From The Archives: By Day/By Night — Jonty Valentine, Whitecliffe

This article was originally published in 2016. Welcome again to our 2016 By Day/By Night series. Here we profile a range of design teachers from our tertiary institutions to find out what projects they’re involved in outside of work hours, and how their personal creative endeavours feed back into their teaching roles. Today we speak…

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The Bright Awards — celebrating young creative talent

Written by Analiese Jackson, Media Design School Last week, the winners of the 2017 Bright Awards were announced, to the delight of schools and secondary school students across the country. The Bright Awards, believed to be the first competition of its kind run in New Zealand, sought out digital design submissions from Year 11 –…

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Fresh from the field — Talking Minds, DHW Lab

This week’s Fresh from the Field features the Talking Minds website, an excellent example of co-design and collaboration recently created by the DHW Lab. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the Field series email Zoë for details. Talking Minds is a website co-designed with young New Zealanders…

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Graphic Design & Photography: Fraser Chatham

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with still life/studio photographer Fraser Chatham to find out more about his work and his passions. This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin. Hi Fraser, can you tell our readers a little bit about who you are and what you do. I’m a still life/…

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On this Wednesday: DA film event: Helvetica 10th Anniversary Screening, Hastings

Rachel and Jason Juno will be hosting the first ever Design Assembly event in the Hawkes Bay region with a screening of Helvetica on Wednesday, October 18th. It’s been 10 years since Helvetica the film was released. Join us in this special 10th Anniversary film event showing on the big screen, to celebrate and debate…

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Smells Like Fresh Print: Curious Metal — Yin/Yang by B&F Papers

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 and celebrate B&F Paper’s own recent award-winning publication Yin/Yang, featuring the Curious Metal paper range. Congratulations B&F for your Bronze in the Colour Award/Graphics at this year’s Best Awards! “The Curious Metal…

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Civic Lessons

Written by K. Emma Ng Supported by Creative New Zealand Emma Ng is a contributor to Aotearoa Design Thinking 2017, 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 on design and politics that was published over the course of…

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Fresh from the field — Tuckshop, Akin

This week’s Fresh from the Field showcases the green Tuckshop in Matakana with design work by Akin. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the Field series email Zoë for details. Green inside and out Tuckshop‘s sustainability-minded owners — and good friends of ours — were clear on…

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Angela Lynskey — Across the Ditch

Designer/illustrator Angela Lynskey recently made the move over to Aus. We grabbed a few moments with her to find out more about what prompted this change in direction, and how she’s enjoying her new life: Hi Angela, can you give our DA readers a bit of an insight into who you are, what you do, and…

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2017 Best Design Awards Winners

Last Friday night the design community honoured some of Aotearoa’s best designers, and their projects from the past year, at the annual Best Design Awards. The acknowledgement of great design is a pinnacle event, and we want to extend our congratulations to all of the winners. In the Graphic category, Inhouse took home the supreme…

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Finding a mentor

Written by Sarah Ritchie The most successful agency people are those who care about developing their career, and who want to become the best possible version of themselves. One way to achieve this goal is by asking for professional guidance from others. There will be a stable-full of people whom you can talk with over…

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How Do We Encourage Collaboration?

A short while ago, Sam Allan from Onfire Design initiated ‘Battle of the Birken’ — a bowls competition between Birkenhead-based studios Onfire Design, Marx Design, Inhouse Design, PHD3 and Forever After. Sam says, “I organised the event to get together the local design community — it’s ok to have friendly rivalry in business, and is a…

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DA Workshop: Applying Design Thinking to creating Māori Graphic Design, 10th November, Wellington

Design Assembly welcomes back Johnson McKay from Fly to present this half-day Wellington workshop focussing on Māori Graphic Design. Applying Design Thinking to creating Māori Graphic Design Friday 10th November 9.00am–1.30pm Toi Pōneke Arts Centre 61/69 Abel Smith Street Te Aro Wellington  $350 Professional / $250 Design Assembly Friend / $150 Design Assembly Student Friend (Not a DA…

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Fresh from the field — The Collective Force, Fuman

This week’s Fresh from the Field celebrates the new identity work for TCF by Fuman. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the Field series email Zoë for details. Created in 1996, The Collective Force (TCF) is an artist management and production agency with offices in Auckland and…

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Now and Then: Sefton Marshall

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 Sefton Marshall who joined the team at Moa Beer a few months ago as their in-house graphic designer. Thanks for…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Grant Alexander, September 2017

Welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to New Zealand graphic designers, hear their stories, and celebrate their work.

In this episode I spoke to Grant Alexander. Grant is currently the Design Director at Onfire Design in Auckland. He started his career in 1969 at Designscape magazine, co-founded Designworks with Ray Labone in 1982 and in 2000 formed a partnership with daughter Kate to create Studio Alexander.

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Design and Documentary: An Interview with Ella Sutherland

Written by Layla Tweedie-Cullen Supported by Creative New Zealand Layla Tweedie-Cullen is a contributor to Aotearoa Design Thinking 2017, a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand. This article is the third in a four part series of long-form interviews with interesting, exciting and innovative members of Aotearoa’s design…

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Objectmarket & Preview Event

As part of Objectspace‘s ongoing fundraising project, you’re invited to the preview and silent auction for Objectmarket on Thursday 5 October from 6pm. Objectmarket includes 50 makers over 5 days — an incredible opportunity to buy craft and design. Objectmarket: Preview and Silent Auction Thursday 5 October, 6pm Venue: Sapphire Room, Upstairs Ponsonby Central, 165…

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Fresh from the field — Kirkcaldie, ThompsonCo.

This week’s Fresh from the Field celebrates ThompsonCo.’s recent work for Kirkcaldie in Christchurch. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the Field series email Zoë for details. A boutique interior design agency, Kirkcaldie is the brainchild of Georgie Inglis, a designer whose particular flair for exotic…

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Smells like fresh print — Think Packaging’s self-promotion

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 Think Packaging‘s self promotion. “After six years in the packaging game, we decided it was time to treat ourselves to a nice spot of re-branding, as well as indulge in…

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Political Agency in Graphic Design: In Conversation with The Elective Collective

Written by Cameron Ralston Supported by Creative New Zealand Cameron Ralston is a contributor to Aotearoa Design Thinking 2017, a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand. This article is the fourth in a four part series which looks internally at this concept of ‘Design Thinking’ and what on…

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Celebrating the 100 Days Project Exhibition: Sat 30th Sept/Sun 1st Oct, Auckland

It’s that time again! You’re invited to help celebrate the end of this year’s 100 Days Project at the Auckland Day 100 Show: Auckland Day 100 Show 6 – 9pm Saturday 30 Sep, 10 – 4pm Sunday 1 Oct Thievery Studio Level 2, 203 Karangahape Rd Auckland The Day 100 Show is a pop-up exhibition celebrating this most…

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Fresh from the field: Chapter 2, Onfire Design

This week’s Fresh from the Field reveals a 3-dimensional graphic design project completed by Onfire Design for Chapter 2. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the Field series email Zoë for details. Well-known designer, architect and bike racer, Michael Pryde recently opened the latest chapter of…

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Young Voices Matter: Adobe Creative Jam Christchurch Review

In the week of the 2017 Election, only 67.47% of the youth population (18–24 years old) is enrolled to vote. Those 149,930 young people who aren’t yet enrolled are potentially enough to change the government if only they realised the they possessed power. Looking at how design can encourage young people to vote, Design Assembly…

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