5 minutes with… Toby Morris

Art director, illustrator and comic Toby Morris takes big (often challenging) issues and distils them into digestible engaging visuals. Recently appointed creative director of the Spinoff, Toby’s collaboration with microbiologist and science communicator Dr Siouxsie Wiles informed us all how to stay safe and limit the spread of Covid-19. This important work was shared internationally…

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Field Art: Munro Te Whata

In this series, we shine a spotlight on the incredible artists contributing to our 2020 Field Guide. Today we hear from Munro Te Whata How would you describe your illustration style? I’ve always jumped between drawing in a semi-realistic or cartoony style.  Is illustration your full-time gig or how does it fit around the other…

2 months ago by

Field Art: Carol Green

In this series, we shine a spotlight on the incredible artists contributing to our 2020 Field Guide. Today we hear from Carol Green How would you describe your illustration/artwork style? Cartoony and people-focussed. Is illustration your full-time gig or how does it fit around the other mix of work you do? Self-employed illustration is my…

3 months ago by

Field Guide 2020: Workplace revolution

This Field Guide article sits within a series of commissioned essays, interviews, podcasts and artworks to be published over 16 weeks on designassembly.org.nz and culminate in a downloadable PDF publication which will be distributed nationally.  We are incredibly grateful to Creative New Zealand who funded this 2020 Field Guide, which actively investigates, celebrates, nurtures and challenges…

3 months ago by

Field Art: Lisa Baudry

In this series, we shine a spotlight on the incredible artists contributing to our 2020 Field Guide. Today we hear from Lisa Baudry How would you describe your illustration/artwork style? For portraits I ‘collage’ my pencil drawings and use hand painted or paper textures to colourise them. I like my work to have a hand-done…

4 months ago by

Under The Hood with… Matt Power

DA and Adobe have partnered up our live online event series Under the Hood, the next instalment is fast approaching on Thursday the 6th of August. We spoke to the presenters to learn more about their design career, process, the project they will be sharing and their hopes for the future of Aotearoa design. Today…

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Fresh from the Field — NoIssue by Pixelpush

In this Fresh From the Field, Pixelpush tells us how they helped their longterm client Noissue evolve their brand narrative with a fun, new cross-discipline explainer video full of intrigue to convert viewers to customers! If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email  nicole@designassembly.org.nz …

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Field Art: Lucie Blaževská

In this series, we shine a spotlight on the incredible artists contributing to our 2020 Field Guide. Today we hear from Lucie blaževská How would you describe your illustration/artwork style? Vibrant, dynamic and playful digital illustrations. Is illustration your full-time gig or how does it fit around the other mix of work you do? I…

5 months ago by

Field Art: Cameron MacDonald 

In this series, we shine a spotlight on the incredible artists contributing to our 2020 Field Guide. Today we hear from Cameron MacDonald    Can you tell us a little bit about who you are, what your background is, and what led you to design? I reside in Wellington NZ but am originally from Palmerston…

5 months ago by

Field Guide 2020: Our Opportunity

This Field Guide article is part of a series of commissioned essays, interviews, podcasts and artworks to be published over 16 weeks on designassembly.org.nz and culminate in a downloadable PDF publication which will be distributed nationally.  We are incredibly grateful to Creative New Zealand who funded this 2020 Field Guide, which actively investigates, celebrates, nurtures and…

5 months ago by

Field Art: Huriana Kopeke-Te Aho

In this series, we shine a spotlight on the incredible artists contributing to our 2020 Field Guide. Today we hear from Huriana Kopeke-Te Aho How would you describe your illustration/artwork style? Digital illustrative art, but I also focus heavily on outlining, so illustrative digital line art also fit. Is illustration your full-time gig or how…

5 months ago by

Fresh from the Field – Muddy Moa

This Fresh From The Field tackles the difficult topics of bullying and peer-pressure with thoughtful, distinctly Aotearoa design full of joy, kindness and delight to inspire empathy and deepen understanding. The design and visuals for Muddy Moa are a collaborative effort between Ryan Romanes Studio, Joe Carrington, and Rascality Studio If you have new or…

5 months ago by

Fresh from the Field — A Covid19 PSA Campaign by Fox & Co Design

This Fresh From The Field features a bold, narrative rich, high-stakes awareness campaign for Covid19 by Fox & Co Design. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email  nicole@designassembly.org.nz  for details. Project Brief Acknowledging the need for effective, cut through messaging during a worldwide…

8 months ago by

Take 10 with… Bren Imboden & Luis Viale

The DA team want to support our community through these unprecedented times – something we kept coming back to is a focus on connection and community. So we want to do what we think DA does best, sharing ideas, inspiration and information and profiling our community. With that in mind, we launched a new series…

8 months ago by

5 minutes with… Fiona Murray, Senior Copywriter at Plato Creative

Ahead of our upcoming Christchurch DA Event: Autumn Conversations – Design & Accessibility we spoke with Fiona Murray who specialises in turning features into benefits and relaying those to specific groups of people in brand-appropriate language. She’s no stranger to pushing creatively and making a ‘big idea’ work across multiple mediums, from one-line billboards to…

9 months ago by

Women in Design — Emma Buller

In this series, we celebrate New Zealand Women in Design as they share their work and processes and we learn more about their day-to-day routines, diverse career pathways, and how they achieve balance. Today we hear from Independent Graphic Designer Emma Buller Can you tell us about your career milestones and creative journey so far?…

12 months ago by

Women in Design — Kate Hursthouse, Freelance Designer, Author & Calligrapher

In this series, we celebrate Women in Design as they share their work, processes, their day-to-day routines, diverse career pathways, and how they achieve balance. Today we hear from Freelance Designer Author & Calligrapher Kate Hursthouse. Can you tell us about your career milestones and creative journey so far? So I originally was an architect.…

1 year ago by

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…

1 year ago by

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…

1 year ago by

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…

1 year ago by

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…

1 year ago by

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…

1 year ago by

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…

2 years ago by

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,…

2 years ago by

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…

2 years ago by