Practical and emotional advice for Aotearoa Designers

The core tenants of DA are to connect and celebrate our community. We want all Aotearoa Designers to live well and to flourish. Usually, when we write here, the DA team operates as a collective voice. Occasionally you’ll hear direct from Lou, our amazing founder. Or one of the local hosts making a shout out…

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Be the change you want to see

Blutui is a web design platform for creative agencies developed by a creative agency. We spoke with our friends Blutui about embracing the accessibility challenges (& opportunities) faced by digital design practice today.     Design impacts people’s ability to participate in society. The #AccessLaw2020 lobby aims to pass legislation later this year to ensure,…

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5 minutes with… Shane Goodwin, Head of Experience Design at Jade

Ahead of our upcoming Christchurch DA Event: Autumn Conversations – Design & Accessibility we spoke with Shane Goodwin, Head of Experience Design at Jade. Shane has been sketching, imagining, developing, breaking, and making products for the last 18 years, with the last 11 as a UX designer. Before that he has been a product manager,…

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5 minutes with… Grayson Davis, Senior Designer at Dave Clark Design Sydney

Today we cross the ditch to chat with Grayson Davis a Sydney based kiwi multi-disciplined designer, who specialises in visually representing brands through the magic of story and craft. Grayson shares personal insight on collaboration – being part of a team – diversity, access and universal design in contemporary creative practice, and his phenomenal (after-hours)…

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5 minutes with… Fiona Murray, Senior Copywriter at Plato Creative

Ahead of our upcoming Christchurch DA Event: Autumn Conversations – Design & Accessibility we spoke with Fiona Murray who specialises in turning features into benefits and relaying those to specific groups of people in brand-appropriate language. She’s no stranger to pushing creatively and making a ‘big idea’ work across multiple mediums, from one-line billboards to…

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Fresh From The Field — ATEED: Tū Mai by Fly

Ahead of our upcoming workshops with Johnson McKay (creative director at Fly), Johnson shared this Fresh From The Field. Tū Mai is a partnership between ATEED, the tourism industry and communities of Tāmaki Makaurau with the purpose of creating the best visitor experience in the world. Tū mai Tāmaki Makaurau! If you have new or…

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5 minutes with… Matthew Gould, director of Lushai, co-founder of UX Gym and co-founder of the UX Homegrown design conference.

Ahead of our Auckland DA Workshop: Building Digital Design Capabilities we caught up with our workshop facilitator Matthew Gould. Matt is the Auckland director of Lushai, co-founder of UX Gym and co-founder of the UX Homegrown design conference. He is an experienced user experience consultant and design educator with a history of employing user-centred design processes…

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Women in Design — Jess Gommers, Art Director, Exhibition & Print Designer

In this series, we celebrate New Zealand Women in Design as they share their work and processes and we learn more about their day-to-day routines, diverse career pathways, and how they achieve balance. Today we hear from Freelance Art Director, Print and exhibition Designer Jess Gommers Who were your early creative influencers? Mum was a…

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Fresh From The Field — The Aromatherapy Company’s Blend

This Fresh From The Field by Sarah Johnston is a multidisciplinary delight. Sarah was involved in all visual design, product design, packaging and marketing for Blend. A new product range from The Aromatherapy Company which enables consumers to co-design fragrance combinations to suit their mood, interior and preferences. If you have new or recent work…

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Meet our friends… Peg Creative

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…

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2020 GOOD DESIGN AWARDS OPEN FOR ENTRIES

Good Design Australia is calling for Australian and international entries to the 2020 Good Design Awards. Through the annual Good Design Awards program, they recognise and celebrate excellence in cutting edge design and breakthrough innovation. Celebrating the best in design and architecture across 11 main design disciplines and 28 sub-categories, including Communication Design, Digital Design…

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Hot New Things 2020 – Peggy-Jane Keddy, Unitec

Each summer DA profiles a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. We welcome these talented emerging professionals to our industry, learn about their passions, final projects and dreams for the future. Today we speak with Peggy-Jane Keddy from Unitec     Was there someone (or something) that inspired you…

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Meet our friends… Streamtime, project management software for companies that don’t do boring.

In our 2019 audience survey, you identified; studio, time and project management as your biggest pain points with design practice so we are incredibly excited to be partnering with our friends Streamtime… who are on a mission to help create healthier creative businesses. Streamtime enable creatives to do what they do best (not admin!) Creative…

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Queer in Design – Isaac Loyola

In this series, we celebrate our LGBTQ+ designers as they share their career pathways, explore how being queer informs their work, and discuss how we achieve better representation and inclusivity in Aotearoa design industry. Today we meet Isaac Loyola owner and creative director of www.loyola.co.nz Can you tell us about your creative journey so far?…

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5 minutes with… Jo Hanson, Senior Account Director at Principals

Ahead of our Auckland DA Workshop: Writing and Presenting for Designers we caught up with Jo Hanson senior account director at Principals, who has created a unique hybrid role for herself which is anything but S.A.D. (which she’ll tell you is the worst job title acronym ever). Part project manager. Part copywriter. Part production manager.…

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Fresh From The Field — Queer Pavilion by Rebecca Steedman

This Fresh From The Field by Rebecca Steedman heroes bold repetitive typographic elements, interconnected and layered to represent diverse voices for the 2020 Queer Pavilion. 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 : Queer Pavilion is a drifting…

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Hot New Things 2020 – Angela Coote, AUT

Each summer DA profiles a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. We welcome these talented emerging professionals to our industry, learn about their passions, final projects and dreams for the future. Today we speak with Angela Coote from AUT Was there someone (or something) that inspired you to pick design…

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In-house Design Luminaries — David Kaho, Marketing Design Leader, LION

This series profiles the best and brightest designers in Aotearoa’s in-house design studios, this week we spoke with David Kaho, Marketing Design Leader at LION. David works with some of New Zealand’s most recognisable beverage brands. Can you describe the creative path you took to get where you’re at now? I started here at Lion…

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5 minutes with… Susannah ‘Roxy’ Huntington

Ahead of our Auckland DA Event: Out of Office – Conversations on working inhouse we caught up with Roxy Huntington – Former Head of Design, Trade Me. Can you describe the creative path you took to get where you’re at now? With a Market Researcher mum and Research Scientist dad, questions such as “why?” and…

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Queer in Design — Pedro Marques

In this series, we celebrate our LGBTQ+ designers as they share their career pathways, explore how being queer informs their work, and discuss how we achieve better representation and inclusivity in Aotearoa design industry. Today we meet Pedro Marques, graphic designer (& resident letterer) at pan.co.nz Can you tell us about your creative journey so…

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Fresh From The Field — Groundd

This Fresh From The Field features a high quality, homegrown wellness product, (the best in its category)! Groundd is a sleep startup with beautifully considered brand, packaging and photography scaffolding its exceptional product design. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email  nicole@designassembly.org.nz  for…

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The TDC65 exhibition is coming to Aotearoa

The Type Directors Club is pleased to announce that its “World’s Best Typography” exhibition is coming to Auckland, New Zealand for the second time, courtesy of award-winning creative agency Osborne Shiwan and Portfolio Recruitment. Direct from its New York showing, TDC65 Auckland will showcase an exciting and culturally diverse range of award-winning work chosen by…

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Hot New Things 2020 – Kees Bakker, AUT

Each summer DA profiles a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. We welcome these talented emerging professionals to our industry, learn about their passions, final projects and dreams for the future. Today we speak with Kees Bakker from AUT Was there someone (or something) that inspired you to pick…

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Aotearoa Photographers: David Hamilton

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with photographer David Hamilton to find out more about his life behind the lens, the diverse subjects he shoots and keeping pace with changing technology. This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin.   How did you get started in the photographic industry? I was a hair…

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Do digital right with DA’s new partners Blutui

Innovations often begin with an ‘itch that needs to be scratched’; in design, this is particularly true: we see a problem and ideate toward a solution with tenacity. With the catch-cry “Do Digital Right” Blutui is the culmination of 4 years of this determined issues-based development by PAN, a digital creative studio based in Hamilton,…

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