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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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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How diverse are we? Here’s what you told us

Written by Lana Lopesi Want to know how diverse the New Zealand graphic design industry is? So do we. When trawling the internet to find statistics, studies and reports about diversity within the sector, turned up empty, we decided to run our own study. Over a two-month period, we ran a survey of only five…

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UX Homegrown: July 21st, Auckland

This year Auckland is playing host to UX Homegrown, a one day conference of 20 talks and workshops about UX practice in New Zealand. It takes place on the 21st of July with a pre-conference evening of 3 talks on the 20th of July. Design Assembly recently spoke with Matt Gould who, along with Emma…

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By Day/By Night: Loryn Engelsman, Wintec

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. Fourthly we speak with Loryn Engelsman, Lecturer at Wintec. MEDIA ARTS…

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100 Days Project: Alisha Henry

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 designer, Alisha Henry,…

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Design Assembly Speed Dating Portfolio Evening, August 16th, Auckland

One evening, 40 young graphic designers and 20 professionals… It’s speed dating for graphic designers! A fast-paced evening of networking, portfolio reviews and feedback. As final year students or new graduates, you will have the opportunity to meet and show your work to several seasoned industry professionals. In a round robin series of quick fire…

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Meet the Designers: Adobe Creative Jam Wellington

Design Assembly proudly presents the Wellington Adobe Creative Jam this Thursday from 6pm at Massey University in the Level D Presentation Room, Block 12. This is a great opportunity to hear from local creative industry superstars Jarred Bishop, Celeste Skachill (designer at Te Papa Museum), and Fraser Callaway from Strategy, as they share their processes and projects. Plus you’ll also…

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There’s always room at the top: Dave Clark on 40 years of Design

Written by Lana Lopesi 2017 marks 40 years of Aotearoa-based graphic design practice for renowned designer Dave Clark. Clark, of brand and experience agency Dave Clark Design, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Honored Associate of Auckland University of Technology, and a several-times-President of The Designers Institute of New Zealand. Perhaps…

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5 Minutes with… Celeste Skachill

Ahead of our July 6th Adobe Creative Jam in Wellington, we grabbed a quick five minutes with Celeste Skachill from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington. Hi Celeste, can you tell us a little bit about who you are, what your background is, and how you first got started in the industry.…

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5 Minutes with… Fraser Callaway

Ahead of next Thursday’s Adobe Creative Jam in Wellington, we grabbed a quick five minutes with Fraser Callaway from Strategy. Hi Fraser, 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 was born and raised in Christchurch and moved to Wellington to…

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5 Minutes with… Jarred Bishop

Ahead of our July 6th Adobe Creative Jam in Wellington, we grabbed a quick five minutes with Jarred Bishop from Output. Hi Jarred, can you tell us a little bit about who you are, what your background is, and how you first got started in the industry. Hi! I run a tiny branding and interactive…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Nicole Arnett Phillips, June 2017

In this episode I spoke to Nicole Arnette Phillips. Nicole is a designer, typographer, publisher and print-maker. Orginally from NZ, she currently lives in Brisbine. She divides her working week between client work and her own practice of publishing, typographic and printmaking pursuits AKA Typograp.HER

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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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