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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DA Film Screening: Graphic Means, 12 June, Wellington

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 Wellington Monday 12th June, 6.15pm arrival, film starts at 6.30pm The Embassy 10 Kent Terrace Mount Victoria, Wellington  Tickets: $25 Professional / $20 Design Assembly Friend (Not…

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DA Film Screening: Graphic Means, 14 June, Christchurch

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 Christchurch Wednesday 14th June, 6pm arrival, film starts 6.15pm Deluxe Cinema The Tannery, Woolston 3 Garlands Road, Christchurch Tickets: $25 Professional / $20 Design Assembly Friend (Not a…

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Hot New Things — Anna Markovina, Unitec

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. This week we speak with Anna Markovina from Unitec. Anna Markovina Bachelor of Graphic Design and Animation Unitec Hi Anna, can you tell us what your final year’s project was about and what…

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Design Thinking/Stinking

Continuing their Ladies, Wine & Design events, Dow Design presents ‘Design Thinking/Stinking‘ on Wednesday 19th April. This popular event ponders, “Has all of this ‘thinking’ around design become over-rated or are we still diggin’ it?” and features Jane Strange, Amabel Hunting and Dow’s Creative Director Donna McCort. Numbers are strictly limited so it pays to keep an eye…

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Hot New Things — Adam Bradley, Unitec

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. This week we speak with Adam Bradley from Unitec. Adam Bradley Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts, Majoring in Graphic Design and Animation Unitec Hi Adam, can you tell us what your final…

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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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5 Minutes with… Pete Montgomery, DA Conversations WEL 30 March

Ahead of our next Design Assembly Conversations Wellington event, we grabbed a quick 5 minutes with Pete Montgomery, Creative Director at Xero. Pete joins illustrator and hand-letterer Kelly Spencer in conversation this coming Thursday at BizDojo. Autumn Conversations Wellington Thursday 30 March 6–8pm, event begins @6.30pm BizDojo 115 Tory Street Te Aro Wellington Refreshments thanks to…

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Chromacon is coming!

Chromacon 2017, taking place at the Aotea Centre on April 8th and 9th, is shaping up to be a really exciting and talent-packed weekend, and Design Assembly’s got 2 x FREE all-day passes to give away. (If you’re keen, email Zoë before 5pm Monday April 3). The list of exhibitors was recently released and features a…

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Hot New Things — Christopher Bryant, ACG Yoobee School of Design

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. This week we speak with Christopher Bryant from Yoobee ACG School of Design. Christopher Bryant Level 6 Diploma in Computer Graphic Design Yoobee ACG School of Design Hi Chris, can you tell us…

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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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Hot New Things — James Meyer, Yoobee ACG School of Design

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. This week we speak with James Meyer from Yoobee ACG School of Design. James Meyer Level 6 Diploma in Computer Graphic Design Yoobee ACG School of Design Hi James, you completed your full…

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Design Assembly Conversations Christchurch, Thursday 16 March

Autumn Conversations Christchurch Thursday 16th March 6–8pm, event begins @6.30pm XCHC 376 Wilsons Road Christchurch Refreshments thanks to Sunshine Brewery. Design Assembly presents our DA Conversations Autumn 2017 series taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in March. We are delighted to bring you Jane Maloney from M/K Press along with Stephen McCarthy and Scott Bolton from…

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Now and Then: Luke Rhys Jenkins

Brought to you by Portfolio Recruitment Now and Then is a new series where we catch up with designers who we’ve been recently placed, via Portfolio Recruitment, to get their thoughts and feedback about their roles and their work. First up we speak with Luke Rhys Jenkins. Luke is an intermediate designer based in Wellington. Background. Where it all…

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Urbis Designday, Auckland’s best day in design

Urbis Designday, New Zealand’s premier public design event and a celebration of original thinking, will serve up a sensory feast on Saturday 25 March. An eclectic mix of designers – from the worlds of art, architecture and interior design – have been teamed up with leading design showrooms dotted around Ponsonby, Eden Terrace, Parnell and…

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5 Minutes with… Sean McGarry, Creative Director, Voice Brand Agency

Sean McGarry is currently Creative Director at Voice Brand Agency in Auckland. Sean was a partner and worked at Base Two Design in Wellington for over 15 years as Creative Director and most recently as Business and Strategy Director. We recently interviewed Sean to find out more about his latest move… Hi Sean, you purchased…

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5 Minutes with… Jane Maloney, M/K Press

Ahead of Design Assembly Conversations Christchurch, coming up on Thursday March 16th, we grabbed a quick five minutes with one of our guest speakers, Jane Maloney from M/K Press: Hi Jane, can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do. I am a freelance graphic design and Risograph printer. The…

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Hot New Things — William Anselmi, Whitecliffe

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. This week we speak with William Anselmi from Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design. William Anselmi Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design Major Whitecliffe   Hi William, you completed your full time…

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5 Minutes with… Tim Wightman

Here at Design Assembly we’re delighted to have Atomic Coffee and Serious Popcorn come on board as sponsors of our Auckland DA Workshops series 2017. We also thought it timely to delve into the background of Serious Bear, so spoke with illustrator Tim Wightman to find out more… Hi Tim, can you tell us a bit about who you…

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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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