Under the Hood with… Logan Bradley, Creative Director at Curative

Ahead of our next online Under The Hood event on 6 July, we learnt more about one of our speakers, Logan Bradley, creative director at Curative. Along with having a background in multimedia design, independent fashion, film production, and social work and an expert eye and contemporary aesthetic that has been responsible for many awarded…

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Under the hood with … Ella Hampshire-Perks, Graphic Designer and Director of PERKS

Ahead of our next online Under The Hood event on 6 July, we learnt more about one of our speakers, Ella Hampshire-Perks of PERKS Ella is a Graphic Designer and Director of PERKS, a purposefully small branding studio that supports SME’s to grow through thought-led design. PERKS is a nimble and mostly remote studio that…

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Next Week: Hard Refresh 2022, a free virtual conference with Live Talks and Masterclasses

Our friends over at Streamtime will be running Hard Refresh, a free virtual conference on 28 June. During the event Streamtime will talk to top creative experts around the world through their live speaker sessions along with host masterclasses on a range of topics including Onboarding Large Teams, Managing Agile Products, and more.  See the…

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Under The Hood With… Matt Grantham, Creative Director of Onfire Design

Ahead of our next Under The Hood April event, we learnt more about our next speaker, Matt Grantham, Creative Director of Onfire Design. First things first, can you tell us a little about your background, and how did you first get started in the industry? English born and bred. I studied Communication Media (a fancy name…

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Under The Hood With… Nico and Linus, Creative Director and Art Director of Fox & Co

Ahead of our next Under The Hood April event, we learnt more about two of our speakers, Nico and Linus from Fox & Co.  First off, can you tell us a little about yourselves? Nico: I’m a Creative Director at Fox & Co Design, originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I have been working in the Graphic…

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Da Autumn Conversations 2022 – Meet the Panel

Since covid there’s been a shift in the way many of us work. Before 2020, the idea of a hybrid work environment was a radical concept. Today, however, it’s been adopted widely as the way forward while we navigate the ever changing landscape of covid. For this Autumn’s DA Conversations event we will be diving…

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Streamtime’s Sunnier Summer Replay

Check out the replay of Streamtime’s Sunnier Summer conference to get a head start on the future. Do the groundwork for a happier, healthier, creative business in 2022. Good times aren’t just for when you clock off!   It is official, Streamtime’s free 3+ hour conference replay is ready, and you’re invited! Aimed at brightening your…

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2021 Christchurch DA Event: EOY Wrap Party

At the end of November, Design Assembly and Plato Creative hosted Christchurch’s DA end of year wrap party. We had some great talks from local designers about their creative hobbies, passion projects and side hustles. Tim & Honey from Plato Creative talked about a side hustle of web design in the cryptocurrency space, recent works of…

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2021 Wellington DA Event: EOY Wrap Party

On 1st December 2021, Design Assembly, in partnership with Strategy Creative and Out Of Office, hosted Wellington’s DA end of year wrap up event.   The event had a great turn out, with a variety of creative minds and backgrounds coming together to celebrate the end to a tough year. Under the theme of ‘passion…

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Fresh From The Field — Welcome to Nowhere 2022 By Emily Stevens Studio

Emily Stevens Studio worked with Welcome to Nowhere, an independent music and arts festival, to create an updated look and feel for 2022. After initially creating the festival’s 2021 identity, the refreshed identity focuses on the local flora and fauna, using these taonga to express the diversity and uniqueness of the event, along with the…

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2021 Graphic Design Graduate Shows

November is always a busy month with the Graphic Design Graduate Shows across Aotearoa. Check out the online exhibitions or head along to discover your 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…

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Meet The Speakers – DA Christchurch Social Event

Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA EOY Social Events, taking place in Wellington and Christchurch this year. This year’s speakers include: Tim & Honey – Plato Creative   Tim O’Neill – Creative Lead A multi-disciplinary creative with graphic design beginnings, over the past decade Tim has found himself doing a little bit of everything.…

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Under The Hood With… Janelle Rodrigues, Creative Lead at Creature

Ahead of our next Under The Hood November event, we learnt more about one of our speakers, Janelle Rodrigues. Janelle is a founding partner and the Creative Lead of the award-winning design company Creature. She combines an enquiring mind with strategic motivations to solve her client’s creative briefs. She sees herself as more than a designer… although…

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Under The Hood With… Johnson McKay, Director of Fly

Ahead of our next Under The Hood November event, we learnt more about one of our speakers, Johnson McKay. Johnson is the Director of Fly, he started as an owner / in business development and then slowly shifted to strategy, then creative and now cultural strategy and creative storytelling. Their philosophy then was to reject advertising as…

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Getting Under The Hood With….Mark Spurgeon, Co-founder / Managing Partner at Publica

Ahead of our next Under The Hood September event, we learnt more about one of our speakers, Mark Spurgeon. Mark is an accomplished CEO, passionate about telling compelling brand stories and bringing unique ideas to life through creative design and development. We talked about the 3 B’s of creativity to spark new ideas, a Fitbit for the brain, and…

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Getting Under The Hood With…Steve Horner, Chief Product Officer at RUSH.

Ahead of our next Under The Hood September event, we learnt more about one of our presenters: Steve Horner. Steve is a designer, leader and product thinker with 15 years of experience in digital across NZ, Europe and North America. We talked about mantras, inspiration and keeping small humans entertained He believes eating plants and…

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Under The Hood – September Speakers Announced

Join us for Under The Hood – September with our two designers as they walk us through how their design projects worked. Each designer will share the brief, how they approached it, talk us through that internal feedback loop – This is too hard! It’s not working! Why did I decide to be a designer?!…

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Under The Hood – August Replay 2021

You are invited to watch the replay as two designers walked us through how their design projects worked. Each designer will share the brief, how they approached it, talk us through that internal feedback loop – This is too hard! It’s not working! Why did I decide to be a designer?! – and out to…

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Spring Conversations – Introducing the Wellington Panel

Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA Spring Conversations series taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in September. Living a life well in design – let’s talk about culture, mental health and values in the Aotearoa NZ design community. Join us for a conversation that will take a look into what it means to…

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Spring Conversations – Introducing the Auckland Panel

Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA Spring Conversations series taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in September. Living a life well in design – let’s talk about culture, mental health and values in the Aotearoa NZ design community. Join us for a conversation that will take a look into what it means to…

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Wintec to host change-making creatives at Ramp Festival

Wintec School of Media Arts’ highly anticipated Ramp Festival 2021 is once again bringing creative-based thinkers from across Aotearoa to Kirikiriroa, Hamilton from 4 – 6 August. – https://www.ramp.ac.nz Sarah Smuts-Kennedy is pleased to see regenerative themes being discussed in an academic context. Image: Supplied. This year the Ramp Festival lineup includes New Zealand artist and creator Sarah…

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Auckland 2021 DA Pub Quiz Results

What a night we had last week in Auckland at the Ellen Melville Centre! We beat the last pub quiz limit with 19 teams registered and once again, Team NFD/Curative took out the championship, but it was a three-way tie for most of the night, with both Alt teams close on their heels. Thanks to…

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Wintec academics light the way with Te Ruru Light Festival Kirikiriroa Hamilton

Te Ruru Light Festival is a one-of-its-kind event, held annually in Kirikiriroa, Hamilton. Inspired by similar light-based festivals around Aotearoa, the festival was conceptualised by Wintec academics and researchers, Luke McConnell and Jason Long, and Wintec graduate and CEO of Creative Waikato, Jeremy Mayall. Wintec School of Media Arts design tutor and founder of Te…

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Paving the Digital Career Path for Māori and Pasifika Talent

Māori and Pasifika only represent about 2% of those working in the creative tech sector, yet form a larger part of the population of Aotearoa, especially in diverse Tāmaki Makaurau.  On Wednesday 26th May, Media Design School hosted a platform at their innovative new campus in Wynyard Quarter to kōrero and talanoa about ways Māori…

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5 minutes with… Chrissie Malloch

Ahead of our June 16 Workshop: No signal found – creating great campaigns without TV in Wellington we spoke with facilitator Chrissie Malloch to learn about her background, common campaign misconceptions, the work she is proud of – and what participants can expect from the Wellington event. Register Now   Can you describe the creative…

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