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…

3 weeks 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…

2 months ago by

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 months 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…

5 months ago by

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…

6 months ago by

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…

7 months ago by

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…

8 months 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…

2 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. TEDxWellington approached us with the theme of ‘perspective’ for this year’s event. We looked past the obvious…

2 years ago by

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…

2 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…

2 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…

2 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…

2 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…

2 years ago by

2017 PANZ Book Design Awards Winners

On Thursday 20 July the 2017 winners of the PANZ Book Design Awards were announced. Cazador: game, offal and the rest, written by Dariush Lolaiy and Rebecca Smidt, designed by Tim Donaldson and Amanda Gaskin of Sea Change Studio, took home the Gerard Reid Award for Best Book. The judging panel said of Cazador: ‘This cookbook as brave, classic, yet…

2 years ago by