Unitec Gradfest Labyrinth

Enjoy a visual feast of work from certificate, diploma and bachelor level students specialising in graphic design, animation, spatial design, photography and media arts, product and furniture design and contemporary arts. In addition, first and second-year students from our new Bachelor of Creative Enterprise degree will showcase innovative work integrating creative industry practice with entrepreneurial…

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Media Design School MADE Graduate Showcase

This event will showcase work from the three major disciplines within the programme (Graphic, Motion and Interactive design) alongside work from our Postgraduate programme and Graduate Diploma in Creative Technologies programme (Web/ Interactive and Graphic Design). Opening night: 24 November 2017 5pm – 10pm GridAkl Preview of some of the exhibiting students: Name: Meenal Shyam Project…

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Wintec Fin Graduate Creative Showcase

With great delight, the School of Media Arts, Wintec opens its doors to the public for the annual creative showcase. Join Media Art’s final year students as they exhibit their projects in the disciplines of communication, graphic design, interior design, music, photography, moving image and contemporary visual arts. Monday 13th – Friday 17th November Music performances: Clarence…

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Being Human: Notes and Reflection from Xin Cheng

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 last in a four part series of long-form interviews with interesting, exciting and innovative members of Aotearoa’s design…

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College of Creative Arts, Massey University Exposure Graduate Exhibition

Exposure is the premier showcase for graduating creative arts students from Massey University College of Creative Arts in Wellington. The exhibition is free and is open to the public daily from 10am – 4pm, and includes the hugely popular Exposure Fashion catwalk show on 10 and 11 November. Tickets for this will go on sale in mid-October. The exhibition includes…

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AUT Open Communication Design Graduate Exhibition

Our university experience has provided us with the skills and values we need to flourish as creative individuals in industry. So with our graduation looming, it’s time for us to ditch the training wheels. We’re all trying to be great designers but we’re also not trying to be anything we’re not. We know that we’ve…

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Whitecliffe _version4 Graduate Exhibition

Design is a series of shifts, explorations and transformations from the beginning of a project to the end. _version4 features a variety of work, from print to digital experimentation, selected by students as they graduate from their final year of Graphic Design study at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design. Opening night: 10 November 2017…

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AUT To Sum it Up South Campus Visual Communication Graduate Exhibition

The graduates of the Visual Communication Design Program are celebrating the success of their designers and would like us to join them. Featuring Moving image, Mobile/Web Design and Graphic Design, they will be exhibiting projects centred around social themes and encourage you to be a part of the conversation. Opening night: 7 November 2017 6pm…

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2017 Graphic Design Graduate Shows

November sees the 2017 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. Black Tie: Yoobee Graduate Exhibition Opening night: 3 November 2017 5.30pm Yoobee Auckland…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Printed Matter and the Document: A Conversation with p. mule

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 second in a four part series of long-form interviews with interesting, exciting and innovative members of Aotearoa’s design…

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Cultural Relevance in the Digital Age: Emotiki

Written by Lana Lopesi In 2015, The Oxford Dictionary named ‘emoji’ the official word of the year, revealing a major shift in consumer behaviour towards mobile and visual communication. Emojis are still and moving image characters, used in text and social media platforms to express emotion. While emojis were first invented in 1999, in 2016,…

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Looking Back to Look Forward: In Conversation with Turumeke Harrington

Written by Lana Lopesi Supported by Creative New Zealand Lana Lopesi is the editor of 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 that looks at design and the ‘Other’ that will be published…

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Igniting a Passion for Democracy: On the Fence

Written by Lana Lopesi Designers­—as communication specialists and image-makers—build election campaigns as we know them. They communicate political messages to the masses, and create pathways from the public to the politician. A voter’s initial impression of a candidate is often a visual one. If designed well, images, slogans or even hashtags can “embody ideological values…

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The Reorientation of Objectspace: In Conversation with Kim Paton

Written by Lana Lopesi At the end of July Objectspace reopened their gallery doors to the public, with a new space, a reenergised mandate and a declaration to be Aotearoa’s leading gallery dedicated to the fields of design, craft and architecture. This marks an exciting turn for the design community, an institution dedicated to enriching…

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Plans and Reality in Central City Christchurch: How graphic design works towards, shapes, navigates and imagines a future city

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 third in a four part series which looks internally at this concept of ‘Design Thinking’ and what on…

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Interview with Todd Atticus

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 third in a four part series on design and politics that will be published over the course…

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Murky In-between Spaces: An Interview with Nell May

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 first in a four part series of long-form interviews with interesting, exciting and innovative members of Aotearoa’s…

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Wearing Dissent: The Politics of the T Shirt

Written by Lana Lopesi Supported by Creative New Zealand   Lana Lopesi is the editor of 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 that looks at design and the ‘Other’ that will be…

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