Hari Kirihimete From Design Assembly

Hari Kirihimete from Design Assembly! This year has proven even more challenging than 2020 in some respects. As a professional community, we have mostly been lucky to be kept busy over the last four months (and we are all very grateful for this) but at the same time we have also been balancing the challenges…

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Aotearoa NZ Design Recognized in the AGDA Awards

The AGDA Design Awards recognise the best work across a wide range of disciplines every year. The awards aim to further the discussion about design and to stimulate the creative progress of our industry. They highlight every generation of talent, from students at colleges and universities, through to the long-established leaders of our profession. Congratulations…

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2021 Christchurch DA Event: EOY Wrap Party

At the end of November, Design Assembly and Plato Creative hosted Christchurch’s DA end of year wrap party. We had some great talks from local designers about their creative hobbies, passion projects and side hustles. Tim & Honey from Plato Creative talked about a side hustle of web design in the cryptocurrency space, recent works of…

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2021 Wellington DA Event: EOY Wrap Party

On 1st December 2021, Design Assembly, in partnership with Strategy Creative and Out Of Office, hosted Wellington’s DA end of year wrap up event.   The event had a great turn out, with a variety of creative minds and backgrounds coming together to celebrate the end to a tough year. Under the theme of ‘passion…

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From The Edges – Megan Mackay, Victoria University

We spoke to Megan Mackay from Victoria University about her journey defining who she was as a designer, her Masters in Design Thinking, keeping a growth mindset and working with the World Design Organisation. Our practice as designers can be seen to be explored, pushed and perhaps become something entirely new where it exists at…

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Fresh From The Field – Tip Top by Shine

Shine were tasked by Tip Top to relaunch their brand under the banner of all things optimism. The project encompassed a brand comms launch, building out the design and comms system and a special, secret product launch to the public.   The brief/kaupapa: We believe optimism is a super power. If you could bottle it you…

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Blutui partner with global martech consultancy to deliver amazing web to agencies worldwide

The team at Blutui are thrilled to announce their newly minted partnership with a global advertising and creative agency technology consultancy. Togther, they are on a mission to provide clients with a 360 degree service that offers ad agencies everything they could ever need to make them more efficient, profitable and sustainable. Blutui Founder and…

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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,…

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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…

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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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Fresh From The Field – The Art of Letters by Kris Sowersby

Be in to win a free copy of The Art of Letters! Simply tell us what custom typeface was used to typeset the book, then email janelle@designassembly.org.nz with the subject line “Kris Sowersby Book Entry” and put your answer in the body to enter the draw.   Formist Editions is proud to announce the release…

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Now and Then with Sam Harris of Hula

Written by Annie McCulloch and brought to you by Portfolio Recruitment Now and Then is a series where we catch up with designers who have been recently placed, via Portfolio Recruitment, to get their thoughts and feedback about their roles and their work. This time we’re catching up with Sam, who is a junior designer…

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Fresh from the Field – One Design’s Astrolabe Identity and packaging

The Fresh from the Field features ONE Design’s work for Astrolabe, who proudly celebrate their pastoral, unpretentious surroundings, this landscape drives the brand expression. The Brief: Astrolabe is a family owned wine company based in Marlborough, New Zealand. They grow their own grapes and also source from a tight-knit group of local growers who live on…

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Aotearoa NZ Photographers – Melissa Walter

This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin. How did you initially get started in the photographic industry? My Dad was a wedding photographer actually! When I was about 11 he let me join him on a wedding job to carry his gear for him and from that day I became obsessed with the idea…

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BJ Ball Student Design Competition

BJ Ball Papers dedicated to celebrating graphic design in print right here in Aotearoa, New Zealand. The BJ Ball Student Design Contest is back again – it’s an opportunity for Aotearoa Graphic Design students to showcase their talents and work to the design industry.This is an exceptional opportunity for students follow a project from brief through to print, and to…

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Kātoitoi takes flight

Kātoitoi, the Aotearoa Design Archive, is a response to our world, our collective voice. Like the South Island Robin which the Aotearoa Design Archive is named after, our design community is small but speaks with a large, brave voice that reverberates throughout the world. “Kātoitoi, he iti te rahi, he nui te kōrero.”   Kātoitoi…

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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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Christchurch 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 Christchurch Wrap Party that took place at Exchange (XCHC) on Wednesday 4 November. Thanks to…

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Graduate Show Preview: Adapt, Media Design School

We are previewing the talent on show at Media Design School Graduate Show Adapt opening this Friday 6th of November 5:00pm – 9:00pm Kathy Do ‘More than Movies’ The concept of escapism has been around for a long time, and in today’s modern society, it is more relevant than ever. (Even more so with the…

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Wellington: EOY Wrap Event — Meet our speakers

Wellington DA Event: EOY Wrap Party 2020, November 11, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Join your fellow designers and creatives to celebrate the end of the year and the start of summer! What a year 2020 has been! So let’s get together – celebrate being back in level 1, commiserate and share our experiences of…

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Grow, Designed By Media Design School Students: Dannah Angela Soriano, Erika Marasigan, Logan Ware, Yancong Guo,

‘Grow’ is a volunteer recruitment campaign that promotes volunteering to people who are passionate, eager to learn, and are willing to give back to the community. The initiative designed by a collective of Media Design School Students was recently awarded in the Next Gen NG: Digital Design category in the Good Design Awards. Design Assembly…

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Christchurch: EOY Wrap Event — Meet our speakers

Christchurch DA Event: EOY Wrap Party, November 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Join your fellow designers and creatives to celebrate the end of the year and the start of summer! What a year 2020 has been! So let’s get together – celebrate being back in level 1, commiserate and share our experiences of…

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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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South’s Creative Industry Reboot

Last month (prior to moving to Alert level 2) South hosted a mid-winter Jazz evening at South HQ, bringing like-minded people together to listen to some excellent music (featuring Zoot Music, Nathan Haines, Jaimie Haines, Manuel Bundy and Soraya LaPread). South hosted this special occasion to unite the creative community with design-driven business leaders to…

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Fresh from the Field — The Art of Matariki by Fly

Matariki is a celebration of culture, language and people. So to mark Matariki this year, Fly created a beautiful campaign to inspire us all to seek renewal, reflection and reconnection through the Matariki season. Fly have generously offered one of their phenomenal limited edition letter-pressed artworks to give away. To go in the draw, follow…

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