Take 10 with… Leon Mackie

The DA team want to support our community through these unprecedented times – something we kept coming back to is a focus on connection and community. So we want to do what we think DA does best, sharing ideas, inspiration and information and profiling our community. With that in mind, we launched a new series…

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

Join us for a candid conversation on how Aotearoa NZ design studios are doing right now, how their business is being affected, and get advice for getting through the lockdown as a design business. Thanks to our principal partners Blutui, Streamtime, Portfolio Recruitment and mychillybin, each week of the category 4 lock down (and our…

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Fresh From The Field — ChildFund by LUSHAI

This Fresh From The Field profiles a new user-centred digital home for ChildFund. Lushai discusses some of the design decisions their team made in reimagining the website which allowed the organisation to maintain their content and presence themselves without breaking the bank with every additional edit. If you have new or recent work that you…

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Take 10 with… Louise Kellerman

The DA team want to support our community through these unprecedented times – something we kept coming back to is a focus on connection and community. So we want to do what we think DA does best, sharing ideas, inspiration and information and profiling our community. With that in mind, we launched a new series…

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By Day By Night – An interview with David Lewis, 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 David Lewis who works at Victoria University of Wellington What is your official title at work? I am…

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Take 10 with… Graeme Blake

The DA team wants to support our community through these unprecedented times – something we kept coming back to is a focus on connection and community. So we want to do what we think DA does best, sharing ideas, inspiration and information and profiling our community. With that in mind, we launched a new series…

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Take 10 with… Laura Cibilich

The DA team want to support our community through these unprecedented times – something we kept coming back to is a focus on connection and community. So we want to do what we think DA does best, sharing ideas, inspiration and information and profiling our community. With that in mind, we launched a new series…

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Turning working from home into working from your castle

This article was originally posted by Andy Wright 24 Mar, 2020 on the Streamtime blog. Andy generously shared his knowledge with our audience here. Some of the tips below apply specifically to people using Streamtime but for those of you not already using the platform there is still a wealth of wisdom on working from…

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Fresh From The Field — Connecting Downtown Auckland by Maynard Design

Ahead of our upcoming workshop with Simone Speet and Eden Short (wayfinding designers at Maynard Design), Eden shared this Fresh From The Field. The Connecting Downtown Auckland project investigates the multi-modal public transport experience for Auckland’s Downtown Infrastructure Development Programme If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh…

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Isolating with… Jemma Titheridge

Last week we reached out to one of our DA friends Jemma Titheridge to learn more about her experience self-isolating after returning home to New Zealand. Yesterday as our alert level heightened to three ‘Restrict’ with four ‘Eliminate’ coming into effect tomorrow our community have lots we can learn from Jemma’s experience, so we are…

2 weeks ago by

Applying for your first jobs. Advice from Portfolio Recruitment.

We know how hard it is to secure your first design job in the industry after Uni, you’re not alone in that. There are about 1000 design grads every year and not enough positions for everyone. At least not at all the same agencies. You’re a talented fish, in a pool teeming with other talented…

2 weeks ago by

5 minutes with… Simone Speet

Ahead of our Auckland DA Workshop: Wayfinding for Designers we caught up with one of our workshop facilitators Simone Speet from Maynard Design. Simone specialises in digital and static wayfinding signage for the built environment, with a strong focus on design systems, legibility and information hierarchy. With over 10 years in the field, she has…

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Fresh From The Field — Whakapapa Walls by Johnson Witehira

This Fresh From The Field by Johnson Witehira of Indigenous Design and Innovation Aotearoa is a playful and artful expression Māori-world views. 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. The Brief: This work, entitled Mahimahi, was commissioned by the QT…

2 weeks ago by

Practical and emotional advice for Aotearoa Designers

The core tenants of DA are to connect and celebrate our community. We want all Aotearoa Designers to live well and to flourish. Usually, when we write here, the DA team operates as a collective voice. Occasionally you’ll hear direct from Lou, our amazing founder. Or one of the local hosts making a shout out…

3 weeks ago by

Be the change you want to see

Blutui is a web design platform for creative agencies developed by a creative agency. We spoke with our friends Blutui about embracing the accessibility challenges (& opportunities) faced by digital design practice today.     Design impacts people’s ability to participate in society. The #AccessLaw2020 lobby aims to pass legislation later this year to ensure,…

3 weeks ago by

5 minutes with… Shane Goodwin, Head of Experience Design at Jade

Ahead of our upcoming Christchurch DA Event: Autumn Conversations – Design & Accessibility we spoke with Shane Goodwin, Head of Experience Design at Jade. Shane has been sketching, imagining, developing, breaking, and making products for the last 18 years, with the last 11 as a UX designer. Before that he has been a product manager,…

3 weeks ago by

5 minutes with… Grayson Davis, Senior Designer at Dave Clark Design Sydney

Today we cross the ditch to chat with Grayson Davis a Sydney based kiwi multi-disciplined designer, who specialises in visually representing brands through the magic of story and craft. Grayson shares personal insight on collaboration – being part of a team – diversity, access and universal design in contemporary creative practice, and his phenomenal (after-hours)…

3 weeks ago by

5 minutes with… Fiona Murray, Senior Copywriter at Plato Creative

Ahead of our upcoming Christchurch DA Event: Autumn Conversations – Design & Accessibility we spoke with Fiona Murray who specialises in turning features into benefits and relaying those to specific groups of people in brand-appropriate language. She’s no stranger to pushing creatively and making a ‘big idea’ work across multiple mediums, from one-line billboards to…

3 weeks ago by

Fresh From The Field — ATEED: Tū Mai by Fly

Ahead of our upcoming workshops with Johnson McKay (creative director at Fly), Johnson shared this Fresh From The Field. Tū Mai is a partnership between ATEED, the tourism industry and communities of Tāmaki Makaurau with the purpose of creating the best visitor experience in the world. Tū mai Tāmaki Makaurau! If you have new or…

3 weeks ago by

5 minutes with… Matthew Gould, director of Lushai, co-founder of UX Gym and co-founder of the UX Homegrown design conference.

Ahead of our Auckland DA Workshop: Building Digital Design Capabilities we caught up with our workshop facilitator Matthew Gould. Matt is the Auckland director of Lushai, co-founder of UX Gym and co-founder of the UX Homegrown design conference. He is an experienced user experience consultant and design educator with a history of employing user-centred design processes…

4 weeks ago by

Women in Design — Jess Gommers, Art Director, Exhibition & Print Designer

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 Art Director, Print and exhibition Designer Jess Gommers Who were your early creative influencers? Mum was a…

4 weeks ago by

Fresh From The Field — The Aromatherapy Company’s Blend

This Fresh From The Field by Sarah Johnston is a multidisciplinary delight. Sarah was involved in all visual design, product design, packaging and marketing for Blend. A new product range from The Aromatherapy Company which enables consumers to co-design fragrance combinations to suit their mood, interior and preferences. If you have new or recent work…

1 month ago by

Meet our friends… Peg Creative

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…

1 month ago by

2020 GOOD DESIGN AWARDS OPEN FOR ENTRIES

Good Design Australia is calling for Australian and international entries to the 2020 Good Design Awards. Through the annual Good Design Awards program, they recognise and celebrate excellence in cutting edge design and breakthrough innovation. Celebrating the best in design and architecture across 11 main design disciplines and 28 sub-categories, including Communication Design, Digital Design…

1 month ago by

Hot New Things 2020 – Peggy-Jane Keddy, Unitec

Each summer DA profiles a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. We welcome these talented emerging professionals to our industry, learn about their passions, final projects and dreams for the future. Today we speak with Peggy-Jane Keddy from Unitec     Was there someone (or something) that inspired you…

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