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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Now and Then: Ethan Lowe

Written by Annie McCulloch, Portfolio Recruitment Now and Then is a series where we catch up with designers who’ve been recently placed, via Portfolio Recruitment. We get their thoughts and feedback about their new roles and their work. Our latest Now and Then is with Ethan Lowe, a Graphic Designer at Culture&Theory. Ethan! What an awesome year (and a bit)…

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Graphic Design & Photography: Ester Siraky

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with photographer Ester Siraky to find out more about her photography practice and how it all got started. This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin. Can you tell our readers a little bit about who you are and what you do. Originally from Sweden and I am…

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Fresh from the Field — Victoria Spicer by Sea Change

This week’s Fresh from the Field features an identity for London-based set design Victoria Spicer by Sea Change. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Lana for details. The Brief:  Victoria Spicer is an up and coming London-based set designer. She describes her work as…

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Fresh from the Field — Spark NZ by Kate Hurthouse

This week’s Fresh from the Field features a project by Kate Hurthouse for Spark NZ. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Lana for details.   The brief: Last year Spark  announced that 100,000 customers are now on Wireless Broadband and the company will trial a…

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Fresh from the Field — Fair and Square Branding and Packaging by Meke Design

This week’s Fresh from the Field features Meke Design’s work for Fair and Square. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Lana for details. The Brief: Handcrafted soap is both a science and an art. With this rebrand and packaging project, Meke Design set out to…

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Scribble Me This, New Boutique with a Point of Difference

Introducing Scribble Me This, a new boutique Auckland design studio established in 2017 by graphic designer and lettering artist Kate Hursthouse. Custom hand lettering is their specialty and point of difference, and how they ensure their clients receive a design that’s authentic and unlike any other. Clients include Lululemon, One Percent Collective, TEDxAuckland, Forest and Bird and…

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Fresh from the Field — GoGetEm Coaching brand identity by Forth&Co

This week’s Fresh from the Field features Forth&Co’s work for GoGetEm Coaching. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Lana for details. Emily Wilks is a leadership and life-balance coach for high-performing women. We worked closely with Emily to create an identity that embodied her…

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Fresh from the Field — Graffiato by Kelly Spencer and Natasha Vermeulen

This week’s Fresh from the Field features a collaboration between Kelly Spencer and Natasha Vermeulen for 2017 Graffiato: Taupo Street Art Festival. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Lana for details. The brief: This year Kelly Spencer and I were asked if we’d like to collaborate on a massive…

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Aotearoa Design Thinking: an opportunity to revisit 2017

Created by Lana Lopesi Supported by Creative New Zealand     In 2017 Design Assembly introduced Aotearoa Design Thinking — a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand. Our intention was to actively discuss New Zealand graphic design practice by celebrating, growing and challenging current thought. By…

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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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Summer Reading

Summer holidays are the perfect time to catch up on your reading… Here are some top picks from some of our DA Friends to help you brush up on your design theory, along with a bit of rest and relaxation this summer: Paul McNeil “The Visual History of Type” The Visual History of Type is a…

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Fresh from the Field — Flavour Fiend, by Onfire

Our final Fresh from the Field for 2017 features a new butter range with collateral by Onfire. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the Field series email Zoë for details.   Flavour Fiend Serious About Flavour As an ex-chef, Owen Sinclair wanted to get out of…

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Now and Then: Sanyukta Mohatta

Written by Annie McCulloch, Portfolio Recruitment Now and Then is a series where we catch up with designers who’ve been recently placed, via Portfolio Recruitment. We get their thoughts and feedback about their new roles and their work. Our latest Now and Then is with Sanyukta Mohatta (San), a Graphic Designer at Youthtown. Wonderful San! Thank you for…

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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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Fresh from the field — Simpson Western by Dow

This week’s Fresh from the Field features the new identity work for Simpson Western by the team at Dow. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the Field series email Zoë for details. The brief: Simpson Western, a full-service law firm on the North Shore, really disliked…

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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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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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Smells Like Fresh Print — NotYetKnown Business Cards

Brought to you by B&F Papers, the Smells Like Fresh Print series celebrates the beauty and tactile qualities of recently created, selected print projects. This week we share and celebrate NotYetKnown‘s new range of business cards: Project Title: NotYetKnown Business Cards Studio / Design team: NotYetKnown Client: NotYetKnown         Printer: Soar Print | www.soarprint.co.nz Production methods: Dry Toner — Xerox Versant / Digital…

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Fresh from the field — Brink’s by Curious

This week’s Fresh from the Field features new work by Curious for Brink’s free-range chicken products. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the Field series email Zoë for details. Guilt free design Curious was commissioned by Brink’s to revitalise their Free Range chicken packaging portfolio of products.…

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From The Archives: 5 Minutes with… Mike Collinge

This article was originally published in 2015. Hi Mike, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. Well here’s the condensed somewhat simplified version: I’m from Wellington originally, well, at least this is where I spent the majority of my formative years as we moved around a bit when I was…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Stephen Richardson, November 2017

Welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to New Zealand graphic designers, hear their stories, and celebrate their work. In this episode I spoke to Stephen Richardson. Stephen works as Pastel City, a multidisciplinary design studio based in Auckland. He provides the full-range of creative and design services and some of his…

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Fresh from the field — ‘Twas the Knight before Christmas, Strategy

This week’s Fresh from the Field celebrates a Christmassy collaborative gift from Strategy Creative. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the Field series email Zoë for details. ‘Twas the Knight before Christmas… At Strategy Creative, the knight from the game of chess is our brand symbol. The most…

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