Visual Communication, Way Finding and Universities

Written by Professor Guy Littlefair Professor Guy Littlefair The Dean of the Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies at AUT questions what role the university should have within design education Visual Communication design is a profession that is in a constant state of change. Across the last 50 years it has morphed from Commercial Art…

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MāoriGrl, Kōwhai and Ngā Tohu o Te Kawerau a Maki: Some Things to See This Matariki

Written by Lana Lopesi Graphic Matters is a monthly column on issues and ideas related to New Zealand Design Culture Every year in mid-winter Matariki rises into the sky, providing us here in Aotearoa with a time of reflection and new beginnings. Our national Matariki celebrations seems to grow in strength, scope and size every…

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Fresh from the Field — Strahl Brand by Dow Goodfolk

The brief: Innova, a kitchen and beverageware design company asked us to update their international brand, Strahl, a brand of virtually unbreakable glassware. Design response: We gave them an update in premium style and focused the story on what the products are used for the world over – making entertaining perfect. So we shot some…

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Spotlight – Harry A’Court from Inject Design, Wellington

Written by Kate McGuinness The team at Wellington studio Inject Design pride themselves on producing fresh and exciting work for global brands such as Hell Pizza, Fat Freddy’s Drop and the Wellington Chocolate Factory. Kate McGuinness took the opportunity to interview founder and creative director Harry A’Court to find out what goes on inside their…

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Fresh from the Field — Luna Brand by Studio Marque

This week’s Fresh From The Field features a name and brand for Luna by Studio Marque. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Lana for details. The brief: Luna is an online subscription-based service, targeted to tweens and teens, that delivers tampons, pads and liners to girls in phase with their…

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Auckland Festival of Photography, 31 May – 22 June

The Auckland Festival of Photography kicked off last week in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. This city-wide contemporary art and cultural event takes place within Auckland’s major galleries, project spaces, non-gallery venues and public sites. The programme includes a mix of emerging and established artists and comprises existing works and the creation of new work. The annual Festival is…

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Permission to be Creative: 7 things I learned from 7 years of the 100 Days Project

Written by Emma Rogan Supported by Creative New Zealand Emma Rogan is a contributor to Aotearoa Design Thinking 2018, a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand. First 100 Days Show In 2011 I was stuck in a rut with work and felt restless. I looked around…

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DA Workshop Napier: UX Crash Course with Matt Gould

Get hands-on experience of a digital UX design project from start to finish in this intensive one day workshop. This course is designed to give you an understanding of the principles behind a modern user centered design process and practical experience of some of the most common activities you will encounter in a typical user experience project. The day is designed so you can apply what you learn immediately to your current projects and also use what you learn as a base for further study.

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Fresh from the Field — The Brand New by Folk Creative

This week’s Fresh From The Field features a new identity, The Brand New  by Folk Creative If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Lana for details.    The brief: Our client, already a successful restaurateur asked Folk Creative to create an identity for her new…

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Spotlight – Janelle Rodrigues from Creature, Wellington

Written by Kate McGuinness Creature, are an award-winning Wellington agency, specialising in brand, visual identity, campaigns and marketing communications. Kate McGuinness recently spoke to creative director Janelle Rodrigues, one of the agency’s founding partners, to learn about how this studio continues to thrive in a fast-paced industry. Herriot Melhuish O’Neill Architects. Photography: Andy Spain. Kate McGuiness:…

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A Brush with Design: 10 Designers Dish on Their First Design Encounter — Abhi Topiwala

In the lead up to DA’s 10th birthday celebrations in March 2019, A Brush With Design asks 10 designers who have been involved with DA at various times to nostalgically recount their first memory of encountering design. In this third iteration we spoke with emerging designer Abhi Topiwala. Oh there are so many great memories…

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EVENTS & WORKSHOPS

May 31 Jul 06

DA Workshop Napier: UX Crash Course with Matt Gould

Get hands-on experience of a digital UX design project from start to finish in this intensive one day workshop. This course is designed to give you an understanding of the principles behind a modern user centered design process and practical experience of some of the most common activities you will encounter in a typical user experience project. The day is designed so you can apply what you learn immediately to your current projects and also use what you learn as a base for further study.

Jun 28

7th Annual Design Assembly Pub Quiz, Auckland June 28th, 2018

The DA Annual Pub Quiz is back for its seventh year! 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, gather together a team of your design colleagues. Show your creative peers just how much you know, and enjoy an evening amongst the biggest design nerds in Auckland. 

Auckland

Jul 13

DA Workshop Christchurch: Applying Design Thinking to creating Māori Graphic Design

There is a growing demand for authentic products, experiences and connection with people and community. This has created a growing desire to authentically engage with and share Māori culture, narratives and forms of expression. This workshop is designed to help anyone who would like to explore and understand authentic Māori Design, in a supportive and accepting environment.

Christchurch

Jul 13

UX Gym Workshop Auckland: User Interface Design — Designing for Screens

his practical course focuses on design for screens, from application user interfaces to web design. This course could be taken as a complement to one of our user centered design courses or as a stand alone course for designers, developers and product managers who want to learn more about making design decisions for screens. NOTE:…

Auckland

Jul 27

UX Gym Workshop Wellington: User Interface Design — Designing for Screens

This practical course focuses on design for screens, from application user interfaces to web design. This course could be taken as a complement to one of our user centered design courses or as a stand alone course for designers, developers and product managers who want to learn more about making design decisions for screens. NOTE:…