Hot New Things — Shari Baker, 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. Fourth up, we speak with Shari Baker from Wintec. Shari Baker Bachelor of Media Arts (Graphic Design) Wintec Hi Shari, you completed your full time studies at the end of 2016, can…

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Hot New Things — Megan Au, AUT

Welcome to our 2017 Hot New Things series – an opportunity to profile a selection of some of the top design grads coming out of our tertiary institutions. Secondly, we speak with Megan Au from AUT. Megan Au Bachelor of Design (Communication Design major, Cinematic Arts minor) AUT Hi Megan, you completed your full time studies at the end of…

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5 Minutes with… Kelly Spencer

Design Assembly is delighted to present a Wellington-based workshop with talented type designer Kelly Spencer. Ahead of this event (details to be announced very soon), we grabbed a quick five minutes with Kelly to find out more about her work and her design process. Hi Kelly, thanks for speaking with us. For those that might not…

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Creative Spaces – Material Brand & Design Agency.

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 first of this series we went into the Material studio and had a chat with Nick Riley. Nick…

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5 Minutes with… makebardo

Ahead of the exciting Adobe Creative Jam event on February 16th, we grabbed a quick five minutes with Luis and Bren from Queenstown-based studio makebardo. Hi guys, can you tell our DA audience a little bit about who you are and what you do. makebardo is the collaborative experience of Creative Director Luis Viale and…

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Hot New Things — Bailey Hancox, MDS

Welcome to our 2017 Hot New Things series – an opportunity to profile a selection of some of the top design grads coming out of our tertiary institutions. First up we speak with Bailey Hancox from Media Design School. Bailey Hancox Bachelor of Media Design (Graphic Design major) Media Design School Hi Bailey, you completed your full time…

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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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Design Assembly’s podcast series

In the second half of 2016 Design Assembly proudly commenced our Conversations series — a collection of podcasts where we talk to New Zealand graphic designers, hear their stories, and celebrate their work. We were delighted to have the opportunity to interview: Jonathan Sagar, Executive Creative Director of Voice Brand Agency Kelvin Soh, Creative Director and Founder of…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Jonathan Sagar, December 2016

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

I’m Louise, and today I’m talking to Jonathan Sagar. Jonathan is the executive creative director of Voice Brand Agency, a brand development and design agency with offices in Auckland and Melbourne.

Jonathan, hi.

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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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100 Days Project: 5 Minutes with Angelo De Marchi

As we near the end of this year’s 100 Days Project we grabbed a quick five minutes with Angelo De Marchi, Senior tutor at Yoobee School of Design. De Marchi’s project is all about bringing the “pop-up” back into pop-up cards, and learning more about the challenges of paper engineering along the way. Hi Angelo, can you tell us a little bit…

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100 Days Project: 5 Minutes with Sam Bunny

Sam Bunny is an Auckland-based designer who specialises in brand identity and publication design, and is now working in UX. He is also one of this year’s 100 Days Project participants. Sam is working on 100 Days of Icons with the intention of creating create one icon per day, 100 times over. Sam states that each icon reflects an element…

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5 Minutes with… Toby Morris

Toby Morris is an illustrator, comic artist and designer. These days you might know him as the writer and artist behind the comic series The Pencilsword or from his animated editorial cartoons for Radio New Zealand. We recently chatted with Toby about his work and his shift to becoming self-employed: Hi Toby, for those who don’t…

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In Conversation with Threaded.

Threaded, for those unfamiliar, is a biannual magazine sharing insights into a range of practitioners and their practice, across the creative industries. Started in 2004 by Clarke and Fiona Grieve, the international collaborative project curates these insights into practice through discussion and presentation of practice, thinking and process. The publication has always been an impressively ambitious gem in the Auckland design scene, so lovingly crafted by its small team, while achieving a wide readership thanks to the cast of creative heavy hitters they manage to enrol. The latest issue, though, has taken a slightly different focus, hinting at what feels like a very personal journey that has culminated in an issue that feels like a homecoming of sorts for the magazine.

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100 Days Project: 5 minutes with Mahani Del Borrello

As this year’s 100 Days Project rapidly approaches the 3/4 way through milestone, we grabbed a quick five minutes with Mahani Del Borrello, creator of Chromalgam. Mahani is making a range of digital and analogue colour experiments, stating that, “Having long been a fan of pastels, I will use them to transform my own photographs and…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Annie Dow, October 2016

Welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to New Zealand graphic designers, hear their stories, and celebrate their work.
I’m Louise, and today I’m talking to Annie Dow. Annie started and runs Dow Design, which has for over 21 years been a leading New Zealand design studio.

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5 Minutes with… Kalee Jackson

Kalee Jackson is an Auckland-based independent designer. Her work focusses on typography, exhibition branding, publication design, and printed ephemera. She has worked for some of our top New Zealand galleries creating exhibition and promotional material. In 2014 Kalee won the PANZ Book Design Awards Young Designer of the Year Award, and was also a finalist for the HarperCollins…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Kate Alexander, September 2016

Hello, and welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. An interview series with New Zealand graphic designers. Design Assembly seeks to hear the stories of New Zealand graphic designers, get to know who we are, and celebrate New Zealand graphic design.

Today I’m speaking to Kate Alexander. Kate Alexander started, runs, and is the Creative Director of Places & Graces, an interior styling company. Kate started Graces & Places after 15 years as a graphic designer, running the brand strategy and design business, Studio Alexander – which she co-founded with her father, Grant Alexander. Kate has won many Best Awards, and is a fellow of the Designers Institute of New Zealand.

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By Day By Night – An interview with Luke McConnell, Wintec

By Day By Night is an interview series that profiles graphic design tutors from design schools throughout New Zealand. We learn about their role as a teacher and their own personal design practice. Today we hear from Luke McConnell who works at the School of Media Arts at Wintec in Hamilton

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London Calling — Tim Donaldson, The Suburbs

The Suburbs is a multidisciplinary design studio based in London and also in Hamilton. They craft a wide range of cleverly thought-out branding and web design work with a group of varied clients. We recently managed to have a chat with one of the founding members, Tim Donaldson: Hi Tim, firstly thanks heaps for your time, and secondly can you tell…

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DA Workshop – Managing your design business

Join Mark Osborne from Roll and Asheel Bharos from Rightway in an evening seminar looking at the systems behind managing your design business.

Mark will talk about transforming your design business with software, moving beyond Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office and the future – where is business software heading?

Asheel will focus on the challenges around cash flow and forward thinking around financials – particularly where jobs last several months and the need to track partial payments and WIP. He will also discuss reporting on efficiency and understanding project profitability as well as profit and loss.

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DA Conversations with Welby Ings, August 2016

Hello, and welcome to Design Assembly Conversations, an interview series with New Zealand graphic designers. Design Assembly seeks to hear the stories of New Zealand graphic designers, get to know who we are, and celebrate New Zealand graphic design.

Hi, I’m Louise, founder of Design Assembly. Today I’m speaking to Welby Ings. Welby Ings is a professor at the Auckland University of Technology in the Graphic Design department. He also writes and directs his own films. To date, he has produced two short films: Boy and Munted. In 2006, Boy was nominated for an Academy Award. Currently, he is working on his third short film, Sparrow.

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