Stimulating curiosity for 21 years

Ramp Festival is the new name for the former Spark International Festival of Music, Media, Arts and Design. Ramp Festival Director, Megan Lyon says this innovative, annual event curated by Wintec’s School of Media Arts has been stimulating curiosity for 21 years. “We have speakers with careers in music performance, communication, design and contemporary art…

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Fresh From The Field — We Need to Talk About Dying by Gusto Design

This Fresh From The Field features an awareness animation as part of a Hospice campaign by Gusto. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief Death is not something a lot of us like to discuss, nor is it something a…

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Aotearoa Photography: Kirsty Griffin

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with photographer Kirsty Griffin to learn more about her life behind the lens, living in and capturing moments, working on iconic New Zealand films and her internationally celebrated documentary work. This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin.   How did you get started in the photographic…

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Field Guide — Authors and thinkers By Alistair McCready

Design is a term used in such a broad sense. For example; an engineer and a typographer are both considered designers. The word encompasses many outlooks, many outcomes, and many opinions throughout the developing world. Its intention, or meaning, often changes from conversation to conversation, and is unique to the individual. Over the years we’ve…

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Massey and Weta Workshop provide launchpad for creative pioneers

A master’s programme run by Massey University and Weta Workshop is setting up Wellington students to be the next pioneers in creating imaginary worlds for film, television and gaming. Left to Right; Ivan Vegar in studio, Childhood’s End by Ivan Vegar, Laura King in studio, Original artwork by Laura King Master of Design: Weta Workshop…

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Auckland Festival of Photography, 31st May to 16th June

Aotearoa’s largest photography festival is set to kick off its 16th year.  The 2019 Auckland Festival of Photography launches this week in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. This city-wide contemporary art and cultural event takes place within Auckland’s major galleries, project spaces, non-gallery venues and public sites. The programme includes a mix of emerging and established artists…

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In-house Design Luminaries — Oscar Thomas with The New Zealand Police Force

This series profiles the best and brightest designers in Aotearoa’s in-house design studios, this week we spoke with Oscar Thomas at The New Zealand Police. Oscar is (compulsively) hardworking, generous with advice and has fantastic (& furry) in studio benefits in his role with this critical and visible brand!   Can you describe the creative…

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Celebrating Award Winning, Trailblazing Independent Kiwi Creatives This June

CHROMACON, New Zealand’s largest biennial festival of homegrown illustrators, comic artists, toy designers, game developers and animators returns for the fourth time to Auckland’s Aotea Centre across 1 and 2 June (Queens’ Birthday weekend). Free to the public, the event will be connecting art-lovers with close to 200 of New Zealand’s best independent creators, international…

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Fresh from the Field — Vitafresh by Onfire Design

This Fresh From The Field features Branding for Vitafresh by Onfire Design which seeks to Revitalise a lacklustre product category If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief: Known for its range of flavours and ease of use, Vitafresh flavoured…

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Field Guide — Finding your path By Kate McGuinness

Kate speaks to three designers at different stages of their career on advice for navigating the beginnings of a design journey. Ryan Romanes Freelance Designer / Art Director 5+ industry years Ryan Romanes is a graphic designer and art director from Rotorua, New Zealand. He is currently based in Melbourne, having previously worked in Auckland,…

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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…

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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?…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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