Fresh From the Field — Postcards from Aotearoa, Method

The kaupapa, intelligence and craft of Method’s Postcards from Aotearoa project are phenomenal. The NZ On Air funded game allows 5-9 year old tamariki to create their likeness as a character, pack for a journey, and join their “aunty Tui” on an adventure around Aotearoa’s remarkable landscape. The HTML5 game enables children to see themselves…

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BJ Ball Student Design Competition

BJ Ball Papers dedicated to celebrating graphic design in print right here in Aotearoa, New Zealand. The BJ Ball Student Design Contest is back again – it’s an opportunity for Aotearoa Graphic Design students to showcase their talents and work to the design industry.This is an exceptional opportunity for students follow a project from brief through to print, and to…

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Kaiwhakanikoniko – kōrero with… Isobel Joy Te Aho-White

Kātoitoi commissioned a number of Kaiwhakanikoniko (graphic artists) to visually interpret the written essays sitting within the project. We speak to three (of six) contributing illustrators: Bonnie Brown, Isobel Joy Te Aho-White and Joseph Carrington about their vibrant careers so far, where they draw their creative inspiration and some reflections on 2020. Isobel Joy Te…

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Wintec to host change-making creatives at Ramp Festival

Wintec School of Media Arts’ highly anticipated Ramp Festival 2021 is once again bringing creative-based thinkers from across Aotearoa to Kirikiriroa, Hamilton from 4 – 6 August. – https://www.ramp.ac.nz Sarah Smuts-Kennedy is pleased to see regenerative themes being discussed in an academic context. Image: Supplied. This year the Ramp Festival lineup includes New Zealand artist and creator Sarah…

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Fresh From the Field — Island Gin by One Design

This Fresh from the Field features One Design’s exceptional craft on Island Gin. The outstanding bottle form and the brand expression draw inspiration from the environment and speak to our coast. Making this global calibre project undeniably local. Island Gin is also a beacon of environmental stewardship and circular thinking, with raw material for the…

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CHRISTCHURCH DA Annual Pub Quiz 2021

The DA Annual Pub Quiz is back for 2021!  Join us for an evening of graphic design, arts and culture trivia — you know you want this year’s bragging rights! Pit your studio against the rest, or if you’re working independently, we can pop you in a team or you can gather together a team…

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WEBINAR: Stronger, Better, Happier Studio Program Walk Through

Join Louise Kellerman from Design Assembly and Andy Wright from Streamtime as they walk you through what to expect from their Stronger Better Happier Studio Program. Louise and Andy will give you an overview of the course and take you through some of the content in module one and two so you’ll be able to…

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Inhouse Luminaries… Karem Ortiz, Heartland bank

This series profiles the best and brightest designers in Aotearoa’s in-house design studios, this week we spoke with Heartland Bank‘s Creative Lead, Karem Ortiz.   Kia ora Karem, can you tell us a bit about your creative background prior to joining Heartland? Growing up, I loved creating at school and at home. Later on, I realised…

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Meet our friends… Oscar Thomas, Designworks

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so we’re happy to get the chance to speak with Oscar Thomas, designer at Designworks. We spoke to Oscar about his career journey, an interest in motion and film, the Designworks philosophy and culture, the mahi he is proud of, tech he is…

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Influencing the bigger picture.

Can design really affect social change? Communication design is just one thread in the complex web of social discourse that helps shape our opinions, beliefs, and actions. Design is pervasive, existing in every nook of our lives, and whilst its effect might seem largely invisible, design holds the power of influence. Creativity has immense potential…

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Fresh From the Field — Kāpiti Cheese by unified brands

Kāpiti is a brand that isn’t shy of big, bold flavours, they commissioned Unified Brands to design packaging with the same confidence. The brief: Kāpiti, a brand that sets the bar for cheese – proudly holding the title for New Zealand’s most awarded cheese company. Their product is second to none, but the brand team…

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EVENTS & WORKSHOPS

Aug 10

CHRISTCHURCH DA Annual Pub Quiz 2021

The DA Annual Pub Quiz is back for 2021!  Join us for an evening of graphic design, arts and culture trivia — you know you want this year’s bragging rights! Pit your studio against the rest, or if you’re working independently, we can pop you in a team or you can gather together a team…

Christchurch

Aug 19

WEBINAR: Stronger, Better, Happier Studio Program Walk Through

Join Louise Kellerman from Design Assembly and Andy Wright from Streamtime as they walk you through what to expect from their Stronger Better Happier Studio Program. Louise and Andy will give you an overview of the course and take you through some of the content in module one and two so you’ll be able to…

Aug 25

CHRISTCHURCH DA Workshop: Writing for Designers with Mark Easterbrook

Even purely visual design work is surrounded by language. We use words to inform, explain and persuade our audiences before, during and after a design project. This workshop will step above the nuts and bolts of grammar and spelling and look at what makes good writing good, so workshop attendees can develop their confidence with the written word.

Christchurch

Aug 26

DA Online Event – Under The Hood August, Two Designers & Two Projects

Thanks to our event partners Adobe, you are invited to join us for our monthly online event where two designers walk us through how a design project worked and an Adobe rep shares tips and tricks to improve your daily workflow.

Sep 08

AUCKLAND DA Workshop: The Value of Strategy with Raul Sarrot

In this 3-hour course, we will do a deep dive in the world of business and brand strategy, exploring how we can translate core purpose into a meaningful value-driven strategy. While we work on hands-on activities to co-create a meaningful strategic framework and an activation plan, we will answer the specific questions or challenges you might have around your business/brand.

Auckland