Fresh from the Field — Trade Me Paper set by Think™

This Fresh From The Field features amazing cardboard engineering from Think™ If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The brief: The Breakout Room approached Think™ to help create a vision. A whimsical beach scene, plus props, all made from paper. The response:…

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Fresh from the Field — Luxerose RTD cocktails by Onfire Design

This week’s Fresh From The Field features a packaging project and a milestone for Onfire Design If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The brief: The cocktail and beverage category is a rapidly growing sector. To stand out a new brand needs…

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Fresh from the Field — 25 years for Dow Goodfolk

This week’s Fresh From The Field features a studio project marking a milestone for Dow Goodfolk If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The brief: There’s no doubt the creative world has changed a lot in 25 years. 25 years ago we…

4 months ago by

Fresh from the Field — Taylor St Baristas by Hardhat Design

This week’s Fresh from the Field features a ‘luxurious’ identity for US and UK coffee company Taylor St Baristas by Hardhat Design. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Lana for details. A rebrand for Taylor Street Baristas to coincide with the launch of their coffee…

1 year ago by

Fresh from the Field — Chamber Music New Zealand by VOICE

This week’s Fresh from the Field features a brand refresh for  identity for Chamber Music New Zealand by VOICE. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Lana for details. As part of VOICE’s creative partnership with Chamber Music New Zealand, the branding agency has just revealed…

1 year ago by

Being Assertive

Throughout your journey in your design career, there will be many occasions where you will need to be assertive. These could include: Handling conflict (with clients, internal teams or suppliers). Pitching and presenting. Asking for a promotion or salary increase. Standing up for your ideas. Being heard in meetings. Reaching solutions. Addressing unfair situations. Saying…

1 year ago by

Creative Spaces — Voice

Creative Spaces is a series exploring New Zealand creative and design workplaces, giving you a sneak peak into the space and behind-the-scenes. This series is proudly brought to you by Atomic Coffee – Fuelling creativity. In the fifth instalment of this series we went into Voice  —  who have been dedicated to creating, evolving and transforming brands for over…

1 year ago by

2017 Asia-Pacific Brand Awards

Massive congratulations to Voice Brand Agency who won three coveted gold awards at the 2017 Asia-Pacific Brand Awards held in Hong Kong on 6 December. Voice were the only New Zealand agency and one of only two agencies in Australasia shortlisted in the awards alongside brands such as Hyundai, HSBC, Amnesty International, Unilever and Konica…

1 year ago by

What happens when you no longer care?

Say you are working on a substantial website job with a difficult client. The work has been going on for months, and the website is now overdue for release. Your client is making substantial last minute changes, and your team is packed with other work. You are weary of both the project and the client,…

1 year ago by

Avoiding Studio Burnout

One of the saddest and most preventable reasons why designers leave their jobs is due to ‘burnout’. Burnout has been described as “a state of chronic stress that leads to physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism and detachment, and feelings of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment.” The phrase ‘burnout’ was coined by a psychiatrist named Herbert Freudenberger.…

2 years ago by

Creative Spaces — Skunk + Robot, Upper Moutere

Creative Spaces is a series exploring New Zealand creative and design workplaces, giving you a sneak peak into the space and behind-the-scenes. This series is proudly brought to you by Atomic Coffee – Fuelling creativity. In the fourth of this series we went into Skunk + Robot — an Upper Moutere, South Island-based textile design…

2 years ago by

How Do We Encourage Collaboration?

A short while ago, Sam Allan from Onfire Design initiated ‘Battle of the Birken’ — a bowls competition between Birkenhead-based studios Onfire Design, Marx Design, Inhouse Design, PHD3 and Forever After. Sam says, “I organised the event to get together the local design community — it’s ok to have friendly rivalry in business, and is a…

2 years ago by

Creative Spaces — Fox & Co. Wellington

Creative Spaces is a series exploring New Zealand creative and design workplaces, giving you a sneak peak into the space and behind-the-scenes. This series is proudly brought to you by Atomic Coffee – Fuelling creativity. In the third of this series we went into Fox & Co. — a Wellington-based creative motion design studio, and…

2 years ago by

5 Minutes with… Richie Hartness, Design Director, Voice

Richie Hartness has recently joined Voice Brand Agency in Auckland as a Design Director. Before this move, he worked in roles at Geyser Creative, another local agency, and Scenario in Wellington. We recently spoke with Richie to find out more: Hi Richie, for those that don’t know you, can you tell us a little bit…

2 years ago by

Adopting a kaizen mindset

The Japanese people have a word they know as kaizen, which means ‘change for the better’, or ‘good change’. Over the years, the business world has adopted and evolved this word to mean the implementing of a mindset/process of continual improvement. “Kaizen is a daily process, the purpose of which goes beyond simple productivity improvement.…

2 years ago by

Ahead of Semi Permanent Auckland: 5 Minutes with… Mark Gowing

Ahead of this year’s Semi Permanent event, we spoke with Mark Gowing, founder and director of Sydney’s Formist: Hi Mark, can you tell us a little bit about who you are, your background, and how you first got started in the industry. I am a graphic designer and publisher living and working in Sydney. I…

2 years ago by

5 Minutes with… Elliot Stansfield

Following on from a recent Fresh From The Field, we grabbed a quick five minutes with designer Elliot Stansfield to find out more about his work and the decisions that lead to going it alone: Hi Elliot, can you tell us a little bit about who you are, what your background is, and how you first…

2 years ago by

Now and Then: Georgia Shattky

Brought to you by 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 Georgia Shattky who joined the team at The Hatchery a few months…

2 years ago by

5 Minutes with… Chris Waters, Creative Director, Magnum

Magnum is a full-service advertising, design and marketing agency based in Auckland’s Freemans Bay. Chris Waters recently joined the team as Creative Director after spending many years in Australia. Design Assembly was delighted to have the opportunity to talk with Chris and find out more: Hello Chris, you’ve recently taken up the role of Creative…

2 years ago by

Designers and account managers: a love/hate relationship

Written by Sarah Ritchie, AM-Insider Ask any agency person what the dynamic is like between their designers and their account managers and you’ll probably get a similar response: dog/cat, love/hate, us/them. The agency-irony is that the relationship between designers and account managers is symbiotic — one cannot function effectively without the other. Given this crucial need to…

2 years ago by

Creative Spaces — Strategy Christchurch

Creative Spaces is a new series exploring New Zealand creative and design workplaces, giving you a sneak peak into the space and behind-the-scenes. This series is proudly brought to you by Atomic Coffee – Fuelling creativity. In the second of this series we went into the Strategy Christchurch studio and had a chat with Creative Partner Mark…

2 years ago by

Dealing with fear and anxiety

Written by Sarah Ritchie, AM-Insider StudioLand is a tough environment. It’s quite conceivable that at various times you will feel a sense of fear or anxiety at work (or because of work). Your heartbeat quickens, your breathing gets shorter, and your mind races as you feel your work start to smother you. Fear can be a…

2 years ago by

5 Minutes with… Jane Maloney, M/K Press

Ahead of Design Assembly Conversations Christchurch, coming up on Thursday March 16th, we grabbed a quick five minutes with one of our guest speakers, Jane Maloney from M/K Press: Hi Jane, can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do. I am a freelance graphic design and Risograph printer. The…

2 years ago by

Creative Spaces – Material Brand & Design Agency.

Creative Spaces is a new series exploring New Zealand creative and design workplaces, giving you a sneak peak into the space and behind-the-scenes. This series is proudly brought to you by Atomic Coffee – Fuelling creativity. In the first of this series we went into the Material studio and had a chat with Nick Riley. Nick…

2 years ago by