MOD returns to Wellington to celebrate human-centered design. 

MOD week; 12 – 16 October 2020 Exploring how humans can work better together, celebrating human-centred design and creative problem solving Mindset of Design is all about the human side of solutions, whether those solutions are tech-based or not. MOD is run by CHQ, leaders in innovation learn more here modwellington.com New Zealanders are invited…

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Meet our friends… typeface

Design Assembly has become the home of New Zealand visual design – providing a collaborative digital and physical platform for kiwi visual designers to learn, keep up-to-date and be inspired. We couldn’t do that without the support of our Friends. This series profiles some of the studios and individuals who have shown their love and…

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5 minutes with… Raul Sarrot

Ahead of his Wellington workshop on Friday 25th September 2020, we spoke to Raul Sarrot about The Value of Strategy in times of flux and disruption, staying ahead of the curve, the qualities of design strategists, the importance of curiosity, and design strategists role in shaping our future. We are living through unprecedented economic and…

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HEALTHY BUSINESS: THE ROAD TO RECOVERY

On the 6th August our friends Streamtime hosted a special Recovery event with agency owners and experts to share the month to month timeline of their financial and business performance, the decisions they made to survive and what they’re planning to do next. The videos and resources are online here. Peter Czapp of The Wow…

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Fresh From The Field — Signifier by Klim

This Fresh from the Field features Signifier, a new font designed by Klim Type Foundry’s Kris Sowersby, that intersects the design territory of 17th-century typefaces with digital rebellion and a brutalist binary ethos. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email  nicole@designassembly.org.nz  for details.…

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Field Art: Carol Green

In this series, we shine a spotlight on the incredible artists contributing to our 2020 Field Guide. Today we hear from Carol Green How would you describe your illustration/artwork style? Cartoony and people-focussed. Is illustration your full-time gig or how does it fit around the other mix of work you do? Self-employed illustration is my…

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Tradespeople by Emma Kaniuk

We spoke with Akin’s Emma Kaniuk, to learn more about  https://www.tradespeople.co/ a directory proudly shining the spotlight on women and gender diverse people working in the trades industries, connecting them to customers looking for repairs, maintenance, or to start new projects. Photo of Emma by Mark Smith What was the catalyst to build Aotearoa’s first…

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Field Guide 2020: Towards Openness

This Field Guide article is part of a series of commissioned essays, interviews, podcasts and artworks to be published over 16 weeks on designassembly.org.nz and culminate in a downloadable PDF publication which will be distributed nationally.  We are incredibly grateful to Creative New Zealand who funded this 2020 Field Guide, which actively investigates, celebrates, nurtures and…

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5 minutes with… RAMP Festival intern Lauren Mann

Wintec communications student Lauren Mann is the 2020 RAMP festival intern, we spoke to her to learn more about the opportunity, her background, studying at Wintec and this year’s digital RAMP connects format. Festival Director Megan Lyon (Left) and Lauren Mann (Right) Was there someone (or something) that inspired you to pick communications as a…

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FLUX: Meet the Panel

Thanks to our DA partners Blutui,  My Chilly Bin, Portfolio Recruitment and Streamtime you are invited to join us online while we gather as a national community in an online forum to discuss Aotearoa Design amidst Covid-19. Tuesday 22 September, 7pm – 8pm Online Zoom Webinar Today we want to introduce you to our panelists:…

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Fresh From The Field — No Ugly Skin by Culture & Theory

This Fresh from the Field features Culture & Theory‘s latest work for No Ugly Skin. True to the brand ethos and in keeping with the distinct language of other products in the NU range the outcome is “real beauty without the bullshit.” If you have new or recent work that you would like to share…

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Field Guide 2020: Jef Wong

This Field Guide podcast sits within a series of commissioned essays, interviews, podcasts and artworks to be published over 16 weeks on designassembly.org.nz and culminate in a downloadable PDF publication which will be distributed nationally.  We are incredibly grateful to Creative New Zealand who funded this 2020 Field Guide, which actively investigates, celebrates, nurtures and challenges…

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5 minutes with… Kelly Spencer

We spoke with graphic artist Kelly Spencer, about her recent mural collaboration with Horohoro school in the Bay of Plenty and the environmental stewardship that runs throughout her work. Can you tell us about your career milestones and what lead you to your large scale lettering art? My career has had a few key pivot…

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Meet our friends… Brendan Jarvis, The Space Inbetween

Design Assembly has become the home of New Zealand visual design – providing a collaborative digital and physical platform for kiwi visual designers to learn, keep up-to-date and be inspired. We couldn’t do that without the support of our Friends. This series profiles some of the studios and individuals who have shown their love and…

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Fresh From The Field — StrangeLove Waters by Marx

Ordinarily, when the DA team writes introductions for Fresh from the Field we write as an organisation – but in this instance, I am showing up in the first person to introduce a new project from Marx design that I personally, am really excited about. As some context, in the 1980s my mum worked in…

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South’s Creative Industry Reboot

Last month (prior to moving to Alert level 2) South hosted a mid-winter Jazz evening at South HQ, bringing like-minded people together to listen to some excellent music (featuring Zoot Music, Nathan Haines, Jaimie Haines, Manuel Bundy and Soraya LaPread). South hosted this special occasion to unite the creative community with design-driven business leaders to…

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COVID-19 Resources by Maynard Design

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Maynard Design created a series of posters to help the public, businesses and healthcare providers articulate new processes and behaviours. These posters have been designed to be flexible, clear, and straightforward to utilise in a variety of scenarios. Each poster pack is free to download and print.  They are…

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Aotearoa Photographers: Frank Schwere

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with photographer Frank Schwere to find out more about his life behind the lens, his journey that led to New Zealand, shooting iconic landscapes, the projects he is most proud of and the importance of finding your voice in your work. This article is proudly brought to…

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Postgraduate Design Research — Lena Panaita, AUT

Welcome to Postgraduate Design Research – an opportunity to profile a selection of current design postgraduate students and their projects across our tertiary institutions. This week, we speak with Lena Panaita from AUT. What is your background and how did you get into design? Since before I could remember I’ve been drawing. But drawing for…

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DA Pulse Check #7 – Conversations on Covid-19 and Aotearoa NZ Design

We are 6 months into Aotearoa’s COVID response with Auckland in Category 3 and the rest of the country in Category 2 we reached out to design studios around the country to see how they are doing right now and what unexpected benefits or positive outcomes they have experienced from the COVID pandemic response. Thanks…

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Fresh From The Field — Voice of Racism by Clemenger BBDO

This Fresh From the Field by Clemenger BBDO (in collaboration with the NZ Human Rights Commission and Assembly), features Voice of Racism an interactive website revealing the damaging effects of ceaseless micro-aggressions. This critical and confronting project challenges the notion that racism does not exist in New Zealand.  If you have new or recent work…

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5 minutes with… Bel & Pat of Paradise Press

Annabel Hawkins & Patrick Hickley new project Paradise Press bucks the trend of quick-hit eCommerce endorphins by starting slow art movement. The two flatmates saw a need for a platform that connected young talent with young buyers in a sustainable way. ‘The concept came from the lost possibility of travel. Everyone’s spent so much time…

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Women in Design — Artia Simamora

In this series, we celebrate New Zealand Women in Design as they share their work and processes and we learn more about their day-to-day routines, diverse career pathways, and how they achieve balance. Today we hear from Freelance Designer Artia Simamora Who were your early creative influencers? There’s no one creative person that really influenced…

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Notes on Notes

Huge thanks to Paper Source and Bluestar for helping to bring our 2020 notebooks to life, and their support of our community. Despite the barriers to in-person distribution the DA notebooks have been making their way to our friends and have been well received by Aotearoa Design. We look forward to seeing concepts realised from…

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Fresh From the Field — Viva La Vulva by Stevie Elliot

Stevie Elliot is a Wellington-based designer at Teacher Talk, and founder of Viva la Vulva. After witnessing a birth she wanted to create a product to say “Congrats, mama, you bloody did it!” This Fresh From The Field showcases brand, product and packaging design which seeks to empathise, empower, ease postpartum discomfort and give confidence…

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