Be the change you want to see

Blutui is a web design platform for creative agencies developed by a creative agency. We spoke with our friends Blutui about embracing the accessibility challenges (& opportunities) faced by digital design practice today.     Design impacts people’s ability to participate in society. The #AccessLaw2020 lobby aims to pass legislation later this year to ensure,…

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5 minutes with… Shane Goodwin, Head of Experience Design at Jade

Ahead of our upcoming Christchurch DA Event: Autumn Conversations – Design & Accessibility we spoke with Shane Goodwin, Head of Experience Design at Jade. Shane has been sketching, imagining, developing, breaking, and making products for the last 18 years, with the last 11 as a UX designer. Before that he has been a product manager,…

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2020 GOOD DESIGN AWARDS OPEN FOR ENTRIES

Good Design Australia is calling for Australian and international entries to the 2020 Good Design Awards. Through the annual Good Design Awards program, they recognise and celebrate excellence in cutting edge design and breakthrough innovation. Celebrating the best in design and architecture across 11 main design disciplines and 28 sub-categories, including Communication Design, Digital Design…

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5 minutes with… Jo Hanson, Senior Account Director at Principals

Ahead of our Auckland DA Workshop: Writing and Presenting for Designers we caught up with Jo Hanson senior account director at Principals, who has created a unique hybrid role for herself which is anything but S.A.D. (which she’ll tell you is the worst job title acronym ever). Part project manager. Part copywriter. Part production manager.…

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Fresh From The Field — Queer Pavilion by Rebecca Steedman

This Fresh From The Field by Rebecca Steedman heroes bold repetitive typographic elements, interconnected and layered to represent diverse voices for the 2020 Queer Pavilion. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email  nicole@designassembly.org.nz  for details. The Brief : Queer Pavilion is a drifting…

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5 minutes with… Susannah ‘Roxy’ Huntington

Ahead of our Auckland DA Event: Out of Office – Conversations on working inhouse we caught up with Roxy Huntington – Former Head of Design, Trade Me. Can you describe the creative path you took to get where you’re at now? With a Market Researcher mum and Research Scientist dad, questions such as “why?” and…

2 months ago by

The TDC65 exhibition is coming to Aotearoa

The Type Directors Club is pleased to announce that its “World’s Best Typography” exhibition is coming to Auckland, New Zealand for the second time, courtesy of award-winning creative agency Osborne Shiwan and Portfolio Recruitment. Direct from its New York showing, TDC65 Auckland will showcase an exciting and culturally diverse range of award-winning work chosen by…

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Fresh From The Field — RUN’s Auckland Rainbow Hub

Auckland Pride Festival is in full swing, ahead of tonights Queer Design Assembly event we are showcasing another of our favourite pride adjacent designs in this Fresh From The Field. The Rainbow Hub is a vibrant and cheeky interactive installation by RUN. It celebrates Auckland’s LGBTQ+ community and invites the city to participate in the…

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Queer in Design – Kaan Hiini

In this series, we celebrate our LGBTQ+ designers as they share their career pathways, explore how being queer informs their work, and discuss how we achieve better representation and inclusivity in Aotearoa design industry. Many of you will be familiar with Kaan Hiini, senior designer at Curative, Kaan has been in service to our community…

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Whitecliffe 2019 End-of-Year Exhibitions

As 2019 comes to a close, Whitecliffe staff and students are preparing for a well-deserved break over summer, now that the anticipation and excitement of End-of-Year Exhibitions is over. Every year, each student is given the opportunity to showcase their creative works at the Whitecliffe End-of-Year Exhibitions. This gives Year 1 and 2 students a…

4 months ago by

Horizon

We are previewing the talent on show at AUT’s Horizon Exhibition opening this week. 6th November 6:30-9:30, 7-10th November from 10am-4pm AUT School or Art & Design WE Building, Level 5 Angela Coote Flexible Thinking Explore how the body can enhance your creative process, beyond the mind’s limitations. Flexible Thinking is a resource pack that…

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RNDR19 – Opens tomorrow

We are previewing the talent on show at RNDR19 Victoria University Faculty of Architecture and Design End of Year Exhibition Opening 1st November 5:30pm 2nd – 15th November 10am-4pm The Atrium, Faculty of Architecture and Design, 139 Vivian St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011 https://www.victoria.ac.nz/fad Emmi Fortes-Rosser Tengoku Sushi is a brand visual identity created and…

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2019 Graphic Design Graduate Shows

November is always a busy month with the Graphic Design Graduate Shows across Aotearoa. Come along to discover local talent, see what this generation of designers are thinking about, what they are making and help welcome these graduates to our professional community. (Check back! This post will be updated as more Grad Show listings come…

5 months ago by

5 minutes with… Louise Nash

Ahead of our Auckland: Planet Centric Design workshop, we spoke with the facilitator (& Circularity founder) Louise Nash about her journey from linear to closed-loop, disruptive bravery, and what participants can expect from the workshop. What inspired you to start your Circularity? I reached a point in my career where I wanted to use my skills for a…

6 months ago by

What is planet-centric design?

Chris Jackson founded We Create Futures in 2018 as an alternative to the traditional design agency business model and innovation approach. After speaking on our Wellington Spring conversations panel Chris wrapped up the key questions and themes that arose. He generously allowed us to republish the article here; Planet-centric design – What is the role…

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Place: Osborne Shiwan 19 Oct–30 Nov 2019

The spaces we inhabit provide fertile ground for creative exploration and the DA team were excited to see Objectspace is set to exhibit Place: Osborne Shiwan from the 19 Oct–30 Nov 2019. This exhibition acts as a love letter to the city Lloyd Osborne and Shabnam Shiwan reside in. Tāmaki Makaurau is our home, an…

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Food For Thought: Planet-Centric Design

Designers often focus on the end-user. But what does it mean to care for people and place in equal measure? How do we conscientiously and empathetically design with the planet in mind?  At our Auckland spring conversation evening conveyor Eddy Royal prompted the panel to define what it means to design in a planet-centric manner…

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Wellington – DA Spring Conversations 2019 : Meet the panel

Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA Spring Conversations 2019 series taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in September. Planet centric design – What is the role and responsibility of the designer? Have you ever wondered how your job as a designer impacts our planet? Do you want to reduce your carbon footprint…

7 months ago by

Present Tense : Wāhine Toi Aotearoa / Britomart Works on Paper

Poster call and exhibition hīkoi gathers and champions Aotearoa New Zealand women* designers   Silk-screen posters, RAMP Gallery, May 2019 / Photo: Jinki Cambronero Present Tense : Wāhine Toi Aotearoa Britomart Works on Paper, Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland 18 September – 16 October, 2019 Opening hui Tuesday 24 September 2019, 18h00 Gather at corner of Customs St…

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Tips for breaking into Industry.

There is no doubt landing your first design job can be difficult – no matter how rigorous your rationales, polished your portfolio and enthusiastic you are – there is a tonne of other design students vying for the same roles as you. A lot of advice design graduates receive is cliched ‘Believe in yourself’, ‘Think…

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5 mins with…Paul Russell — Speaker at Spring Conversations, CHC 2019

Ahead of Design Assembly’s Spring Conversations Christchurch Event, we spend 5 Mins With… Paul Russell from Kallan & Co Pacific.  Tickets still available here Thursday 19th September 6 – 8pm XCHC, 376 Wilsons Rd, Waltham, Christchurch   What’s your background and how did you get into working in design? Design has been a 15 year…

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5 minutes with… Imogen Zino

In July DA spoke with the multidisciplinary team behind Good Health Design, about their research initiatives and how visual design can support our communities wellbeing. Today (ahead of their upcoming symposium) we spoke with masters student Imogen Zino about her research for this project and the event.   What is your background and how did…

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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…

8 months ago by

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…

9 months ago by

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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