5 minutes with… Mark Easterbrook

In today’s 5 minutes with… we are excited to introduce one of our favourite writers Mark Easterbrook. Mark collaborated with DA on the 2020 field guide, our most recent Be seen. Be heard. Be friend campaign, on the messaging for Kātoitoi the Aotearoa Design Archive and is facilitating our upcoming Writing for Designers workshop in…

7 months ago by

Fresh From The Field – Dwelling in the Margins: Art Publishing in Aotearoa

Bold yellow, bold thought. The latest release from independent publisher GLORIA Books is Dwelling in the Margins: Art Publishing in Aotearoa, edited and designed by Katie Kerr. Today’s Fresh from the Field coincides with the Auckland book launch for this curated collection of stories and essays, from thirty of New Zealand’s art and design leaders.…

8 months ago by

Meet our Friends… David Bourke, iceberg

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so we’re happy to get the chance to speak with David Bourke, iceberg’s Creative Director (who is also presenting at Under the Hood this Wednesday the 24th of February.) We spoke to David about his career path (highlighting a thread of music), the…

8 months ago by

Getting under the hood with… Sarah Nguyen

Our next Under the Hood is this Wednesday the 24th of Feburary. Thanks to our event partners Adobe, you are invited to join us online as two designers walk us through how a design project worked and an Adobe rep shares tips and tricks to improve your daily workflow. At the upcoming event, Sarah Nguyen…

8 months ago by

Introducing Daz Martin – DA Events Producer

Late last year Design Assembly welcomed our newest team member Daz Martin. He has extensive experience in the arts sector and sees event production as an artform. Daz is currently finalising our program, ensuring we deliver the Aotearoa design community a rich round up of events and workshops in 2021 and beyond. Say kia ora…

8 months ago by

Getting under the hood with… Joel Kitto & Stephen McCarthy

Our next Under the Hood is this Thursday 28 January 2021. Thanks to our event partners Adobe, you are invited to join us online as two designers walk us through how a design project worked and an Adobe rep shares tips and tricks to improve your daily workflow.   At the upcoming event Joel Kitto…

9 months ago by

Getting Under The Hood With… Alistair McCready

Our next Under the Hood is fast approaching on Thursday 28 January 2021. Get Tickets here! Thanks to our event partners Adobe, you are invited to join us online as two designers walk us through how a design project worked and an Adobe rep shares tips and tricks to improve your daily workflow. Today we…

9 months ago by

This is not an interview — DA x SOUTH

Design Assembly collaborated with Studio South to deliver This is not an interview — Conversations on Studio Life; a panel discussion event for design students (and educators) on entering the industry. Featuring Design Leaders: Caroline Powley, Design Educator (Convenor) Sam Southwell, Creative Director, Studio South Phoebe Ellis, Design Lead, Previously Unavailable Ryan Mark, Creative Director,…

11 months ago by

Semi Permanent 2020 Highlights

This time last week the DA team attended the 2020 Semi Permanent event at the Aotea centre. It was an incredible day, 27 luminaries of Aotearoa art and design explored diverse creative, social and cultural themes. The entire event is available online to stream for free – you can watch on-demand here https://semipermanent.live/ We reflect on…

11 months ago by

AUT and Lexus partner to support emerging design talent in Aotearoa

Lexus New Zealand has teamed up with the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies to encourage local entries into the International Lexus Design Award, to showcase New Zealand’s innovative design talent on the world stage. The Lexus Design Award competition works with a world-class panel of judges who are some…

11 months ago by

Wintec School of Media Arts Graduating Exhibition

Haere mai! Come celebrate with us! Wintec’s media arts classrooms and studios will be transformed into gallery spaces as design, contemporary art, and communication students exhibit their creative mahi. While you’re there, seize the opportunity to own an original artwork at Ramp Gallery’s silent auction. Opening night and auction: Thursday 26 November from 4.30pm Exhibition…

11 months ago by

5 minutes with… Bron Thomson

With the creative sector seriously affected by coronavirus pandemic fallout, the Semi Permanent event has been repurposed and reformatted to meet new objectives, inspire and help ‘reboot’ our industry. On Thursday 12 November at Auckland’s Aotea Centre, New Zealand’s leading creative practitioners will showcase the breadth, depth, diversity and potential of the creative industries. Ahead…

12 months ago by

Graduate Show Preview: Adapt, Media Design School

We are previewing the talent on show at Media Design School Graduate Show Adapt opening this Friday 6th of November 5:00pm – 9:00pm Kathy Do ‘More than Movies’ The concept of escapism has been around for a long time, and in today’s modern society, it is more relevant than ever. (Even more so with the…

12 months ago by

Wellington: EOY Wrap Event — Meet our speakers

Wellington DA Event: EOY Wrap Party 2020, November 11, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Join your fellow designers and creatives to celebrate the end of the year and the start of summer! What a year 2020 has been! So let’s get together – celebrate being back in level 1, commiserate and share our experiences of…

12 months ago by

Christchurch: EOY Wrap Event — Meet our speakers

Christchurch DA Event: EOY Wrap Party, November 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Join your fellow designers and creatives to celebrate the end of the year and the start of summer! What a year 2020 has been! So let’s get together – celebrate being back in level 1, commiserate and share our experiences of…

12 months ago by

Semi Permanent 2020

Semi Permanent is back and an unprecedented year calls for an unprecedented lineup and format. One day, ten hours, 27 speakers and performers. Thanks to three key sponsors (ALT, Auckland City Council and Special Group), NZ designs favourite conference will be free to attend. In another first, Semi Permanent will also be live-streamed (so anyone…

12 months ago by

Graduate Shows: RNDR20 – Victoria University Wellington – Te Herenga Waka

As the academic year draws to a close the graduation events ramp up. Each year the Graphic Design Graduate Shows across Aotearoa provides opportunities to discover local talent, see what this generation of designers are thinking about, what they are making and help welcome these emerging professionals to our community. Victoria’s RNDR20 opens Friday the…

12 months ago by

Auckland: EOY Wrap Event — Meet our speakers

At our Auckland EOY Wrap Party you’ll also enjoy a digital exhibition of Mate Act Now – A protest for the digital generation, curated by Chris Flack and hear from local designers talk about their response to the brief: Clem Devine and Phoebe Ellis Leah Surynt Liam Ooi Wednesday 4 November 6pm – 8pm Objectspace…

1 year ago by

Fresh From The Field — TEDx CHCH by Strategy

This Fresh from the Field by Strategy Christchurch is a reflection of people, place and culture expressed as a contemporary Tukutuku celebrating TEDxChristchurch new home (the iconic Christchurch Town Hall) and their 10th year.  Te Ao Māori narrative informs the intricate design created in partnership with Ngāi Tūāhuriri, the result is an exceptionally beautiful, sensitive…

1 year ago by

Adobe MAX 2020 is virtual and free

You heard that right. Adobe MAX 2020 registration is open. And this year the largest creativity conference in the world will bring the creative community together – even when worlds apart. This year’s creativity conference is virtual, completely free, and jam-packed with 56 hours of non-stop inspiration and learning. With live content demos, luminary speakers, Sneaks, celebrity appearances,…

1 year ago by

MOD returns to Wellington to celebrate human-centered design. 

MOD week; 12 – 16 October 2020 Exploring how humans can work better together, celebrating human-centred design and creative problem solving Mindset of Design is all about the human side of solutions, whether those solutions are tech-based or not. MOD is run by CHQ, leaders in innovation learn more here modwellington.com New Zealanders are invited…

1 year ago by

5 minutes with… Raul Sarrot

Ahead of his Wellington workshop on Friday 25th September 2020, we spoke to Raul Sarrot about The Value of Strategy in times of flux and disruption, staying ahead of the curve, the qualities of design strategists, the importance of curiosity, and design strategists role in shaping our future. We are living through unprecedented economic and…

1 year ago by

5 minutes with… RAMP Festival intern Lauren Mann

Wintec communications student Lauren Mann is the 2020 RAMP festival intern, we spoke to her to learn more about the opportunity, her background, studying at Wintec and this year’s digital RAMP connects format. Festival Director Megan Lyon (Left) and Lauren Mann (Right) Was there someone (or something) that inspired you to pick communications as a…

1 year ago by

FLUX: Meet the Panel

Thanks to our DA partners Blutui,  My Chilly Bin, Portfolio Recruitment and Streamtime you are invited to join us online while we gather as a national community in an online forum to discuss Aotearoa Design amidst Covid-19. Tuesday 22 September, 7pm – 8pm Online Zoom Webinar Today we want to introduce you to our panelists:…

1 year ago by

South’s Creative Industry Reboot

Last month (prior to moving to Alert level 2) South hosted a mid-winter Jazz evening at South HQ, bringing like-minded people together to listen to some excellent music (featuring Zoot Music, Nathan Haines, Jaimie Haines, Manuel Bundy and Soraya LaPread). South hosted this special occasion to unite the creative community with design-driven business leaders to…

1 year ago by