Fresh From The Field — Welcome to Nowhere 2022 By Emily Stevens Studio

Emily Stevens Studio worked with Welcome to Nowhere, an independent music and arts festival, to create an updated look and feel for 2022. After initially creating the festival’s 2021 identity, the refreshed identity focuses on the local flora and fauna, using these taonga to express the diversity and uniqueness of the event, along with the…

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5 minutes with…Ryan Shields, Visual Designer

Ahead of our next Wellington DA Event: EOY Wrap Party, we had a chat to one of our speakers, Ryan Shields. Ryan is creative visual designer type. He loves making work that is playful and beautifully crafted. He loves when work makes people smile, makes a difference and makes a compelling story. He believes that…

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Making your website or app accessible

As the world becomes ever more digital – a process that’s been accelerated by the covid pandemic – it’s even more important that no-one is left behind. Follow these tips for making your website or app accessible – originally published on https://www.belab.co.nz/items/making-your-website-or-app-accessible. Most of us use websites and apps every day, without even thinking about…

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2021 Graphic Design Graduate Shows

November is always a busy month with the Graphic Design Graduate Shows across Aotearoa. Check out the online exhibitions or head along to discover your 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…

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Fresh From The Field – Te Anau Time Campaign by Strategy

Strategy creates “Te Anau Time”, to inspire Kiwi’s to visit Te Anau. Using captivating photographs and simple typography, Te Anau Time is set to inspire travellers that there has never been a better time than now to experience and explore one of New Zealand’s most diverse regions. Want to submit your own work to Fresh…

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Meet The Speakers – DA Wellington Social Event

Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA EOY Social Events, taking place in Wellington and Christchurch this year. This year’s speakers include:   Ryan shields I’m Ryan. A creative visual designer type. I love making work that is playful and beautifully crafted. I love when it makes people smile, makes a difference and makes a compelling…

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Now and Then with Tash Vranjes from HeyYou

Written by Annie McCulloch and brought to you by Portfolio Recruitment Now and Then is a series where we catch up with designers who have been recently placed, via Portfolio Recruitment, to get their thoughts and feedback about their roles and their work. Annie recently had a chat to Tash, who is a Senior Art Worker at HeyYou.…

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Streamtime’s Sunnier Summer Agenda Announced

Get a head start on the future. Do the groundwork for a happier, healthier, creative business in 2022. Save your virtual seat here for the 23 November – 9am – 1pm AEDT / 11am – 3pm NZDT Good times aren’t just for when you clock off! Hold onto your akubras, this is not your normal…

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Meet The Speakers – DA Christchurch Social Event

Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA EOY Social Events, taking place in Wellington and Christchurch this year. This year’s speakers include: Tim & Honey – Plato Creative   Tim O’Neill – Creative Lead A multi-disciplinary creative with graphic design beginnings, over the past decade Tim has found himself doing a little bit of everything.…

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Fresh From The Field — Emma Lewisham website By Studio Almond

Emma Lewisham worked with Studio Almond to create an innovative design-led web experience that complemented the brands values of becoming the world’s first carbon positive beauty brand. A minimal and sophisticated approach helps to focus on the products and showcase the simple yet elegant design of the brand. Unique designs and layouts work together to…

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Fresh From The Field – NZ Vaccine Facts Animation Series

 When we saw the Vaccine Facts series, we thought it was a pretty nifty way to get a the complex idea of COVID-19 vaccines across our wide and diverse Aotearoa population, but in an easy and understandable way – so we got in touch with the team at Daylight Creative to ask them a few…

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Under The Hood With… Janelle Rodrigues, Creative Lead at Creature

Ahead of our next Under The Hood November event, we learnt more about one of our speakers, Janelle Rodrigues. Janelle is a founding partner and the Creative Lead of the award-winning design company Creature. She combines an enquiring mind with strategic motivations to solve her client’s creative briefs. She sees herself as more than a designer… although…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Matt Power

Kia ora and welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to Aotearoa NZ designers, hear their stories and celebrate their work. I’m Louise and today I’m talking to Matt Power from Method. Matt Power is Design Director working across design, art direction and user experience at Method, a creative technology studio based…

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Under The Hood With… Johnson McKay, Director of Fly

Ahead of our next Under The Hood November event, we learnt more about one of our speakers, Johnson McKay. Johnson is the Director of Fly, he started as an owner / in business development and then slowly shifted to strategy, then creative and now cultural strategy and creative storytelling. Their philosophy then was to reject advertising as…

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Fresh From The Field – Engine for Empathy by Optimal Workshop

Optimal Workshop’s 2021 Strategy document needed to be easily digestible, clean, and professional, yet withstand their core values of being approachable, curious, and bold. Using illustrations to visualise complex ideas and concepts in the most simplest of ways, they pulled it all together to create something uniquely playful. Want to submit your own work to…

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Aotearoa NZ Photographers – Larnie Nicolson

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with photographer Larnie Nicolson, an Auckland based photographer who shoots for international publications and creative agencies. We talk about developing her distinctive graphic style, her architecture and interiors focus and how she keeps a human element.   This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin. How did…

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Fresh From The Field – Ahi Kā for BCFNZ by Colenso BBDO

BCFNZ turns to te ao māori to help empower women to get a mammogram. Colenso BBDO created a vibrant and eye-catching campaign, telling the story of wāhine Māori and their journey back to respecting their breasts. Want to submit your own work to Fresh From The Field? Fill out the FFTF form here. The brief: For…

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Fresh From The Field – EAT… by Onfire

Onfire were asked to create a positive and bright personality to attract a younger and health-conscious audience. By addressing the eternal question of ‘what to snack on?’, the bright colours and bold typography work together to make the positive personality stand out from the shelves. Want to submit your own work to Fresh From The…

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5 mins with… Adeline Salkeld, Product Design Lead at RUSH

Recently we caught up with Adeline Salkeld, Product Design Lead at RUSH. We talked to about freelancing, making the world better, learning dressage and moving to NZ and settling in UX and working at RUSH.   Can you tell us a bit about your career background and what led you toward digital? I was lucky…

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5 minutes with…Natasha Alimova, Senior Designer at Onfire Design

We had a chat to Natasha Alimova, Senior Designer at Onfire Design in Auckland. She talks to us about her career starting with an internship, and how curiosity, ideas and the variety of projects lead her into the packaging design realm. Can you tell us a bit about your career background and what drew you…

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Aotearoa NZ Design Recognized in the Good Design Awards

The Australian Good Design Awards continues a long and proud legacy of showcasing the very best in design and innovation to a global audience. The Awards are one of the longest-running international design awards, promoting excellence in design and innovation since 1958. Recognised by the World Design Organization (WDO) as Australia’s peak international design endorsement…

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Aotearoa Design Community Survey

Kia Ora Aotearoa NZ, We know that this has been a long year, and we’d love to take this opportunity to stop, consider and reflect. In order to make sure that we are providing you relevant, engaging content and events, we’d love to gain some insight into how you all have been doing this year,…

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Fresh From The Field – Venues Otautahi by McCarthy

We get great insight into McCarthy’s process for designing a brand in their project for Venues Ōtautahi – a mix of striking photography, bold colours and expressive illustration styles gives Venues Ōtautahi a versatile and creative brand, which can be adapted as needed and adds to the impact of the overall experience.  The brief: Venues…

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Lunch with Blutui

Come and join our partner Blutui for lunch, they deliver the ultimate agency weapon in the battle for better websites. You are invited to join us online as the Blutui team run you through their platform and how Blutui puts your agency in control of web projects.  It’s Wednesday so we thought we’d give you…

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5 minutes with… Serval Fandango

Serval Fandango is Tāmaki Makaurau based illustrator, artist and graphic designer. His lively brilliance, and unique flair has been seen across the city from coffee cups to digitised large scale installations. Annie McCulloch from Portfolio Recruitment recently caught up with him and had a chat. When did you discover or realise your talent for creativity?…

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