An Interview with Nell May

Written by Layla Tweedie-Cullen Supported by Creative New Zealand   Layla Tweedie-Cullen is a contributor to Aotearoa Design Thinking 2017, a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand. This article is the first in a four part series of long-form interviews with interesting, exciting and innovative members of Aotearoa’s…

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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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Adobe MAKE IT LOCAL, Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch August 3rd

Adobe MAKE IT LOCAL returns as one of Australia’s premier creativity events of the year! Design Assembly and Yoobee School of Design are delighted to invite you to join us for the live feed of this exciting event as it pans out in Sydney on Thursday August 3rd. MAKE IT LOCAL events happen simultaneously in Auckland,…

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Wearing Dissent: The Politics of the T Shirt

Written by Lana Lopesi Supported by Creative New Zealand   Lana Lopesi is the editor of Aotearoa Design Thinking 2017, a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand. This article is the third in a four part series that looks at design and the ‘Other’ that will be…

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Designing for Print by The Print Guys, Part II

Brought to you by The Print Guys As a design professional, you’re going to come up against all sorts of challenges and issues when printing your designs. Print is a highly complex and technical area with huge potential for mistakes. The great news is that you don’t have to make every single mistake yourself. The Print Guys have put together…

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Who’s Winning? Graphic Design Competitions

Written by Cameron Ralston Supported by Creative New Zealand Cameron Ralston is a contributor to Aotearoa Design Thinking 2017, a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand. This article is the first in a four part series which looks internally at this concept of ‘Design Thinking’ and what…

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Designers and account managers: a love/hate relationship

Written by Sarah Ritchie, AM-Insider Ask any agency person what the dynamic is like between their designers and their account managers and you’ll probably get a similar response: dog/cat, love/hate, us/them. The agency-irony is that the relationship between designers and account managers is symbiotic — one cannot function effectively without the other. Given this crucial need to…

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Feeling Our Way Toward Election Day

Written by K. Emma Ng Supported by Creative New Zealand Emma Ng is a contributor to Aotearoa Design Thinking 2017, a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand. This article is the second in a four part series on design and politics that will be published over the course…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Pete Montgomery, May 2017

Welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to New Zealand graphic designers, hear their stories, and celebrate their work.

In this episode I spoke to Pete Montgomery. Pete is currently the Creative Director at Xero in Wellington. Xero is a NZ based company that develops cloud-based accounting software

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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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What is Design Thinking?

Written by Cameron Ralston Supported by Creative New Zealand Cameron Ralston is a contributor to Aotearoa Design Thinking 2017, a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand. This article is the first in a four part series which looks internally at this concept of ‘Design Thinking’ and what…

3 months ago by

Designing for Print, by The Print Guys

Brought to you by The Print Guys As a design professional, you’re going to come up against all sorts of challenges and issues when printing your designs. Print is a highly complex and technical area with huge potential for mistakes. The great news is that you don’t have to make every single mistake yourself. The Print Guys have put together…

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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…

3 months ago by

Fresh from the Field — Newsroom, Sanders Design

This week’s Fresh from the Field showcases the branding and identity for Newsroom by Sanders Design. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the Field series email Zoë for details. “Last month two of the country’s heavy news hitters launched Newsroom; an independent news and current affairs site. Tim Murphy,…

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Expanding the Conversation: Thinking about Aotearoa Design

Design Assembly is excited to introduce Aotearoa Design Thinking 2017, a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand. Design Assembly as an organisation was set up in 2008 to serve the New Zealand graphic design community and one way we can do that is to actively discuss New Zealand graphic design practice by celebrating, growing and challenging current thought. By building local design theory, Aotearoa Design Thinking asks what are the characteristics of New Zealand graphic design practice?

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DA Conversations Podcast with Make Bardo, March 2017

Welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to New Zealand graphic designers, hear their stories, and celebrate their work. Bren and Luis form Make Bardo – a creative design studio based in Queenstown that practices contemporary visual communication, specialising in packaging design , brand strategy and signage systems for national and international…

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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: Chris Flack, Design Director at Strategy Creative in Christchurch Make Bardo, a creative design studio based in Queenstown makebardo.com Johnson Witehira, Designer…

7 months ago by

DA Workshop — Risograph printing with Inky Palms, 1 April 2017, Auckland

Join the team at Inky Palms for this full-day risograph printing workshop in Auckland: Risograph printing with Inky Palms Saturday 1st April 10am–4.00pm Inky Palms,  203h La Gonda Arcade, Karangahape Road, Auckland $299 Professional / $249 Design Assembly Friend / $149 Design Assembly Student Friend Refreshments from Atomic Coffee and Serious Popcorn. Thanks Guys! Come along to Inky…

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Smells Like Fresh Print — B&F Papers, Renoir

Brought to you by B&F Papers, the Smells Like Fresh Print series celebrates the beauty and tactile qualities of recently created, selected print projects. This week we share B&F Papers new paper stock release Renoir: Project Title: Renoir Paper Stock Promotion Studio / Design team: Homegrown Creative Client: BF Papers Printer: Milne Print Production methods:  Printed Offset and Indigo Paper stocks: Renoir Natural and…

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Christmas presents for designers

Yes, it’s that time again. Stuck for what to buy your creative friends? Here’s a list of some of our top picks for Christmas gift ideas 2016: A subscription to Threaded Magazine. Palomino Pencils and/or a Palomino Long Point Sharpener   Standards Manual products Typograph.her — a range of typographic musings for curious creatives. A wide selection of fabulous kiwi-inspired…

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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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Smells Like Fresh Print — B&F Papers Packaging Swatch

Brought to you by B&F Papers, the Smells Like Fresh Print series celebrates the beauty and tactile qualities of recently created, selected print projects. This week we share B&F Papers own recently created packaging swatch. Project Title: B&F Papers packaging swatch The cover was screen printed – white & black on B&F Grey Chipboard 450gsm /745um. Both Hp Indigo and…

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“It’s too expensive!”

Written by Sarah Ritchie How often have you had a client reject your quote claiming, “It’s too expensive”? Chances are the comment may not relate to your quote being outside their budget, it may be your client is really saying, “It’s not worth it,” or “I don’t perceive the value in that price“. The most…

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How to manage a packaging design project

Written by Sarah Ritchie Packaging design can be a merciless trap for the unwary. Whether you are the Account Manager facilitating the project, or the designer designing it, there are 101 different things that could go wrong and – potentially – cost your agency thousands of dollars to rectify. The good news is that (like…

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