Aotearoa Design Thinking: an opportunity to revisit 2017

Created by Lana Lopesi Supported by Creative New Zealand     In 2017 Design Assembly introduced Aotearoa Design Thinking — a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand. Our intention was to actively discuss New Zealand graphic design practice by celebrating, growing and challenging current thought. By…

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Summer Festivals 2018 — celebrating NZ poster design

As summer gets into full swing, a diverse range of festivals, events, and musical activities take place around Aotearoa. We’ve selected a hanful of our favourite poster designs for summer 2018 in celebration of New Zealand and Australasian poster art: Splore Tapapakanga Park, Auckland. Designer: Hamish Steptoe Where’s My Room Tour of Aotearoa 2018: Neil…

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Summer Reading

Summer holidays are the perfect time to catch up on your reading… Here are some top picks from some of our DA Friends to help you brush up on your design theory, along with a bit of rest and relaxation this summer: Paul McNeil “The Visual History of Type” The Visual History of Type is a…

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Fresh from the Field — Flavour Fiend, by Onfire

Our final Fresh from the Field for 2017 features a new butter range with collateral by Onfire. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the Field series email Zoë for details.   Flavour Fiend Serious About Flavour As an ex-chef, Owen Sinclair wanted to get out of…

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Graphic Design & Photography: Tash Hopkins

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with photographer Tash Hopkins to find out more about her work and her passions. This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin.   The Europeans Project Hi Tash, can you tell our readers a little bit about who you are and what you do. I’m a photographer…

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Now and Then: Sanyukta Mohatta

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 Sanyukta Mohatta (San), a Graphic Designer at Youthtown. Wonderful San! Thank you for…

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From The Archives: Into the White

Way back in 2014, Design Assembly had the opportunity to speak with Craig Lucinsky from Into the White, a Wellington-based design and letterpress studio: I make small letterpress goods: cards, prints and hand bound notebooks at the moment. I use a mix of handset wooden type and digital polymer plates. All the items are designed…

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Fresh from the field — Kelly Spencer

This week’s Fresh from the Field features a self-initiated mural project, by graphic artist Kelly Spencer, for the Evans Bay Marina in Wellington. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the Field series email Zoë for details. “I came across this site while exploring the Evans Bay Marina (Wellington),…

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5 Minutes with… Print Designer & Illustrator, Lisa Baudry

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with Lisa Baudry to find out more about her transition from graphic designer to award-winning textile artist: Hi Lisa, can you tell us a little bit about your background. I grew up in rural Waikato and moved to Auckland to study graphic design in the early ’90s. After…

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2017 Design Assembly Poster Exhibition

Thanks to everyone who submitted posters for the 2017 DA Poster Exhibition. We received over 100 entries! Congratulations to the 15 designers who were selected to show this year at Objectspace in Auckland on 23 November, and at Exchange Christchurch on 30 November. We will be taking submissions for the 2018 DA Poster Exhibition from…

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Fresh from the field — Simpson Western by Dow

This week’s Fresh from the Field features the new identity work for Simpson Western by the team at Dow. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the Field series email Zoë for details. The brief: Simpson Western, a full-service law firm on the North Shore, really disliked…

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2017 DA End of Year Wrap Party: Auckland

Great turn out for our DA End of Year Wrap Party that took place at Objectspace on Thursday November 23rd. Thanks to Matt Dawkins for documenting not only our end of year celebration, but also our inaugural Auckland Poster Exhibition.

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Christmas Presents for Designers

It’s that time again! Stuck for what to buy your creative friends? Here’s a list of some top picks for Christmas gift ideas for the designers in your life, supplied by some of our DA Contributors and Friends: Louise Kellerman: a Scribble Me This workshop voucher Allbirds shoes Lana Lopesi: The Olaga Samoa: Samoan Lifestyle…

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Fresh from the field — Think + Shift, Ghost Street/Studio Everyday

This week’s Fresh from the Field features a website redesign for Think + Shift by Ghost Street & Studio Everyday. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the Field series email Zoë for details.   Overview Think + Shift are a product and spatial design company. Due…

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Off Grid 18

Off Grid 18: The Experiential City 3 Days 4 Cities Multiple Venues Sydney/Brisbane/Melbourne 23 February 2018 Wellington 26–27 February 2018 Off Grid 18 is a different kind of design conference that will engage you in a conversation about designing for the ‘experiential city’ using exciting locations throughout the city.  Off Grid 18 is the next international…

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Graphic Design & Photography: Thomas Seear-Budd

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with landscape photographer Thomas Seear-Budd to find out more about his work and his passions. This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin. Hi Thomas, can you tell our readers a little bit about who you are and what you do. My name is Thomas Seear-Budd.…

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Smells Like Fresh Print — NotYetKnown Business Cards

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 NotYetKnown‘s new range of business cards: Project Title: NotYetKnown Business Cards Studio / Design team: NotYetKnown Client: NotYetKnown         Printer: Soar Print | www.soarprint.co.nz Production methods: Dry Toner — Xerox Versant / Digital…

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Fresh from the field — Brink’s by Curious

This week’s Fresh from the Field features new work by Curious for Brink’s free-range chicken products. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the Field series email Zoë for details. Guilt free design Curious was commissioned by Brink’s to revitalise their Free Range chicken packaging portfolio of products.…

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5 Minutes with… comic artist/illustrator, Li Chen

Design Assembly recently got the chance to chat with Auckland-based comic artist and illustrator, creator of Extra Ordinary, Li Chen: Hi Li, can you tell us a little bit about who you are, what your background is, and how you first got started in the industry. I was born in Beijing, China and moved to…

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From The Archives: 5 Minutes with… Mike Collinge

This article was originally published in 2015. Hi Mike, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. Well here’s the condensed somewhat simplified version: I’m from Wellington originally, well, at least this is where I spent the majority of my formative years as we moved around a bit when I was…

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Fresh from the field — ‘Twas the Knight before Christmas, Strategy

This week’s Fresh from the Field celebrates a Christmassy collaborative gift from Strategy Creative. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the Field series email Zoë for details. ‘Twas the Knight before Christmas… At Strategy Creative, the knight from the game of chess is our brand symbol. The most…

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Graphic Design & Photography: Anupam Singh

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with fashion/editorial and portrait photographer Anupam Singh to find out more about his work and his passions. This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin. Hi Anupam, can you tell our readers a little bit about who you are and what you do. I’m fashion, editorial and…

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Fresh from the field — ecostore’s Skin range by Special Group

This week’s Fresh from the Field features the new Skin range for ecostore created by Special Group. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the Field series email Zoë for details. SKIN by ecostore Bottling New Zealand Marine Bioactives Problem/Brief (thinking): Iconic household cleaning and personal care…

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Creative Spaces — Skunk + Robot, Upper Moutere

Creative Spaces is a series exploring New Zealand creative and design workplaces, giving you a sneak peak into the space and behind-the-scenes. This series is proudly brought to you by Atomic Coffee – Fuelling creativity. In the fourth of this series we went into Skunk + Robot — an Upper Moutere, South Island-based textile design…

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