Off Grid 17 

Written by Marine Bucher The first edition of Off Grid happened in February 2017 and I seriously wanted more. Great news they’re coming back in 2018! Let’s go back to that February. Let’s say that Wellington had a poor summer this year but on that weekend the weather was perfect! Perfect in Wellington meaning no wind.…

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Fresh from the Field — Lunchclub, Transformer

This week’s Fresh from the Field showcases the Lunchclub initiative devised by the fun-filled creative folk at Transformer. 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. Lunchclub transpired after a few Friday lunches out, having had an itch to work on a web…

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Beyond the Frangipani: Pacific Designers on Pacific Design

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

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Dealing with fear and anxiety

Written by Sarah Ritchie, AM-Insider StudioLand is a tough environment. It’s quite conceivable that at various times you will feel a sense of fear or anxiety at work (or because of work). Your heartbeat quickens, your breathing gets shorter, and your mind races as you feel your work start to smother you. Fear can be a…

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A man you need to know: Robert Coupland Harding, Part IV

Written by Kelly Gilchrist Earlier articles in this series are available here: Part I, Part II, Part III To undertake a project the size of Typo is an outstanding feat by today’s standard; to produce an eight to twelve page, detailed, comprehensive, virtually error free, journal, essentially single-handedly every month; Robert Coupland Harding was a workaholic. He was…

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Postcard from Blighty: Bletchley Park brand identity

Written by Nigel Smith Nigel Smith is the Director of Transformer Design in Auckland and currently lives in England. In this series he shares his views and opinions on graphic design work, exhibitions and conferences that he comes across. Bletchley Park brand identity I came across this excellent brand identity while visiting Bletchley Park museum in…

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What is Design Thinking?

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

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Emerging Technology, Design and Indigenous Culture event, Media Design School, 10th May, Auckland

Design and indigenous culture: taking emerging technology back Written by Sarah Elsie Baker and Jodi Meadows Media Design School The field of design (or Design with a capital ‘D’) has largely been influenced by European ideas, values and aesthetics. As Johnson Witehira so astutely wrote a couple of months ago, the history of design is…

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Challenge to the Industry: 5 Things Worth Sharing from DA Conversations, Auckland

Written by Lana Lopesi How are you approaching branding in the digital age? More clients are reorganising themselves to be more like agencies, where is our role and value now? Achieving the holy grail of work/life balance! How to do this in a deadline driven business? What works?! How do we talk and present ourselves…

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Turning the Pages

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

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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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What does a fact look like?

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 first in a four part series on design and politics that will be published over…

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Expanding the Conversation: Thinking about Aotearoa Design

Design Assembly is excited to introduce Aotearoa Design Thinking 2017, a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand. Design Assembly as an organisation was set up in 2008 to serve the New Zealand graphic design community and one way we can do that is to actively discuss New Zealand graphic design practice by celebrating, growing and challenging current thought. By building local design theory, Aotearoa Design Thinking asks what are the characteristics of New Zealand graphic design practice?

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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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Meet the panel: DA Conversations Auckland, Thursday 23 March 2017

Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA Conversations Autumn 2017 series taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in March. Our Auckland event, Thursday March 23rd, takes the form of a panel discussion about relevant issues in graphic design today, and features a selection of design professionals with Grant Alexander as adjudicator.   The panel are: Tana Mitchell and Emma Kaniuk from Akin,…

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Mise en place — the art of being prepared

Written by Sarah Ritchie “All great cooks… know that the secret to success is something called mise en place… [which is] a universal concept focusing on the idea of readiness. When chefs walk into a kitchen, they don’t just start cooking, they first assess the situation and make sure they will have everything they need for their…

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It’s time to catch up: Issues of diversity and representation

Written by Lana Lopesi You would think we have a national design template. Looking through back issues of some of our country’s most popular mainstream magazines, there is one cover image which is seemingly repeated over and over again; a very slim, Pākehā model. There is nothing shocking about this typical cover image. It’s pretty…

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Design Assembly Conversations Akl March 23rd

Autumn Conversations Auckland Thursday 23rd March 6–8pm, event begins @6.30pm Thievery Studio Refreshments thanks to Sunshine Brewery. Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA Conversations Autumn 2017 series taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in March. Our Auckland event will take the form of a panel discussion about pertinent issues in graphic design today, and will…

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Luxury packaging from Rome

Written by Nigel Smith Nigel Smith is Director of Transformer, an Auckland creative agency. He’s currently based in the UK but is still actively involved in Transformer’s projects.  Nigel will share some of his design-related experiences in the UK and Europe with us throughout this year. Recently Nigel was inspired by Italian package design. Officina Profumo Farmaceutica…

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Three Takeaways from Webstock 2017

Written by Shane O’Connell, Pixel Fusion What is Webstock? It’s much more than a conference, it’s a community of people that welcome you with open arms. The team behind Webstock; Natasha Lampard, Mike Brown, Deb Sidelinger, Ben Lampard, and Charles Bird pour their hearts, feelings and passion into making sure the event is successful, entertaining, and…

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Webstock 2017 — an impression

Written by Gerbrand van Melle The week before last was Webstock week. Yes, there was an incident. Yes, you can read all about on the Internet. Yes, Sagmeister’s tasteless joke was over 8 years old. Yes, Natasha and Mike from Webstock responded accurately and conform the conference code of conduct. Chapeau! What else happened on Thursday…

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Te Hoahoa Hou: Finding New Zealand Design

Written by Johnson Witehira The history of design has been shaped by the European lineage of art and design. This has its origin in Greek and Roman art, with European notions of beauty carried through the ages. From the golden ratio, to the accepted aesthetics of a landscape painting — even now, this drives the…

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Design Assembly Conversations Autumn 2017

Autumn Conversations Christchurch Thursday 16th March 6–8pm, event begins @6.30pm XCHC 376 Wilsons Road Christchurch   Autumn Conversations Auckland Thursday 23rd March 6–8pm, event begins @6.30pm Thievery Studio   Autumn Conversations Wellington Thursday 30 March 6–8pm, event begins @6.30pm BizDojo 115 Tory Street Te Aro Wellington Refreshments thanks to Sunshine Brewery. Design Assembly is delighted…

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A man you need to know: Robert Coupland Harding, Part III

Written by Kelly Gilchrist (Read Part I here. Part II is also available to read here.) Harding’s type specimen and library collection began while he was still an apprentice and only ended the day he passed. An auction catalogue of Harding’s extensive library after his death outlines small details of his collection only surpassed by the…

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