Spark Festival provides a platform for exchange this August

Wintec’s city campus in Hamilton will once again be lit with creativity in August as the 19th annual Spark Festival opens, bringing a collection of thought leaders and creatives in the music, media, arts and design industries to students and public alike. Organised by Wintec’s School of Media Arts, the festival unites industry leaders from…

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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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Annual Design Assembly Pub Quiz, Christchurch, July 27th

It’s that time of year once again and the stakes have been raised. Time to win this year’s title! Join us for an evening of graphic design, arts and culture trivia — sure to prove who the biggest design nerds in Christchurch are. Pit your studio against the rest, or if you’re working independently, gather together a team of…

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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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By Day/By Night: Alexey Botkov, ACG Yoobee School of Design

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. First up we speak with Alexey Botkov, Game Art and Development…

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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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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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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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SPAKL, August 10–12th

Semi Permanent returns to Auckland’s Aotea Centre in August. “This year’s speaker line-up is a roll-call of names, featuring some of the best minds from today’s biggest global companies – Dantley Davis, Director of Product AI at Facebook; Ethan Eismann, Director of Product at Uber; Katie Dill, Head of Experience at Airbnb and Hector Ouilhet,…

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6th Annual Design Assembly Pub Quiz, Auckland June 15th, 2017

It’s that time of year once again and the stakes have been raised. Time to wrestle the trophy out of the hands of the 2016 winning team for this year’s title! Join us for an evening of graphic design, arts and culture trivia — sure to prove who the biggest design nerds in Auckland are. Pit your studio…

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Wellington Adobe Creative Jam, July 6th

Calling all Wellington Designers and Creatives for a special Adobe Creative Jam! Witness a live design battle, and hear from top creatives over FREE food and beer. Join us on July 6th at College of Creative Arts – Massey University. Hear from local creative industry superstars Jarred Bishop, Celeste Skachill (designer at Te Papa Museum), and Fraser Callaway from Strategy, as they…

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Porto Design Summer School, 5th Edition, July 2017—applications open

Details, Porto street signs and student projects, top left: Stevie Summers, AUSTRALIA  / bottom right: Tyler Johnston, USA / Josh Peter, USA New Zealand designer and typographer Catherine Griffiths will be a tutor alongside Hamish Muir and Andrew Howard at the Porto Design Summer School taking place in Northern Portugal in July. Applications are welcome from students, academics and design professionals,…

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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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Hamilton Zinefest this weekend!

Hamilton’s annual Zinefest is now in it’s 4th Year, sponsored by Creative Waikato. “We have nearly 50 people exhibiting this year and cannot wait to bring them to you. Come down and see us on Saturday the 13th May. We’re open from 10am-3pm. There will also be Talks by three local Hamilton artists/creatives; Loryn Engelsman, David…

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Fresh from the Field — Disobedient Teaching, Welby Ings

Written by Nicole Arnett Phillips When I was at AUT, I was distracted. I enjoyed design, I enjoyed learning… but I was also working 18+ (often 24-30) hours per week, partying most evenings, and was diagnosed with celiac disease. So looking back now, parts of my time at university are a bit of a blur…

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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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Startup Weekend: Auckland May 5th

Startup Weekends are 54-hour long events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, build products and launch startups! Teams go from an idea scrawled on a napkin to a working prototype and maybe even paying customers, all within a single weekend. Startup Weekends are a global phenomenon with events…

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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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Celebrating Design Assembly Conversations Christchurch

Thanks to all those who attended our Design Assembly Conversations Christchurch event on March 16th. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with guest speakers Jane Maloney from M/K Press, and Stephen McCarthy and Scott Bolton from McCarthy. Photography thanks to designer, illustrator, photographer and all round awesome human: Natasha Vermeulen www.fromthemill.co.nz

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The Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival 2017

The sixth annual Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival is coming to a city near you. This year’s line-up will showcase the most acclaimed and current films in architecture and design, including documentaries on 20th Century visionaries, fashion design, film and photography and urban futures. The festival will play nationwide in four locations, kicking off in Auckland on May 4th. Auckland: May 04–17 Rialto Cinemas Wellington: May 18–June 04 Embassy Theatre Dunedin:…

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DA Film Screening: Graphic Means, 11 May, Auckland

Design Assembly invites you to our eagerly-anticipated annual film events taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. This year we are delighted to present Briar Levit’s Graphic Means. Graphic Means Auckland Thursday 11 May, 8.00pm arrival, film starts 8.15pm Capitol Cinema 610 Dominion Road Balmoral, Auckland Tickets: $25 Professional / $20 Design Assembly Friend (Not a…

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