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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DA Conversations 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. To date we have interviewed: Make Bardo, a creative design studio based in Queenstown www.makebardo.com Johnson Witehira, Designer and Artist, teaching at AUT University madebyjohnson.co.nz Jonathan…

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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 $70 Professional / $50 Design Assembly Friend (Not a DA Friend? Sign up here.) Special DA Friends Table booking: 4 x people $150   Typography (like…

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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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Off Grid 17: An experiential journey

Off Grid: An Experiential Journey is a unique design-driven way to experience New Zealand and will bring influencers engaged in experiential design to stimulate and provoke discussion and respond to the emerging agenda. Off Grid explores the intersection of communication design and the built environment. Embracing a wide range of design fields, interrogating projects that…

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100 Days Project: 5 Minutes with Angelo De Marchi

As we near the end of this year’s 100 Days Project we grabbed a quick five minutes with Angelo De Marchi, Senior tutor at Yoobee School of Design. De Marchi’s project is all about bringing the “pop-up” back into pop-up cards, and learning more about the challenges of paper engineering along the way. Hi Angelo, can you tell us a little bit…

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100 Days Project: 5 Minutes with Sam Bunny

Sam Bunny is an Auckland-based designer who specialises in brand identity and publication design, and is now working in UX. He is also one of this year’s 100 Days Project participants. Sam is working on 100 Days of Icons with the intention of creating create one icon per day, 100 times over. Sam states that each icon reflects an element…

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5 Minutes with… Toby Morris

Toby Morris is an illustrator, comic artist and designer. These days you might know him as the writer and artist behind the comic series The Pencilsword or from his animated editorial cartoons for Radio New Zealand. We recently chatted with Toby about his work and his shift to becoming self-employed: Hi Toby, for those who don’t…

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In Conversation with Threaded.

Threaded, for those unfamiliar, is a biannual magazine sharing insights into a range of practitioners and their practice, across the creative industries. Started in 2004 by Clarke and Fiona Grieve, the international collaborative project curates these insights into practice through discussion and presentation of practice, thinking and process. The publication has always been an impressively ambitious gem in the Auckland design scene, so lovingly crafted by its small team, while achieving a wide readership thanks to the cast of creative heavy hitters they manage to enrol. The latest issue, though, has taken a slightly different focus, hinting at what feels like a very personal journey that has culminated in an issue that feels like a homecoming of sorts for the magazine.

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End of Year Christmas Party for Wellington creatives

Join your fellow designers and creatives to celebrate the end of the year and the start of summer! Preservatorium Christmas Party, Wellington The Preservatorium 39 Webb St Mount Cook Wellington 6011 Kicks off from 5.30pm, Wednesday November 30th. Numbers limited. RSVP via: http://www.meetup.com/designpro/events/235446160/  

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