5 minutes with… Good Health Design

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with AUT’s embedded multidisciplinary Good Health Design Team, about their research initiatives and how visual design can support our communities wellbeing. What is your background and how did you get into design? We are currently made up of designers (e.g. communication, product, digital, media), but also have…

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Fresh From The Field — Kai Nights by Curative

This Fresh From The Field features a campaign to encourage conversation about the role alcohol plays in the lives of young people by Curative If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief: CAYAD Auckland approached Curative to help develop an intervention…

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Fresh from the Field — Slingshot Charity Series Modem by Becca O’Shea

We love featuring design for social good projects! This Fresh From The Field features illustration and product design for The Slingshot Charity Series by Becca O’Shea. For each of these modems shipped, Slingshot will donate $10 to HURRAH — Humane Rescue, Rehabilitation and Rehoming Charitable Trust. Learn more here If you have new or recent…

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Together As One

Our thoughts are with Aotearoa’s Muslim community, the people of Christchurch, and everyone directly affected by Friday’s horrific events. Design Assembly is all about community – celebrating and supporting all New Zealanders in our diversity and individual pathways. Everyone is welcome. We are in admiration of this thoughtful and poignant expression of support and unity…

4 months ago by

Fresh from the Field — Mental Health Awareness Week by Fly

Ahead of DA’s Auckland workshop Designing a Culturally Authentic Aotearoa this Fresh from the Field features a campaign for Mental Health Awareness Week by Fly. Combining tikanga Maori, te reo Maori and the latest research into mental health workshop facilitator Johnson McKay (Ngāti Kahungunu, Tainui Waikato, Ngāti Porou) owner and Creative Strategist at Fly, created…

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Now and Then: Sanyukta Mohatta

Written by Annie McCulloch, Portfolio Recruitment Now and Then is a series where we catch up with designers who’ve been recently placed, via Portfolio Recruitment. We get their thoughts and feedback about their new roles and their work. Our latest Now and Then is with Sanyukta Mohatta (San), a Graphic Designer at Youthtown. Wonderful San! Thank you for…

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Fresh from the field — Kelly Spencer

This week’s Fresh from the Field features a self-initiated mural project, by graphic artist Kelly Spencer, for the Evans Bay Marina in Wellington. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the Field series email Zoë for details. “I came across this site while exploring the Evans Bay Marina (Wellington),…

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Fresh from the field — Talking Minds, DHW Lab

This week’s Fresh from the Field features the Talking Minds website, an excellent example of co-design and collaboration recently created by the DHW Lab. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the Field series email Zoë for details. Talking Minds is a website co-designed with young New Zealanders…

2 years ago by

Civic Lessons

Written by K. Emma Ng Supported by Creative New Zealand Emma Ng is a contributor to Aotearoa Design Thinking 2017, a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand.  This article is the final in a four part series on design and politics that was published over the course of…

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Fresh from the field — Tuckshop, Akin

This week’s Fresh from the Field showcases the green Tuckshop in Matakana with design work by Akin. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the Field series email Zoë for details. Green inside and out Tuckshop‘s sustainability-minded owners — and good friends of ours — were clear on…

2 years ago by

Igniting a Passion for Democracy: On the Fence

Written by Lana Lopesi Designers­—as communication specialists and image-makers—build election campaigns as we know them. They communicate political messages to the masses, and create pathways from the public to the politician. A voter’s initial impression of a candidate is often a visual one. If designed well, images, slogans or even hashtags can “embody ideological values…

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Fresh from the field — GoodFor, Marx Design

This week’s Fresh from the Field celebrates the feel good, beautiful, new small brand identity for GoodFor, Ponsonby’s recently established wholefoods refillery, brought to you by Marx. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the Field series email Zoë for details. GoodFor is a wholefoods refillery that…

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5 Minutes with… Greta Menzies

Written by Marine Bucher Two years ago I took a screen printing workshop at the Neighbourhood Studio in Newtown, Wellington. Greta Menzies was my tutor and a major inspiration. Her art is unique and her sustainable approach pushes you to design for good. I recently interviewed her to find out more about her work. Hi…

2 years ago by

Off Grid 17: An Experiential Journey, converges Wellington 20–21 February

Off Grid 17: 4 Days, 5 Cities, 22 Venues, 39 Speakers Off Grid is a design conference converging in Wellington, New Zealand on 20-21 February. With a great list of local speakers, Off Grid will explore the meaning of experiential design and ways to connect people to place. Off Grid 17 is the first attempt to examine…

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My mother told me to always make good choices.

Written by Laura Kerrison  My mother told me to always make good choices… But sometimes, as a designer in this crazy ol’ world, it doesn’t always feel that easy. We are experiencing the exponential growth of technology and an accelerating pace of change, doing things that weren’t possible 10 years ago, and that will probably be…

3 years ago by

Fresh from the Field — Cards for Kaikoura

Our Fresh from the Field this week features a timely charitable design project, called Cards for Kaikoura, led by Christchurch’s McCarthy. A fundraising project for Kaikoura and a great, little stocking stuffer… As a small design studio here in Christchurch (McCarthy) that went through the quakes with three studios destroyed, we know Kaikoura’s going to need…

3 years ago by

Oh! Vodafone Logo!

Written by Cameron Ralston I’ve always been sceptical of Christchurch’s Innovation Precinct. Innovation is one of those words that you hear all the time nowadays: Beauden Barrett is a great innovator with a rugby ball; young IT companies are very innovative; the new petrol pumps are innovative et cetera. The Vodafone building on Tuam Street—dubbed…

3 years ago by

Slapping a Koru on it

Written by Kaan Hiini, courtesy of Curative An accurate portrayal of Maori and Māori culture is largely missing in the eyes of most New Zealanders. What you do see is cliché, token, or offensive, as reflected in this piece that captures the struggles that come with growing up Māori. And because of that misunderstanding, most New Zealanders seem intimidated or even fearful of engaging with the culture.

3 years ago by

DA Workshop – Managing your design business

Join Mark Osborne from Roll and Asheel Bharos from Rightway in an evening seminar looking at the systems behind managing your design business.

Mark will talk about transforming your design business with software, moving beyond Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office and the future – where is business software heading?

Asheel will focus on the challenges around cash flow and forward thinking around financials – particularly where jobs last several months and the need to track partial payments and WIP. He will also discuss reporting on efficiency and understanding project profitability as well as profit and loss.

3 years ago by

Fresh from the field – Em by Curative

The Brief: The frightening truth is that 1 out of 3 girls in New Zealand may be sexually abused before she turns 16, and most of this abuse (90%) is likely to be done by someone she knows. And if that isn’t bad enough, this age group also lacks awareness of resources available to support…

3 years ago by

Battling billboards

Written by Michael Smythe What? Who? Why? Our eyeballs are assaulted. Our streetscapes are cluttered. There must be an election in the offing. For many potential voters the proliferation of political placards is the clearest indication that a democratic process is underway. So … IF YOU ARE NOT ON THE ELECTORAL ROLL DO IT HERE…

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