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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Being Human: Notes and Reflection from Xin Cheng

Written by Layla Tweedie-Cullen Supported by Creative New Zealand Layla Tweedie-Cullen is a contributor to Aotearoa Design Thinking 2017, a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand. This article is the last in a four part series of long-form interviews with interesting, exciting and innovative members of Aotearoa’s design…

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Fresh from the field — ecostore’s Skin range by Special Group

This week’s Fresh from the Field features the new Skin range for ecostore created by Special Group. 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. SKIN by ecostore Bottling New Zealand Marine Bioactives Problem/Brief (thinking): Iconic household cleaning and personal care…

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Deadline Extension: Wednesday 8th November for submissions to the Design Assembly Poster Exhibition 2017

Design Assembly invites you to submit a poster produced in or for 2017 to be part of the Design Assembly New Zealand Poster Exhibition 2017. Deadline extension:  5pm, Wednesday 8th November.  We look forward to seeing a slice of New Zealand Graphic Design 2017. Poster Exhibition 2017 Invitation Save the date for the Auckland end…

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Fresh from the field — TEDxWellington, Strategy

This week’s Fresh from the Field celebrates the recent identity work for TEDxWellington by 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. TEDxWellington approached us with the theme of ‘perspective’ for this year’s event. We looked past the obvious…

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DA End of Year Wrap Party, Thursday November 23rd, Auckland

Save the date for the Auckland End of Year Wrap Party to be held on Thursday 23rd November at Objectspace in Ponsonby. Join your fellow designers and creatives and celebrate the end of 2017 and the start of summer! As part of this social evening we will be showing a curated New Zealand Poster Exhibition 2017…

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DA End of Year Wrap Party, Thursday 30th November, Christchurch

Save the date for the Christchurch DA End of Year Wrap Party to be held on Thursday 30th November at the XCHC. Join your fellow designers and creatives and celebrate the end of 2017 and the start of summer! As part of this social evening we will be showing a curated New Zealand Poster Exhibition 2017…

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Fresh from the field — Ki Sunscreen, Akin

This week’s Fresh from the Field features Akin‘s recent work for Ki Sunscreen. 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. Evoking the sensual application of sunblock and the protection it offers through the subtle layering of colour and texture on…

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From The Archives: By Day/By Night — Jonty Valentine, Whitecliffe

This article was originally published in 2016. Welcome again to our 2016 By Day/By Night series. Here we profile a range of design teachers from our tertiary institutions to find out what projects they’re involved in outside of work hours, and how their personal creative endeavours feed back into their teaching roles. Today we speak…

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The Bright Awards — celebrating young creative talent

Written by Analiese Jackson, Media Design School Last week, the winners of the 2017 Bright Awards were announced, to the delight of schools and secondary school students across the country. The Bright Awards, believed to be the first competition of its kind run in New Zealand, sought out digital design submissions from Year 11 –…

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On this Wednesday: DA film event: Helvetica 10th Anniversary Screening, Hastings

Rachel and Jason Juno will be hosting the first ever Design Assembly event in the Hawkes Bay region with a screening of Helvetica on Wednesday, October 18th. It’s been 10 years since Helvetica the film was released. Join us in this special 10th Anniversary film event showing on the big screen, to celebrate and debate…

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Civic Lessons

Written by K. Emma Ng Supported by Creative New Zealand Emma Ng is a contributor to Aotearoa Design Thinking 2017, a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand.  This article is the final in a four part series on design and politics that was published over the course of…

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Fresh from the field — Tuckshop, Akin

This week’s Fresh from the Field showcases the green Tuckshop in Matakana with design work by Akin. 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. Green inside and out Tuckshop‘s sustainability-minded owners — and good friends of ours — were clear on…

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Angela Lynskey — Across the Ditch

Designer/illustrator Angela Lynskey recently made the move over to Aus. We grabbed a few moments with her to find out more about what prompted this change in direction, and how she’s enjoying her new life: Hi Angela, can you give our DA readers a bit of an insight into who you are, what you do, and…

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2017 Best Design Awards Winners

Last Friday night the design community honoured some of Aotearoa’s best designers, and their projects from the past year, at the annual Best Design Awards. The acknowledgement of great design is a pinnacle event, and we want to extend our congratulations to all of the winners. In the Graphic category, Inhouse took home the supreme…

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How Do We Encourage Collaboration?

A short while ago, Sam Allan from Onfire Design initiated ‘Battle of the Birken’ — a bowls competition between Birkenhead-based studios Onfire Design, Marx Design, Inhouse Design, PHD3 and Forever After. Sam says, “I organised the event to get together the local design community — it’s ok to have friendly rivalry in business, and is a…

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Fresh from the field — The Collective Force, Fuman

This week’s Fresh from the Field celebrates the new identity work for TCF by Fuman. 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. Created in 1996, The Collective Force (TCF) is an artist management and production agency with offices in Auckland and…

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Now and Then: Sefton Marshall

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 Sefton Marshall who joined the team at Moa Beer a few months ago as their in-house graphic designer. Thanks for…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Grant Alexander, September 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 Grant Alexander. Grant is currently the Design Director at Onfire Design in Auckland. He started his career in 1969 at Designscape magazine, co-founded Designworks with Ray Labone in 1982 and in 2000 formed a partnership with daughter Kate to create Studio Alexander.

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Design and Documentary: An Interview with Ella Sutherland

Written by Layla Tweedie-Cullen Supported by Creative New Zealand Layla Tweedie-Cullen is a contributor to Aotearoa Design Thinking 2017, a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand. This article is the third in a four part series of long-form interviews with interesting, exciting and innovative members of Aotearoa’s design…

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Fresh from the field — Kirkcaldie, ThompsonCo.

This week’s Fresh from the Field celebrates ThompsonCo.’s recent work for Kirkcaldie in Christchurch. 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. A boutique interior design agency, Kirkcaldie is the brainchild of Georgie Inglis, a designer whose particular flair for exotic…

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Smells like fresh print — Think Packaging’s self-promotion

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 Think Packaging‘s self promotion. “After six years in the packaging game, we decided it was time to treat ourselves to a nice spot of re-branding, as well as indulge in…

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Political Agency in Graphic Design: In Conversation with The Elective Collective

Written by Cameron Ralston Supported by Creative New Zealand Cameron Ralston is a contributor to Aotearoa Design Thinking 2017, a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand. This article is the fourth in a four part series which looks internally at this concept of ‘Design Thinking’ and what on…

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Celebrating the 100 Days Project Exhibition: Sat 30th Sept/Sun 1st Oct, Auckland

It’s that time again! You’re invited to help celebrate the end of this year’s 100 Days Project at the Auckland Day 100 Show: Auckland Day 100 Show 6 – 9pm Saturday 30 Sep, 10 – 4pm Sunday 1 Oct Thievery Studio Level 2, 203 Karangahape Rd Auckland The Day 100 Show is a pop-up exhibition celebrating this most…

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