The cost of acquiring new clients

Ahead of our 31 August Auckland DA Workshop: ‘Keeping the pipeline filled: sales for creatives‘, our workshop facilitator – Sarah Ritchie – shares valuable intelligence on appreciating the real cost of new business development. Sarah has spent 25 years in design and advertising account management, which included 10 years running her own, successful graphic design business. These…

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Speaking of fictions, 5 minutes with… Erik Brandt

Ahead of Semi Permanent, 15-17 August 2019, Mike Barrett spoke with celebrated Typographer Erik Brandt about graphic design umami, danger, family legacy, his upcoming book and first trip to Aotearoa. Erik Brandt is a graphic designer and educator who has been active since 1994. He is currently Chair of the Design Department and Professor of…

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5 minutes with… Richard Shed

Ahead of his upcoming UX gym workshops on Design Thinking and Service Design, we spoke with facilitator Richard Shed. Richard is a design lead with over 18 years of experience in the fields of product, service and interaction design across both Europe and New Zealand. Richard currently works with Thoughtfull Design Auckland where he has…

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Ramp Festival internship gives Wintec student real world experience and creative connections

Third-year Wintec design student Courtney Cavanagh was selected to be an intern at Area Design to work on Wintec’s Ramp Festival campaign and rebrand under the guidance of the design agency. What has been valuable from this experience, what have you learnt, what have been the highlights? This placement has been really valuable as I…

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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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Seeing the invisible: a conversation with Refik Anadol

It’s 10 a.m. in Auckland, 5 p.m. in Los Angeles. Refik Anadol has just stepped out of a meeting, blinking into the California sun, and out onto a terrace for a quick Skype call. We’ve had a timing mix-up (iCal time-zone fails). While nominally I’m a day ahead, when Anadol starts describing his work I…

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5 minutes with… Raul Sarrot

Ahead of DA’s Beyond Design Thinking: Game-changing co-creation techniques to work with your clients workshop in Auckland this month we spoke with facilitator, Raul Sarrot a multi-disciplinary designer, strategist, design thinking coach, educator and researcher. His international experience has been forged over 25 years working alongside a wide range of commercial and not-for-profit enterprises in…

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Fingers crossed – The Stupendously Good Semi Permanent Prize Pack Giveaway

Win for you, win for a friend! Fill in your details and go into the draw for 2 two-day passes plus some super sweet SP treats. Inside each Stupendously Good Semi Permanent Prize Pack there’s something for your mind, something for the bar, something for the hangover, your shoulder, the fridge, coffee table, pantry… anyway,…

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Between the lines: a conversation with Shantell Martin

Some artists prefer anonymity; letting their work, and only their work, do the talking. Shantell Martin is not that kind of artist. Visit Martin’s YouTube channel and you’ll find plenty of evidence of her motivation to “make and share”. She is prolific. Her medium is the pen and the world, or, as she puts it:…

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Future of the Future 2019

Business is being reinvented at a pace not seen before – so what should New Zealand businesses be thinking about in order to be relevant in 20 years. Or more? That question lies at the heart of Future of the Future. Presented with Spark Lab, Future of the Future is a series of live, high-impact…

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Semi Permanent, 15-17 August 2019, Aotea Centre, Auckland

It’s hard to believe, but 2019 marks 17 years of Semi Permanent. That’s right, Semi Permanent, the OG of New Zealand creativity, New Zealand’s most prestigious, popular and influential creative festival, is hitting its late teens. That’s 17 years of bringing the best global design talent to local shores to share thought-provoking, inspirational and often…

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Stimulating curiosity for 21 years

Ramp Festival is the new name for the former Spark International Festival of Music, Media, Arts and Design. Ramp Festival Director, Megan Lyon says this innovative, annual event curated by Wintec’s School of Media Arts has been stimulating curiosity for 21 years. “We have speakers with careers in music performance, communication, design and contemporary art…

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Auckland Festival of Photography, 31st May to 16th June

Aotearoa’s largest photography festival is set to kick off its 16th year.  The 2019 Auckland Festival of Photography launches this week in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. This city-wide contemporary art and cultural event takes place within Auckland’s major galleries, project spaces, non-gallery venues and public sites. The programme includes a mix of emerging and established artists…

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Celebrating Award Winning, Trailblazing Independent Kiwi Creatives This June

CHROMACON, New Zealand’s largest biennial festival of homegrown illustrators, comic artists, toy designers, game developers and animators returns for the fourth time to Auckland’s Aotea Centre across 1 and 2 June (Queens’ Birthday weekend). Free to the public, the event will be connecting art-lovers with close to 200 of New Zealand’s best independent creators, international…

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5 minutes with… Michaela Webb

The Ramp Festival of Music, Media, Arts and Design (formerly Spark) is in their 21st year. Ahead of the 2019 event we spoke with Creative Director (and Ramp speaker!) Michaela Webb about her career development, taking risks, the importance of collaboration, challenges in creative practice and what we can expect this July 23rd-26th at Ramp.…

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Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival.

Rialto Cinemas, Resene and Clearly & Co have collaborated on a tremendous line up for the eighth annual Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival. Context is critical in design, and our most successful work is grounded in time and place. For those of us designing today, there is significant value in studying, collecting and curating…

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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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Auckland: DA Conversations Autumn 2019 — Meet the Panel

This Autumn’s DA Conversations are back to celebrate 10 years of Design Assembly, the home of New Zealand design. To understand where we are going, we must know where we have come from. This year Design Assembly celebrates ten years of supporting our community. We’re taking this milestone as an opportunity to look back at…

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Wellington: DA Conversations Autumn 2019 — Meet the Panel

This Autumn’s DA Conversations are back to celebrate 10 years of Design Assembly, the home of New Zealand design. To understand where we are going, we must know where we have come from. This year Design Assembly celebrates ten years of supporting our community. We’re taking this milestone as an opportunity to look back at…

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Poster Call — all wāhine toi Aotearoa!

Directory of Women Designers + Designers Speak (Up) RAMP Gallery, Kirikiriroa / 29 April – 24 May 2019 To record the current landscape of all designers who identify as women of any gender experience, of all diversities — social, sexual, cultural, ethnic — and give visibility to the unsung diversity of Aotearoa design, Designers Speak…

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5 Minutes with… Gabrielle Lyon

Ahead of the “Make No Small Plans” Wellington event on March 5th, we spoke with lead author and project director Gabrielle Lyon to find out a bit more about her area of expertise, reinventing a 20th century Chicago urban planning textbook as 21st-century graphic novel and her career journey to-date. What first piqued your interest in…

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Media Design School’s diversity on show as part of Auckland Live

Diversity of student content from programmes at Media Design School (MDS) has been compiled into a 28-minute playlist that will air on the large scale (45m2), portable outdoor digital screen in Aotea Square (291-297 Queen Street). The screen, an Auckland Live initiative, brings artistic, cultural and entertainment experiences to the Aotea Arts Quarter and provides…

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5 Mins With… Bret Gower

Ahead of Design Assembly’s upcoming Auckland workshop on Intellectual Property & Commercial Practice for Designers on March 12th, we spoke with workshop facilitator and legal expert Bret Gower to learn more about his transition from design to legal practice and what participants can expect from this workshop. Tell us about yourself? What do you do day-to-day?…

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TDC64 Auckland

Direct from its New York showing, TDC64 Auckland is the latest exhibition from the world-renowned Type Directors Club competition, showcasing a culturally diverse and exciting range of award-winning work from over 35 countries. Chosen from 1,835 entries by some of the design industry’s most recognised mentors, innovators and thought-leaders, with work in dozens of languages,…

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5 Minutes with… Sarah Ritchie

Ahead of Design Assembly’s upcoming half-day workshop on “how to run a profitable, successful design business” on Wednesday 20th February 2019 in Christchurch, we spoke with design and advertising account management expert Sarah Ritchie to learn more about her book ‘How to Wrestle an Octopus: an agency account manager’s guide to pretty much everything’ the writing…

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