DA Film: Helvetica, 10th Anniversary Screenings, Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch

It’s been 10 years since Helvetica the film was released. Join us in this special 10th Anniversary film event showing on the big screen, to celebrate and debate the influence of one typeface on a generation and decade of design. “Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It…

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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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Nicole Arnett Phillips: Christchurch and Auckland

Brisbane based designer Nicole Arnett Phillips recently visited Christchurch to run a type workshop, hosted by the Ara Institute of Canterbury. Before we got stuck into the hands on work, Nicole took us through a quick re-cap in the history of type as well as the formal and structural aspects of letterforms. It was a good…

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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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A man you need to know: Robert Coupland Harding, Part IV

Written by Kelly Gilchrist Earlier articles in this series are available here: Part I, Part II, Part III To undertake a project the size of Typo is an outstanding feat by today’s standard; to produce an eight to twelve page, detailed, comprehensive, virtually error free, journal, essentially single-handedly every month; Robert Coupland Harding was a workaholic. He was…

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DA Workshop, Hand Lettering with Kelly Spencer, April 8th, Wellington

Join Kelly Spencer, hand-letterer, designer and illustrator, for this full-day, Wellington-based typography workshop. Hand Lettering with Kelly Spencer Saturday 8th April, 10am–4pm Toi Pōneke Arts Centre Upper Chamber 61 – 69 Abel Smith Street Te Aro Wellington $299 Professional / $249 Design Assembly Friend / $149 DA Student Friend (Not a Design Assembly Friend? Sign up here). Workshop…

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DA Workshop, Hand Lettering with Kelly Spencer, 08 April Wgtn

Join Kelly Spencer, hand-letterer, designer and illustrator, for this full-day, Wellington-based typography workshop. Workshop Summary Take a well earned break from points and pixels in a 1 day intensive workshop studying the craft of hand lettering, with Wellington lettering artist Kelly Spencer. Learning Outcomes Workshop attendees will learn a range of practical hand lettering skills, building confidence…

6 months ago by

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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5 Minutes with… Kelly Spencer

Design Assembly is delighted to present a Wellington-based workshop with talented type designer Kelly Spencer. Ahead of this event, we grabbed a quick five minutes with Kelly to find out more about her work and her design process. Hi Kelly, thanks for speaking with us. For those that might not know who you are, can you…

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DA Workshop: The Essentials of Typography with Nicole Arnett Phillips, 27 May 2017, Auckland

Join Brisbane-based type designer Nicole Arnett Phillips aka TypographHer, for this full-day, hands-on typography workshop in Auckland: The Essentials of Typography – Everything about type that you didn’t learn at school! Saturday 27th May 10am–4.00pm Yoobee, Level 4 workspace 3 City Road Auckland CBD $350 Professional / $250 Design Assembly Friend / $150 Design Assembly Student Friend (Not a…

9 months ago by

DA Workshop: The Essentials of Typography with Nicole Arnett Phillips, 27 May, Auckland

Join Brisbane-based type designer Nicole Arnett Phillips aka TypographHer, for this full-day, hands-on typography workshop in Auckland: The Essentials of Typography – Everything about type that you didn’t learn at school! Saturday 27th May 10am–4.00pm Yoobee, Level 4 workspace 3 City Road Auckland CBD $350 Professional / $250 Design Assembly Friend (Not a DA Friend? Click here for details…

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Fresh from the field – Function memento by TDF

Our Fresh from the Field this week showcases the recent release of Function by Anthony Burrill, as well as the limited Collector’s Edition Woodblock Memento by TDF. The woodblocks are being sold individually to the highest bidder via silent auction, with a percentage of the profits being donated to bowel cancer research, which we think is a totally worthy…

10 months ago by

Designing with Type: Wayne Thompson

Join Australian Type Foundry‘s Wayne Thompson in this two-day workshop exploring both the hand-rendered and digital world of expressive lettering. Day 1: With an emphasis on doing rather than watching, we will introduce you to the world of expressive handlettering. After starting with an examination of different styles, we will explore ways to fit words together, make…

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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…

11 months ago by

Robert Coupland Harding — a man you should know, Part I

Written by Kelly Gilchrist A few words to set forth the objects and scope of our publication will not be out of place in our first number. It is our design to issue a journal representative of the printing, publishing, bookselling, stationery, and kindred interests, and to provide a recognized channel of communication between those…

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