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Kia ora friends, stepping out from the collective DA team voice here to talk to share my (Nicole Arnett Phillips) personal experience with The Design Conference “The Design Conference is an event for creatives. We navigate more than the future of design — but what design means in the hearts and minds of the worlds…

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Blutui® rewards frontend developers with BluBonds

DA partners Blutui are offering front-end web developers and creative agency subscribers an opportunity with BluBonds.  Aotearoa martech company Blutui, is a platform aimed squarely at advertising agencies, creative studios and their front-end web developer talent. Blutui offers BluBond rewards to users who build 5 or more sites on the platform and further Blubonds will…

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Getting Under the Hood with… Jutta Birkenhauer

Ahead of our next  Under the Hood event, (May 26 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm) we learnt more about one of our presenters: GF Smith’s International Sales Manager Jutta Birkenhauer We spoke about GF’s colourful history, environmental ambitions, paper and print trends and how the industry has changed over the last three decades. Register…

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STRONGER, BETTER, HAPPIER

Today, in collaboration with our partners Streamtime we are delighted to announce the launch of a hybrid online course for agency owners. Titled Stronger, Better, Happier, the program helps agency owners and leaders to assess their business (after a turbulent 12 months) and map out a future aimed at making their business happier, stronger and…

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Meet our friends… Danielle Barclay, Blur the Lines

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so we’re happy to get the chance to speak with Danielle Barclay — Founder of Blur the Lines. An independent design collective creating brand experiences that blur the lines between the physical, digital and virtual worlds. We spoke to Danielle about the catalysts…

3 weeks ago by

Post Graduate Profile, Joseph Coddington

We love it when DA friends share their work. Joseph Coddington’s postgraduate research (at Victoria) is an incredible foray into the dimensionality of an image, technological experimentation and the future of design production with additive means. Kia ora Joseph, What is your background and how did you get into design? Kia ora, I’m Joseph Coddington…

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Blur the Lines X Comvita

Blur the Lines is a new independent design collective, specialising in creating brand experiences that seamlessly blend spatial, digital and virtual worlds. Established after the first Covid-19 lockdown in 2020; with the aim to offer an alternative to the traditional agency model and connect customers to brands in new and exciting ways. The studio’s first…

2 months ago by

Fresh from the Field — Identify, by Curative

This Fresh from the Field features incredibly important mahi from the team at curative, whose scope was to develop a brand identity, social media strategy templates, and a microsite for research into the experiences of young LGBTTQIA+ New Zealanders. The Brief LGBTTQIA+ rangatahi, youth, and young people in Aotearoa New Zealand are invisible in every…

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Under the Hood with Laura Cibilich

Our next Under the Hood is tomorrow! You are invited to join us online as two designers walk us through how a design project worked. At the upcoming event, Laura Cibilich (DD at RUN) is going to walk us through a recent project; in the lead up we get insight to what she will be…

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Never Not International Womens Day

If 2020 taught us one thing, women are still a long way from equality and equity. Globally, women bore the brunt of the physical, emotional and financial impacts of the pandemic with their livelihoods affected at almost twice the rate of men. As International Women’s Day 2021 passes, Never Not Creative say enough really is…

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Meet our Friends… Danny Carlsen — Head of Design at Shine

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so we’re happy to get the chance to speak with Danny Carlsen — Head of Design at Shine Limited. We spoke to Danny about his career journey, the creative culture they have fostered at Shine, empowering team members to contribute and cross-pollination within…

3 months ago by

Meet our Friends… David Bourke, iceberg

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so we’re happy to get the chance to speak with David Bourke, iceberg’s Creative Director (who is also presenting at Under the Hood this Wednesday the 24th of February.) We spoke to David about his career path (highlighting a thread of music), the…

3 months ago by

Getting under the hood with… Sarah Nguyen

Our next Under the Hood is this Wednesday the 24th of Feburary. Thanks to our event partners Adobe, you are invited to join us online as two designers walk us through how a design project worked and an Adobe rep shares tips and tricks to improve your daily workflow. At the upcoming event, Sarah Nguyen…

3 months ago by

Meet our friends… Megan Bardsley

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so we’re happy to get the chance to speak with Megan Bardsley a freelance graphic designer with 15 years industry experience in New Zealand and the UK. We spoke about her career pathway, creative process, landing your dream job early in your career, juggling…

3 months ago by

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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Introducing Daz Martin – DA Events Producer

Late last year Design Assembly welcomed our newest team member Daz Martin. He has extensive experience in the arts sector and sees event production as an artform. Daz is currently finalising our program, ensuring we deliver the Aotearoa design community a rich round up of events and workshops in 2021 and beyond. Say kia ora…

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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 Aotearoa Design Community Survey

The 2021 Aotearoa Design Community Survey is live and we would love to hear from you. To understand where we are going, we must have a deep understanding of practice today. The survey will take approximately 12 minutes to complete and we will use your responses to ensure we continue to grow, celebrate and serve…

4 months ago by

Getting under the hood with… Joel Kitto & Stephen McCarthy

Our next Under the Hood is this Thursday 28 January 2021. Thanks to our event partners Adobe, you are invited to join us online as two designers walk us through how a design project worked and an Adobe rep shares tips and tricks to improve your daily workflow.   At the upcoming event Joel Kitto…

4 months ago by

Getting Under The Hood With… Alistair McCready

Our next Under the Hood is fast approaching on Thursday 28 January 2021. Get Tickets here! Thanks to our event partners Adobe, you are invited to join us online as two designers walk us through how a design project worked and an Adobe rep shares tips and tricks to improve your daily workflow. Today we…

4 months ago by

Meri Kirihimete Ngā mihi nui

Meri Kirihimete from Design Assembly! We wish you and your whānau all the best for this festive period and hope you have a safe, restful, and enjoyable summer break. We acknowledge it has been a challenging year professionally and personally for many. But there have also been many things to celebrate. We are proud of…

5 months ago by

Meet our friends… Bryce Groves

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so we’re happy to get the chance to speak with Bryce Groves who recently returned to NZ from the UK. Bryce is an eclectic, experienced creative with a head for ideas, a knack for film and photography, and an eye for the practicalities…

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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…

6 months ago by

Meet our Friends… Sara Fraser of Sartoria

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so were happy to get the chance to speak with Sara Fraser of Sartoria about her career, creative process, navigating (and learning from) challenges, a love affair with Cuba street, and must do’s for creatives visiting Wellington. Friends want their friends to succeed.…

6 months ago by

Fresh From The Field – Green party merchandise by Bryce Groves

Now the final numbers of the New Zealand election are done and dusted, new Design Assembly friend Bryce Groves looks back on some crazy days creating best-selling and infamous fundraising ‘merch’ for the Green Party. The Brief: As a volunteer and de facto creative lead on the Greens’ Marketing and Fundraising committee for several years,…

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