On the side with . . . Steve Grant

This series profiles our DA Friends and the side projects they’re working on to develop new skills, test ideas, help people and communities or just do, for the love of it. This week we heard from Steve Grant, a freelance designer who’s one of a four person team behind PTAFTF (Part Time Artist Full Time…

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Meet Our Friends… Warren and Mahoney

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better. Today we spoke to our friends Warren and Mahoney to learn more about how their brand design team fits within their wider architectural practice, their approach to collaboration, the culture they foster, and their ambitions for the future. Where are you based and…

3 weeks ago by

Behind the Curtain with Liora Pine, Rocketspark Design Partner

In this interview series we sit down with Rocketspark Design Partners to learn more about their work in website design, how they got started, and how the Rocketspark platform and partnership program has helped grow their design businesses. This week we chatted with Liora Pine who’s the founder of The Little Acre, a creative studio…

1 month ago by

Now and Then with Robyn Gough Palmer of Alt Group

Written by Annie McCulloch and brought to you by Portfolio Recruitment Now and Then is a series where we catch up with people who have been recently placed, via Portfolio Recruitment, to get their thoughts and feedback about their roles and their work. Our latest Now & Then Q&A is with Robyn Gough Palmer who joined the team…

3 months ago by

DA Conversations Podcast with Kaan Hiini

Kia ora and welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to Aotearoa NZ designers, hear their stories and celebrate their work. I’m Louise and today with designer Lindsay Yee, we talked to Kaan Hiini from Curative. Kaan Hiini is the Design Director at Curative, a creative agency inspiring social change. An award-winning…

3 months ago by

Fresh From The Field — Born to Create By Lucie Blaze

Lucie discovers how creative women work in Aotearoa and gathers them together in her Born to Create publication. Born out of a previous series of inspirational talks, the purpose is to give a voice to women and celebrate creativity and diversity across disciplines. She explores their practices, studios and inspirations – with each interview offering…

4 months ago by

Thinking Differently – Cameron Sanders of CATO Brand Partners

Kate McGuinness recently sat down for a chat with Partner and Managing Director Cameron Sanders of Cato Brand Partners. From the Wellington studio, Cameron has played an integral role in defining brand and creative strategy for local and global-based projects. He shares his insights on the importance of storytelling, the strength of collaboration and why…

4 months ago by

2021 Year in Review – DA Conversations Podcasts

While some of us are still on holiday or are slowly getting back into it all, it’s a good time to take a moment to put on a DA 2021 Podcast in the background, or to read one of the DA Top Ten Articles from 2021. We’ve included all of the links to our 2021…

4 months ago by

Now and Then with Tash Vranjes from HeyYou

Written by Annie McCulloch and brought to you by Portfolio Recruitment Now and Then is a series where we catch up with designers who have been recently placed, via Portfolio Recruitment, to get their thoughts and feedback about their roles and their work. Annie recently had a chat to Tash, who is a Senior Art Worker at HeyYou.…

6 months ago by

Under The Hood With… Janelle Rodrigues, Creative Lead at Creature

Ahead of our next Under The Hood November event, we learnt more about one of our speakers, Janelle Rodrigues. Janelle is a founding partner and the Creative Lead of the award-winning design company Creature. She combines an enquiring mind with strategic motivations to solve her client’s creative briefs. She sees herself as more than a designer… although…

6 months ago by

DA Conversations Podcast with Matt Power

Kia ora and welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to Aotearoa NZ designers, hear their stories and celebrate their work. I’m Louise and today I’m talking to Matt Power from Method. Matt Power is Design Director working across design, art direction and user experience at Method, a creative technology studio based…

7 months ago by

Aotearoa NZ Photographers – Larnie Nicolson

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with photographer Larnie Nicolson, an Auckland based photographer who shoots for international publications and creative agencies. We talk about developing her distinctive graphic style, her architecture and interiors focus and how she keeps a human element.   This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin. How did…

7 months ago by

5 mins with… Adeline Salkeld, Product Design Lead at RUSH

Recently we caught up with Adeline Salkeld, Product Design Lead at RUSH. We talked to about freelancing, making the world better, learning dressage and moving to NZ and settling in UX and working at RUSH.   Can you tell us a bit about your career background and what led you toward digital? I was lucky…

7 months ago by

5 minutes with…Natasha Alimova, Senior Designer at Onfire Design

We had a chat to Natasha Alimova, Senior Designer at Onfire Design in Auckland. She talks to us about her career starting with an internship, and how curiosity, ideas and the variety of projects lead her into the packaging design realm. Can you tell us a bit about your career background and what drew you…

7 months ago by

5 minutes with… Serval Fandango

Serval Fandango is Tāmaki Makaurau based illustrator, artist and graphic designer. His lively brilliance, and unique flair has been seen across the city from coffee cups to digitised large scale installations. Annie McCulloch from Portfolio Recruitment recently caught up with him and had a chat. When did you discover or realise your talent for creativity?…

7 months ago by

5 Minutes With…Rose Norgrove

We caught up with Media Design School Alumni Rose Norgrove who won the Red Dot Junior Award: Brand and Communication Design 2021 for her innovative medical device, Dual. We asked her a few burning questions about her project and checked in with what she’s doing now. What was the initial brief for the project where…

7 months ago by

DA Conversations Podcast with Sam Haehae

Kia ora and welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to Aotearoa NZ designers, hear their stories and celebrate their work. I’m Louise and today I’m talking to Samantha Haehae from The Native Creative. Sam is an artist, neo-generalist, change-maker, and digital explorer. With around a decade of diverse experience in digital…

7 months ago by

From The Edges – Megan Mackay, Victoria University

We spoke to Megan Mackay from Victoria University about her journey defining who she was as a designer, her Masters in Design Thinking, keeping a growth mindset and working with the World Design Organisation. Our practice as designers can be seen to be explored, pushed and perhaps become something entirely new where it exists at…

8 months ago by

Aotearoa NZ Photographers – Ann Orman

We had a chat with Aotearoa NZ Photographer Ann Orman about how she got hooked onto darkroom photography, sold everything and moved to Paris and then interviewed and photographed 34 women from across Aotearoa NZ for Spirit, a beautiful coffee-table style book, rich with stunning images of women creatives – looking at their work and…

8 months ago by

Take 10 with… Adeline Marteil, Senior Designer at Hula

In 2020, during level 4 and 3 of Aotearoa New Zealand’s COVID response we launched Take 10 With… an article series with you – to do a pulse check on how our community was feeling, working, what you missed, and learn about your hopes for the future. We had feedback that you really enjoyed the…

8 months ago by

Getting Under The Hood With….Mark Spurgeon, Co-founder / Managing Partner at Publica

Ahead of our next Under The Hood September event, we learnt more about one of our speakers, Mark Spurgeon. Mark is an accomplished CEO, passionate about telling compelling brand stories and bringing unique ideas to life through creative design and development. We talked about the 3 B’s of creativity to spark new ideas, a Fitbit for the brain, and…

8 months ago by

Take 10 with… Kate Darby, Co-founder of Recreational Studio

In 2020, during level 4 and 3 of Aotearoa New Zealand’s COVID response we launched Take 10 With… an article series with you – to do a pulse check on how our community was feeling, working, what you missed, and learn about your hopes for the future. We had feedback that you really enjoyed the…

8 months ago by

DA Conversations Podcast with Will Bardebes – Lecturer at Unitec

Kia ora and welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to Aotearoa NZ designers, hear their stories and celebrate their work. I’m Louise and today I’m talking to Will Bardebes, an educator at Unitec and a designer. Will Bardebes is currently the discipline lead of animation and graphic design within the faculty…

9 months ago by

Take 10 with… Andy Wright, CEO of Streamtime

In 2020, during level 4 and 3 of Aotearoa New Zealand’s COVID response we launched Take 10 With… an article series with you – to do a pulse check on how our community was feeling, working, what you missed, and learn about your hopes for the future. We had feedback that you really enjoyed the…

9 months ago by

Take 10 with…Tamsin Eldridge, Senior Designer at Ryman Healthcare

In 2020, during level 4 and 3 of Aotearoa New Zealand’s COVID response we launched Take 10 With… an article series with you – to do a pulse check on how our community was feeling, working, what you missed, and learn about your hopes for the future. We had feedback that you really enjoyed the…

9 months ago by