Meet our Friends… RUN

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 already shown their love and…

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Aotearoa Design Dieline Success.

Design Assembly extends our heartfelt congratulations to all the New Zealand winners and finalists for the 2019 Dieline Awards. The benchmark for impeccably designed packaging of consumer products, The Dieline Awards recognise the absolute best from designers and design agencies worldwide. The Awards began as a way to formally recognize the absolute best in consumer…

7 days ago by

Fresh From The Field — Kai Nights by Curative

This Fresh From The Field features a campaign to encourage conversation about the role alcohol plays in the lives of young people by Curative If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief: CAYAD Auckland approached Curative to help develop an intervention…

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By Day By Night – An interview with Laura Yilmaz, Victoria University

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 Laura Yilmaz who works at Victoria University in Wellington.     What is your official title at work?…

2 weeks ago by

Fresh from the Field — Walker Brothers kombucha by makebardo

This Fresh From The Field features bold packaging and identity design for Walker Brothers kombucha by makebardo. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief: A family culture. 

Founded in 2018, Walker Brothers brew traditional and high gravity (alcoholic) kombucha.…

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5 minutes with… Michaela Webb

The Ramp Festival of Music, Media, Arts and Design (formerly Spark) is in their 21st year. Ahead of the 2019 event we spoke with Creative Director (and Ramp speaker!) Michaela Webb about her career development, taking risks, the importance of collaboration, challenges in creative practice and what we can expect this July 23rd-26th at Ramp.…

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Fresh from the Field — Chapter2 & Onfire Design

This Fresh From The Field features Chapter2 which recently won a Red Dot Award for outstanding product design.  As part of the Chapter2 team, Onfire contributed the bike’s standout graphics that accentuate the bike frame’s clean lines and advanced construction. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh…

2 weeks ago by

5 minutes with… Betty McCready

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with designer and illustrator Betty McCready to learn more about her career path, recent move home to New Zealand after living in the UK and how her extra-curricula interests informs her practice as a designer.   Can you tell us a little bit about who you are,…

3 weeks ago by

Fresh From The Field — Sincerity/Irony Heldane Specimen Book

This edition of Fresh From The Field features a delightful type specimen book for Klim’s Heldane as a collaborative work with NZ poet Hera Lindsay Bird designed by AltGroup. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief: The type specimen is…

3 weeks ago by

Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival.

Rialto Cinemas, Resene and Clearly & Co have collaborated on a tremendous line up for the eighth annual Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival. Context is critical in design, and our most successful work is grounded in time and place. For those of us designing today, there is significant value in studying, collecting and curating…

3 weeks ago by

5 minutes… with Andy Wright

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with Andy Wright of Never Not Creative to find out a bit more about his career journey, ongoing research and initiatives to support our industry, creative self care and what the future holds for NNC. I was first introduced to Andy Wright at The Design Conference in…

3 weeks ago by

In-house Design Luminaries — Sarah Johnston at The Aromatherapy Company

This series profiles the best and brightest designers in Aotearoa’s in-house design studios, this week we spoke with Sarah Johnston at The Aromatherapy Company. Sarah’s work is innovative and highly collectable. She has built a career through careful design research, social listening, forecasting trends and this rigorous contextual approach translate into on-point design outcomes for…

3 weeks ago by

Fresh From The Field — WW100 Censorship Campaign by Fox & Co Design

This Anzac day edition of Fresh From The Field features a multi-dimensional campaign to honour of New Zealand’s First World War Centenary, by Fox & Co Design  If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. Project Brief: In honour of New Zealand’s First…

4 weeks ago by

Field Guide — How to get a job

Brought to you by DA’s partners Portfolio Recruitment We’ve put together a few tips and thoughts for design graduates, based on our experience dealing with design agencies and with grads. Have a great CV and portfolio But be honest and don’t oversell yourself. For example, we sometimes have junior designer or graduates who call themselves…

4 weeks ago by

By Day By Night – An interview with David Coventon, AUT

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 David Coventon who works at AUT’s School of Art & Design in Auckland. What is your official title…

4 weeks ago by

Design Project Management: Is a cost blowout redeemable?

Ahead of our upcoming Auckland DA Workshop: Running a successful project: on time, on budget, and on brief. Our workshop facilitator Sarah Ritchie shares valuable intelligence on time and cost blowouts on design projects. Sarah has spent 25 years in design and advertising account management, which included 10 years running her own, successful graphic design business. These…

1 month ago by

Fresh from the Field — Slingshot Charity Series Modem by Becca O’Shea

We love featuring design for social good projects! This Fresh From The Field features illustration and product design for The Slingshot Charity Series by Becca O’Shea. For each of these modems shipped, Slingshot will donate $10 to HURRAH — Humane Rescue, Rehabilitation and Rehoming Charitable Trust. Learn more here If you have new or recent…

1 month ago by

Smells like Fresh Print — Global Good SWheat Straws

Brought to you by B&F Papers, the Smells Like Fresh Print series celebrates the beauty and tactile qualities of recently created, selected print projects. This week we share and celebrate ‘Global Good SWheat Straws’ Project Title: Global Good SWheat Straws Client: Global Good (www.globalgood.eco) Designer Details: Cinch Creative, Renée Sterne (www.cinchcreative.co.nz) Printers: Soar Print Production…

1 month ago by

Aotearoa Photography: Pippa de Court

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with photographer Pippa de Court to find out more about her photography, travel, passions and the narrative behind the photos. This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin. The stunning feathers in the feature image above is Image #100093_302 by Scene Stealer New Zealand © Pippa de…

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Sydney Calling — Manda Clarke

Design Assembly supports Aotearoa’s Designers at home and abroad. We love to celebrate our home grown talent doing well overseas and this series gives us the opportunity not only to profile these designers but also to learn more about the cities they now call home. Today we spoke to freelance designer Manda Clarke.   Where…

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Fresh from the Field — Te Mauri Hiko by Ryan Ferguson

This Fresh From The Field features Motion Design fromWellington-based independent designer Ryan Ferguson If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief: Transpower commissioned the Te Mauri Hiko – Energy Futures project to closely examine a range of electricity supply, demand and…

1 month ago by

5 minutes… with Shannon Jahnel Lanktree

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with Shannon Jahnel Lanktree of Watermark Creative to find out a bit more about her work and what inspires it. Shannon is an award-winning illustrator and animator who brings a sprinkle of fun, a shake of humour and a tsunami of energy to every project. A Brazilian…

2 months ago by

Fresh from the Field — Earls by Studio7

This Fresh From The Field features branding for Earls by Studio7 If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief Earl’s is the passion project of Lewi Earl Brown, who upon hanging up his boots on his professional league career, decided to…

2 months ago by

5 minutes with… Johnson Mckay

Maori Culture and narrative greatly informs the New Zealand identity. Ahead of DA’s Auckland workshop Designing a Culturally Authentic Aotearoa we spoke with facilitator Johnson McKay (Ngāti Kahungunu, Tainui Waikato, Ngāti Porou) owner and Creative Strategist at Fly. When we last spoke you mentioned you were spending 2018 learning te reo Māori full time in…

2 months ago by

Smells like Fresh Print — Black, Obviously.

Brought to you by B&F Papers, the Smells Like Fresh Print series celebrates the beauty and tactile qualities of recently created, selected print projects. In this installment we share a project which profiles papers potential to meet all a designers dark desires! This piece is an embellished desktop art calendar combined with a visual guessing…

2 months ago by