5 Minutes With…Rose Norgrove

We caught up with Media Design School Alumni Rose Norgrove who won the Red Dot Junior Award: Brand and Communication Design 2021 for her innovative medical device, Dual. We asked her a few burning questions about her project and checked in with what she’s doing now. What was the initial brief for the project where…

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By Day by Night – Meighan Ellis, 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 Meighan Ellis who works in the Communication Design Department at the School of Art + Design at AUT. What…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Sam Haehae

Kia ora and welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to Aotearoa NZ designers, hear their stories and celebrate their work. I’m Louise and today I’m talking to Samantha Haehae from The Native Creative. Sam is an artist, neo-generalist, change-maker, and digital explorer. With around a decade of diverse experience in digital…

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Museum of Meaningful Moments by Good Health Design

  The Brief: The Museum of Meaningful Moments (MMM) is an online exhibition and archive space created and curated by Good Health Design. MMM invites people to share small, meaningful moments from their everyday lives that may otherwise go unnoticed. It is a way to explore COVID-19 lockdowns as an opportunity for people to slow…

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From The Edges – Katie Twisleton, with Good Health Design

In our From The Edges series we feature Aotearoa NZ Academic Design Projects. Our practice as designers can be seen to be explored, pushed and perhaps become something entirely new where it exists at the edges of our practice in the world of academia. Free from the constraints of commercial outcomes and clients, designers explore and…

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Rose Norgrove, Media Design School Graduate, Wins Red Dot Design Award

Media Design School (MDS) is thrilled to announce Bachelor of Media Design Alumni Rose Norgrove has won the Red Dot Junior Award: Brand and Communication Design 2021 for her innovative medical device that provides blood glucose testing and insulin delivery for Type 1 diabetics. Photo (L-R): Jim Murray (Programme Coordinator, Bachelor of Media Design), Rose Norgrove…

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Take 10 with… Rachel Foye, Marketing & Environmental Manager from BJ Ball

In 2020, during level 4 and 3 of Aotearoa New Zealand’s COVID response we launched Take 10 With… an article series with you – to do a pulse check on how our community was feeling, working, what you missed, and learn about your hopes for the future. We had feedback that you really enjoyed the…

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Meet our friends… Sam Ramlu, Founder of Method

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so we had a chat to Sam about her creative journey and what lead to her founding Method. We spoke to her about her typical day, the Method-approach to projects and celebrating with kai. Being a DA Friend means you’re helping us to build a thriving…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Will Bardebes

Kia ora and welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to Aotearoa NZ designers, hear their stories and celebrate their work. I’m Louise and today I’m talking to Will Bardebes, an educator at Unitec and a designer. Will Bardebes is currently the discipline lead of animation and graphic design within the faculty…

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Fresh from the Field – Ka Mua, Ka Muri by Fly Creative

This Fresh from the Field shines a light on Fly’s work in collaboration with Colenso BBDO and Franklin Road for Spark.  All parties worked together to interweave history, sound, digital, illustration and more to celebrate Matariki in a uniquely kiwi way.  The Brief: ‘Ka Mua, Ka Muri’ is a digital sky experience that weaves technology,…

2 months ago by

Fresh From the Field – COVID Tracer App by RUSH Digital

This week we have a very timely Fresh from the Field by RUSH, we get a behind-the-scenes look into their hard work on the NZ COVID Tracer app. During the 2020 lockdown, RUSH’s design and delivery teams worked hard remotely and collaboratively at home, to rapidly launch the initial version of the NZ COVID Tracer…

2 months ago by

Getting Under the Hood with…Aaron Troy from Jasmax

Ahead of our next Under the Hood (get tickets here), we speak with Aaron Troy about which project he will share at the event, the different personalities of Kingsland, hazy IPAs and building a 3ft mini ramp in his backyard. Kia Ora Aaron, thanks for joining us on Under The Hood. Can you tell us…

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Spring Conversations – Introducing the Auckland Panel

Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA Spring Conversations series taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in September. Living a life well in design – let’s talk about culture, mental health and values in the Aotearoa NZ design community. Join us for a conversation that will take a look into what it means to…

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AUT’s Te Āhuru Super Graphics, Jasmax in association with MuirMcNeil

DA spoke with Clem Devine and Jarrad Caine at Jasmax about their incredible environmental graphic work recently installed at AUT. The graphic system is built upon MuirMcNeil‘s intersect type system and richly layered patterns, that speak to place, culture and function with a lens on the future of play. What was the brief for this…

3 months ago by

Daylight Creative is a spinoff of The Spinoff

While 2020 was undoubtedly challenging there were beacons of light and lots of silver linings to emerge from the darkness. One such beacon was the amazing and imperative work Toby Morris and Dr Siouxsie Wiles created for The Spinoff. During the early stages of the pandemic, Dr Siouxsie Wiles, an acclaimed science communicator, collaborated with…

5 months ago by

DA Conversations Podcast with Laura Cibilich

Kia ora and welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to Aotearoa New Zealand designers, hear their stories and celebrate their work. I’m Louise and today I’m talking to Laura Cibilich from Run. Laura founded RUN (formerly Designstein) in 2008 and since then has orchestrated the launch of many successful brands and…

6 months ago by

DA Conversations Podcast with Donna McCort

Kia ora and welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to Aotearoa NZ designers, hear their stories and celebrate their work. I’m Louise and today I’m talking to Donna McCort from Dow Goodfolk. Donna McCort is the creative director at Dow Goodfolk, a 25 year young brand design agency based in Auckland.…

8 months ago by

2021 Hot New Things: Sophie Tse, Media Design School

Each summer DA profiles a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. We welcome these talented emerging professionals to our industry, learn about their passions, final projects, developing creative confidence and ambitions for the future. Today we speak with Sophie Tse from Media Design School. Was there someone (or something)…

9 months ago by

Meet our Friends… Heath Lowe

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so were happy to get the chance to speak with Special Group co-founder Heath Lowe. Heath’s career began in the US and Europe, where he worked alongside some of the world’s most ambitious companies to bring their unique vision and products to market…

11 months ago by

Auckland Wrap Party

As we approach the end of a challenging year, and with the support of DA’s amazing partners Portfolio, Streamtime, Blutui, mychillibin, we gathered to celebrate, commiserate and share our experiences of 2020. We had a terrific turn out for our Auckland Wrap Party that took place at Objectspace Gallery on Wednesday 4 November. Thanks to…

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Postgraduate Design Research — Jaime Kapa, Unitec

Welcome to Postgraduate Design Research – an opportunity to profile a selection of current design postgraduate students and their projects across our tertiary institutions. Today, we speak with Jaime Kapa from Unitec. What is your background and how did you get into design? I moved to London after graduating at AUT. I never used my…

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Semi Permanent 2020

Semi Permanent is back and an unprecedented year calls for an unprecedented lineup and format. One day, ten hours, 27 speakers and performers. Thanks to three key sponsors (ALT, Auckland City Council and Special Group), NZ designs favourite conference will be free to attend. In another first, Semi Permanent will also be live-streamed (so anyone…

12 months ago by

Auckland: EOY Wrap Event — Meet our speakers

At our Auckland EOY Wrap Party you’ll also enjoy a digital exhibition of Mate Act Now – A protest for the digital generation, curated by Chris Flack and hear from local designers talk about their response to the brief: Clem Devine and Phoebe Ellis Leah Surynt Liam Ooi Wednesday 4 November 6pm – 8pm Objectspace…

1 year ago by

5 minutes with… Caro Armstrong

Portfolio Recruitment has been a loyal longtime partner of Design Assembly. Their support helps us support our community. The portfolio team are creative industry recruitment specialists, they live and breath Aoteraoa design. Portfolio connect clients with talent in our industry in permanent, contract and freelance capacity, across creative, strategic, digital, client service and production. We…

1 year ago by

Fresh From The Field — Snaklog by Onfire

This Fresh from the Field features Onfire’s recent work for Tasti’s SNAKLOG. The design holds true to the explosive visual language of the previous iteration while dialling up the volume and pace to reinvigorate this longtime kiwi favourite in a crowded market. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share…

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