5 Minutes with… Illustrator, Melissa Boardman

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with illustrator Melissa Boardman to find out more about her delicate work with native birds and her environmentally sustainable practice. Can you tell us a little bit about who you are, what your background is, and how you first got started in the industry. I’m based in…

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Wellington Winter Zine Market

Wellington Zinefest are presenting the 2018 Wellington Winter Zine Market at Thistle Hall on Saturday June 9 from 12 – 5pm. We’re inviting everyone to come along for a cosy afternoon of zine browsing, buying and sharing. Whether you’ve been making zines for 50 years, 5 weeks, or never heard of them before – all…

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Fresh from the Field — Taylor St Baristas by Hardhat Design

This week’s Fresh from the Field features a ‘luxurious’ identity for US and UK coffee company Taylor St Baristas by Hardhat Design. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Lana for details. A rebrand for Taylor Street Baristas to coincide with the launch of their coffee…

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Graphic Design & Photography: Yuki Sato

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with photographer Yuki Sato to find out more about his photography and passions. This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin. Can you tell our readers a little bit about who you are and what you do. My name is Yuki Sato, I’m a freelance photographer. Studio-based…

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Our Wahine, Are we there yet? And WANTOK: Celebrating Women during Suffrage 125

Written by Lana Lopesi Graphic Matters is a monthly column on issues and ideas related to New Zealand Design Culture This year marks 125 years since New Zealand were “vigorously campaigning to achieve the right to vote and would finally win that right in September of 1893”. To mark that accomplishment and the subsequent achievements…

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5 Minutes with… Illustrator, Sandra Morris

For the occasion of the Botanical Art Worldwide exhibition now on, Design Assembly got the opportunity to chat with Sandra Morris to find out more about her work as an illustrator. Can you tell us a little about yourself? I am an award-winning children’s author and illustrator, the director of the Sandra Morris Illustration Agency, a nature…

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The emergence of Modernism: an etymology of beauty, harmony, excellent and good.

Written by Kelly Gilchrist. Starting with the term beauty, this four part series, explores the use and interpretation of the terms beauty, harmony, excellent and good. With a focus on the texts and journals collected by Robert Coupland Harding, Kelly will explore Harding’s understandings and intentions behind his late nineteenth century use of the four…

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Showing, Sharing, and Beyond: Design Exhibitions in Aotearoa

Written by K. Emma Ng Supported by Creative New Zealand Emma Ng is a contributor to Aotearoa Design Thinking 2018, 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 on design and its support structures that enable us to nurture,…

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Hot New Things — Sarah Cant, Ara

Welcome to Hot New Things 2018 – an opportunity to profile a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. This week, we speak with Sarah Cant from Ara, Institute of Canterbury. Sarah Cant Bachelor of Design – Visual Communication Ara, Institute of Canterbury   You completed your full time studies at the end of…

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Hot New Things — Hanna McLachlan, Massey

Welcome to Hot New Things 2018 – an opportunity to profile a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. This week, we speak with Hanna McLachlan from Massey. Hanna McLachlan Bachelor of Design honours (Visual Communication Design major) Massey University You completed your full time studies at the end of 2017. Can you…

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Hot New Things — Abraar Patel, Unitec

Welcome to Hot New Things 2018 – an opportunity to profile a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. This week, we speak with Abraar Patel from Unitec. Abraar Patel Bachelor of Creative Enterprise Unitec You completed your full time studies at the end of 2017. Can you tell us what your final…

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“looking into the rear-view mirror”: Peter Haythornthwaite, Design Generation 

Written by Lana Lopesi Graphic Matters is a monthly column on issues and ideas related to New Zealand Design Culture We’re in the last few weeks of Peter Haythornthwaite: Design Generation a major survey exhibition of “one of New Zealand’s most influential industrial designers” currently on at Objectspace. Curated by design historian Michael Smythe, the exhibition…

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5 Mins With… Johnson McKay, Creative Strategist at Fly

Ahead of two workshops Johnson McKay is running for Design Assembly covering Client Attraction & Relationship Building Skills and Applying Design Thinking to creating Māori Graphic Design in both Auckland and Wellington, we sat down with the Creative Strategist to find out a little more about his work and the influences behind it. First off, can you introduce yourself…

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Fresh from the Field — The Chaat Company by Hardhat Design

This week’s Fresh from the Field features an identity for The Chaat Company, an Indian company specialising in Indian snacks set design by Hardhat Design. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Lana for details. The identity for Chaat brings the visual language of the…

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A Brush with Design: 10 Designers Dish on Their First Design Encounter — Becca O’Shea

In the lead up to DA’s 10th birthday celebrations in March 2019, A Brush With Design asks 10 designers who have been involved with DA at various times to nostalgically recount their first memory of encountering design. In this second iteration we spoke with Becca O’Shea, Art Director from Little Giant. Hi I’m Becca an…

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Hot New Things — Abhi Topiwala, Unitec

Welcome to Hot New Things 2018 – an opportunity to profile a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. This week, we speak with Abhi Topiwala from Unitec. Abhi Topiwala Bachelor of Creative Enterprise Unitec You completed your full time studies at the end of 2017. Can you tell us what your final…

2 months ago by

Hot air: A Monthly Rotating Roundtable — What is Aotearoa New Zealand design? 

Hot Air: A Monthly Rotating Roundtable, is a new monthly series where a number of designers take on big design conversations. To kick it off we start at the only place rightful place to start, interrogating our national design culture addressing the question. This month we asked Tyrone Ohia, Emma Rogan, Johnson Witehira and Luke Wood,…

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Collaborative approaches breaking tradition in art and design: In conversation with Photographer Mark Purdom and Designer Alan Deare

Written by Holly Russell Design strategies and a to-and-fro approach towards collaboration saw Photographer Mark Purdom and Designer Alan Deare produce Mimetic, an award winning entry to this years’ New Zealand Photobook of the year. With an exhibition at Ramp Gallery as their starting point, the duo looked to capture the gallery experience in a…

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Fresh from the Field — Kai Pasifika by Design Distillery

This week’s Fresh from the Field features an identity for Auckland restaurant Kai Pasifika by Design Distillery. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Lana for details. The Brief In the heart of Auckland – world’s largest pacific city, Kai Pasifika aimed to create a…

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Hot New Things — Etana Zaguri, Wintec

Welcome to Hot New Things 2018 – an opportunity to profile a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. This week, we speak with Etana Zaguri from Wintec. Etana Zaguri Bachelor of Media Arts (Graphic Design major) Wintec You completed your full time studies at the end of 2017. Can you tell us what…

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Graphic Design & Photography: Anthony Green

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with photographer Anthony Green to find out more about his photography and his passions. This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin. Can you tell our readers a little bit about who you are and what you do. My names is Anthony Green I am someone who…

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Fresh from the Field — Naylor Love by Strategy Creative

This week’s Fresh from the Field features an identity for Naylor Love by Strategy Creative. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Lana for details. Naylor Love came to Strategy Creative looking to lift the company’s profile — to modernise the brand to stay relevant…

2 months ago by

Hot New Things — Elsie Murray, Wintec

Welcome to Hot New Things 2018 – an opportunity to profile a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. This week, we speak with Elsie Murray from Wintec. Elsie Murray Bachelor of Media Arts (Graphic Design major) Wintec You completed your full time studies at the end of 2017. Can you tell us what…

2 months ago by

Censoring Colors: Did the New Zealand government stop a famous image of Queen Elizabeth from being published?

Written by Emma Rogan Supported by Creative New Zealand Emma Rogan is a contributor to Aotearoa Design Thinking 2018, a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand.  In 2015 the New Zealand government stopped an image from appearing in a new book about a famous magazine. At least, this…

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