Fresh from the Field — Kōkako exhibition stand, Auckland Coffee Festival by Design Dairy, Blink Boys and Angus Muir

This week’s Fresh from the Field features the Kōkako exhibition stand for the 2018 Auckland Coffee Festival by Design Dairy, Blink Boys and Angus Muir 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 brief to the team of creatives that helped us pull…

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Hot New Things — Hanna McLachlan, Massey

Welcome to Hot New Things 2018 – an opportunity to profile a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. This week, we speak with Hanna McLachlan from Massey. Hanna McLachlan Bachelor of Design honours (Visual Communication Design major) Massey University You completed your full time studies at the end of 2017. Can you…

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Fresh from the Field — Creating a Buzz for Pharmapac by Onfire Design

This week’s Fresh from the Field features a new brand positioning, collateral and exhibition design for Pharmapac by Onfire Design. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Lana for details. Pharmapac have been designing and manufacturing market leading plastic packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical and…

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Hot New Things — Abraar Patel, Unitec

Welcome to Hot New Things 2018 – an opportunity to profile a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. This week, we speak with Abraar Patel from Unitec. Abraar Patel Bachelor of Creative Enterprise Unitec You completed your full time studies at the end of 2017. Can you tell us what your final…

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“looking into the rear-view mirror”: Peter Haythornthwaite, Design Generation 

Written by Lana Lopesi Graphic Matters is a monthly column on issues and ideas related to New Zealand Design Culture We’re in the last few weeks of Peter Haythornthwaite: Design Generation a major survey exhibition of “one of New Zealand’s most influential industrial designers” currently on at Objectspace. Curated by design historian Michael Smythe, the exhibition…

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5 Mins With… Johnson McKay, Creative Strategist at Fly

Ahead of two workshops Johnson McKay is running for Design Assembly covering Client Attraction & Relationship Building Skills and Applying Design Thinking to creating Māori Graphic Design in both Auckland and Wellington, we sat down with the Creative Strategist to find out a little more about his work and the influences behind it. First off, can you introduce yourself…

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Fresh from the Field — The Chaat Company by Hardhat Design

This week’s Fresh from the Field features an identity for The Chaat Company, an Indian company specialising in Indian snacks set design by Hardhat Design. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Lana for details. The identity for Chaat brings the visual language of the…

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A Brush with Design: 10 Designers Dish on Their First Design Encounter — Becca O’Shea

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 second iteration we spoke with Becca O’Shea, Art Director from Little Giant. Hi I’m Becca an…

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Hot New Things — Abhi Topiwala, Unitec

Welcome to Hot New Things 2018 – an opportunity to profile a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. This week, we speak with Abhi Topiwala from Unitec. Abhi Topiwala Bachelor of Creative Enterprise Unitec You completed your full time studies at the end of 2017. Can you tell us what your final…

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Hot air: A Monthly Rotating Roundtable — What is Aotearoa New Zealand design? 

Hot Air: A Monthly Rotating Roundtable, is a new monthly series where a number of designers take on big design conversations. To kick it off we start at the only place rightful place to start, interrogating our national design culture addressing the question. This month we asked Tyrone Ohia, Emma Rogan, Johnson Witehira and Luke Wood,…

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Collaborative approaches breaking tradition in art and design: In conversation with Photographer Mark Purdom and Designer Alan Deare

Written by Holly Russell Design strategies and a to-and-fro approach towards collaboration saw Photographer Mark Purdom and Designer Alan Deare produce Mimetic, an award winning entry to this years’ New Zealand Photobook of the year. With an exhibition at Ramp Gallery as their starting point, the duo looked to capture the gallery experience in a…

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Wellington: DA Conversations Autumn series — Meet the speakers

This years DA Conversations are back in Wellington with local creatives sharing their stories. In the lead up to next week’s event, let’s meet the speakers! Angela Meyer — Co-Director at Double Denim Angela Meyer often surprises, sometimes shocks and always delivers. In a nutshell: She has a track record for innovative, behaviour- changing strategies.…

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Fresh from the Field — Kai Pasifika by Design Distillery

This week’s Fresh from the Field features an identity for Auckland restaurant Kai Pasifika by Design Distillery. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Lana for details. The Brief In the heart of Auckland – world’s largest pacific city, Kai Pasifika aimed to create a…

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Hot New Things — Etana Zaguri, Wintec

Welcome to Hot New Things 2018 – an opportunity to profile a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. This week, we speak with Etana Zaguri from Wintec. Etana Zaguri Bachelor of Media Arts (Graphic Design major) Wintec You completed your full time studies at the end of 2017. Can you tell us what…

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5 Mins With… Craig Black – Speaker at The Design Conference 2018

Ahead of The Design Conference 2018 in Brisbane from May 9 – 11 we spent 5 Mins With… Craig Black of Craig Black Design and Lead Designer at Thirst Craft. How would you describe your work and your influences? I’m primarily known for bespoke and innovative typographic illustrations, visual identities, packaging and installations. My strengths lie in my ability…

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Graphic Design & Photography: Anthony Green

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with photographer Anthony Green to find out more about his photography and his passions. This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin. Can you tell our readers a little bit about who you are and what you do. My names is Anthony Green I am someone who…

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Fresh from the Field — Naylor Love by Strategy Creative

This week’s Fresh from the Field features an identity for Naylor Love by Strategy Creative. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Lana for details. Naylor Love came to Strategy Creative looking to lift the company’s profile — to modernise the brand to stay relevant…

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Hot New Things — Elsie Murray, Wintec

Welcome to Hot New Things 2018 – an opportunity to profile a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. This week, we speak with Elsie Murray from Wintec. Elsie Murray Bachelor of Media Arts (Graphic Design major) Wintec You completed your full time studies at the end of 2017. Can you tell us what…

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Censoring Colors: Did the New Zealand government stop a famous image of Queen Elizabeth from being published?

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.  In 2015 the New Zealand government stopped an image from appearing in a new book about a famous magazine. At least, this…

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5 Mins With… Zoe Green – Speaker at The Design Conference 2018

Ahead of The Design Conference 2018 in Brisbane from May 9 – 11 we spent 5 Mins With… Zoe Green – Co-Founder of Co Partnership. Zoe has specialised in branding and packaging throughout her 19 year career, with proven experience across many sectors, demonstrating a broad ability in FMCG and premium alcohol branding. She has worked…

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Now and Then: Ethan Lowe

Written by Annie McCulloch, Portfolio Recruitment Now and Then is a series where we catch up with designers who’ve been recently placed, via Portfolio Recruitment. We get their thoughts and feedback about their new roles and their work. Our latest Now and Then is with Ethan Lowe, a Graphic Designer at Culture&Theory. Ethan! What an awesome year (and a bit)…

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Fresh from the Field — Chamber Music New Zealand by VOICE

This week’s Fresh from the Field features a brand refresh for  identity for Chamber Music New Zealand by VOICE. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Lana for details. As part of VOICE’s creative partnership with Chamber Music New Zealand, the branding agency has just revealed…

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Christchurch: DA Conversations Autumn series — Meet the speakers

This years DA Conversations are back in Christchurch with two local creatives sharing their stories. In the lead up to next weeks event lets meet the speakers!   Kate Darby — Co-Founder at Dovetail X Kate Darby is the Co-Founder at Dovetail X; Design Studio Facilitator at Ara Institute of Canterbury; Design Partner Darby.pro; Host…

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Auckland: DA Conversations Autumn series — Meet the panel

This years DA Conversations are back to discuss pertinent issues for the New Zealand graphic design community. In 2018 Sean McGarry, Creative Director at Voice will convene the conversation in Auckland between Donna McCort, Creative Director and Leonie Whyte, Senior Designer at Dow Goodfolk; Caroline Powley, Senior Lecturer at AUT as well as Nick Riley, Creative Director and Jonte Goldwater,…

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