5 minutes with… Dr Chandra Harrison

DA spoke with Access advisor, UX researcher and designer Dr Chandra Harrison about universal design, accessibility and what the design community can do to ensure their work is more inclusive. She is the Managing Director of Digital Accessibility for Access Advisors, an initiative of Blind and Low Vision NZ, helping organisations understand and implement digital…

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We feel your feels

Kia ora team, Uncertainty is a huge factor in stress. The current level 3 in Auckland affects those outside the city boundaries, and we know that the full spectrum of our design community is feeling uncertain and unsettled right now while we are in this holding pattern and await updates as to what the governments…

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Field Guide 2020: A Daring & Caring Re-imagining

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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Fresh From The Field — Monday by Zuru Edge

This Fresh From the Field by Zuru Edge, features Monday a new range of hair care products disrupting their category. Monday is luxurious yet accessible and has strong environmental credentials “Forget everything you know about supermarket haircare.” If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field…

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Field Guide 2020: Eddy Royal

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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Meet our Friends… Nick de Jardine

Based in Wellington, New Zealand, Nick de Jardine works with a diverse range of clients and collabor­ators from across the globe. Nick has over seventeen years of industry experience and founded Grafik in 2011. He has been rec­ognised by a number of design industry awards including five gold pins, two AGDA awards and twelve Awwwards.…

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Field Art: Lisa Baudry

In this series, we shine a spotlight on the incredible artists contributing to our 2020 Field Guide. Today we hear from Lisa Baudry How would you describe your illustration/artwork style? For portraits I ‘collage’ my pencil drawings and use hand painted or paper textures to colourise them. I like my work to have a hand-done…

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Fresh From the Field — Wilding Pines by typeface

When working toward the protection of our land and wildlife it is critical to be bold, in the Wilding Pines campaign for Biosecurity New Zealand (a department of the Ministry for Primary Industries) typeface depicted some of our most iconic birds soaring above a pine-filled landscape – fleeing from this un-natural habitat. This Fresh from…

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Under the Hood with… Adeline Marteil

DA and Adobe have partnered up our live online event series Under the Hood, this week on Thursday the 6th of August. We spoke to the presenters to learn more about their design career, process, the project they will be sharing and their hopes for the future of Aotearoa design. Today we hear from Adeline…

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A novel – typewritten drawing wins the 2020 Parkin Drawing Prize

Typography often straddles both art and design. This years parkin prize winner is a beautiful example of text glyphs being used for illustrative means, as delicate typewritten strokes weave together to build a beautiful textural drawing. Wellington-based Poppy Lekner won the prestigious award and $25,000 cash prize – with ‘Forward Slash’, reflecting on the winning…

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Under The Hood with… Matt Power

DA and Adobe have partnered up our live online event series Under the Hood, the next instalment is fast approaching on Thursday the 6th of August. We spoke to the presenters to learn more about their design career, process, the project they will be sharing and their hopes for the future of Aotearoa design. Today…

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Under The Hood with… Leah Surynt

DA and Adobe have partnered up our live online event series Under the Hood, the next instalment is fast approaching on Thursday the 6th of August. We spoke to the presenters to learn more about their design career, process, the project they will be sharing and their hopes for the future of Aotearoa design. Today…

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Fresh from the Field — Michael McManus Architects by Grafik

This Fresh From The Field features a bold and intelligent architectural identity and website by Nick de Jardine, Creative Director / Web Developer at Grafik. 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: Michael McManus Architects is a boutique…

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PUSH PLAY Ramp Connects

Design Assembly is a long-time supporter of Wintec School of Media Arts’ Ramp Festival – this year the event has adapted to the extraordinary times we find ourselves in with an alternative format Ramp Connects Podcasts. The series is now live and features award-winning journalist, Aimie Cronin in conversation with creatives from the fields of…

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Hot New Things 2020: Nitya Handa, Yoobee Colleges

Typically each summer DA profiles a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. Earlier this month Wanda Thurlow shared an online exhibition from Yoobee Colleges mid-year graduates – so we broke with our summer tradition to chat with Nitya Handa from Yoobee Colleges School of Design, about her work, what lead her…

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Fresh from the Field — NoIssue by Pixelpush

In this Fresh From the Field, Pixelpush tells us how they helped their longterm client Noissue evolve their brand narrative with a fun, new cross-discipline explainer video full of intrigue to convert viewers to customers! If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email  nicole@designassembly.org.nz …

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Fresh from the Field — Mac’s Cans by Dow Goodfolk

DA ❤️’s  Mac’s product and their distinctive and playful aesthetic treatments, this Fresh From The Field by Dow Goodfolk amplifies everything we know and love about Mac’s. Rich visual narrative in their new can range transports us to a brave new world for each brew. If you have new or recent work that you would…

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Field Art: Lucie Blaževská

In this series, we shine a spotlight on the incredible artists contributing to our 2020 Field Guide. Today we hear from Lucie blaževská How would you describe your illustration/artwork style? Vibrant, dynamic and playful digital illustrations. Is illustration your full-time gig or how does it fit around the other mix of work you do? I…

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Fresh from the Field — The Art of Matariki by Fly

Matariki is a celebration of culture, language and people. So to mark Matariki this year, Fly created a beautiful campaign to inspire us all to seek renewal, reflection and reconnection through the Matariki season. Fly have generously offered one of their phenomenal limited edition letter-pressed artworks to give away. To go in the draw, follow…

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Fresh from the Field — HumanForest by Studio South

The innovative brand identity for HumanForest featured in our July Under the Hood Event, we asked Studio South senior designer Elliot Stansfield to share more about this project. 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: HumanForest is a…

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Book Love: A Typographic Journey

DA is a team effort and most often we write as a collective. But today I am very much here in the first person. In 2008 I was incredibly burnt out and bought my first letterpress machine as a form of art therapy. I love all things type and print and now have a collection…

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Field Art: Cameron MacDonald 

In this series, we shine a spotlight on the incredible artists contributing to our 2020 Field Guide. Today we hear from Cameron MacDonald    Can you tell us a little bit about who you are, what your background is, and what led you to design? I reside in Wellington NZ but am originally from Palmerston…

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Fresh from the Field — New Zealand Bankers Association by White Rabbit

This Fresh From The Field breaks down the complexities of online fraud to ensure our vulnerable communities are protected. New Zealand Bankers Association commissioned White Rabbit, to educate the elderly on some of the things to look out for when it comes to online scams in this print campaign. If you have new or recent…

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Field Guide 2020: Our Opportunity

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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By Day By Night, Ali Cowley – Media Design School

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 Ali Cowley who works at Media Design School     What is your official title at work? Art…

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