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…

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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…

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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…

5 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…

6 months ago by

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…

6 months ago by

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…

7 months ago by

DA Conversations Podcast with Annie Dow, October 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 Annie Dow. Annie started and runs Dow Design, which has for over 21 years been a leading New Zealand design studio.

7 months ago by

CreativeMornings arrives in Wellington

Wellington is set to join creative communities across 152 cities in 58 countries for a monthly dose of inspiration, as the CreativeMornings free breakfast lecture series arrives in the capital. Known as the TED talks of the creative world, the series began in New York after designer Tina Roth Eisenberg (@swissmiss) saw the need for an ongoing, accessible event…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Kate Alexander, September 2016

Hello, and welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. An interview series with New Zealand graphic designers. Design Assembly seeks to hear the stories of New Zealand graphic designers, get to know who we are, and celebrate New Zealand graphic design.

Today I’m speaking to Kate Alexander. Kate Alexander started, runs, and is the Creative Director of Places & Graces, an interior styling company. Kate started Graces & Places after 15 years as a graphic designer, running the brand strategy and design business, Studio Alexander – which she co-founded with her father, Grant Alexander. Kate has won many Best Awards, and is a fellow of the Designers Institute of New Zealand.

8 months ago by

DA Workshop – Being a leader in your design business – and why you should bother

Often when you run your own business, you are juggling so many things – developing business, keep clients happy, writing proposals, doing the doing, balancing the books, fixing IT problems – and of course keeping staff happy.

Wouldn’t it be so much easier if staff just managed themselves – did as they were asked, did it well, created no fuss or dramas and didn’t leave. Although this can’t be guaranteed, one major step to getting the most out of your team is to improve your skills as a leader.

This workshop is about becoming a better boss and a better leader.

8 months ago by

DA Workshop – Managing your design business

Join Mark Osborne from Roll and Asheel Bharos from Rightway in an evening seminar looking at the systems behind managing your design business.

Mark will talk about transforming your design business with software, moving beyond Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office and the future – where is business software heading?

Asheel will focus on the challenges around cash flow and forward thinking around financials – particularly where jobs last several months and the need to track partial payments and WIP. He will also discuss reporting on efficiency and understanding project profitability as well as profit and loss.

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DA Conversations with Welby Ings, August 2016

Hello, and welcome to Design Assembly Conversations, an interview series with New Zealand graphic designers. Design Assembly seeks to hear the stories of New Zealand graphic designers, get to know who we are, and celebrate New Zealand graphic design.

Hi, I’m Louise, founder of Design Assembly. Today I’m speaking to Welby Ings. Welby Ings is a professor at the Auckland University of Technology in the Graphic Design department. He also writes and directs his own films. To date, he has produced two short films: Boy and Munted. In 2006, Boy was nominated for an Academy Award. Currently, he is working on his third short film, Sparrow.

8 months ago by

Showcasing the latest TYPOgraphJournal

Slow and Fast design showcased in the latest volume of TYPOgraphJournal. Three years ago Kiwi type enthusiast Nicole Arnett Phillips started TYPOgraphJournal as a way to start a dialogue within the design community. From her Brisbane-based studio, the series continues to build, with the latest volume demonstrating how great designers respond to the limitations of…

8 months ago by

Going it alone

Written by Sarah Ritchie  In your graphic design career, have you ever thought of “Going it alone”? Right now you may have a permanent design job or be freelancing. You’ll be working on clients that you are not personally invested in, and helping to generate profit destined for someone else’s bank account. Have you ever…

8 months ago by

Freelancing through a recruitment agency — Quick fire tips and hints!

Written by Annie McCulloch We’ve pulled together a few quick tips that should make freelancing through a recruiter even smoother than it already should be! Keep in touch. You don’t have to go next level stalker (best not to go stalker at all really), but pop your agent an email or day time text once…

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