Aotearoa NZ Photographers – Manja Wachsmuth

We recently caught up with Aotearoa NZ Photographer Manja Wachsmuth and talked about shooting food, edible bugs, collaborating for the Hiakai book and NZ nature/landscapes.    This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin. Portrait by Victoria Baldwin for Women’s Work 2020. Slow Roasted Miso Lamb Shoulder for NZ House & Garden #298 Meat Feature.…

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Fresh from the Field – One Design’s Astrolabe Identity and packaging

The Fresh from the Field features ONE Design’s work for Astrolabe, who proudly celebrate their pastoral, unpretentious surroundings, this landscape drives the brand expression. The Brief: Astrolabe is a family owned wine company based in Marlborough, New Zealand. They grow their own grapes and also source from a tight-knit group of local growers who live on…

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Aotearoa NZ Photographers – Melissa Walter

This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin. How did you initially get started in the photographic industry? My Dad was a wedding photographer actually! When I was about 11 he let me join him on a wedding job to carry his gear for him and from that day I became obsessed with the idea…

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AUT’s Te Āhuru Super Graphics, Jasmax in association with MuirMcNeil

DA spoke with Clem Devine and Jarrad Caine at Jasmax about their incredible environmental graphic work recently installed at AUT. The graphic system is built upon MuirMcNeil‘s intersect type system and richly layered patterns, that speak to place, culture and function with a lens on the future of play. What was the brief for this…

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Fresh From the Field — Postcards from Aotearoa, Method

The kaupapa, intelligence and craft of Method’s Postcards from Aotearoa project are phenomenal. The NZ On Air funded game allows 5-9 year old tamariki to create their likeness as a character, pack for a journey, and join their “aunty Tui” on an adventure around Aotearoa’s remarkable landscape. The HTML5 game enables children to see themselves…

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Fresh From the Field — Island Gin by One Design

This Fresh from the Field features One Design’s exceptional craft on Island Gin. The outstanding bottle form and the brand expression draw inspiration from the environment and speak to our coast. Making this global calibre project undeniably local. Island Gin is also a beacon of environmental stewardship and circular thinking, with raw material for the…

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Inhouse Luminaries… Karem Ortiz, Heartland bank

This series profiles the best and brightest designers in Aotearoa’s in-house design studios, this week we spoke with Heartland Bank‘s Creative Lead, Karem Ortiz.   Kia ora Karem, can you tell us a bit about your creative background prior to joining Heartland? Growing up, I loved creating at school and at home. Later on, I realised…

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Meet our friends… Oscar Thomas, Designworks

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so we’re happy to get the chance to speak with Oscar Thomas, designer at Designworks. We spoke to Oscar about his career journey, an interest in motion and film, the Designworks philosophy and culture, the mahi he is proud of, tech he is…

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Fresh From the Field — Kāpiti Cheese by unified brands

Kāpiti is a brand that isn’t shy of big, bold flavours, they commissioned Unified Brands to design packaging with the same confidence. The brief: Kāpiti, a brand that sets the bar for cheese – proudly holding the title for New Zealand’s most awarded cheese company. Their product is second to none, but the brand team…

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Wintec academics light the way with Te Ruru Light Festival Kirikiriroa Hamilton

Te Ruru Light Festival is a one-of-its-kind event, held annually in Kirikiriroa, Hamilton. Inspired by similar light-based festivals around Aotearoa, the festival was conceptualised by Wintec academics and researchers, Luke McConnell and Jason Long, and Wintec graduate and CEO of Creative Waikato, Jeremy Mayall. Wintec School of Media Arts design tutor and founder of Te…

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Fresh From the Field — 5 lanes identity Strategy Christchurch

This Fresh from the Field features Strategy Christchurch‘s new identity for a local shopping precinct. Which is both literal and lateral in drawing inspiration from the urban form. The identities expression also took cues from the brand’s vision: ‘A unique, curated shopping experience for the curious, the creative, the explorer and the child within us…

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By Day By Night, Emily Russell

By Day By Night is an interview series that profiles graphic design tutors from design schools throughout New Zealand. We learn about their role as a teacher and their own personal design practice. Today we hear from Emily Russell who works at Wintec, School of Media Arts in Hamilton. What is your official title? I’m…

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On the Flipside… Sian Thompson, Creative Intern at Seven

The transition from design student to designer can be tricky! Design internships provide an invaluable stepping stone towards professional practice and create continuity within the design profession. On the flip side profiles current design interns and the Aotearoa studios that are hosting them. We learn more about the emerging talents ambitions, the fresh perspectives they…

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Fresh from the Field — As needed, as possible.

The latest edition from Gloria Books As needed, as possible was first brought to life as a series of e-pubs (.pdf), that collected discourse around the role Enjoy—and contemporary art spaces—play within a broader arts ecology and society in Aotearoa. This print publication (designed by Kate Kerr) looks outward, building upon conversations with friends and…

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The redesign of everything… with Louise Nash of Circularity

Today we continue our series profiling the podcasts we love! As a circular design and innovation partner, circularity are on a mission to help us solve the environmental challenges of business as usual. “Together, we’ll shape a future that works with nature, not against it.” Circularity’s podcast; The Redesign of Everything shares the work of…

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Inhouse Luminaries… Renée Norman, KPMG

This series profiles the best and brightest designers in Aotearoa’s in-house design studios, this week we spoke with Renée Norman, at KPMG a global leader in financial services. Kia Ora Renee, can you describe the creative path you took to get where you’re at now? I’ve always had a creative vernacular; the exploratory play was…

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Decolonising Design in Aotearoa: From the Studio to the Archive and back again

This essay by Kerry Ann Lee and accompanying illustration by Isobel Joy Te Aho-White was originally published on katoitoi.nz as part of a commissioned series of essays, interviews and artworks commissioned by Creative New Zealand for our 2020 pilot of the Aotearoa Design Archive. Dear Young Designer, I wonder if what you originally pictured yourself…

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Fresh From the Field — Mac’s Seltzer, Dow Goodfolk

Dynamic and delightful, this Fresh From the Field features Dow Goodfolk‘s work for Mac’s Seltzer, which will have you smile while you sip! The Brief / project Kaupapa: Following seltzer’s runaway success in the USA and building on their reputation for being an imaginative bunch, Mac’s – New Zealand’s number 1 craft beer brand –…

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5 minutes with… Nikki Kennedy of TapuTapu Designs

Design has the potential to affect change, and Waikato-based Nikki Kennedy of TapuTapu Designs (www.taputapu.co.nz) is using her design practice as a tool to revitalise te reo Māori, craft beautiful items for our homes and contribute positively to our national language, culture and taiao (environment).    Kia ora Nikki tell us about your creative background:…

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Women in Design… Julie Bénard, typeface

DA speaks with typeface’s Julie Bénard about language barriers, burnout, her pathway to typeface, we learned about the mahi she is proud of, exceeding client expectations, the skills she is keen to develop, fostering innovation in her work and ambitions for the future.   What led you toward design? From as long as I remember,…

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On Innovation

This article was written by Lee Parkinson, Strategic Director at Strategy Christchurch for Kātoitoi.nz Much has already been said by many (including myself), about 2020, the year that was. In my earlier essay, I spoke about the impact that the year of COVID19 had on design in Aotearoa. We saw a changing of attitudes, cultural…

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Fresh From the Field — Avalanche by Curious

The shape grammar of letterforms provides fertile territory for visual metaphor. The Apex of an A creates a pinnacle, an opportunity embraced by Curious in their revitalisation of the Avalanche brand. This Fresh from the Field showcases a playful approach to typography, fine grain texture, and playful illustrations, immediately reinvigorating this recognised identity. The Brief:…

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Brave UX with… Brendan Jarvis

We know the design community is constantly seeking out new ideas, looking for ways to learn, hear from our peers and advance our thinking. Listening to podcasts is one of the easiest and most accessible ways to do all of the above and the DA team is hooked! One of our recent binges is from…

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Meet our friends… Dow Goodfolk’s Ben Dean

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so we’re happy to get the chance to speak with Dow Goodfolk‘s Studio & Production Manager Ben Dean. We spoke to Ben about his career trajectory, the Dow Groups production set up, the print finishes and technologies he is excited about, the work…

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Fresh From the Field — Raise the Standard, by Strategy Creative

Ahead of our June 16 Workshop: No signal found – creating great campaigns without TV in Wellington we asked facilitator Chrissie Malloch to share a recent campaign Strategy Wellington was proud of. The Raise the Standard project is exemplary mahi, striving for social good outcomes through crafted storytelling.   The Brief:  A healthy home is…

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