Mapping La Macha: the hole that Mark dug

Written by Cameron Ralston Last February, walking from the North/Clybourn station back to River North in Chicago, I lost my copy of Tim O’Brien’s The Nuclear Age. This book recounts protagonist William Cowling’s past as he digs a large hole in his back yard to build a bomb shelter, still spooked by the possibility of…

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Innovation by Design — a Design Thinking workshop, Wellington

This full-day workshop explores Design Thinking, a deeply human-centered methodology that taps into abilities we all have but that get overlooked by more ‘common’ problem-solving methods. This approach allows people (even non-designers) to use creative tools to address a myriad of different problem-solving or innovation challenges.

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DA Workshop – Photograph and promote your design work

This practical workshop targets final year students, graduates or anyone eager to have their portfolio professionally photographed and presented online. Attendees will bring along at least one physical piece of work they would like documented. We will explore styling and photo editing techniques to produce compelling images while touching on strategies to effectively use social media to share your work and create genuine interest.

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DA Workshop – Being a leader in your design business – and why you should bother

Often when you run your own business, you are juggling so many things – developing business, keep clients happy, writing proposals, doing the doing, balancing the books, fixing IT problems – and of course keeping staff happy.

Wouldn’t it be so much easier if staff just managed themselves – did as they were asked, did it well, created no fuss or dramas and didn’t leave. Although this can’t be guaranteed, one major step to getting the most out of your team is to improve your skills as a leader.

This workshop is about becoming a better boss and a better leader.

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DA Workshop – Managing your design business

Join Mark Osborne from Roll and Asheel Bharos from Rightway in an evening seminar looking at the systems behind managing your design business.

Mark will talk about transforming your design business with software, moving beyond Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office and the future – where is business software heading?

Asheel will focus on the challenges around cash flow and forward thinking around financials – particularly where jobs last several months and the need to track partial payments and WIP. He will also discuss reporting on efficiency and understanding project profitability as well as profit and loss.

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DA Conversations with Welby Ings, August 2016

Hello, and welcome to Design Assembly Conversations, an interview series with New Zealand graphic designers. Design Assembly seeks to hear the stories of New Zealand graphic designers, get to know who we are, and celebrate New Zealand graphic design.

Hi, I’m Louise, founder of Design Assembly. Today I’m speaking to Welby Ings. Welby Ings is a professor at the Auckland University of Technology in the Graphic Design department. He also writes and directs his own films. To date, he has produced two short films: Boy and Munted. In 2006, Boy was nominated for an Academy Award. Currently, he is working on his third short film, Sparrow.

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Fresh from the field – Em by Curative

The Brief: The frightening truth is that 1 out of 3 girls in New Zealand may be sexually abused before she turns 16, and most of this abuse (90%) is likely to be done by someone she knows. And if that isn’t bad enough, this age group also lacks awareness of resources available to support…

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