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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Hot New Things — Evandah Steadman, Unitec

Welcome to Hot New Things 2019 – an opportunity to profile a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. This week, we speak with Evandah Steadman from Unitec. You completed your full-time studies at the end of 2018. Can you tell us what your final year’s project was about and…

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Hot New Things — Cassandrea Beer, Unitec

Welcome to Hot New Things 2019 – an opportunity to profile a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. This week, we speak with Cassandrea Beer from Unitec. You completed your full-time studies at the end of 2018. Can you tell us what your final year’s project was about and…

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Fresh from the Field — Intra by Re:Brand

This Fresh From The Field features branding for Intra by rebrand.co.nz If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief Mercy Angiography (now named Intra) faced a problem. Their name only focused on Angiography which is x-ray examination of blood vessels following…

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Field Guide — Future Directions By Kerryn Smith

As any freshly graduated design student can tell you the first challenge you will face out in the real world is finding work in your chosen profession. It can be daunting to take the plunge and start your professional career; something that will define your life for years to come. Starting off, the job hunt…

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Fresh From The Field — Trailblazer Honors 2017 by Fox & Co Design

This Fresh From the Field coincides with pride celebrations in Wellington this month. A motion design project which celebrates leaders at the forefront of LGBTQ equality, Trailblazer Honors 2017 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. The…

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Idealog partnership — Designer dirt: Why we should invest in our creativity the same way farmers invest in our lands

In collaboration with Idealog (to mark their creativity month), Design Assembly writer and editor Nicole Arnett Phillips argues that creativity is a resource that needs to be nurtured and invested in. I am not a farmer, but I try to think like one often. New Zealand has a robust agricultural pedigree, and we are celebrated…

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Together As One

Our thoughts are with Aotearoa’s Muslim community, the people of Christchurch, and everyone directly affected by Friday’s horrific events. Design Assembly is all about community – celebrating and supporting all New Zealanders in our diversity and individual pathways. Everyone is welcome. We are in admiration of this thoughtful and poignant expression of support and unity…

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Fresh from the Field — Mental Health Awareness Week by Fly

Ahead of DA’s Auckland workshop Designing a Culturally Authentic Aotearoa this Fresh from the Field features a campaign for Mental Health Awareness Week by Fly. Combining tikanga Maori, te reo Maori and the latest research into mental health workshop facilitator Johnson McKay (Ngāti Kahungunu, Tainui Waikato, Ngāti Porou) owner and Creative Strategist at Fly, created…

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Fresh from the Field — The Bowery by Curious Design

This Fresh From The Field features packaging and identity design for The Bowery by Curious Design If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief: Our brief was simple. Create a brand for a range of mens premium grooming products. A simple…

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Poster Call — all wāhine toi Aotearoa!

Directory of Women Designers + Designers Speak (Up) RAMP Gallery, Kirikiriroa / 29 April – 24 May 2019 To record the current landscape of all designers who identify as women of any gender experience, of all diversities — social, sexual, cultural, ethnic — and give visibility to the unsung diversity of Aotearoa design, Designers Speak…

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Fresh From The Field – Kelly Washington by Ryan Romanes

This week’s Fresh From The Field features Brand identity and packaging design for New Zealand organic wine maker, Kelly Washington by Ryan Romanes If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief: Tamra Kelly-Washington is one of New Zealand’s leading wine makers.…

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2019 Womentor

Womentor is a global mentorship program for women in graphic design, offering support and guidance in business and career development. The program brings together senior designers with creative directors and design company partners and founders from around the world. This year, 22 creative leaders from five continents have been selected to provide mentorship. Creative Directors…

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Now and Then — Richard Kuoch

Written by Annie McCulloch, Portfolio Recruitment Now and Then is a series where we catch up with designers who’ve been recently placed, via Portfolio Recruitment. We get their thoughts and feedback about their new roles and their work. Our latest Now and Then is with Richard Kuoch, of Spruik. Richard, thanks for being involved in our Now and Then…

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Fresh from the Field — Real Rad Food by Afternoon

This Fresh From The Field features branding and packaging for Real Rad Food by afternoon.co.nz If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief Real Rad Food is a raw/plant-based deserts and treats brand based in Mt Maunganui. Hannah approached Afternoon to…

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Fresh From The Field – Rainbow Springs by ThoughtFull Design

This Fresh From The Field features interpretive signage and a wayfinding system for tourism icon Rainbow Springs Nature Park by ThoughtFullDesign. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. Interpretative Signage Brief: The existing park information was dry, dated and wordy. Although factual,…

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5 Minutes with… DA Founder Louise Kellerman

To understand where we are going, we must know where we have come from. This year Design Assembly celebrates ten years of supporting our community. We’re taking this milestone as an opportunity to look back at the last ten years, investigate where visual design is currently and to question what the future holds for New…

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