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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

6 months 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…

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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…

9 months 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…

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