Women in Design — Kate Hursthouse, Freelance Designer, Author & Calligrapher

In this series, we celebrate Women in Design as they share their work, processes, their day-to-day routines, diverse career pathways, and how they achieve balance. Today we hear from Freelance Designer Author & Calligrapher Kate Hursthouse. Can you tell us about your career milestones and creative journey so far? So I originally was an architect.…

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Fresh From The Field — Lower and Slower by Fuman

This Fresh From The Field by Fuman features a smoking hot identity for a Barbeque heavyweight. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief: Southern BBQ is a time-tested ritual. True dedication is needed to master an unruly heat source…

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Ella Sutherland’s Creative New Zealand Berlin Visual Arts Residency

Ella Sutherland works across the fields of visual art, publishing and language. Her practice is grounded in her background in visual communication, involving the analysis and activation of complex systems of reading which engage the following overlapping fields: the relationship between language and social history; the evolution of technology in disseminating thought, experimental typographic methodologies…

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Fresh From The Field — Fullair by Crisp Graphics

This Fresh From The Field by Crisp Graphics brings the eco-friendly, sustainable mattresses of NZ company, Fullair, to life with their judicious and personalised branding strategy. 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: A proud New Zealand company,…

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Women in Design — Kathryn Cunningham, Designworks Business Director

In this series, we celebrate Women in Design as they share their work, processes, their day-to-day routines, diverse career pathways, and how they achieve balance. Today we hear from Designworks Business Director Kathryn Cunningham. Can you tell us about your career milestones and creative journey so far? I’m very lucky to work in such a diverse…

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TDK Awards

Breaking into industry can be hard… If you’re finding it difficult to get your name out there or your portfolio in front of the right people, the TDK Awards are a terrific opportunity. Show your work to industry heavyweights and the world, TDK are looking for portfolios of Graphic Design, Typography, Illustration and Digital/Product design.…

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Fresh From The Field — Maynard Design’s Aotea – Te Pokapū

This Fresh From The Field by Maynard Design features a sensitively designed signage system that speaks to iconic architectural form and improves accessibility and legibility. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief: Aotea – Te Pokapū, the Aotea Centre in the…

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Kiwi design studios recognized in the 2019 AGDA awards

Held at the Queensland Art Gallery on 9 November, the Annual AGDA Design Awards saw our Aotearoa talent shine bright. With Kiwi studios picking up Pinnacle, Merits and Distinctions across the board. Congratulations to all the finalists and we are especially proud of our DA friends RUN, Milk, One Design, Strategy Creative, Marx Design, Onfire…

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In-house Design Luminaries — Peter Howman, KPMG

This series profiles the best and brightest designers in Aotearoa’s in-house design studios, this week we spoke with Peter Howman, from KPMG a global leader in financial services. Can you describe the creative path you took to get where you’re at now? I have been messing around making things since pre-school, and haven’t really stopped.…

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Design Assembly Community Survey 2019

Aotearoa Design, the Design Assembly 2019 survey is live and we would love to hear from you.To understand where we are going, we must have a deep understanding of practice today.The survey will take 5-7 minutes to complete and we will use your responses to ensure we continue to grow, celebrate and serve our visual…

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Media Design School Graduate Show 2019 Preview

We are previewing the talent on show at Media Design School Graduate Show opening next Tuesday 19th November 2019 Michelle Liew Project name: Chinga Menu  This project discusses the topic of Asian stereotypes with an interactive game (based on the popular ‘Jenga’) as a medium. The project is positioned as a comedic subversion. This project…

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Fresh From The Field — Spreading Kindness, with Strategy Creative

Today is World Kindness Day so we are bringing you a special edition of Fresh From the Field! DA loves this collaboration between Strategy Creative, Good Bitches Baking and Fix & Fogg, not just for the impeccable design, playful copywriting and striking campaign photography but because we admire the projects kaupapa. If you have new…

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Fresh From The Field — Born to Create

This Fresh From The Field features an inspirational series of artwork celebrating heroines by Lucie Blazevska. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief: “We were all born to create but human creation wouldn’t be at all possible without women, the…

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Fresh From The Field — Libby’s Pork Crack by Supply

This Fresh From The Field by Supply is as “fresh” as it gets – referencing the paste-up aesthetics and energy of 90’s Hip Hop while conveying the quality attributes contemporary foodies demand. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief:…

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Fresh From The Field — We Compost by Seachange Studio

This Fresh From The Field features playful branding by Seachange Studio for Auckland’s leading commercial compostable waste collection service. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief: We Compost are Auckland’s leading commercial compostable waste collection service. Each week…

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Horizon

We are previewing the talent on show at AUT’s Horizon Exhibition opening this week. 6th November 6:30-9:30, 7-10th November from 10am-4pm AUT School or Art & Design WE Building, Level 5 Angela Coote Flexible Thinking Explore how the body can enhance your creative process, beyond the mind’s limitations. Flexible Thinking is a resource pack that…

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5 minutes with DA’s new Wellington host… Jenn Hadley

As we have grown over the last ten years, our Auckland-based founder Louise Kellerman has relied on local hosts to be ambassadors and fly the Design Assembly flag in their region. The newest addition to our host team is Wellington-based Jenn Hadley, and we wanted to take 5 minutes to introduce her to you all!…

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5 minutes with… James Fuller CEO of Hnry

In just three short years, Hnry has become Aotearoa’s fasted growing tax agent and happily call themselves your Financial Sidekick. Hnry is an ideal option for freelancers as it provides all your invoicing, payments, expenses and tax services all in one place, with no need for a separate accountant or complex software. Annie, Consultant for…

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RNDR19 – Opens tomorrow

We are previewing the talent on show at RNDR19 Victoria University Faculty of Architecture and Design End of Year Exhibition Opening 1st November 5:30pm 2nd – 15th November 10am-4pm The Atrium, Faculty of Architecture and Design, 139 Vivian St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011 https://www.victoria.ac.nz/fad Emmi Fortes-Rosser Tengoku Sushi is a brand visual identity created and…

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Fresh From The Field — Hubbard’s Bran-ola by Onfire Design

This Fresh From The Field by Onfire Design features Category defining product innovation, neon colours and messaging… to ensure Hubbards Bran-ola speaks to a vibrant young market. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief: Having rebranded Hubbards in 2012, Matt…

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2019 Graphic Design Graduate Shows

November is always a busy month with the Graphic Design Graduate Shows across Aotearoa. Come along to discover 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 updated as more Grad Show listings come…

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Aotearoa Photographers: Janine Ross-Johnstone

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with photographer Janine Ross-Johnstone to find out more about her life behind the lens, being softly grounded and keeping pace with changing technology. This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin.   How did you initially get started in with photography? Being introduced to photography on my…

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Studio South + DA present Open Book – Conversations on Studio Life

On Thursday 20th October Studio South and Design Assembly collaborated on a new initiative which saw final year graphic design students invited into the studio for a night of conversation, literally opening the book on studio life.   The evening started with pizza and drinks and one-to-one conversations between students and the South team before heading upstairs…

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5 minutes with… Louise Nash

Ahead of our Auckland: Planet Centric Design workshop, we spoke with the facilitator (& Circularity founder) Louise Nash about her journey from linear to closed-loop, disruptive bravery, and what participants can expect from the workshop. What inspired you to start your Circularity? I reached a point in my career where I wanted to use my skills for a…

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Fresh From The Field — Kiwi Spirit Distillery by Plato Creative

 This Fresh From The Field features a brand strategy with refined typographic detailing and packaging design that instills ambition for a craft-focused local distillery by Plato Creative.  If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief: Kiwi Spirit Distillery are artisan producers…

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