5 minutes with… Raul Sarrot

Ahead of DA’s Beyond Design Thinking: Game-changing co-creation techniques to work with your clients workshop in Auckland this month we spoke with facilitator, Raul Sarrot a multi-disciplinary designer, strategist, design thinking coach, educator and researcher. His international experience has been forged over 25 years working alongside a wide range of commercial and not-for-profit enterprises in…

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Thievery — Culture, Turbulence and Chasing Light

I am perched above St Kevin’s Arcade in Revolver (a K’rd icon), with Garth Badger and Caitlin Mackenzie-Powell from another iconic K’rd institution Thievery Studio. Over an early morning, caffeine fix Garth riffs on his business journey — which he likens to being an unexpected (but very much loved) pregnancy. Although he didn’t set out…

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Fingers crossed – The Stupendously Good Semi Permanent Prize Pack Giveaway

Win for you, win for a friend! Fill in your details and go into the draw for 2 two-day passes plus some super sweet SP treats. Inside each Stupendously Good Semi Permanent Prize Pack there’s something for your mind, something for the bar, something for the hangover, your shoulder, the fridge, coffee table, pantry… anyway,…

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Between the lines: a conversation with Shantell Martin

Some artists prefer anonymity; letting their work, and only their work, do the talking. Shantell Martin is not that kind of artist. Visit Martin’s YouTube channel and you’ll find plenty of evidence of her motivation to “make and share”. She is prolific. Her medium is the pen and the world, or, as she puts it:…

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Shabnam Shiwan will represent Aotearoa on The One Club’s Global Young Guns 17 jury

The One Club for Creativity, recognises creative excellence in advertising and design. They recently announced a gender-balanced Jury for the 17th Young Guns Program, the industry’s only global, cross-disciplinary, portfolio-based awards competition that identifies and celebrates today’s vanguard of young creatives. DA was proud to see our New Zealand Design Leadership represented on the panel…

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Field Guide — What the hell is UX? By Matt Gould

Ahead of our upcoming DA Design Sampler – Conversations for Teachers one of our expert facilitators, Matt Gould (Director at Lushai, co-founder of UX Gym and co-founder of UX Homegrown design conference) demystifies UX… UX is short for user experience. It describes a holistic approach to design, where design decisions are made by understanding the…

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5 minutes with… Rupert de Paula

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with Rupert de Paula, Creative Partner at Strategy Creative to learn more about his ‘falling-in’ to the creative industires, creating positive change through design, transitioning from UK agencies to being ‘fresh-off-the-boat’ in the Christchurch design scene. Can you tell us a little bit about who you are,…

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Fresh From The Field — The True Honey Co. Rare Harvest Limited Edition Mānuka Honey by Marx Design

This Fresh From The Field features innovative packaging design from Marx Design inspired by the iconic mānuka flower If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details.       The Brief: Given their drive for excellence and dedication to finding the most pure…

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Melbourne Calling — Ryan Romanes

  Design Assembly supports Aotearoa’s Designers at home and abroad. We love to celebrate our home grown talent doing well overseas and this series gives us the opportunity not only to profile these designers but also to learn more about the cities they now call home. Today we spoke to Ryan Romanes Ryan’s portrait was…

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Meet our Friends… Fraser Chatham

Design Assembly has become the home of New Zealand visual 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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Future of the Future 2019

Business is being reinvented at a pace not seen before – so what should New Zealand businesses be thinking about in order to be relevant in 20 years. Or more? That question lies at the heart of Future of the Future. Presented with Spark Lab, Future of the Future is a series of live, high-impact…

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Fresh from the Field — Neleman Wine by Onfire Design

This Fresh From The Field features Packaging design for Neleman Wine by Onfire Design. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief: Dutchman Derrick Neleman is a passionate winemaker. After studying to become a biodynamic farmer which led him to…

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Semi Permanent, 15-17 August 2019, Aotea Centre, Auckland

It’s hard to believe, but 2019 marks 17 years of Semi Permanent. That’s right, Semi Permanent, the OG of New Zealand creativity, New Zealand’s most prestigious, popular and influential creative festival, is hitting its late teens. That’s 17 years of bringing the best global design talent to local shores to share thought-provoking, inspirational and often…

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Postgraduate Design Research – Tori Mok, 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, to coincide with the launch of AUT’s MATARIKI POSTGRADUATE EXHIBITION we speak with Tori Mok from AUT. What is your background and how did you get into design? I’m…

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Postgraduate Design Research – Ellie Crowe, 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, to coincide with the launch of AUT’s MATARIKI POSTGRADUATE EXHIBITION we speak with Ellie Crowe from AUT. What is your background and how did you get into design? I…

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Stimulating curiosity for 21 years

Ramp Festival is the new name for the former Spark International Festival of Music, Media, Arts and Design. Ramp Festival Director, Megan Lyon says this innovative, annual event curated by Wintec’s School of Media Arts has been stimulating curiosity for 21 years. “We have speakers with careers in music performance, communication, design and contemporary art…

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Fresh From The Field — We Need to Talk About Dying by Gusto Design

This Fresh From The Field features an awareness animation as part of a Hospice campaign by Gusto. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief Death is not something a lot of us like to discuss, nor is it something a…

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Aotearoa Photography: Kirsty Griffin

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with photographer Kirsty Griffin to learn more about her life behind the lens, living in and capturing moments, working on iconic New Zealand films and her internationally celebrated documentary work. This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin.   How did you get started in the photographic…

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Field Guide — Authors and thinkers By Alistair McCready

Design is a term used in such a broad sense. For example; an engineer and a typographer are both considered designers. The word encompasses many outlooks, many outcomes, and many opinions throughout the developing world. Its intention, or meaning, often changes from conversation to conversation, and is unique to the individual. Over the years we’ve…

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Fresh From The Field — Bird Fancy by Fortyfive Design

This Fresh From The Field features the National Library’s ‘Bird Fancy’ exhibition design by Fortyfive Design If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details.     The Brief: The brief for the National Library’s ‘Bird Fancy’ as with all good briefs was hatched…

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Massey and Weta Workshop provide launchpad for creative pioneers

A master’s programme run by Massey University and Weta Workshop is setting up Wellington students to be the next pioneers in creating imaginary worlds for film, television and gaming. Left to Right; Ivan Vegar in studio, Childhood’s End by Ivan Vegar, Laura King in studio, Original artwork by Laura King Master of Design: Weta Workshop…

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Auckland Festival of Photography, 31st May to 16th June

Aotearoa’s largest photography festival is set to kick off its 16th year.  The 2019 Auckland Festival of Photography launches this week in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. This city-wide contemporary art and cultural event takes place within Auckland’s major galleries, project spaces, non-gallery venues and public sites. The programme includes a mix of emerging and established artists…

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In-house Design Luminaries — Oscar Thomas with The New Zealand Police Force

This series profiles the best and brightest designers in Aotearoa’s in-house design studios, this week we spoke with Oscar Thomas at The New Zealand Police. Oscar is (compulsively) hardworking, generous with advice and has fantastic (& furry) in studio benefits in his role with this critical and visible brand!   Can you describe the creative…

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Celebrating Award Winning, Trailblazing Independent Kiwi Creatives This June

CHROMACON, New Zealand’s largest biennial festival of homegrown illustrators, comic artists, toy designers, game developers and animators returns for the fourth time to Auckland’s Aotea Centre across 1 and 2 June (Queens’ Birthday weekend). Free to the public, the event will be connecting art-lovers with close to 200 of New Zealand’s best independent creators, international…

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Fresh from the Field — Vitafresh by Onfire Design

This Fresh From The Field features Branding for Vitafresh by Onfire Design which seeks to Revitalise a lacklustre product category If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief: Known for its range of flavours and ease of use, Vitafresh flavoured…

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