Why we exist
Design Assembly is the home of New Zealand visual design – bringing New Zealand’s visual designers together as a community.

Mission
Design Assembly supports New Zealand’s visual design community to inclusively connect, educate and inspire each other.

 

 

Our Values
Inclusivity  
Everyone is welcome at every age and stage.
Diversity
We want to inspire every visual designer on their individual journey.
Safety
Design Assembly provides a safe and positive environment to share knowledge, experiences and challenges.
Celebration
Showcasing, sharing and celebrating NZ visual design in all its diversity.
Community
Design Assembly provides unique opportunities for visual designers to connect with and support each other

Louise Kellerman – Director and Founder

 

Louise has a background in graphic design, she studied at AUT University and has worked for 19 years in Auckland and London. In August 2008 with a desire for events and a community for New Zealand graphic designers, Louise founded Design Assembly with a series of evening speaker events in Auckland. Since then Design Assembly has grown to hold events and workshops throughout the year in Auckland, Hamilton, Napier, Wellington and Christchurch. The website publishes fresh regular content every week profiling and celebrating New Zealand visual designers, studios, students and design work.

 

Louise Kellerman
– Inspiration is the drawing in of air.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/lkellerman/

louise@designassembly.org.nz | 027 360 5090


Nicole Arnett Phillips  – Editor

 

 

nicole@designassembly.org.nz


Hollie Arnett – Wellington DA Host

 

Hollie is the founder, creative director and designer at her studio, Black and White Studios. Originally from England, Hollie now calls New Zealand home and has been a part of the Wellington creative community for over 6 years, attending and hosting workshops, meetups and events all over the capital and New Zealand.

 

With a super-nerdy obsession with letterforms, Hollie specializes in typography, lettering and branding across a variety of different mediums. Hollie also teaches typography at Massey University, runs hand lettering workshops, writes and creates videos about typography & lettering, and is a member of the International Society of Typographic Design.

 

hello@blackandwhitestudios.nz


Jason Juno – Napier DA Host

jason@coastandco.nz


Nicola Devine – Christchurch DA Host

 

Nicola works with a team of amazing designers in Christchurch to help deliver the annual program of Design Assembly events and workshops locally.

 

Nicola originally trained as a graphic designer in the 1990s, when iPhones were still a twinkle in Steve Jobs’ eye, Nicola has been involved in both print-based and interactive media since her time studying at Wanganui School of Design. Owner of design studio Tanker Creative, founded in 2003, Nicola is an avid follower of new technology in strategy, marketing, design and communications. She has an interest in cultural and gender diversity, as well as collaborative practice between creatives from spheres such as photography, fine art and writing.

 

nicola@designassembly.org.nz