Political Agency in Graphic Design: In Conversation with The Elective Collective

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

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Graphic Design & Photography: Michelle Weir

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with architectural/lifestyle photographer Michelle Weir to find out more about her work, her passions, and her studio, Studio: Weir. This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin. NZ Fashion Week 2015, Twenty-Seven Names © Michelle Weir Hi Michelle, can you tell our readers a little bit about who you…

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Printed Matter and the Document: A Conversation with p. mule

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 second in a four part series of long-form interviews with interesting, exciting and innovative members of Aotearoa’s design…

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By Day/By Night: Caroline Powley, Whitecliffe

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. Sixth up we speak with Senior Lecturer Caroline Powley from…

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Creative Spaces — Fox & Co. Wellington

Creative Spaces is a 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 third of this series we went into Fox & Co. — a Wellington-based creative motion design studio, and…

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By Day/By Night: Bruce Russell, Ara

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. Fifth up we speak with Dr Bruce Russell from Canterbury’s Ara.…

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Looking Back to Look Forward: In Conversation with Turumeke Harrington

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 final in a four part series that looks at design and the ‘Other’ that will be published…

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Graphic Design & Photography – Vanessa Lewis

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with lifestyle photographer Vanessa Lewis to find out more about her work and her passions. This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin. Hi Vanessa, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to speak with us. Can you tell our readers a little bit…

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Ahead of Christchurch’s Adobe Creative Jam: 5 Minutes with… Lindsay Yee

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 Lindsay Yee. Hi Lindsay, 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’m from Christchurch,…

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5 Minutes with… Richie Hartness, Design Director, Voice

Richie Hartness has recently joined Voice Brand Agency in Auckland as a Design Director. Before this move, he worked in roles at Geyser Creative, another local agency, and Scenario in Wellington. We recently spoke with Richie to find out more: Hi Richie, for those that don’t know you, can you tell us a little bit…

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The Reorientation of Objectspace: In Conversation with Kim Paton

Written by Lana Lopesi At the end of July Objectspace reopened their gallery doors to the public, with a new space, a reenergised mandate and a declaration to be Aotearoa’s leading gallery dedicated to the fields of design, craft and architecture. This marks an exciting turn for the design community, an institution dedicated to enriching…

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100 Days Project 2017: Angelo de Marchi

100 Days Project is a simple creativity project that requires one thing, every day for 100 days. This year’s 100 Days Project is nearly over. 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 moments with designer/tutor/paper…

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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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Ahead of Semi Permanent Auckland: 5 Minutes with… Mark Gowing

Ahead of this year’s Semi Permanent event, we spoke with Mark Gowing, founder and director of Sydney’s Formist: Hi Mark, can you tell us a little bit about who you are, your background, and how you first got started in the industry. I am a graphic designer and publisher living and working in Sydney. I…

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Interview with Todd Atticus

Written by K. Emma Ng Supported by Creative New Zealand Emma Ng 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 third in a four part series on design and politics that will be published over the course…

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5 Minutes with… Unna Burch

Self-taught home cook, stylist and food photographer Unna Burch recently released her newly created cookbook, ‘The Forest Cantina – HOME’ Cookbook. Wellington-based designer, Marine Bucher, grabbed a quick five minutes with Unna to find out more: Hi Unna, you’ve just released your new book ‘The Forest Cantina – HOME’ cookbook. How is it all going? …

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Ahead of SPARK: 5 Minutes with Jason Little

Jason Little 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. Jason is co-founder of design agency For the People, who strive to close the gap between people, technology…

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5 Minutes with… Elliot Stansfield

Following on from a recent Fresh From The Field, we grabbed a quick five minutes with designer Elliot Stansfield to find out more about his work and the decisions that lead to going it alone: Hi Elliot, can you tell us a little bit about who you are, what your background is, and how you first…

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Now and Then: Georgia Shattky

Brought to you by Portfolio Recruitment Now and Then is a series where we catch up with designers who’ve been recently placed, via Portfolio Recruitment. We get their thoughts and feedback about their new roles and their work. Our latest Now and Then is with Georgia Shattky who joined the team at The Hatchery a few months…

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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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