– An internal kaupapa by Designworks for Aotearoa

This year Designworks undertook a personal studio project and created – a website to help all New Zealanders introduce themselves in Te Reo Māori, through pepeha.  Encouraging everyone to learn the stories behind their pepeha and share them with pride.

In this article Anzac Tasker, Design Director at Designworks talks about the project, its intent, the design elements and where it will go from here.

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Fresh from the Field — Outline by Studio South

This week’s Fresh From The Field features a brand strategy, collateral and digital environment for Outline by Studio South If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief: The Outline project, envisioned by Fearon Hay Architects, features six 95m2 freehold lots with…

7 days ago by

Smells like Fresh Print — Pop’set Stationery for Troy Goodall Photography

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 attention grabbing collateral using Pop’set. Project Title: Troy Goodall Photography Studio / Design team: Fuman Design Client: Troy Goodall Printer: Centurion / GTO Printers Production methods: Business Cards: Stock – Pop’set Poppy 240gsm, Letterpress,…

1 week ago by

Fresh from the Field — Platen Magazine Branding by Black & White Studios

This week’s Fresh From The Field features a brand strategy, identity and magazine design for Platen Magazine by Black & White Studios. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. Brief Platen is an emerging literary magazine launching in early 2019. A quarterly…

2 weeks ago by

Digital Jungle Exhibition – Yoobee School of Design

Digital Jungle Exhibition – opens tonight from 5.30pm Yoobee School of Design welcomes you to their end of year exhibitions. Yoobee School of Design | Level 4 | 5.30pm | Wednesday  5th December A combined Diploma exhibition for: Creative Digital Design, Web and UX Design, 3D Production (Level 6), Game Art and Development (Level 7)

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Postgraduate Design Research – Diana Albarrán González, AUT

Welcome to Postgraduate Design Research – an opportunity to profile a selection of current design postgraduate students and their projects across our tertiary institutions. This week, we speak with Diana Albarrán González from AUT. Diana Albarrán González Doctor of Philosophy in Design and Indigenous Art Auckland University of Technology Tell us about your research. My research…

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Christchurch: DA’s End of Year Wrap Party 2018

Save the date for DA’s End of Year Wrap Party in Christchurch: Thursday 13th December at XCHC (Exchange Christchurch). Join your fellow designers and creatives and celebrate the end of the year and the start of summer with us.

2 weeks ago by

Riffing Off Walters: the art of distinguishing ourselves

Written by Michael Smythe Supported by Creative New Zealand  Gordon Walters has gifted us a visual language that is capable of representing New Zealand’s bicultural foundation in infinitely variable ways. It is a legacy to be valued and handled with care by professional designers. In this article Michael Smythe records the personal experiences, and interesting connections,…

3 weeks ago by

Fresh From The Field — Only Good Soap by Milk

This week’s Fresh From The Field features new packaging for Only Good by Milk. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details BREIF CONTEXT: With current consumer trends firmly towards health, wellness, simplicity and sustainability, the humble soap is making a comeback –…

3 weeks ago by

How to work with clients who micro-manage

Written by Sarah Ritchie You’ve created a masterpiece of an event poster for your client. Your client asks you to make the headline bigger, move an item from the bottom to the top, change out the picture and – while you’re at it – change the colours too. All of a sudden your poster (lovingly…

3 weeks ago by

Ask the Experts: What skills do you think will be needed by future designers?

Written by Hollie Arnett Supported by Creative New Zealand There are so many talented creatives with years of combined experience and a variety of skills in the design industry. Since there are no right or wrong answers and no one true source when it comes to design advice, Hollie Arnett brings you Ask the Experts –…

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Feb 20

DA Workshop Christchurch: How to run a profitable, successful design business — Wednesday 20th February 2019

Are you a self-employed designer? A design agency account manager? Or do you run a small design agency? You’ll know that maintaining great client relationships is just as important as producing great design work to guarantee financial success—but working with clients and ensuring your work remains profitable can be two of the biggest challenges you’ll face. In this fully-interactive workshop we’ll hit the issues head-on and tackle the tough questions that YOU want to ask. The power is in your hands!