Kūmara Awards shine a spotlight on great placemaking in Wellington 

Five unique and diverse projects that have connected communities and transformed random spaces into meaningful places have been recognised in the Wellington region’s first placemaking awards. The Kūmara Awards are run by Placemaking Aotearoa and are supported by Hutt City Council.  The Awards recognise and celebrate great placemaking – a collaborative process where people work…

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Making your website or app accessible

As the world becomes ever more digital – a process that’s been accelerated by the covid pandemic – it’s even more important that no-one is left behind. Follow these tips for making your website or app accessible – originally published on https://www.belab.co.nz/items/making-your-website-or-app-accessible. Most of us use websites and apps every day, without even thinking about…

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Fresh From The Field – NZ Vaccine Facts Animation Series

 When we saw the Vaccine Facts series, we thought it was a pretty nifty way to get a the complex idea of COVID-19 vaccines across our wide and diverse Aotearoa population, but in an easy and understandable way – so we got in touch with the team at Daylight Creative to ask them a few…

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Fresh From The Field – Ahi Kā for BCFNZ by Colenso BBDO

BCFNZ turns to te ao māori to help empower women to get a mammogram. Colenso BBDO created a vibrant and eye-catching campaign, telling the story of wāhine Māori and their journey back to respecting their breasts. Want to submit your own work to Fresh From The Field? Fill out the FFTF form here. The brief: For…

3 months ago by

Never Not Creative and Mentally-Healthy launch global study into industry empathy

Our friends at Never Not Creative and Mentally-Healthy are inviting the entire industry to partake in the first ever study into empathy within creative, media and marketing businesses – take the ‘Different Shoes: The empathy project’ survey to help them out. ‘Different Shoes: The empathy project’ survey is a global, industry-wide survey that aims to…

4 months ago by

Fresh From The Field — Good Trouble by Alex Johnson and Ramon Telfer

We’ve got a very pertinent piece for Mental Health Awareness week – we talk to Alex Johnson and Ramon Telfer behind Good Trouble. They chat about mental health challenges and how nearly one-third of Kiwis experience mental distress in their lifetime, with men being 3-4 times more likely to die by suicide. They created their…

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Museum of Meaningful Moments by Good Health Design

  The Brief: The Museum of Meaningful Moments (MMM) is an online exhibition and archive space created and curated by Good Health Design. MMM invites people to share small, meaningful moments from their everyday lives that may otherwise go unnoticed. It is a way to explore COVID-19 lockdowns as an opportunity for people to slow…

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From The Edges – Katie Twisleton, with Good Health Design

In our From The Edges series we feature Aotearoa NZ Academic Design Projects. Our practice as designers can be seen to be explored, pushed and perhaps become something entirely new where it exists at the edges of our practice in the world of academia. Free from the constraints of commercial outcomes and clients, designers explore and…

4 months ago by

Rose Norgrove, Media Design School Graduate, Wins Red Dot Design Award

Media Design School (MDS) is thrilled to announce Bachelor of Media Design Alumni Rose Norgrove has won the Red Dot Junior Award: Brand and Communication Design 2021 for her innovative medical device that provides blood glucose testing and insulin delivery for Type 1 diabetics. Photo (L-R): Jim Murray (Programme Coordinator, Bachelor of Media Design), Rose Norgrove…

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Influencing the bigger picture.

Can design really affect social change? Communication design is just one thread in the complex web of social discourse that helps shape our opinions, beliefs, and actions. Design is pervasive, existing in every nook of our lives, and whilst its effect might seem largely invisible, design holds the power of influence. Creativity has immense potential…

6 months ago by

Women in Design… Julie Bénard, typeface

DA speaks with typeface’s Julie Bénard about language barriers, burnout, her pathway to typeface, we learned about the mahi she is proud of, exceeding client expectations, the skills she is keen to develop, fostering innovation in her work and ambitions for the future.   What led you toward design? From as long as I remember,…

7 months ago by

Fresh From the Field — Raise the Standard, by Strategy Creative

Ahead of our June 16 Workshop: No signal found – creating great campaigns without TV in Wellington we asked facilitator Chrissie Malloch to share a recent campaign Strategy Wellington was proud of. The Raise the Standard project is exemplary mahi, striving for social good outcomes through crafted storytelling.   The Brief:  A healthy home is…

8 months ago by

Fresh From the Field — Round Theory Wines, by ONE Design

The 2020 Kātoitoi submissions highlighted environmental stewardship at its core of a lot of the mahi our community produced last year. One of the projects that stood out to the DA team was Round Theory by ONE Design. Circular in its thinking and execution, Round Theory Wines treads lightly while making a big impact. The…

8 months ago by

Fresh From the Field — Reuben and Dan Watson’s Send a Sausage

Scrolling instagram one morning late last year we noted some of our DA friends were receiving anonymous sausages in the post. This fresh from the field profiles the fantastic initiative, doing some social good, that has seen a hilariously strong response – designers Rueben and Dan Watson has been inundated by hundreds of orders for…

9 months ago by

5 minutes with… Mona Gabr

We spoke with Media Design School Graduate Mona Gabr about her Award-winning project Pick a prototype tag system that assists people with disability when using public transport and her trans-Tasman work for Datacom.   Was there someone (or something) that inspired you to pick a design as a career path? I’ve always loved thinking outside…

10 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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Fresh From the Field — Changemaker by Milk

This Fresh From the Field features a bold design outcome and bolder kaupapa for a life-changing beer. Milk created a brand of distinction, with significant heart. Disrupting the national beverage market and providing financial independence to the brewers.    The Brief: Disability is something that happens when people with impairments face barriers in society. It’s…

11 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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Fresh from the Field — Will&Able by Shine

The brand execution profiled in this Fresh from the Field by Shine is expertly crafted, memorable and has significant heart. will&able drives social and environmental advancement, the smiley brand mark, and the joyous people-centred visual narrative are the perfect reflection of the feel-good vibes this project has throughout. The Brief People with disabilities have a…

12 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…

1 year ago by

Side hustles — YelloHalo, Broadband with the power to save lives.

We are consistently in awe with what our design community achieves in their spare time! Creatives have a lot of heart and DA love’s design for social good projects so we were keen to hear more about Graeme Blake’s new side hustle YelloHalo, which aspires to donate $1m in its first year to ambulance services. …

1 year ago by

AUT and Lexus partner to support emerging design talent in Aotearoa

Lexus New Zealand has teamed up with the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies to encourage local entries into the International Lexus Design Award, to showcase New Zealand’s innovative design talent on the world stage. The Lexus Design Award competition works with a world-class panel of judges who are some…

1 year 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…

1 year ago by

5 minutes with… Kelly Spencer

We spoke with graphic artist Kelly Spencer, about her recent mural collaboration with Horohoro school in the Bay of Plenty and the environmental stewardship that runs throughout her work. Can you tell us about your career milestones and what lead you to your large scale lettering art? My career has had a few key pivot…

1 year ago by

Fresh From The Field — Voice of Racism by Clemenger BBDO

This Fresh From the Field by Clemenger BBDO (in collaboration with the NZ Human Rights Commission and Assembly), features Voice of Racism an interactive website revealing the damaging effects of ceaseless micro-aggressions. This critical and confronting project challenges the notion that racism does not exist in New Zealand.  If you have new or recent work…

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