Fresh From The Field — Spreading Kindness, with Strategy Creative

Today is World Kindness Day so we are bringing you a special edition of Fresh From the Field! DA loves this collaboration between Strategy Creative, Good Bitches Baking and Fix & Fogg, not just for the impeccable design, playful copywriting and striking campaign photography but because we admire the projects kaupapa. If you have new…

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Fresh From The Field — Born to Create

This Fresh From The Field features an inspirational series of artwork celebrating heroines by Lucie Blazevska. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief: “We were all born to create but human creation wouldn’t be at all possible without women, the…

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Fresh From The Field — Libby’s Pork Crack by Supply

This Fresh From The Field by Supply is as “fresh” as it gets – referencing the paste-up aesthetics and energy of 90’s Hip Hop while conveying the quality attributes contemporary foodies demand. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief:…

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Fresh From The Field — We Compost by Seachange Studio

This Fresh From The Field features playful branding by Seachange Studio for Auckland’s leading commercial compostable waste collection service. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief: We Compost are Auckland’s leading commercial compostable waste collection service. Each week…

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Horizon

We are previewing the talent on show at AUT’s Horizon Exhibition opening this week. 6th November 6:30-9:30, 7-10th November from 10am-4pm AUT School or Art & Design WE Building, Level 5 Angela Coote Flexible Thinking Explore how the body can enhance your creative process, beyond the mind’s limitations. Flexible Thinking is a resource pack that…

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5 minutes with DA’s new Wellington host… Jenn Hadley

As we have grown over the last ten years, our Auckland-based founder Louise Kellerman has relied on local hosts to be ambassadors and fly the Design Assembly flag in their region. The newest addition to our host team is Wellington-based Jenn Hadley, and we wanted to take 5 minutes to introduce her to you all!…

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5 minutes with… James Fuller CEO of Hnry

In just three short years, Hnry has become Aotearoa’s fasted growing tax agent and happily call themselves your Financial Sidekick. Hnry is an ideal option for freelancers as it provides all your invoicing, payments, expenses and tax services all in one place, with no need for a separate accountant or complex software. Annie, Consultant for…

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RNDR19 – Opens tomorrow

We are previewing the talent on show at RNDR19 Victoria University Faculty of Architecture and Design End of Year Exhibition Opening 1st November 5:30pm 2nd – 15th November 10am-4pm The Atrium, Faculty of Architecture and Design, 139 Vivian St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011 https://www.victoria.ac.nz/fad Emmi Fortes-Rosser Tengoku Sushi is a brand visual identity created and…

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Fresh From The Field — Hubbard’s Bran-ola by Onfire Design

This Fresh From The Field by Onfire Design features Category defining product innovation, neon colours and messaging… to ensure Hubbards Bran-ola speaks to a vibrant young market. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief: Having rebranded Hubbards in 2012, Matt…

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2019 Graphic Design Graduate Shows

November is always a busy month with the Graphic Design Graduate Shows across Aotearoa. Come along to discover local talent, see what this generation of designers are thinking about, what they are making and help welcome these graduates to our professional community. (Check back! This post will be updated as more Grad Show listings come…

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Aotearoa Photographers: Janine Ross-Johnstone

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with photographer Janine Ross-Johnstone to find out more about her life behind the lens, being softly grounded and keeping pace with changing technology. This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin.   How did you initially get started in with photography? Being introduced to photography on my…

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Studio South + DA present Open Book – Conversations on Studio Life

On Thursday 20th October Studio South and Design Assembly collaborated on a new initiative which saw final year graphic design students invited into the studio for a night of conversation, literally opening the book on studio life.   The evening started with pizza and drinks and one-to-one conversations between students and the South team before heading upstairs…

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5 minutes with… Louise Nash

Ahead of our Auckland: Planet Centric Design workshop, we spoke with the facilitator (& Circularity founder) Louise Nash about her journey from linear to closed-loop, disruptive bravery, and what participants can expect from the workshop. What inspired you to start your Circularity? I reached a point in my career where I wanted to use my skills for a…

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Fresh From The Field — Kiwi Spirit Distillery by Plato Creative

 This Fresh From The Field features a brand strategy with refined typographic detailing and packaging design that instills ambition for a craft-focused local distillery by Plato Creative.  If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief: Kiwi Spirit Distillery are artisan producers…

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Wellington Zinefest 2019

The 2019 Wellington Zinefest is set to be bigger than ever – covering three days of events, from November 15 – 17, at Te Auaha on Dixon street. After the popularity of the 2018 market, Zinefest has expanded into a true festival, with two different market days and spots for 120 stalls, live music and…

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Field Guide — A simple Guide to Paper

Brought to you by B&F Papers As a young designer exploring the world of paper it is important to understand many of the key properties and attributes that bring you or your clients design and concept to life. There is a large range of paper options to select from and the simplest solution is to…

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A Short Run: A Selection of New Zealand Lathe-Cut Records 19 Oct–30 Nov 2019

Objectspace’s upcoming exhibition showcases design created for Lathe-Cut Records   New Zealand lathe-cut records from the collection of Luke Wood. Image: Haru Sameshima.   At the foothills of the Southern Alps in the late 1980s Peter King re-engineered a then outdated technology, developing a new way of ‘cutting’ audio into transparent polycarbonate plastic. Lo-fi but…

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Fresh From The Field — Fuman’s Boards By Blank

This Fresh From The Field by Fuman features an identity and product design for a brand at the cross-section of classic surf culture and contemporary design aesthetics. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief: Most surf brands have a…

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What is planet-centric design?

Chris Jackson founded We Create Futures in 2018 as an alternative to the traditional design agency business model and innovation approach. After speaking on our Wellington Spring conversations panel Chris wrapped up the key questions and themes that arose. He generously allowed us to republish the article here; Planet-centric design – What is the role…

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5 minutes with… Lee Parkinson

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with Lee Parkinson Strategic Director at Strategy Creative to learn more about his diverse career, audacious attention-grabbing campaigns, how to draw inspiration from everywhere, what biomimcry can teach designers (& why we need to learn fast!) and his side kick Bamm the strategy dog. Can you tell…

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Ecostore: Circular by Design

The Circular Economy rethinks a linear take-make-dispose model of business, closing the loop, so resources are continuously repurposed. Circular systems are restorative and regenerative by design. They enable businesses to gain economic and social value without environmental degradation. Ahead of our Auckland: Circular by Design workshop, we asked facilitator (& Circularity founder) Louise Nash to share a…

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Place: Osborne Shiwan 19 Oct–30 Nov 2019

The spaces we inhabit provide fertile ground for creative exploration and the DA team were excited to see Objectspace is set to exhibit Place: Osborne Shiwan from the 19 Oct–30 Nov 2019. This exhibition acts as a love letter to the city Lloyd Osborne and Shabnam Shiwan reside in. Tāmaki Makaurau is our home, an…

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Fresh From The Field — Whitecliffe College

This Fresh From The Field features a playful rebrand with a nod to the Bauhaus aesthetic for Whitecliffe College. Owned by Asia Pacific Education Group (APEDU) Whitecliffe has campuses in Auckland Central, Manukau, Wellington and Christchurch, and offers a highly-respected suite of arts, design, fashion and IT programmes from certificate through to postgraduate levels. If…

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Best of the Best: Congratulations to the 2019 Best Design Awards winners

DINZ Best Awards are a celebration of Aotearoa design, with over 1200 entries nominated from across nine categories from New Zealand and Australia. The Black Pin is the Institute’s highest honour. Celebrating individuals who have made a significant achievement in the field of design both nationally and internationally; demonstrating a combination of leadership, vision, creativity…

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5 minutes with… Ross Murray

Ross Murray‘s iconic illustrative work masterfully captures place and time. We spoke with him about creative representation, his early artistic influences, finding inspiration (& energy) in the landscape, dream projects, and remembering to breathe.   Can you tell us about any milestones in your creative journey from when you started out to today?  Leaving my…

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