Murky Crystal Balls: Graphic Design and Envisioning the Red Zone

Written by Cameron Ralston Supported by Creative New Zealand Ahead of the draft plan for the future of the Christchurch red zone being released, Christchurch citizen Cameron Ralston looks into the role design plays in communicating public decision making and public engagement. Whether you see it as a park, a dumping ground, an old home, a…

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SHIFT Exhibition: AUT Communication Design Grad Show

Opening Night: 7th November 2017, 6pm – 9pm Exhibition Opening Hours: 8th – 11th November, 10am – 4pm Location: Level 5, AUT School of Art & Design (WE Block), 27 St Paul St, Auckland, 1010 Contact: contact@shiftexhibition.com Website: www.shiftexhibition.com As part of AUT’s annual Art & Design Festival, students graduating with a Communication Design major hold an end-of-year graduate show.…

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Fresh From The Field — East Street Cider Co by Makebardo

This week’s Fresh From The Field features the brand and packaging for East Street Cider Co by Makebardo If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. About East Street Cider Co was established in 1856 with the opening of the Runciman Foundry in Goderich, ON.…

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Postcard from the London Design Biennale 2018

In September this year with the support of Creative New Zealand, I traveled to London to experience first-hand the London Design Biennale. The London Design Biennale 2018 saw 40 countries exhibit at Sommerset House from 4-23 September and respond to the theme of Emotional States, investigating the important relationship between design, strong emotional responses and…

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Smells Like Fresh Print — APO 2019 Season Magazine

Brought to you by B&F Papers, the Smells Like Fresh Print series celebrates the beauty and tactile qualities of recently created, selected print projects. This week we share Keaykolour Notebook. APO 2019 Season Magazine Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. In more than 70 performances annually, the APO presents a full season of symphonic work showcasing many of the world’s finest classical musicians.…

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Design Assembly Talks Diversity in Pōneke

Written by Kate McGuinness Diversity in Aotearoa design. Where do we begin? DA’s Spring Conversation series seemed like a good place to kick off the discussion. In Wellington, a receptive crowd nestled in for an evening of sushi, craft beer, and some fresh perspectives on, ‘Diversity in Aotearoa New Zealand Design—what does it mean and…

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Paddling Together Through “Rugged Terrain”: Design Assembly Talks Diversity

Written by Lana Lopesi  Graphic Matters is a monthly column on issues and ideas related to New Zealand Design Culture  The question around diversity and design has been tearing up the national design industry this year. The conversation was re-invigorated by Catherine Griffiths who put out her poster series highlighting the gender imbalance of the…

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Fresh from the Field — Manuka Emporium by Onfire Design

This week’s Fresh From The Field features a new brand for Manuka Emporium 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. In today’s world of fast moving consumer goods, honey is often mass produced in bulk to meet demand, blended…

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2018 Graphic Design Graduate Shows

November sees the 2018 Graphic Design Graduate Shows open across Aotearoa. Get along to see what this new generation of designers are thinking about, what they are making and help to congratulate these graduates who will soon be joining our professional community. Toi Māia: AUT Visual Communication Graduate Exhibition Opening night: 6 November 6pm –…

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Saving money on print

Written by Sarah Ritchie Your client has come to you saying they have to cut back their print budget, and can you help them? Without a moment’s hesitation you should say “yes”! Why? Because there is always a way you can save money on printing. Let’s explore some of those ways. Print on demand How…

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Wellington Zinefest

Wellington Zinefest are excited to announce our 2018 zine market. This year, the event will be held on 17th November at the new creative campus Te Auaha on Dixon street. Zinefest is a platform for illustrators, writers, artists, designers and all kinds of creatives to share their work with other keen audiences. Over sixty stallholders…

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Fresh from the Field — WDOM brand and packaging by Dow Goodfolk

This week’s Fresh From The Field features the brand and packaging for WDOM by Dow Goodfolk 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 client was a group of young entrepreneurs who wanted to enter the dairy category with something…

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Postgraduate Design Research – Cassie Khoo, AUT

Welcome to Postgraduate Design Research – an opportunity to profile a selection of current design postgraduate students and their projects across our tertiary institutions. This week, we speak with Cassie Khoo from AUT. Cassie Khoo Master of Design Auckland University of Technology Tell us about your research. My research looked at how we can use co-design…

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Wellington: DA Conversations Spring series — Meet the panel

This Spring’s DA Conversations are back to discuss ‘Diversity in Aotearoa, New Zealand Design — what does it mean and why does it matter?’. In October Emma Ng, writer and curator specialising in art and design, will convene the conversation in Wellington between Johnson Witehira, artist, designer and academic with a focus on Māori and…

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A Brush with Design: 10 Designers Dish on Their First Design Encounter — Kate Alexander

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 eighth iteration we spoke people, books and moments with Kate Alexander. What’s my first memory of ‘encountering’ design? Where do…

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Where Creative Opportunities Lie: Arch MacDonnell on Tatau: A History of Sāmoan Tattooing

Written by Lana Lopesi  Graphic Matters is a monthly column on issues and ideas related to New Zealand Design Culture Last month Te Papa released yet another amazing book called Tatau: A History of Sāmoan Tattooing. The book co-written by Sean Mallon and Sébastien Galliot is the first publication to examine 3000 years of Sāmoan…

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Fresh From The Field — TEDxChristchurch by Strategy Creative

This week’s Fresh From The Field features the delivery of TEDxChristchurch 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. Brief TEDxChristchurch is New Zealand’s most popular TEDx event, presenting both an opportunity to lead as well as a pressure to deliver.…

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Postgraduate Design Research – Tatiana Tavares, AUT

Welcome to Postgraduate Design Research – an opportunity to profile a selection of current design postgraduate students and their projects across our tertiary institutions. This week, we speak with Tatiana Tavares from AUT. Tatiana Tavares PhD of Art and Design Auckland University of Technology Interactive page from the illustrated Augmented Reality [AR] picture book, Saints of…

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Alternative Routes: An Interview with Katie Kerr

Written by Lana Lopesi Supported by Creative New Zealand Lana Lopesi is the editor of Aotearoa Design Thinking 2018, a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand. This article is the final in a four part series of future focused articles canvasing prominent conversations within the design community.…

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Auckland: DA Conversations Spring series — Meet the panel

This Spring’s DA Conversations are back to discuss ‘Diversity in Aotearoa, New Zealand Design — what does it mean and why does it matter?’. In October Judith Thompson — design advocate, member of AUT University Council and Chair of the University’s Property Committee will convene the conversation in Auckland between Desna Whaanga-Schollum, Chairperson & Founding Member of…

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Fresh from the Field — It’s Choice by Gusto

This week’s Fresh From The Field features the It’s Choice animations by Gusto. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Lana for details. The brief 2018 has been a big year, especially as it is the 125th anniversary of the New Zealand’s Women’s Suffrage movement! To celebrate 125…

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5 Mins With… Matt Grantham – Creative Director, Onfire Design

Matt Grantham will be running a packaging masterclass with Design Assembly on Friday 5th October, ahead of his workshop we caught up with him to hear a little about his background and the work he does today. If you would like to attend the workshop with Matt, details below and link to purchase your ticket: Auckland:…

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A Brush with Design: 10 Designers Dish on Their First Design Encounter — Kaan Hiini

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 seventh iteration we spoke non “come to Jesus” moments with Kaan Hiini. Memory is a strange thing. You can…

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Fresh from the Field — Skinnies Kids Sungel by 2di4 Design

This week’s Fresh From The Field features the typography, packaging and campaign for Skinnies Kids Sungel by 2di4 Design. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Lana for details. Like all Skinnies projects, they are a fun collaboration with this creative client. This time around…

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