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.…

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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)…

3 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…

5 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…

6 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…

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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…

6 months 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…

7 months ago by

Meet our Friends… Sarah Callesen, Dossier

Design Assembly has become the home of New Zealand 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 shown their love and support…

7 months ago by

We feel your feels

Kia ora team, Uncertainty is a huge factor in stress. The current level 3 in Auckland affects those outside the city boundaries, and we know that the full spectrum of our design community is feeling uncertain and unsettled right now while we are in this holding pattern and await updates as to what the governments…

8 months ago by

Auckland Festival of Photography, 28th May to 14th June

The 2020 Auckland Festival of Photography (now in its 17th year) is underway in Tāmaki Makaurau. This city-wide contemporary art and cultural event takes place within Auckland’s major galleries, project spaces, non-gallery venues and public sites during June each year. The programme includes a mix of emerging and established artists and comprises existing works and…

10 months ago by

The Draft | 36 Days

While AUT design student’s were confined to their homes during lockdown level 3 and 4, The Draft launched a project to keep the community engaged and connected. The Draft is AUT’s internal design studio, situated in the Communication Design department. It aims to connect students from across the school with industry via external design projects…

11 months ago by

5 minutes with… Charlotte McCrae

DA loved the impactful series of posters Charlotte McCrae produced for Mate Act Now. Charlotte is a Graphic Designer and Creative based in Auckland. She graduated from Massey University School of Design in 2012 and has previously worked in Melbourne, Auckland and London. She believes that design should look nice but mean something. She is…

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Take 10 with… Annie McCulloch

The DA team want to support our community through these unprecedented times – something we kept coming back to is a focus on connection and community. So we want to do what we think DA does best, sharing ideas, inspiration and information and profiling our community. With that in mind, we launched a new series…

11 months ago by

Fresh From the Field — Coronaroulette by Noémie Durand

This Fresh From The Field by Noémie Durand features a personal project to rally collective action in our COVID response. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email  nicole@designassembly.org.nz  for details. The Brief: ‘Lockdown self-tasking’: Auckland based designer Noémie Durand asked “how could I use…

11 months ago by

Take 10 with… Sam Southwell

The DA team wants to support our community through these unprecedented times – something we kept coming back to is a focus on connection and community. So we want to do what we think DA does best, sharing ideas, inspiration and information and profiling our community. With that in mind, we launched a new series…

1 year ago by

Take 10 with… Louise Kellerman

The DA team want to support our community through these unprecedented times – something we kept coming back to is a focus on connection and community. So we want to do what we think DA does best, sharing ideas, inspiration and information and profiling our community. With that in mind, we launched a new series…

1 year ago by

Fresh From The Field — Connecting Downtown Auckland by Maynard Design

Ahead of our upcoming workshop with Simone Speet and Eden Short (wayfinding designers at Maynard Design), Eden shared this Fresh From The Field. The Connecting Downtown Auckland project investigates the multi-modal public transport experience for Auckland’s Downtown Infrastructure Development Programme If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh…

1 year ago by

5 minutes with… Simone Speet

Ahead of our Auckland DA Workshop: Wayfinding for Designers we caught up with one of our workshop facilitators Simone Speet from Maynard Design. Simone specialises in digital and static wayfinding signage for the built environment, with a strong focus on design systems, legibility and information hierarchy. With over 10 years in the field, she has…

1 year ago by

Fresh From The Field — ATEED: Tū Mai by Fly

Ahead of our upcoming workshops with Johnson McKay (creative director at Fly), Johnson shared this Fresh From The Field. Tū Mai is a partnership between ATEED, the tourism industry and communities of Tāmaki Makaurau with the purpose of creating the best visitor experience in the world. Tū mai Tāmaki Makaurau! If you have new or…

1 year ago by

5 minutes with… Matthew Gould, director of Lushai, co-founder of UX Gym and co-founder of the UX Homegrown design conference.

Ahead of our Auckland DA Workshop: Building Digital Design Capabilities we caught up with our workshop facilitator Matthew Gould. Matt is the Auckland director of Lushai, co-founder of UX Gym and co-founder of the UX Homegrown design conference. He is an experienced user experience consultant and design educator with a history of employing user-centred design processes…

1 year ago by

5 minutes with… Jo Hanson, Senior Account Director at Principals

Ahead of our Auckland DA Workshop: Writing and Presenting for Designers we caught up with Jo Hanson senior account director at Principals, who has created a unique hybrid role for herself which is anything but S.A.D. (which she’ll tell you is the worst job title acronym ever). Part project manager. Part copywriter. Part production manager.…

1 year ago by

5 minutes with… Louise Nash

Ahead of our Auckland: Planet Centric Design workshop, we spoke with the facilitator (& Circularity founder) Louise Nash about her journey from linear to closed-loop, disruptive bravery, and what participants can expect from the workshop. What inspired you to start your Circularity? I reached a point in my career where I wanted to use my skills for a…

1 year ago by

A Short Run: A Selection of New Zealand Lathe-Cut Records 19 Oct–30 Nov 2019

Objectspace’s upcoming exhibition showcases design created for Lathe-Cut Records   New Zealand lathe-cut records from the collection of Luke Wood. Image: Haru Sameshima.   At the foothills of the Southern Alps in the late 1980s Peter King re-engineered a then outdated technology, developing a new way of ‘cutting’ audio into transparent polycarbonate plastic. Lo-fi but…

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