Christchurch: DA Conversations Autumn series — Meet the speakers

This years DA Conversations are back in Christchurch with two local creatives sharing their stories. In the lead up to next weeks event lets meet the speakers!   Kate Darby — Co-Founder at Dovetail X Kate Darby is the Co-Founder at Dovetail X; Design Studio Facilitator at Ara Institute of Canterbury; Design Partner Darby.pro; Host…

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Fresh from the Field — Fair and Square Branding and Packaging by Meke Design

This week’s Fresh from the Field features Meke Design’s work for Fair and Square. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Lana for details. The Brief: Handcrafted soap is both a science and an art. With this rebrand and packaging project, Meke Design set out to…

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Fresh from the Field — GoGetEm Coaching brand identity by Forth&Co

This week’s Fresh from the Field features Forth&Co’s work for GoGetEm Coaching. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Lana for details. Emily Wilks is a leadership and life-balance coach for high-performing women. We worked closely with Emily to create an identity that embodied her…

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Happy Holidays with love from DA

It’s that time of year where we wind back and reminisce on the year that was while remaining hopeful for the year which is yet to come. It’s a been a big one here at Design Assembly, we have published 266 articles, which included a brand new monthly column called Graphic Matters and Aotearoa Design…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Stephen Richardson, November 2017

Welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to New Zealand graphic designers, hear their stories, and celebrate their work. In this episode I spoke to Stephen Richardson. Stephen works as Pastel City, a multidisciplinary design studio based in Auckland. He provides the full-range of creative and design services and some of his…

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Deadline Extension: Wednesday 8th November for submissions to the Design Assembly Poster Exhibition 2017

Design Assembly invites you to submit a poster produced in or for 2017 to be part of the Design Assembly New Zealand Poster Exhibition 2017. Deadline extension:  5pm, Wednesday 8th November.  We look forward to seeing a slice of New Zealand Graphic Design 2017. Poster Exhibition 2017 Invitation Save the date for the Auckland end…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Grant Alexander, September 2017

Welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to New Zealand graphic designers, hear their stories, and celebrate their work.

In this episode I spoke to Grant Alexander. Grant is currently the Design Director at Onfire Design in Auckland. He started his career in 1969 at Designscape magazine, co-founded Designworks with Ray Labone in 1982 and in 2000 formed a partnership with daughter Kate to create Studio Alexander.

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2017 PANZ Book Design Awards Winners

On Thursday 20 July the 2017 winners of the PANZ Book Design Awards were announced. Cazador: game, offal and the rest, written by Dariush Lolaiy and Rebecca Smidt, designed by Tim Donaldson and Amanda Gaskin of Sea Change Studio, took home the Gerard Reid Award for Best Book. The judging panel said of Cazador: ‘This cookbook as brave, classic, yet…

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Wellington Adobe Creative Jam 2017 Review

On Thursday 6th July Wellington designers and creatives got together at the College of Creative Arts at Massey University to hear from local creative industry superstars Jarred Bishop, Celeste Skachill (designer at Te Papa Museum), and Fraser Callaway from Strategy, as they shared their processes and projects. Meanwhile four teams of designers competed in a tournament to tackle a design challenge in just 4 hours…

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Auckland 2017 DA Pub Quiz

What a night we had in Auckland on the 15th June at The Bluestone Room! The biggest ever pub quiz in Auckland with 18 teams entered. The winners on the night were the team from Curative, taking back the title from Alt Group, winners in 2016. Wellington and Christchurch, you’re next! Get along to your…

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Creative Mornings Auckland: Lana Lopesi, June 30th

The ability to overcome adversity and withstand waves of turbulent times is part of the human spirit. In our hardwiring, it is the oldest of threads that also fuels our creativity. No one knows this more than our speaker for this month, visual artist and writer Lana Lopesi. Lana is currently the Visual Arts Editor…

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Celebrating Matariki 2017

25 June marks the beginning of Matariki for 2017. This year HP and Design Assembly have collaborated with Wellington designer Tim Walter Hansen to create a typographic illustration that you can download as a desktop wallpaper and phone wallpaper or print out as an A4 calendar for June and July or a postcard to send to family…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Pete Montgomery, May 2017

Welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to New Zealand graphic designers, hear their stories, and celebrate their work.

In this episode I spoke to Pete Montgomery. Pete is currently the Creative Director at Xero in Wellington. Xero is a NZ based company that develops cloud-based accounting software

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Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival Reviews

The Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival has done its dash in Auckland, and now heads to Wellington, followed by Dunedin and then Christchurch. We went along to a couple of the movies. Here’s what we thought: Original Copy Original Copy is a documentary by German film makers Georg Heinzen and Florian Heinzen-Ziob about the last movie…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Chris Flack, April 2017

Welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to New Zealand graphic designers, hear their stories, and celebrate their work.

In this episode I spoke to Chris Flack, Design Director at Strategy Creative in Christchurch. Strategy Creative is a proudly independent full service design led advertising agency, with studios in Christchurch, Wellington, Sydney and Tokyo.

Chris, hi

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DA Conversations Podcast with Make Bardo, March 2017

Welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to New Zealand graphic designers, hear their stories, and celebrate their work. Bren and Luis form Make Bardo – a creative design studio based in Queenstown that practices contemporary visual communication, specialising in packaging design , brand strategy and signage systems for national and international…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Johnson Witehira, February 2017

Welcome back to Design Assembly Conversations for 2017. In this series we talk to New Zealand graphic designers, hear their stories, and celebrate their work.

I’m Louise, and today I’m talking to Johnson Witehira. Johnson is an artist and graphic designer from Wellington. Currently he has his own graphic design practice and teaches at AUT University in Auckland.

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Creative Spaces – Material Brand & Design Agency.

Creative Spaces is a new series exploring New Zealand creative and design workplaces, giving you a sneak peak into the space and behind-the-scenes. This series is proudly brought to you by Atomic Coffee – Fuelling creativity. In the first of this series we went into the Material studio and had a chat with Nick Riley. Nick…

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Fresh from the Field — ClickClack By Dow Design

In this week’s Fresh from the Field we profile a new project by Dow Design for ClickClack. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the Field series email Zoë for details.  The Brief:  To look at the ClickClack identity. The client suspected that they didn’t have a…

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DA Conversations Podcast Series

In the second half of 2016 Design Assembly proudly commenced our Conversations series — a collection of podcasts where we talk to New Zealand graphic designers, hear their stories, and celebrate their work. To date we have interviewed: Chris Flack, Design Director at Strategy Creative in Christchurch Make Bardo, a creative design studio based in Queenstown makebardo.com Johnson Witehira, Designer…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Jonathan Sagar, December 2016

Welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to New Zealand graphic designers, hear their stories, and celebrate their work.

I’m Louise, and today I’m talking to Jonathan Sagar. Jonathan is the executive creative director of Voice Brand Agency, a brand development and design agency with offices in Auckland and Melbourne.

Jonathan, hi.

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DA Conversations Podcast with Kelvin Soh, November 2016

Welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to New Zealand graphic designers, hear their stories, and celebrate their work. I’m Louise, and today I’m talking to Kelvin Soh. Kelvin is the creative director and founder of design studio DDMMYY. DDMMYY also publishes bi-annual arts and culture magazine Le Roy and regularly participates in…

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untitled dsgn – Media Design School Graduate Exhibition

Opening tonight, the Media Design School, Bachelor of Media Design
graduate show at The Grid AKL, 101 Pakenham Street West, Auckland

Check out some of the talent in this preview ahead of the opening tonight.

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Make Something 2016

After a successful return in 2015, Make Something is back this November at Allpress Studio, Auckland with yet another impressive line-up of creative collaborations.

In the creative industries it’s often rare that we get the opportunity to collaborate without the common interest of a client brief. And, even more rare, that our potential collaborators themselves come from an industry not often associated with the creative arts.

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DA End of Year Wrap Party, Auckland

Join your fellow designers and creatives and celebrate the end of the year and the start of summer! Design Assembly End of Year Wrap Party, Auckland At Atomic Coffee Roasters 420c New North Road, Kingsland Limited numbers

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