Typefaces in Exhibition Spaces: There is no such thing as a New Zealand typeface at Objectspace

Written by Lana Lopesi Graphic Matters is a monthly column on issues and ideas related to New Zealand Design Culture Curated by Wendy Kaplan and direct from Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California Design, 1930–1965 Living in a Modern Way at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki in 2013 was an exhibition which absolutely…

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The Big Two Zero: Spark International Festival of Music, Media, Arts and Design turns 20

A few years ago, I was asked to speak at Spark International Festival of Music, Media, Arts and Design and I was blown away by my fellow speakers, the staff and students at Wintec and this amazing festival which I had never taken the opportunity to attend before. In just a few short weeks, it…

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Floppy Disks, Flash and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: How is Technology Changing Design?

Written by Lana Lopesi Supported by Creative New Zealand Lana Lopesi is the editor of 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 first in a four part series of future focused articles canvasing prominent conversations within the design community.…

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Fresh from the Field — Rhodes Physiotherapy Brand Identity by RUN

This week’s Fresh From The Field features identity design for Rhodes Physiotherapy by RUN. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Lana for details. The Brief Rhodes Physiotherapy is a physiotherapy practise based in Auckland. The team are young, vibrant and greatly experienced in sports physiotherapy.…

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Come Together: Design Societies, Professional Associations, Conferences, and Coworking

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 third in a four part series on design and its support structures that enable us to nurture,…

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Fresh from the Field — Picnic Jackson Hole by Hardhat Design

This week’s Fresh from the Field features a brand and identity creation for Picnic Jackson Hole, Wyoming 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. Serial restauranteurs and bakers Ali and Kevin Cohane open a new coffee shop and restaurant in…

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5 Minutes with… Illustrator, Giselle Clarkson

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with Wellington based Secret World of Butterflies illustrator Giselle Clarkson to find out a bit more about her work and what inspires it. Can you tell us a little bit about who you are, what your background is, and how you first got started in the industry.…

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Semi Permanent 2018: The Coachella for Creatives

Semi Permanent takes over Aotea Centre for three days for the first time  The Coachella for creatives, entrepreneurs and future thinkers, Semi Permanent is returning to Auckland and will run for the first time across three days from Thursday 9th – Saturday 11th August at Aotea Centre. Celebrating its fifteenth anniversary in 2018, Semi Permanent…

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5 Minutes with… Illustrator, Ken Samonte

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with illustrator Ken Samonte to find out a bit more about what keeps him going. 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 was born in Manila, The Philippines, and…

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A Brush with Design: 10 Designers Dish on Their First Design Encounter — Shaun Lee

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 fourth iteration we spoke with designer Shaun Lee. I didn’t learn about graphic design until I was 19.…

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Fresh from the Field — Minded by Gusto

This week’s Fresh From The Field features a series of short animations for Minded by Gusto. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Lana for details. The brief: Minded is an online tool that helps people discover their strengths to establish a tailored career pathway. As…

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Visual Communication, Way Finding and Universities

Written by Professor Guy Littlefair Professor Guy Littlefair The Dean of the Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies at AUT questions what role the university should have within design education Visual Communication design is a profession that is in a constant state of change. Across the last 50 years it has morphed from Commercial Art…

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MāoriGrl, Kōwhai and Ngā Tohu o Te Kawerau a Maki: Some Things to See This Matariki

Written by Lana Lopesi Graphic Matters is a monthly column on issues and ideas related to New Zealand Design Culture Every year in mid-winter Matariki rises into the sky, providing us here in Aotearoa with a time of reflection and new beginnings. Our national Matariki celebrations seems to grow in strength, scope and size every…

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Spotlight – Harry A’Court from Inject Design, Wellington

Written by Kate McGuinness The team at Wellington studio Inject Design pride themselves on producing fresh and exciting work for global brands such as Hell Pizza, Fat Freddy’s Drop and the Wellington Chocolate Factory. Kate McGuinness took the opportunity to interview founder and creative director Harry A’Court to find out what goes on inside their…

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Auckland Festival of Photography, 31 May – 22 June

The Auckland Festival of Photography kicked off last 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 and comprises existing works and the creation of new work. The annual Festival is…

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Permission to be Creative: 7 things I learned from 7 years of the 100 Days Project

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. First 100 Days Show In 2011 I was stuck in a rut with work and felt restless. I looked around…

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Spotlight – Janelle Rodrigues from Creature, Wellington

Written by Kate McGuinness Creature, are an award-winning Wellington agency, specialising in brand, visual identity, campaigns and marketing communications. Kate McGuinness recently spoke to creative director Janelle Rodrigues, one of the agency’s founding partners, to learn about how this studio continues to thrive in a fast-paced industry. Herriot Melhuish O’Neill Architects. Photography: Andy Spain. Kate McGuiness:…

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A Brush with Design: 10 Designers Dish on Their First Design Encounter — Abhi Topiwala

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 third iteration we spoke with emerging designer Abhi Topiwala. Oh there are so many great memories…

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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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