Fresh From The Field — Born to Create

This Fresh From The Field features an inspirational series of artwork celebrating heroines by Lucie Blazevska. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details. The Brief: “We were all born to create but human creation wouldn’t be at all possible without women, the…

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5 minutes with… Ross Murray

Ross Murray‘s iconic illustrative work masterfully captures place and time. We spoke with him about creative representation, his early artistic influences, finding inspiration (& energy) in the landscape, dream projects, and remembering to breathe.   Can you tell us about any milestones in your creative journey from when you started out to today?  Leaving my…

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5 minutes with… Natasha Vermeulen

It has been two years since we last spoke to designer/illustrator Natasha Vermeulen. After spotting Natasha’s bold campaign illustrations for Bonds in our instagram feed, we wanted to learn more about these vibrant images that celebrate body diversity, and how her career journey and work has evolved since 2017.          People talk a lot…

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Fresh From The Field — The Cool Gardener by Curious Design

This Fresh From The Field features a distinctly kiwi ‘Underground flavours’ brand and communications strategy from Curious Design. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details.     The Brief: At The Cool Gardener they want to make it easy for everyone to…

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Postgraduate Design Research – Ellie Crowe, AUT

Welcome to Postgraduate Design Research – an opportunity to profile a selection of current design postgraduate students and their projects across our tertiary institutions. This week, to coincide with the launch of AUT’s MATARIKI POSTGRADUATE EXHIBITION we speak with Ellie Crowe from AUT. What is your background and how did you get into design? I…

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Celebrating Award Winning, Trailblazing Independent Kiwi Creatives This June

CHROMACON, New Zealand’s largest biennial festival of homegrown illustrators, comic artists, toy designers, game developers and animators returns for the fourth time to Auckland’s Aotea Centre across 1 and 2 June (Queens’ Birthday weekend). Free to the public, the event will be connecting art-lovers with close to 200 of New Zealand’s best independent creators, international…

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5 minutes with… Betty McCready

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with designer and illustrator Betty McCready to learn more about her career path, recent move home to New Zealand after living in the UK and how her extra-curricula interests informs her practice as a designer.   Can you tell us a little bit about who you are,…

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Fresh from the Field — Slingshot Charity Series Modem by Becca O’Shea

We love featuring design for social good projects! This Fresh From The Field features illustration and product design for The Slingshot Charity Series by Becca O’Shea. For each of these modems shipped, Slingshot will donate $10 to HURRAH — Humane Rescue, Rehabilitation and Rehoming Charitable Trust. Learn more here If you have new or recent…

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5 minutes… with Shannon Jahnel Lanktree

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with Shannon Jahnel Lanktree of Watermark Creative to find out a bit more about her work and what inspires it. Shannon is an award-winning illustrator and animator who brings a sprinkle of fun, a shake of humour and a tsunami of energy to every project. A Brazilian…

8 months ago by

5 Minutes with… Illustrator, Rebecca Ter Borg

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to check in with illustrator Rebecca Ter Borg to find out a bit more about her latest work, what inspires it and how she juggles it all. What have you been working on since we last chatted with you? I’ve been fortunate enough to have some really satisfying jobs and…

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5 Minutes with… Illustrator, Giselle Clarkson

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with Wellington based Secret World of Butterflies illustrator Giselle Clarkson to find out a bit more about her work and what inspires it. Can you tell us a little bit about who you are, what your background is, and how you first got started in the industry.…

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5 Minutes with… Illustrator, Ken Samonte

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with illustrator Ken Samonte to find out a bit more about what keeps him going. Can you tell us a little bit about who you are, what your background is, and how you first got started in the industry I was born in Manila, The Philippines, and…

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5 Minutes with… Illustrator, Melissa Boardman

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with illustrator Melissa Boardman to find out more about her delicate work with native birds and her environmentally sustainable practice. Can you tell us a little bit about who you are, what your background is, and how you first got started in the industry. I’m based in…

2 years ago by

5 Minutes with… Illustrator, Sandra Morris

For the occasion of the Botanical Art Worldwide exhibition now on, Design Assembly got the opportunity to chat with Sandra Morris to find out more about her work as an illustrator. Can you tell us a little about yourself? I am an award-winning children’s author and illustrator, the director of the Sandra Morris Illustration Agency, a nature…

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5 Minutes with… Illustrator, Vivienne To

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with Vivienne To to find out more about her work as both a concept artist and illustrator. Can you tell us a little bit about who you are, what your background is, and how you first got started in the industry. I was born in Melbourne, Australia and grew…

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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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Fresh from the field — Kelly Spencer

This week’s Fresh from the Field features a self-initiated mural project, by graphic artist Kelly Spencer, for the Evans Bay Marina in Wellington. 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. “I came across this site while exploring the Evans Bay Marina (Wellington),…

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5 Minutes with… Print Designer & Illustrator, Lisa Baudry

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with Lisa Baudry to find out more about her transition from graphic designer to award-winning textile artist: Hi Lisa, can you tell us a little bit about your background. I grew up in rural Waikato and moved to Auckland to study graphic design in the early ’90s. After…

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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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5 Minutes with… comic artist/illustrator, Li Chen

Design Assembly recently got the chance to chat with Auckland-based comic artist and illustrator, creator of Extra Ordinary, Li Chen: Hi Li, can you tell us a little bit about who you are, what your background is, and how you first got started in the industry. I was born in Beijing, China and moved to…

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5 Minutes with… Illustrator, Malcolm White

Thanks to our friends at Portfolio Recruitment, we recently got the opportunity to chat with freelance illustrator Malcolm White about his work, his career path, and what motivates him:   Hi Mal, can you tell us a little bit about who you are, what your background is, and how you first got started in the industry.…

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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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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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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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Catching up with Greg Straight

Design Assembly recently caught up with Auckland-based, illustrator/designer Greg Straight to find out more about what he’s recently been doing. (Seems like he’s been keeping pretty busy!) So, what’s been happening in the world of Greg Straight? It’s been another busy year and I’ve been trying to expand on what I do and what I…

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