The Bright Awards — celebrating young creative talent

Written by Analiese Jackson, Media Design School Last week, the winners of the 2017 Bright Awards were announced, to the delight of schools and secondary school students across the country. The Bright Awards, believed to be the first competition of its kind run in New Zealand, sought out digital design submissions from Year 11 –…

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Angela Lynskey — Across the Ditch

Designer/illustrator Angela Lynskey recently made the move over to Aus. We grabbed a few moments with her to find out more about what prompted this change in direction, and how she’s enjoying her new life: Hi Angela, can you give our DA readers a bit of an insight into who you are, what you do, and…

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Celebrating the 100 Days Project Exhibition: Sat 30th Sept/Sun 1st Oct, Auckland

It’s that time again! You’re invited to help celebrate the end of this year’s 100 Days Project at the Auckland Day 100 Show: Auckland Day 100 Show 6 – 9pm Saturday 30 Sep, 10 – 4pm Sunday 1 Oct Thievery Studio Level 2, 203 Karangahape Rd Auckland The Day 100 Show is a pop-up exhibition celebrating this most…

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Catching up with Greg Straight

Design Assembly recently caught up with Auckland-based, illustrator/designer Greg Straight to find out more about what he’s recently been doing. (Seems like he’s been keeping pretty busy!) So, what’s been happening in the world of Greg Straight? It’s been another busy year and I’ve been trying to expand on what I do and what I…

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Ahead of Christchurch’s Adobe Creative Jam: 5 Minutes with… Natasha Vermeulen

Ahead of our Thursday September 7th Adobe Creative Jam in Christchurch, we grabbed a quick five minutes with guest speaker and creative industry star: designer/illustrator Natasha Vermeulen. Hi Natasha, can you tell us a little bit about who you are, what your background is, and how you first got started in the industry. I studied design…

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100 Days Project 2017: Colleen Pugh

100 Days Project is a simple creativity project that requires one thing, every day for 100 days. This year’s 100 Days Project is now drawing to a close. It’s featured all its usual exciting, and unexpectedly wide range of creative endeavours. Close to 700 participants have signed up in New Zealand for 2017. We grabbed a few…

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Fresh from the field — Glenn Jones 2018 Calendar

This week’s Fresh from the Field showcases the new 2018 Calendar full of kiwi-inspired illustrations by Glenn Jones. 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. “This is our fourth calendar featuring 12 Glenn Jones Art print designs. It’s really quite…

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By Day/By Night: Loryn Engelsman, Wintec

Welcome again to our 2017 By Day/By Night series. Here we profile a range of design teachers from our tertiary institutions to find out what projects they’re involved in outside of work hours, and how their personal creative endeavours feed back into their teaching roles. Fourthly we speak with Loryn Engelsman, Lecturer at Wintec. MEDIA ARTS…

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100 Days Project: Alisha Henry

100 Days Project is a simple creativity project that requires one thing, every day for 100 days. This year’s 100 Days Project is well underway, featuring its usual exciting, and unexpectedly wide range of creative endeavours. This year close to 700 participants have signed up in New Zealand. We grabbed a few moments with designer, Alisha Henry,…

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Auckland Zinefest 2017

The Auckland Zinefest graces our winter again from this Saturday 8th of July until Friday 4th of August. There are a ton of activities and opportunities to participate: Zinefest Market Sunday 30th July, 12pm–5pm North Atrium, Auckland Art Gallery 80+ zinemakers will be selling their fresh zines on everything from science, psychedelic journeys, feminism, mini comics,…

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5 Minutes with… Rebecca ter Borg, illustrator

After seeing her work around locally, and being totally inspired by it, we recently grabbed a quick five minutes with Auckland-based illustrator Rebecca ter Borg. Hi Rebecca, can you tell us a little bit about yourself, your background, and how you first got into illustrating? I have been drawing, slightly obsessively, since I was a…

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100 Days Project 2017: Tim Wightman

100 Days Project is a simple creativity project that requires one thing, every day for 100 days. This year’s 100 Days Project is well underway, featuring its usual exciting, and unexpectedly wide range of creative endeavours. This year close to 700 participants have signed up in New Zealand. We grabbed a few moments with illustrator, Tim Wightman,…

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Fresh from the Field — Kekulé’s Dream, Outlier Cartel and Sam Bunny

This week’s Fresh from the Field features the new illustrations and packaging design for Kekulé’s Dream by Sam Bunny and Outlier Cartel. We’re delighted to have Outlier Cartel be a part of our 6th Annual Design Assembly Pub Quiz in Auckland. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the…

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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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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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