DA Pulse Check – Conversations on Covid-19 and Aotearoa NZ Design

Join us for a candid conversation on how Aotearoa NZ design studios are doing right now, how their business is being affected, and get advice for getting through the lockdown as a design business. Thanks to our principal partners Blutui, Streamtime, Portfolio Recruitment and mychillybin, each week of the category 4 lock down (and our…

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Take 10 with… Laura Cibilich

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…

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Turning working from home into working from your castle

This article was originally posted by Andy Wright 24 Mar, 2020 on the Streamtime blog. Andy generously shared his knowledge with our audience here. Some of the tips below apply specifically to people using Streamtime but for those of you not already using the platform there is still a wealth of wisdom on working from…

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Applying for your first jobs. Advice from Portfolio Recruitment.

We know how hard it is to secure your first design job in the industry after Uni, you’re not alone in that. There are about 1000 design grads every year and not enough positions for everyone. At least not at all the same agencies. You’re a talented fish, in a pool teeming with other talented…

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Be the change you want to see

Blutui is a web design platform for creative agencies developed by a creative agency. We spoke with our friends Blutui about embracing the accessibility challenges (& opportunities) faced by digital design practice today.     Design impacts people’s ability to participate in society. The #AccessLaw2020 lobby aims to pass legislation later this year to ensure,…

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5 minutes with… Fiona Murray, Senior Copywriter at Plato Creative

Ahead of our upcoming Christchurch DA Event: Autumn Conversations – Design & Accessibility we spoke with Fiona Murray who specialises in turning features into benefits and relaying those to specific groups of people in brand-appropriate language. She’s no stranger to pushing creatively and making a ‘big idea’ work across multiple mediums, from one-line billboards to…

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Meet our friends… Peg Creative

Design Assembly has become the home of New Zealand visual 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…

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Meet our friends… Streamtime, project management software for companies that don’t do boring.

In our 2019 audience survey, you identified; studio, time and project management as your biggest pain points with design practice so we are incredibly excited to be partnering with our friends Streamtime… who are on a mission to help create healthier creative businesses. Streamtime enable creatives to do what they do best (not admin!) Creative…

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Queer in Design — Pedro Marques

In this series, we celebrate our LGBTQ+ designers as they share their career pathways, explore how being queer informs their work, and discuss how we achieve better representation and inclusivity in Aotearoa design industry. Today we meet Pedro Marques, graphic designer (& resident letterer) at pan.co.nz Can you tell us about your creative journey so…

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Do digital right with DA’s new partners Blutui

Innovations often begin with an ‘itch that needs to be scratched’; in design, this is particularly true: we see a problem and ideate toward a solution with tenacity. With the catch-cry “Do Digital Right” Blutui is the culmination of 4 years of this determined issues-based development by PAN, a digital creative studio based in Hamilton,…

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Fresh From The Field — RUN’s Auckland Rainbow Hub

Auckland Pride Festival is in full swing, ahead of tonights Queer Design Assembly event we are showcasing another of our favourite pride adjacent designs in this Fresh From The Field. The Rainbow Hub is a vibrant and cheeky interactive installation by RUN. It celebrates Auckland’s LGBTQ+ community and invites the city to participate in the…

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Queer in Design – Kaan Hiini

In this series, we celebrate our LGBTQ+ designers as they share their career pathways, explore how being queer informs their work, and discuss how we achieve better representation and inclusivity in Aotearoa design industry. Many of you will be familiar with Kaan Hiini, senior designer at Curative, Kaan has been in service to our community…

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Fresh From The Field — Love Cans by Marx

This Fresh From The Field by Marx Design Ltd embraces the idea that chaos is beautiful.  At first glance you may think this doesn’t look quite right. But it is! Marx expertly designed it like that. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email …

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Happy Holidays

Thanks for your support throughout 2019, wishing you a safe and happy holiday season from the DA team! Design Assembly started back in 2008, with a desire to see some get-togethers geared specifically towards graphic designers in Auckland. Founder Louise Kellerman invited her design friends to gather for a casual meet up at Lee Ter…

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Meet our friends…. Alister Coyne of Auror

Design Assembly has become the home of New Zealand visual 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…

4 months ago by

Give the gift of Friendship.

Hey Friend, Looking for gift ideas? Treat your design BFFs to DA friendship this festive season. There is a subscription option for everyone, and they will get curated benefits and invites throughout the year so it truly is a gift that keeps giving! Learn more at: designassembly.org.nz/friends With thousands of visitors each week to the…

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Kiwi design studios recognized in the 2019 AGDA awards

Held at the Queensland Art Gallery on 9 November, the Annual AGDA Design Awards saw our Aotearoa talent shine bright. With Kiwi studios picking up Pinnacle, Merits and Distinctions across the board. Congratulations to all the finalists and we are especially proud of our DA friends RUN, Milk, One Design, Strategy Creative, Marx Design, Onfire…

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5 minutes with DA’s new Wellington host… Jenn Hadley

As we have grown over the last ten years, our Auckland-based founder Louise Kellerman has relied on local hosts to be ambassadors and fly the Design Assembly flag in their region. The newest addition to our host team is Wellington-based Jenn Hadley, and we wanted to take 5 minutes to introduce her to you all!…

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Studio South + DA present Open Book – Conversations on Studio Life

On Thursday 20th October Studio South and Design Assembly collaborated on a new initiative which saw final year graphic design students invited into the studio for a night of conversation, literally opening the book on studio life.   The evening started with pizza and drinks and one-to-one conversations between students and the South team before heading upstairs…

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5 minutes with… Lee Parkinson

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with Lee Parkinson Strategic Director at Strategy Creative to learn more about his diverse career, audacious attention-grabbing campaigns, how to draw inspiration from everywhere, what biomimcry can teach designers (& why we need to learn fast!) and his side kick Bamm the strategy dog. Can you tell…

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Fresh From The Field — Methven VJet by Culture&Theory

This Fresh From The Field features an evolution of the positioning of a well-known brand expressed in collateral design by Culture&Theory. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief: Since 1886 Methven has been pioneering & engineering amazing water…

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Design is good business

Design is a service – our practice is transactional, we need to provide the customer greater value than their investment in our fee. Our clients’ business strategies form the framework for our design strategies. We need to get better about discussing the business of creative business. DA caught up with Sam Southwell (Founder and Creative…

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In-house Design Luminaries — Reuben Shalome, from Ravensdown Ltd

This series profiles the best and brightest designers in Aotearoa’s in-house design studios, this week we spoke with Reuben Shalome, from Ravensdown Ltd a large agricultural co-operative. Can you describe the creative path you took to get where you’re at now? Too much dawdling! I’ve always enjoyed the arts but was never the best student.…

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Fresh From The Field — Tricky is Making new science simple

This Fresh From The Field features a brand strategy, striking typographic identity and packaging for a personal care range making the most of cutting edge science by Tricky. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief: Tricky was initially briefed on…

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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…

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