby Morris

Our inaugural Fresh from the Field for 2017 features one of Beatnik’s recent releases created by Toby Morris. “The Day The Costumes Stuck is a delightfully quirky tale that will stimulate the imagination, and will leave a fun and lasting impression on children. Filled with Toby’s striking and colourful illustrations, this book will bring a smile to all. The…

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100 Days Project: 5 Minutes with Kerryn Smith

Celebrating Day 100! Having now reached the end of this year’s 100 Days Project we grabbed a quick five minutes with Kerryn Smith, freelance Graphic Designer and Illustrator. Her project involved 100 days drawing a small doodle of some real or imagined creature. Hi Kerryn, can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what…

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