What is planet-centric design?

Chris Jackson founded We Create Futures in 2018 as an alternative to the traditional design agency business model and innovation approach. After speaking on our Wellington Spring conversations panel Chris wrapped up the key questions and themes that arose. He generously allowed us to republish the article here; Planet-centric design – What is the role…

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5 minutes with… Lee Parkinson

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with Lee Parkinson Strategic Director at Strategy Creative to learn more about his diverse career, audacious attention-grabbing campaigns, how to draw inspiration from everywhere, what biomimcry can teach designers (& why we need to learn fast!) and his side kick Bamm the strategy dog. Can you tell…

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Ecostore: Circular by Design

The Circular Economy rethinks a linear take-make-dispose model of business, closing the loop, so resources are continuously repurposed. Circular systems are restorative and regenerative by design. They enable businesses to gain economic and social value without environmental degradation. Ahead of our Auckland: Circular by Design workshop, we asked facilitator (& Circularity founder) Louise Nash to share a…

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Place: Osborne Shiwan 19 Oct–30 Nov 2019

The spaces we inhabit provide fertile ground for creative exploration and the DA team were excited to see Objectspace is set to exhibit Place: Osborne Shiwan from the 19 Oct–30 Nov 2019. This exhibition acts as a love letter to the city Lloyd Osborne and Shabnam Shiwan reside in. Tāmaki Makaurau is our home, an…

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Fresh From The Field — Whitecliffe College

This Fresh From The Field features a playful rebrand with a nod to the Bauhaus aesthetic for Whitecliffe College. Owned by Asia Pacific Education Group (APEDU) Whitecliffe has campuses in Auckland Central, Manukau, Wellington and Christchurch, and offers a highly-respected suite of arts, design, fashion and IT programmes from certificate through to postgraduate levels. If…

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Best of the Best: Congratulations to the 2019 Best Design Awards winners

DINZ Best Awards are a celebration of Aotearoa design, with over 1200 entries nominated from across nine categories from New Zealand and Australia. The Black Pin is the Institute’s highest honour. Celebrating individuals who have made a significant achievement in the field of design both nationally and internationally; demonstrating a combination of leadership, vision, creativity…

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5 minutes with… Ross Murray

Ross Murray‘s iconic illustrative work masterfully captures place and time. We spoke with him about creative representation, his early artistic influences, finding inspiration (& energy) in the landscape, dream projects, and remembering to breathe.   Can you tell us about any milestones in your creative journey from when you started out to today?  Leaving my…

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Fresh From The Field — Bean Supreme by PRINCIPALS

This Fresh From The Field by principalsbrand.co.nz features a dynamic re-brand for Bean Supreme that delivers delight (& happiness) with delicious energy. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The brief: Bean Supreme launched one of the first soybean ranges in New…

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Food For Thought: Planet-Centric Design

Designers often focus on the end-user. But what does it mean to care for people and place in equal measure? How do we conscientiously and empathetically design with the planet in mind?  At our Auckland spring conversation evening conveyor Eddy Royal prompted the panel to define what it means to design in a planet-centric manner…

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Aotearoa Photography: David St George

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with photographer David St George to learn more about his life behind the lens, design-led photography and the role his shots play in shaping his clients work. This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin.   Auckland Art Gallery How did you initially get started in the…

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Fresh From The Field — Methven VJet by Culture&Theory

This Fresh From The Field features an evolution of the positioning of a well-known brand expressed in collateral design by Culture&Theory. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief: Since 1886 Methven has been pioneering & engineering amazing water…

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Smells Like Fresh Print — Renoir & DCP Notebook by Capiche

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 installment features a vibrant and versatile new notebook showcasing B&F’s Renoir and DCP stocks. Renoir is an exceptional product. A premier rough-gloss, means it lives within the coated category of…

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5 minutes with… Siobhon Joe

Siobhon Joe is a designer who aspires to deliver high-quality thoughtful experiences that reach beyond aesthetics across digital and print platforms. We caught up with her to learn more about her creative journey, processes, and project outcomes. What is your background and how did you get into design? I was born in West Auckland and…

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Fresh From The Field — Supertrash by Seachange

This Fresh From The Field features bold branding by Seachange Studio for an awesome company reducing the load on our planet, diverting waste from landfill. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief: Supertrash is a small, family-run collection…

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Present Tense : Wāhine Toi Aotearoa / Britomart Works on Paper

Poster call and exhibition hīkoi gathers and champions Aotearoa New Zealand women* designers   Silk-screen posters, RAMP Gallery, May 2019 / Photo: Jinki Cambronero Present Tense : Wāhine Toi Aotearoa Britomart Works on Paper, Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland 18 September – 16 October, 2019 Opening hui Tuesday 24 September 2019, 18h00 Gather at corner of Customs St…

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Tips for breaking into Industry.

There is no doubt landing your first design job can be difficult – no matter how rigorous your rationales, polished your portfolio and enthusiastic you are – there is a tonne of other design students vying for the same roles as you. A lot of advice design graduates receive is cliched ‘Believe in yourself’, ‘Think…

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Design is good business

Design is a service – our practice is transactional, we need to provide the customer greater value than their investment in our fee. Our clients’ business strategies form the framework for our design strategies. We need to get better about discussing the business of creative business. DA caught up with Sam Southwell (Founder and Creative…

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Fresh From The Field — wadeandleta.com by Sons and Co.

This Fresh From The Field features an out of the box website by web design maestros Sons and Co. for an iconic New York-based design duo which is sure to delight. Lyttleton based Sons and Co. elevate the global industry standards of design on the web notch by notch with each and every project they…

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5 minutes with… Imogen Zino

In July DA spoke with the multidisciplinary team behind Good Health Design, about their research initiatives and how visual design can support our communities wellbeing. Today (ahead of their upcoming symposium) we spoke with masters student Imogen Zino about her research for this project and the event.   What is your background and how did…

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5 minutes with… Natasha Vermeulen

It has been two years since we last spoke to designer/illustrator Natasha Vermeulen. After spotting Natasha’s bold campaign illustrations for Bonds in our instagram feed, we wanted to learn more about these vibrant images that celebrate body diversity, and how her career journey and work has evolved since 2017.          People talk a lot…

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Fresh From The Field — Sports devout lettering craftsmanship by Allan Kwok

This Fresh From The Field features some awesome lettering which fuses contemporary and victorian typographic cues from London based Kiwi designer Allan Kwok, who wanted to show support for our sports teams. 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…

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Smells Like Fresh Print — Team Talk Coasters

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 installment features 15 unique coasters based on 15 critical conversations to help raise awareness for men’s mental health. The Brief: Our new 1st XV is tackling men’s mental health issues……

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5 minutes with… Katie Kerr

Katie Kerr believes design can be more thoughtful by instigating critical research processes; more sustainable by informing aesthetics with best practice rather than trends; and more poetic by applying considered and elegant form. We caught up with this celebrated designer, publisher and craft(wo)man, on the back of her recent PANZ young designer of the year…

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Fresh From The Field — Wilshire by South

This Fresh From The Field features a striking architectural identity and beautifully conceived art direction for Wilshire by South. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief: Wilshire is a developer of residential and commercial properties based in Auckland. They are…

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Hometown by Design, with Casie Smith of Design Garage

This series profiles the design talent in our regions and invites them to show us around their towns. This week we meet Casie Smith to learn more about her creative journey, the design studio she founded Design Garage, and living in Taranaki. Where did you grow up & where did you study?  I was born…

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