Paddling Together Through “Rugged Terrain”: Design Assembly Talks Diversity

Written by Lana Lopesi  Graphic Matters is a monthly column on issues and ideas related to New Zealand Design Culture  The question around diversity and design has been tearing up the national design industry this year. The conversation was re-invigorated by Catherine Griffiths who put out her poster series highlighting the gender imbalance of the…

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2018 Graphic Design Graduate Shows

November sees the 2018 Graphic Design Graduate Shows open across Aotearoa. Get along to see what this new generation of designers are thinking about, what they are making and help to congratulate these graduates who will soon be joining our professional community. Toi Māia: AUT Visual Communication Graduate Exhibition Opening night: 6 November 6pm –…

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Wellington Zinefest

Wellington Zinefest are excited to announce our 2018 zine market. This year, the event will be held on 17th November at the new creative campus Te Auaha on Dixon street. Zinefest is a platform for illustrators, writers, artists, designers and all kinds of creatives to share their work with other keen audiences. Over sixty stallholders…

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Wellington: DA Conversations Spring series — Meet the panel

This Spring’s DA Conversations are back to discuss ‘Diversity in Aotearoa, New Zealand Design — what does it mean and why does it matter?’. In October Emma Ng, writer and curator specialising in art and design, will convene the conversation in Wellington between Johnson Witehira, artist, designer and academic with a focus on Māori and…

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Auckland: DA Conversations Spring series — Meet the panel

This Spring’s DA Conversations are back to discuss ‘Diversity in Aotearoa, New Zealand Design — what does it mean and why does it matter?’. In October Judith Thompson — design advocate, member of AUT University Council and Chair of the University’s Property Committee will convene the conversation in Auckland between Desna Whaanga-Schollum, Chairperson & Founding Member of…

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The Big Two Zero: Spark International Festival of Music, Media, Arts and Design turns 20

A few years ago, I was asked to speak at Spark International Festival of Music, Media, Arts and Design and I was blown away by my fellow speakers, the staff and students at Wintec and this amazing festival which I had never taken the opportunity to attend before. In just a few short weeks, it…

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Semi Permanent 2018: The Coachella for Creatives

Semi Permanent takes over Aotea Centre for three days for the first time  The Coachella for creatives, entrepreneurs and future thinkers, Semi Permanent is returning to Auckland and will run for the first time across three days from Thursday 9th – Saturday 11th August at Aotea Centre. Celebrating its fifteenth anniversary in 2018, Semi Permanent…

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Auckland Festival of Photography, 31 May – 22 June

The Auckland Festival of Photography kicked off last 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 and comprises existing works and the creation of new work. The annual Festival is…

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Wellington Winter Zine Market

Wellington Zinefest are presenting the 2018 Wellington Winter Zine Market at Thistle Hall on Saturday June 9 from 12 – 5pm. We’re inviting everyone to come along for a cosy afternoon of zine browsing, buying and sharing. Whether you’ve been making zines for 50 years, 5 weeks, or never heard of them before – all…

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Wine Literacy with Nicole Arnett Phillips – Co-presenter of DA Workshop Wine & Type, 17th May, Auckland

In this episode I spoke to Nicole Arnette Phillips. Nicole is a designer, typographer, publisher and print-maker. Orginally from NZ, she currently lives in Brisbine. She divides her working week between client work and her own practice of publishing, typographic and printmaking pursuits AKA Typograp.HER

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Wellington: DA Conversations Autumn series — Meet the speakers

This years DA Conversations are back in Wellington with local creatives sharing their stories. In the lead up to next week’s event, let’s meet the speakers! Angela Meyer — Co-Director at Double Denim Angela Meyer often surprises, sometimes shocks and always delivers. In a nutshell: She has a track record for innovative, behaviour- changing strategies.…

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5 Mins With… Craig Black – Speaker at The Design Conference 2018

Ahead of The Design Conference 2018 in Brisbane from May 9 – 11 we spent 5 Mins With… Craig Black of Craig Black Design and Lead Designer at Thirst Craft. How would you describe your work and your influences? I’m primarily known for bespoke and innovative typographic illustrations, visual identities, packaging and installations. My strengths lie in my ability…

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5 Mins With… Zoe Green – Speaker at The Design Conference 2018

Ahead of The Design Conference 2018 in Brisbane from May 9 – 11 we spent 5 Mins With… Zoe Green – Co-Founder of Co Partnership. Zoe has specialised in branding and packaging throughout her 19 year career, with proven experience across many sectors, demonstrating a broad ability in FMCG and premium alcohol branding. She has worked…

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Christchurch: DA Conversations Autumn series — Meet the speakers

This years DA Conversations are back in Christchurch with two local creatives sharing their stories. In the lead up to next weeks event lets meet the speakers!   Kate Darby — Co-Founder at Dovetail X Kate Darby is the Co-Founder at Dovetail X; Design Studio Facilitator at Ara Institute of Canterbury; Design Partner Darby.pro; Host…

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Auckland: DA Conversations Autumn series — Meet the panel

This years DA Conversations are back to discuss pertinent issues for the New Zealand graphic design community. In 2018 Sean McGarry, Creative Director at Voice will convene the conversation in Auckland between Donna McCort, Creative Director and Leonie Whyte, Senior Designer at Dow Goodfolk; Caroline Powley, Senior Lecturer at AUT as well as Nick Riley, Creative Director and Jonte Goldwater,…

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Peter Haythornthwaite: Design Generation

Peter Haythornthwaite: Design Generation is a major survey of one of New Zealand’s most influential industrial designers. The exhibition focuses on the output of his prolific design practice over forty years. The examples of product design, branding and experience design will be familiar to many who have never had reason to consider how they were created.…

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Summer Festivals 2018 — celebrating NZ poster design

As summer gets into full swing, a diverse range of festivals, events, and musical activities take place around Aotearoa. We’ve selected a hanful of our favourite poster designs for summer 2018 in celebration of New Zealand and Australasian poster art: Splore Tapapakanga Park, Auckland. Designer: Hamish Steptoe Where’s My Room Tour of Aotearoa 2018: Neil…

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Off Grid 18: The Experiential City

This February head to Wellington, New Zealand for Off Grid 18: The Experiential City. Extra ‘stopovers’ in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane will help you break up your travel and experience a local design event. Off Grid 18 will engage you in a conversation about designing for the ‘experiential city’, using exciting locations the city becomes…

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2017 Design Assembly Poster Exhibition

Thanks to everyone who submitted posters for the 2017 DA Poster Exhibition. We received over 100 entries! Congratulations to the 15 designers who were selected to show this year at Objectspace in Auckland on 23 November, and at Exchange Christchurch on 30 November. We will be taking submissions for the 2018 DA Poster Exhibition from…

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2017 DA End of Year Wrap Party: Auckland

Great turn out for our DA End of Year Wrap Party that took place at Objectspace on Thursday November 23rd. Thanks to Matt Dawkins for documenting not only our end of year celebration, but also our inaugural Auckland Poster Exhibition.

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Christmas Presents for Designers

It’s that time again! Stuck for what to buy your creative friends? Here’s a list of some top picks for Christmas gift ideas for the designers in your life, supplied by some of our DA Contributors and Friends: Louise Kellerman: a Scribble Me This workshop voucher Allbirds shoes Lana Lopesi: The Olaga Samoa: Samoan Lifestyle…

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2017 AGDA Design Awards Winners

On Saturday 18th November 2017, the Australian Graphic Design Association, AGDA Design Awards recognised the best work in Australia across a wide range of design disciplines. As always, the awards highlighted some of the leading design happening in the region, to all of whom we extend our warmest congratulations, including our New Zealand designers and studios…

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Off Grid 18

Off Grid 18: The Experiential City 3 Days 4 Cities Multiple Venues Sydney/Brisbane/Melbourne 23 February 2018 Wellington 26–27 February 2018 Off Grid 18 is a different kind of design conference that will engage you in a conversation about designing for the ‘experiential city’ using exciting locations throughout the city.  Off Grid 18 is the next international…

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Media Design School MADE Graduate Showcase

This event will showcase work from the three major disciplines within the programme (Graphic, Motion and Interactive design) alongside work from our Postgraduate programme and Graduate Diploma in Creative Technologies programme (Web/ Interactive and Graphic Design). Opening night: 24 November 2017 5pm – 10pm GridAkl Preview of some of the exhibiting students: Name: Meenal Shyam Project…

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Wintec Fin Graduate Creative Showcase

With great delight, the School of Media Arts, Wintec opens its doors to the public for the annual creative showcase. Join Media Art’s final year students as they exhibit their projects in the disciplines of communication, graphic design, interior design, music, photography, moving image and contemporary visual arts. Monday 13th – Friday 17th November Music performances: Clarence…

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