Fresh from the Field — As needed, as possible.

The latest edition from Gloria Books As needed, as possible was first brought to life as a series of e-pubs (.pdf), that collected discourse around the role Enjoy—and contemporary art spaces—play within a broader arts ecology and society in Aotearoa. This print publication (designed by Kate Kerr) looks outward, building upon conversations with friends and…

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Fresh From the Field… Through That Which Separates Us

DA is a huge fan of Huriana Kopeke-Te Aho‘s work, which has strong currents of social good, inclusion and equity throughout. We enjoyed collaborating with them on the 2020 Field Guide, and are in admiration of all the mahi Huriana is producing. Their latest piece to catch our eye was the striking cover design of…

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Follow the paper trail: publications in the archive

What does it mean to be ‘bookish’ in these days of Hypertext? I think of ancient stories carefully transcribed as words and images onto vellum. Bound into a unique volume, they survive the ages by bunking with other rare and antiquarian books inside a climate-controlled library somewhere. I also think of our World Wide Web,…

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Fresh from the Field – Articulate Sans Typefafe and Specimen Book, Milk

Designed by Milk Design Agency Articulate Sans is a legibility enhanced typeface for people with low vision. The type specimen showcases the construction, character and effect of the typeface. The Brief: Millions suffer from poor or impaired vision and typography has a role to play in enhancing people’s everyday life through type functionality to improve…

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Fresh From The Field – Dwelling in the Margins: Art Publishing in Aotearoa

Bold yellow, bold thought. The latest release from independent publisher GLORIA Books is Dwelling in the Margins: Art Publishing in Aotearoa, edited and designed by Katie Kerr. Today’s Fresh from the Field coincides with the Auckland book launch for this curated collection of stories and essays, from thirty of New Zealand’s art and design leaders.…

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Design & Books… Railways Studios: How a government design studio helped build New Zealand

Railways Studios: How a government design studio helped build New Zealand is the second title we explore in Design & Books. I (DA editor Nicole Arnett Phillips) was recently talking with an artist about the nostalgia he experienced discovering Ross Murray’s tourism inspired contemporary work. We talked about the use of our landscape in period…

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Kris Sowersby: The Art of Letters

Formist Editions has launched a Kickstarter campaign today to publish Kris Sowersby: The Art of Letters. A visually rich new book which examines the intersection of art, function and form in type design. We are surrounded by letters. Yet how do we perceive them? Are we even conscious of it? For a type designer, letters are something they…

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Design & Books… Nature—Stilled

This is the first in a new series of articles looking at book design and books on design. We begin with Nature — Stilled a Te Papa press title designed by Inhouse. Publication date: October 2020 NZ RRP (incl. GST): $70.00 Extent: 364 pages Format: Hardback ISBN: 978-0-9951136-9-5 Cabinets of curiosities are not a new concept; wonderous collections housed in an…

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Te Papa Press and Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū publications Honoured

Judges were unable to separate the excellence of two recent Te Papa Press titles, announcing them joint winners of their category in the prestigious Museums Australasia Multimedia and Publication Design Awards (MAPDA), presented in an online ceremony this week. Protest Tautohetohe: Objects of Resistance, Persistence and Defiance, designed by Gideon Keith of Seven, and Crafting…

10 months ago by

Book Love: A Typographic Journey

DA is a team effort and most often we write as a collective. But today I am very much here in the first person. In 2008 I was incredibly burnt out and bought my first letterpress machine as a form of art therapy. I love all things type and print and now have a collection…

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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…

2 years ago by

Smells like Fresh Print — Can I Borrow Your Spoon?

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 instalment features a thoughtfully designed book, about a 4 month adventure spanning Aotearoa, and the art generated throughout that 3000km journey on the Te Araroa Trail. A collaborative work curating…

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5 minutes with… Keely O’shannessy

The PANZ Book Design Awards were established by the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) to promote excellence in, and provide recognition for, the best book design in New Zealand. Innovative design combined with impeccable production standards made the task of whittling down a shortlist challenging for this year’s judging panel who spent a day…

2 years ago by

Fresh From The Field — Cause for effect by New Territory

This Fresh From The Field features a beautifully considered charity zine with a lot of heart (& some tail) from Auckland based studio New Territory. 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 inaugural Cause for effect charity zine compiles…

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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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Idealog partnership — Designer dirt: Why we should invest in our creativity the same way farmers invest in our lands

In collaboration with Idealog (to mark their creativity month), Design Assembly writer and editor Nicole Arnett Phillips argues that creativity is a resource that needs to be nurtured and invested in. I am not a farmer, but I try to think like one often. New Zealand has a robust agricultural pedigree, and we are celebrated…

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5 Minutes with… Gabrielle Lyon

Ahead of the “Make No Small Plans” Wellington event on March 5th, we spoke with lead author and project director Gabrielle Lyon to find out a bit more about her area of expertise, reinventing a 20th century Chicago urban planning textbook as 21st-century graphic novel and her career journey to-date. What first piqued your interest in…

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5 Minutes with… Sarah Ritchie

Ahead of Design Assembly’s upcoming half-day workshop on “how to run a profitable, successful design business” on Wednesday 20th February 2019 in Christchurch, we spoke with design and advertising account management expert Sarah Ritchie to learn more about her book ‘How to Wrestle an Octopus: an agency account manager’s guide to pretty much everything’ the writing…

3 years ago by

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…

4 years ago by

Fresh from the field — TEDxWellington, Strategy

This week’s Fresh from the Field celebrates the recent identity work for TEDxWellington by 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. ARVE Error: Mode: lazyload not available (ARVE Pro not active?), switching to normal mode TEDxWellington approached us…

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Smells Like Fresh Print: Curious Metal — Yin/Yang by B&F Papers

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 B&F Paper’s own recent award-winning publication Yin/Yang, featuring the Curious Metal paper range. Congratulations B&F for your Bronze in the Colour Award/Graphics at this year’s Best Awards! “The Curious Metal…

4 years ago by

Design and Documentary: An Interview with Ella Sutherland

Written by Layla Tweedie-Cullen Supported by Creative New Zealand Layla Tweedie-Cullen is a contributor to Aotearoa Design Thinking 2017, a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand. This article is the third in a four part series of long-form interviews with interesting, exciting and innovative members of Aotearoa’s design…

4 years ago by

Printed Matter and the Document: A Conversation with p. mule

Written by Layla Tweedie-Cullen Supported by Creative New Zealand Layla Tweedie-Cullen is a contributor to Aotearoa Design Thinking 2017, a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand. This article is the second in a four part series of long-form interviews with interesting, exciting and innovative members of Aotearoa’s design…

4 years ago by

Fresh from the field — Marx’ self promotion

This week’s Fresh from the Field celebrates 2017’s three-dimensional gift package from Marx. 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. Christmas is a time for giving. So… on the first day of Christmas, our clients got for free, a daily planner…

4 years ago by

Fresh from the field — Toast, by Designworks

This week’s Fresh from the Field features the recent Toast project — a publication and accompanying promotional event — celebrating creative process by the talented team at Designworks. 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 Toast Project is about…

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