Hot New Things 2020 – Kees Bakker, AUT

Each summer DA profiles a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. We welcome these talented emerging professionals to our industry, learn about their passions, final projects and dreams for the future. Today we speak with Kees Bakker from AUT Was there someone (or something) that inspired you to pick…

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Aotearoa Photographers: David Hamilton

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with photographer David Hamilton to find out more about his life behind the lens, the diverse subjects he shoots and keeping pace with changing technology. This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin.   How did you get started in the photographic industry? I was a hair…

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Queer in Design – Kaan Hiini

In this series, we celebrate our LGBTQ+ designers as they share their career pathways, explore how being queer informs their work, and discuss how we achieve better representation and inclusivity in Aotearoa design industry. Many of you will be familiar with Kaan Hiini, senior designer at Curative, Kaan has been in service to our community…

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UNVEIL by Nicole Redman with… Sam Stuchbury

This is the second of four interviews by recent AUT graduate Nicole Redman. (Each interview was first published in Unveil, an editorial publication conceived in Nicole’s final year of study). The interviews explore professional designers unique personal narrative as each shares challenges, inspirations and industry insight.  In this instalment, we hear from Creative Director and…

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Hot New Things 2020 – Frida Lindström, Yoobee Colleges School of Design

Each summer DA profiles a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. We welcome these talented emerging professionals to our industry, learn about their passions, final projects and dreams for the future. Today we speak with Frida Lindström from Yoobee Colleges School of Design   Was there someone (or something)…

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Hot New Things 2020 – Jessica Carran, Yoobee Colleges School of Design

Each summer DA profiles a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. We welcome these talented emerging professionals to our industry, learn about their passions, final projects and dreams for the future. Today we speak with Jessica Carran from Yoobee Colleges School of Design Was there someone (or something) that…

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Hot New Things 2020 – Tikirau Jermaine-Rhyd Hathaway

Each summer DA profiles a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. We welcome these talented emerging professionals to our industry, learn about their passions, final projects and dreams for the future. Today we speak with Tikirau Jermaine-Rhyd Hathaway from Unitec Was there someone (or something) that inspired you to…

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Hot New Things 2020 – Pearl Pan, Yoobee Colleges School of Design 

Each summer DA profiles a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. We welcome these talented emerging professionals to our industry, learn about their passions, final projects and dreams for the future. Today we speak with Pearl Pan from Yoobee Colleges School of Design   Was there someone (or something) that…

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Hot New Things 2020 – Danielle Kane, Wintec

Each summer DA profiles a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. We welcome these talented emerging professionals to our industry, learn about their passions, final projects and dreams for the future. Today we speak with Danielle Kane from Wintec – Bachelor of Media Arts (Graphic Design) You completed your…

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5 minutes with… Dan Fantl creative director at Les Mills International

Ahead of our Auckland DA Event: Out of Office – Conversations on working inhouse we caught up with Dan Fantl creative director at Les Mills International, who describes himself as a Failed pro athlete. Failed chewing gum entrepreneur. Failed trampoline park entrepreneur. Part time golfer, full time dreamer, forever optimistic. Trying to change fitness culture…

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Hot New Things 2020 – Katie Paterson, Whitecliffe

Each summer DA profiles a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. We welcome these talented emerging professionals to our industry, learn about their passions, final projects and dreams for the future. Today we speak with Katie Paterson from Whitecliffe Was there someone (or something) that inspired you to pick…

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Hot New Things 2020 – Carym Wharerau, Victoria Unviersity

Each summer DA profiles a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. We welcome these talented emerging professionals to our industry, learn about their passions, final projects and dreams for the future. Today we speak with Carym Wharerau from Victoria University         Was there someone (or something) that inspired you…

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Hot New Things 2020 – Lauren Chalk, Media Design School

Each summer DA profiles a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. We welcome these talented emerging professionals to our industry, learn about their passions, final projects and dreams for the future. Today we speak with Lauren Chalk from Media Design School Was there someone (or something) that inspired you…

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Hot New Things 2020 – Liliana Mañetto Quick, Victoria Unviersity

Each summer DA profiles a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. We welcome these talented emerging professionals to our industry, learn about their passions, final projects and dreams for the future. Today we speak with Liliana Mañetto Quick from Victoria University     Was there someone (or something) that…

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Hot New Things 2020 – Donald Mavunga, Media Design School

Each summer DA profiles a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. We welcome these talented emerging professionals to our industry, learn about their passions, final projects and dreams for the future. Today we speak with Donald Mavunga from Media Design School. Was there someone (or something) that inspired you…

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Meet our friends…. Alister Coyne of Auror

Design Assembly has become the home of New Zealand visual design –providing a collaborative digital and physical platform for kiwi visual designers to learn, keep up-to-date and be inspired. We couldn’t do that without the support of our Friends. This series profiles some of the studios and individuals who have shown their love and support…

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Women in Design — Isla Osborne, Freelance Designer & Glass Artist

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 Freelance Designer and Glass Artist Isla Osbourne.   Can you tell us about your career milestones and creative…

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UNVEIL by Nicole Redman with… Welby Ings

This is the first of four interviews by recent AUT graduate Nicole Redman. (Each interview was first published in Unveil, an editorial publication conceived in Nicole’s final year of study). The interviews explore professional designers unique personal narrative as each shares challenges, inspirations and industry insight.  In this instalment, we hear from celebrated educator and…

2 months ago by

5 minutes with… Kris & Jess Sowersby of Klim

It has been a massive couple of months for Klim Type Foundry who unveiled an incredible new website, to coincide with the release of an extensive new type family Söhne, all hot-on-the-heels of a $25,000 Arts Foundation Laureate win. Klim’s new site was designed by Wellington-based web design and development company Springload, with much applause…

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Women in Design — Kathryn Cunningham, Designworks Business Director

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 Designworks Business Director Kathryn Cunningham. Can you tell us about your career milestones and creative journey so far? I’m very lucky to work in such a diverse…

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In-house Design Luminaries — Peter Howman, KPMG

This series profiles the best and brightest designers in Aotearoa’s in-house design studios, this week we spoke with Peter Howman, from KPMG a global leader in financial services. Can you describe the creative path you took to get where you’re at now? I have been messing around making things since pre-school, and haven’t really stopped.…

3 months ago by

5 minutes with DA’s new Wellington host… Jenn Hadley

As we have grown over the last ten years, our Auckland-based founder Louise Kellerman has relied on local hosts to be ambassadors and fly the Design Assembly flag in their region. The newest addition to our host team is Wellington-based Jenn Hadley, and we wanted to take 5 minutes to introduce her to you all!…

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5 minutes with… Louise Nash

Ahead of our Auckland: Planet Centric Design workshop, we spoke with the facilitator (& Circularity founder) Louise Nash about her journey from linear to closed-loop, disruptive bravery, and what participants can expect from the workshop. What inspired you to start your Circularity? I reached a point in my career where I wanted to use my skills for a…

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5 minutes with… Lee Parkinson

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with Lee Parkinson Strategic Director at Strategy Creative to learn more about his diverse career, audacious attention-grabbing campaigns, how to draw inspiration from everywhere, what biomimcry can teach designers (& why we need to learn fast!) and his side kick Bamm the strategy dog. Can you tell…

4 months ago by

5 minutes with… Siobhon Joe

Siobhon Joe is a designer who aspires to deliver high-quality thoughtful experiences that reach beyond aesthetics across digital and print platforms. We caught up with her to learn more about her creative journey, processes, and project outcomes. What is your background and how did you get into design? I was born in West Auckland and…

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