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…

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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.…

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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,…

2 weeks ago by

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…

3 weeks ago by

Meet our Friends… Sam O’Flaherty

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so were happy to get the chance to speak with Designworks Sam O’Flaherty about his career, language as design, favourite (and least favourite) turns of phrase, the power of messaging, work that he is proud of and ‘being a chameleon without becoming invisible’. Friends want…

3 weeks ago by

Fresh From The Field — Pump Lifestyle Collection by Fly

The Pump Lifestyle Collection was recently recognised with Gold at Pride in Print and is a finalist in the 2020 Best Awards. The playful typography, innovative digital experience and quality print production in this campaign are of the exceptional calibre we expect from Fly. If you have new or recent work that you would like…

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Fresh From The Field — Commercial Bay by The Space In Between

The innovative Commercial Bay website is a place for storytelling and wayshowing. In this Fresh from the Field The Space In Between Founder Brendan Jarvis tells us while the UX design was relatively straightforward the development had its challenges. The result is a bold and compelling website that moves people to visit Commercial Bay, by…

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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…

2 months ago by

Fresh From The Field — Jasmax Brand

This Fresh from the Field features the Jasmax Brand identity and book (recently recognised as a finalist in the 2020 best awards). Jasmax believes great design can awaken the human spirit, providing shape to cities and cultures… their renewed brand expresion is evidence of this and reflects the practices new strategic design direction and commitment…

2 months ago by

5 minutes with… Caro Armstrong

Portfolio Recruitment has been a loyal longtime partner of Design Assembly. Their support helps us support our community. The portfolio team are creative industry recruitment specialists, they live and breath Aoteraoa design. Portfolio connect clients with talent in our industry in permanent, contract and freelance capacity, across creative, strategic, digital, client service and production. We…

2 months ago by

Meet our Friends… Sarah Callesen, Dossier

Design Assembly has become the home of New Zealand 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…

2 months ago by

Field Guide: Raul Sarrot Podcast

Kia ora and welcome to the DA Field Guide 2020 Podcast series. This is a special limited edition podcast series of four interviews commissioned by Creative New Zealand as a part of the DA Field Gudie 2020 – An exploration of NZ’s post-Covid design practice. In this special series we’ll hear from leaders in the…

2 months ago by

Meet our friends… typeface

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…

2 months ago by

5 minutes with… Raul Sarrot

Ahead of his Wellington workshop on Friday 25th September 2020, we spoke to Raul Sarrot about The Value of Strategy in times of flux and disruption, staying ahead of the curve, the qualities of design strategists, the importance of curiosity, and design strategists role in shaping our future. We are living through unprecedented economic and…

3 months ago by

HEALTHY BUSINESS: THE ROAD TO RECOVERY

On the 6th August our friends Streamtime hosted a special Recovery event with agency owners and experts to share the month to month timeline of their financial and business performance, the decisions they made to survive and what they’re planning to do next. The videos and resources are online here. Peter Czapp of The Wow…

3 months ago by

Tradespeople by Emma Kaniuk

We spoke with Akin’s Emma Kaniuk, to learn more about  https://www.tradespeople.co/ a directory proudly shining the spotlight on women and gender diverse people working in the trades industries, connecting them to customers looking for repairs, maintenance, or to start new projects. Photo of Emma by Mark Smith What was the catalyst to build Aotearoa’s first…

3 months ago by

Meet our friends… Brendan Jarvis, The Space Inbetween

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…

3 months ago by

DA Pulse Check #7 – Conversations on Covid-19 and Aotearoa NZ Design

We are 6 months into Aotearoa’s COVID response with Auckland in Category 3 and the rest of the country in Category 2 we reached out to design studios around the country to see how they are doing right now and what unexpected benefits or positive outcomes they have experienced from the COVID pandemic response. Thanks…

3 months ago by

Notes on Notes

Huge thanks to Paper Source and Bluestar for helping to bring our 2020 notebooks to life, and their support of our community. Despite the barriers to in-person distribution the DA notebooks have been making their way to our friends and have been well received by Aotearoa Design. We look forward to seeing concepts realised from…

3 months ago by

Meet our Friends… Nick de Jardine

Based in Wellington, New Zealand, Nick de Jardine works with a diverse range of clients and collabor­ators from across the globe. Nick has over seventeen years of industry experience and founded Grafik in 2011. He has been rec­ognised by a number of design industry awards including five gold pins, two AGDA awards and twelve Awwwards.…

4 months ago by

Fresh from the Field — Michael McManus Architects by Grafik

This Fresh From The Field features a bold and intelligent architectural identity and website by Nick de Jardine, Creative Director / Web Developer at Grafik. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email  nicole@designassembly.org.nz  for details. The Brief: Michael McManus Architects is a boutique…

4 months ago by

Fresh from the Field — HumanForest by Studio South

The innovative brand identity for HumanForest featured in our July Under the Hood Event, we asked Studio South senior designer Elliot Stansfield to share more about this project. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email  nicole@designassembly.org.nz  for details. The Brief: HumanForest is a…

5 months ago by

Fresh from the Field — New Zealand Bankers Association by White Rabbit

This Fresh From The Field breaks down the complexities of online fraud to ensure our vulnerable communities are protected. New Zealand Bankers Association commissioned White Rabbit, to educate the elderly on some of the things to look out for when it comes to online scams in this print campaign. If you have new or recent…

5 months ago by

Under The Hood… Lisa Loosemore

DA and Adobe have partnered up our live online event series Under the Hood, the next instalment is fast approaching on Thursday the 2nd of July. We spoke to the presenters to learn more about their design career, process, the project they will be sharing and their hopes for the future of Aotearoa design. Today…

5 months ago by

Take 10 with… Mark Easterbrook

During categories 3 and 4 of New Zealand’s COVID response we launched Take 10 with… to do a pulse check on how our community was feeling, working, what you are missing, and learn about your hopes for the future. We think the format has merit as we transition into practice in the post-COVID landscape, and…

5 months ago by