DA Conversations Podcast with Johnson Witehira, February 2017

Welcome back to Design Assembly Conversations for 2017. 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 Johnson Witehira. Johnson is an artist and graphic designer from Wellington. Currently he has his own graphic design practice and teaches at AUT University in Auckland.

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Hot New Things — Sherylene Chan, Media Design School

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. Fifth up, we speak with Sherylene Chan from Media Design School. Sherylene Chan Bachelor of Media Design (Graphic Design major) Media Design School     Hi Sherylene, you completed your full…

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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 Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA Conversations Autumn…

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5 Minutes with… Armig Esfahani from Pixel Fusion

Ahead of our Overview of Digital for Designers 2017 workshop, coming up on Friday March 10th in Auckland, we spoke with UX Architect Lead, Armig Esfahani, from Pixel Fusion. Hi Armig, can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do. I’m Armig, I recently moved to New Zealand from Dubai…

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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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Off Grid 17: An Experiential Journey, converges Wellington 20–21 February

Off Grid 17: 4 Days, 5 Cities, 22 Venues, 39 Speakers Off Grid is a design conference converging in Wellington, New Zealand on 20-21 February. With a great list of local speakers, Off Grid will explore the meaning of experiential design and ways to connect people to place. Off Grid 17 is the first attempt to examine…

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Meet the designers: Adobe Creative Jam

Design Assembly proudly presents the Adobe Creative Jam this coming Thursday from 6pm at Thievery Studio. It’s an excellent opportunity to hear from local creative industry superstars makebardo, and Material as they share their processes and projects. Plus you’ll also be watching five talented designers compete in a tournament tackling a design challenge in just 4 hours using Adobe Creative…

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Hot New Things — Stephanie Zwerink, 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. Third up, we speak with Stephanie Zwerink from AUT. Stephanie Zwerink Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) AUT Hi Stephanie, you completed your full time studies at the end of 2016, can you…

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Ladies, Wine & Design, @ Dow Design, February 15th

Dow Design have teamed up with Jessica Walsh to bring her initiative ‘Ladies, Wine & Design’ to Auckland. Jessica Walsh started Ladies, Wine & Design in New York after doing a lot of thinking and reading on why there are so few female Creative Directors. She believes we can create change through mentorship and championing each…

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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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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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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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My mother told me to always make good choices.

written by Laura Kerrison  My mother told me to always make good choices… But sometimes, as a designer in this crazy ol’ world, it doesn’t always feel that easy. We are experiencing the exponential growth of technology and an accelerating pace of change, doing things that weren’t possible 10 years ago, and that will probably be…

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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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Fresh from the Field — The Day the Costumes Stuck by Toby Morris

Our inaugural Fresh from the Field for 2017 features one of Beatnik’s recent releases created by Toby Morris. “The Day The Costumes Stuck is a delightfully quirky tale that will stimulate the imagination, and will leave a fun and lasting impression on children. Filled with Toby’s striking and colourful illustrations, this book will bring a smile to all. The…

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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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Adobe Creative Jam: Feb 16th

Calling all Aucklanders for a special Adobe Creative Jam! Witness a live design battle, and hear from top creatives over free food and beer. Join us on February 16th at Thievery Studio. Adobe Creative Jam Thursday, February 16th, 6.00–9.00pm Thievery Studio 203 Karangahape Rd Auckland Hear from local creative industry superstars including makebardo, and Material as they share their…

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DA celebrates the end of the year in Auckland

At the end of November, Design Assembly celebrated the end of the year and the start of summer at a series of events held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. James Magee sent through these great shots from the Auckland EOY party held at Atomic Coffee Roasters in Kingsland. Thanks to our awesome event partners Moa Beer and All Good Organics,…

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Celebrating the end of the year with Media Design School

Thanks to Jim Murray for supplying these great shots from Media Design School‘s ‘untitled dsgn’ EOY show in central Auckland on November 18th. Great work, guys.

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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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DA Type Swilling Social Night with Nicole Arnett Phillips, 26 May 2017, Auckland

You’re invited to join Brisbane-based type designer Nicole Arnett Phillips for this innovative Auckland type, wine, and design appreciation evening. Type Swilling Social Night Friday May 26th 6–8.00pm Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland $149 Professional / $99 Design Assembly Friend Special DA Friends Table booking: 3 x people $250   Typography (like language) is expressive as well as…

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DA celebrates the end of the year in Christchurch

At the end of November, Design Assembly celebrated the end of the year and the start of summer at a series of events held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Nicola Devine, our wonderful DA Host in Christchurch, sent through these great shots from the Christchurch EOY party and poster exhibition… Thanks to our awesome sponsors Moa Beer…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Kelvin Soh, November 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 Kelvin Soh. Kelvin is the creative director and founder of design studio DDMMYY. DDMMYY also publishes bi-annual arts and culture magazine Le Roy and regularly participates in…

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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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