Baggy Pants and Butter Paper… Bella Alexander-Kemble, Communication Design

This interview is the first in a series from Hamish Besley a third-year student at Victoria University Wellington – Te Herenga Waka, Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation. Each interview was first published in Baggy Pants and Butter Paper, an editorial publication for students by students (conceived in Hamish’s final year of study). The interviews…

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Fresh From The Field — Everyday Horrors by Method

This Fresh from the Field features Method‘s recent work on their own project Everyday Horrors Halloween game. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email  nicole@designassembly.org.nz  for details. The Brief Team Method loves Halloween and with everything that has changed this year, and the possibility…

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Wellington: EOY Wrap Event — Meet our speakers

Wellington DA Event: EOY Wrap Party 2020, November 11, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Join your fellow designers and creatives to celebrate the end of the year and the start of summer! What a year 2020 has been! So let’s get together – celebrate being back in level 1, commiserate and share our experiences of…

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Fresh From The Field — RAAD

This Fresh from the Field is brought to you by our awesome partners Portfolio Recruitment. The Portfolio team are heavily invested in our design community and reached out to tell us about Creative Director Matt Saunders latest project RAAD. We think this is a phenomenal initiative and admire the kaupapa, the environmental stewardship, the RAAD…

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Grow, Designed By Media Design School Students: Dannah Angela Soriano, Erika Marasigan, Logan Ware, Yancong Guo,

‘Grow’ is a volunteer recruitment campaign that promotes volunteering to people who are passionate, eager to learn, and are willing to give back to the community. The initiative designed by a collective of Media Design School Students was recently awarded in the Next Gen NG: Digital Design category in the Good Design Awards. Design Assembly…

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Fresh From The Field — Zuru’s Health by Habit

This Fresh from the Field showcases more category disrupting work from Zuru edge. The Health by Habit wellness range rethinks supplement packaging and makes a bold statement in a crowded market. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email  nicole@designassembly.org.nz  for details. The Brief:…

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Design & Books… Nature—Stilled

This is the first in a new series of articles looking at book design and books on design. We begin with Nature — Stilled a Te Papa press title designed by Inhouse. Publication date: October 2020 NZ RRP (incl. GST): $70.00 Extent: 364 pages Format: Hardback ISBN: 978-0-9951136-9-5 Cabinets of curiosities are not a new concept; wonderous collections housed in an…

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Christchurch: EOY Wrap Event — Meet our speakers

Christchurch DA Event: EOY Wrap Party, November 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Join your fellow designers and creatives to celebrate the end of the year and the start of summer! What a year 2020 has been! So let’s get together – celebrate being back in level 1, commiserate and share our experiences of…

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Graduate Shows: Tika Tonu, AUT South

As the academic year draws to a close the graduation events ramp up. Each year the Graphic Design Graduate Shows across Aotearoa provides opportunities to discover local talent, see what this generation of designers are thinking about, what they are making and help welcome these emerging professionals to our community. Tika Tonu is the 2020…

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Fresh From The Field — Pump Lifestyle Collection by Fly

The Pump Lifestyle Collection was recently recognised with Gold at Pride in Print and is a finalist in the 2020 Best Awards. The playful typography, innovative digital experience and quality print production in this campaign are of the exceptional calibre we expect from Fly. If you have new or recent work that you would like…

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Semi Permanent 2020

Semi Permanent is back and an unprecedented year calls for an unprecedented lineup and format. One day, ten hours, 27 speakers and performers. Thanks to three key sponsors (ALT, Auckland City Council and Special Group), NZ designs favourite conference will be free to attend. In another first, Semi Permanent will also be live-streamed (so anyone…

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Graduate Shows: RNDR20 – Victoria University Wellington – Te Herenga Waka

As the academic year draws to a close the graduation events ramp up. Each year the Graphic Design Graduate Shows across Aotearoa provides opportunities to discover local talent, see what this generation of designers are thinking about, what they are making and help welcome these emerging professionals to our community. Victoria’s RNDR20 opens Friday the…

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Fresh From The Field — Commercial Bay by The Space In Between

The innovative Commercial Bay website is a place for storytelling and wayshowing. In this Fresh from the Field The Space In Between Founder Brendan Jarvis tells us while the UX design was relatively straightforward the development had its challenges. The result is a bold and compelling website that moves people to visit Commercial Bay, by…

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Auckland: EOY Wrap Event — Meet our speakers

At our Auckland EOY Wrap Party you’ll also enjoy a digital exhibition of Mate Act Now – A protest for the digital generation, curated by Chris Flack and hear from local designers talk about their response to the brief: Clem Devine and Phoebe Ellis Leah Surynt Liam Ooi Wednesday 4 November 6pm – 8pm Objectspace…

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Fresh From The Field — TEDx CHCH by Strategy

This Fresh from the Field by Strategy Christchurch is a reflection of people, place and culture expressed as a contemporary Tukutuku celebrating TEDxChristchurch new home (the iconic Christchurch Town Hall) and their 10th year.  Te Ao Māori narrative informs the intricate design created in partnership with Ngāi Tūāhuriri, the result is an exceptionally beautiful, sensitive…

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Fresh From The Field — Pumpd by Marx

This Fresh from the Field features Marx recent work for New Edition and their hero product Pumpd. The relaxed design, friendly drop character and clever copywriting work together delivering positivity and reassurance to a category that might traditionally be regarded as purely functional or even stressful for mums. If you have new or recent work…

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By Day By Night… Wintec’s Trudi Hewitt

By Day By Night is an interview series that profiles graphic design tutors from design schools throughout New Zealand. We learn about their role as a teacher and their own personal design practice. Today we hear from Trudi Hewitt who works at Wintec, School of Media Arts in Hamilton. What is your official title at…

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Te Papa Press and Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū publications Honoured

Judges were unable to separate the excellence of two recent Te Papa Press titles, announcing them joint winners of their category in the prestigious Museums Australasia Multimedia and Publication Design Awards (MAPDA), presented in an online ceremony this week. Protest Tautohetohe: Objects of Resistance, Persistence and Defiance, designed by Gideon Keith of Seven, and Crafting…

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Fresh From The Field — Jasmax Brand

This Fresh from the Field features the Jasmax Brand identity and book (recently recognised as a finalist in the 2020 best awards). Jasmax believes great design can awaken the human spirit, providing shape to cities and cultures… their renewed brand expresion is evidence of this and reflects the practices new strategic design direction and commitment…

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Adobe MAX 2020 is virtual and free

You heard that right. Adobe MAX 2020 registration is open. And this year the largest creativity conference in the world will bring the creative community together – even when worlds apart. This year’s creativity conference is virtual, completely free, and jam-packed with 56 hours of non-stop inspiration and learning. With live content demos, luminary speakers, Sneaks, celebrity appearances,…

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Getting teams excited about remote collaboration

Kate McGuinness speaks to Nina Fountain, Workplace Strategist and the founder of Transformed Teams about how creatives can work together, even when we’re apart.   How can creative teams foster that ‘spirit of collaboration’ remotely? The awesome thing about creative work is the energy of creating – it is those fantastic moments when you lose…

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5 minutes with… Caro Armstrong

Portfolio Recruitment has been a loyal longtime partner of Design Assembly. Their support helps us support our community. The portfolio team are creative industry recruitment specialists, they live and breath Aoteraoa design. Portfolio connect clients with talent in our industry in permanent, contract and freelance capacity, across creative, strategic, digital, client service and production. We…

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Fresh From The Field — Snaklog by Onfire

This Fresh from the Field features Onfire’s recent work for Tasti’s SNAKLOG. The design holds true to the explosive visual language of the previous iteration while dialling up the volume and pace to reinvigorate this longtime kiwi favourite in a crowded market. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share…

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Field Art: Munro Te Whata

In this series, we shine a spotlight on the incredible artists contributing to our 2020 Field Guide. Today we hear from Munro Te Whata How would you describe your illustration style? I’ve always jumped between drawing in a semi-realistic or cartoony style.  Is illustration your full-time gig or how does it fit around the other…

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Meet our Friends… Sarah Callesen, Dossier

Design Assembly has become the home of New Zealand design – providing a collaborative digital and physical platform for kiwi visual designers to learn, keep up-to-date and be inspired. We couldn’t do that without the support of our Friends. This series profiles some of the studios and individuals who have shown their love and support…

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