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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Unitec Gradfest 2018 Opening Night

Unitec Gradfest 2018 Opening Night You are warmly invited to join us for the Grand Opening of 2018 Unitec Gradfest. Thursday 22nd November Official opening: 6:00pm From architecture and design to contemporary arts and computing, Unitec will be celebrating and showcasing the creative work and achievements of this year’s stellar end-of-year and graduating students Gradfest…

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NOW events celebrate a new generation of creatives at Wintec

Opening Night: Thursday 22 November From 5pm Exhibition Opening Hours:  23-25 Nov 10am -3pm Location: R Block, Wintec City Campus, Collingwood St, Hamilton. Contact: luke.mcconnell@wintec.ac.nz Website:  https://www.wintec.ac.nz/about-wintec/news/article/2018/11/08/now-events-celebrate-a-new-generation-of-creatives-at-wintec A new generation of designers, photographers, musicians and multimedia students will reveal their work in NOW, a showcase of creative work by 2018 Wintec School of Media Arts students from Monday 12 – Sunday…

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Debrief: Otago Polytechnic Graduate Exhibition 2018

DEBRIEF – Graduate Design Exhibition 21 – 25 NOVEMBER THE HUB, FORTH STREET, DUNEDIN Treat your senses at this varied and vibrant Design showcase, featuring surprising, clever and insightful objects and creations. Featuring hand-made garments and accessories, spatial design solutions, print media and publications, graphic design, photography, web and film projects; this year’s event exhibits…

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Friends of the Sea

Friends of the Sea is just that… a collective of talented creatives who share a love for the ocean. The idea formed in 2017 when artist Greg Straight and wife Hannah (Duett Design) were looking for a way to combine Greg’s creativity and his love of surfing and the ocean. Bring on-board a few of NZ’s…

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Concept Store: Media Design School Graduate Exhibition 2018

Opening night: 16 November 6pm – 9pm Location: Generator (GridAKL) 12 Madden Street, Auckland 1010 Media Design School Graduate Exhibition 2018 will showcase work from the Batchelor of Media Design, Bachelor of Art & Design, Bachelor of Creative Technologies and the Bachelor of Software Engineering alongside the Graduate Diploma in Creative Technologies programme. A diverse…

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GD18: Whitecliffe Graphic Design Graduate Show

Opening Night: Friday 16th November 2018, 5.30pm – 7.30pm Exhibition Opening Hours: Saturday 17th November, 10am – 4pm Location: Demo Space, 21 Shaddock Street, Eden Terrace, Auckland Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gd18exhibition/ Website: https://gd18exhibition.com/ GD18 is a graduate exhibition of Graphic Design students from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design. The exhibition takes inspiration from the interface of Adobe Indesign, the exhibition space…

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Exposure Exhibition: Massey University School of Design Grad Show

Exhibition Opening Hours: 10am – 4pm from 03 – 17 November Location: Massey University, Entrance C, 63 Wallace Street and Entrance E, Tasman Street Contact: creative@massey.ac.nz Website: www.exposure2018.massey.ac.nz Preview of some of the exhibiting students: Name: Kate Bennett Project Name: Zendo Description: Kate’s project— Zendo —is an intuitive app helping people with endometriosis work with their bodies to…

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SHIFT Exhibition: AUT Communication Design Grad Show

Opening Night: 7th November 2017, 6pm – 9pm Exhibition Opening Hours: 8th – 11th November, 10am – 4pm Location: Level 5, AUT School of Art & Design (WE Block), 27 St Paul St, Auckland, 1010 Contact: contact@shiftexhibition.com Website: www.shiftexhibition.com As part of AUT’s annual Art & Design Festival, students graduating with a Communication Design major hold an end-of-year graduate show.…

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Design Assembly Talks Diversity in Pōneke

Written by Kate McGuinness Diversity in Aotearoa design. Where do we begin? DA’s Spring Conversation series seemed like a good place to kick off the discussion. In Wellington, a receptive crowd nestled in for an evening of sushi, craft beer, and some fresh perspectives on, ‘Diversity in Aotearoa New Zealand Design—what does it mean and…

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