5 Minutes with… Greta Menzies

Written by Marine Bucher Two years ago I took a screen printing workshop at the Neighbourhood Studio in Newtown, Wellington. Greta Menzies was my tutor and a major inspiration. Her art is unique and her sustainable approach pushes you to design for good. I recently interviewed her to find out more about her work. Hi…

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5 Minutes with… Chris Waters, Creative Director, Magnum

Magnum is a full-service advertising, design and marketing agency based in Auckland’s Freemans Bay. Chris Waters recently joined the team as Creative Director after spending many years in Australia. Design Assembly was delighted to have the opportunity to talk with Chris and find out more: Hello Chris, you’ve recently taken up the role of Creative…

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An Interview with Nell May

Written by Layla Tweedie-Cullen Supported by Creative New Zealand   Layla Tweedie-Cullen 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 of long-form interviews with interesting, exciting and innovative members of Aotearoa’s…

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5 Minutes with Sarah Maxey, ahead of this year’s SPARK event

Sarah Maxey is one of the many talented creatives taking part in this year’s SPARK festival held at Wintec from August 14–17th. #Spark17 features a wide range of presentations, workshops and events. Tickets are at NO COST and available via Eventbrite. Ahead of this year’s SPARK, Festival Director, Megan Lyon, spent a few moments chatting with Sarah:…

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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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There’s always room at the top: Dave Clark on 40 years of Design

Written by Lana Lopesi 2017 marks 40 years of Aotearoa-based graphic design practice for renowned designer Dave Clark. Clark, of brand and experience agency Dave Clark Design, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Honored Associate of Auckland University of Technology, and a several-times-President of The Designers Institute of New Zealand. Perhaps…

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5 Minutes with… Celeste Skachill

Ahead of our July 6th Adobe Creative Jam in Wellington, we grabbed a quick five minutes with Celeste Skachill from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington. Hi Celeste, can you tell us a little bit about who you are, what your background is, and how you first got started in the industry.…

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5 Minutes with… Fraser Callaway

Ahead of next Thursday’s Adobe Creative Jam in Wellington, we grabbed a quick five minutes with Fraser Callaway from Strategy. Hi Fraser, 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 was born and raised in Christchurch and moved to Wellington to…

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5 Minutes with… Jarred Bishop

Ahead of our July 6th Adobe Creative Jam in Wellington, we grabbed a quick five minutes with Jarred Bishop from Output. Hi Jarred, can you tell us a little bit about who you are, what your background is, and how you first got started in the industry. Hi! I run a tiny branding and interactive…

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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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By Day/By Night: Pat Dunal, Media Design School

Welcome 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. Third up we speak with Pat Dunal, Lecturer, Bachelor of Creative Technologies (Game Art) at…

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By Day/By Night: Peter Gilderdale, AUT

Welcome 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. Secondly we speak with Peter Gilderdale, Associate Head of School, Research and…

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5 Minutes with… Briar Levit, Director of Graphic Means

Ahead of our film screenings coming up in Wellington on June 12th and Christchurch on June 14th, we grabbed a quick five minutes with Director/Producer of Graphic Means, Briar Levit: Hi Briar, can you tell us a little bit about who you are, what your background is, and how you initially got into film? I’ve been…

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Creative Spaces — Strategy Christchurch

Creative Spaces is a new series exploring New Zealand creative and design workplaces, giving you a sneak peak into the space and behind-the-scenes. This series is proudly brought to you by Atomic Coffee – Fuelling creativity. In the second of this series we went into the Strategy Christchurch studio and had a chat with Creative Partner Mark…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Pete Montgomery, May 2017

Welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to New Zealand graphic designers, hear their stories, and celebrate their work.

In this episode I spoke to Pete Montgomery. Pete is currently the Creative Director at Xero in Wellington. Xero is a NZ based company that develops cloud-based accounting software

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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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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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From the archives… Cheap Thrills, Ilam Press

An interview by Matt Galloway with Luke Wood, 2016, about Cheap Thrills and Ilam Press: MG: So Cheap Thrills finally arrived in my mail box today… and I’ve had a chance to start making my way through the publication, starting with the editorials by both yourself and Erin. I liked reading about Erin’s experience of producing…

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Hot New Things — Adam Bradley, 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 Adam Bradley from Unitec. Adam Bradley Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts, Majoring in Graphic Design and Animation Unitec Hi Adam, can you tell us what your final…

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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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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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5 Minutes with… Jane Maloney, M/K Press

Ahead of Design Assembly Conversations Christchurch, coming up on Thursday March 16th, we grabbed a quick five minutes with one of our guest speakers, Jane Maloney from M/K Press: Hi Jane, can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do. I am a freelance graphic design and Risograph printer. The…

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