5 minutes with…Ryan Shields, Visual Designer

Ahead of our next Wellington DA Event: EOY Wrap Party, we had a chat to one of our speakers, Ryan Shields. Ryan is creative visual designer type. He loves making work that is playful and beautifully crafted. He loves when work makes people smile, makes a difference and makes a compelling story. He believes that…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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?…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Will Bardebes

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…

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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…

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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…

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Take 10 with… Graeme Blake CEO Of Blutui

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…

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Kaiwhakanikoniko – kōrero with… Joseph Carrington

Kātoitoi commissioned a number of Kaiwhakanikoniko (graphic artists) to visually interpret the written essays sitting within the project. We speak to three (of six) contributing illustrators: Bonnie Brown, Isobel Joy Te Aho-White and Joseph Carrington about their vibrant careers so far, where they draw their creative inspiration and some reflections on 2020. Today Kate shares…

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Aotearoa NZ Photographers – Melissa Walter

This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin. How did you initially get started in the photographic industry? My Dad was a wedding photographer actually! When I was about 11 he let me join him on a wedding job to carry his gear for him and from that day I became obsessed with the idea…

4 months ago by

AUT’s Te Āhuru Super Graphics, Jasmax in association with MuirMcNeil

DA spoke with Clem Devine and Jarrad Caine at Jasmax about their incredible environmental graphic work recently installed at AUT. The graphic system is built upon MuirMcNeil‘s intersect type system and richly layered patterns, that speak to place, culture and function with a lens on the future of play. What was the brief for this…

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In Kōrero with… Kātoitoi cofounders, Louise Kellerman and Nicole Arnett Phillips

Growing an archive – by and for the community Louise Kellerman and Nicole Arnett Phillips are the co-founders of Kātoitoi. Having collaborated for a number of years through Design Assembly, both saw a pressing need for Aotearoa to develop its own visual archive. Louise and Nicole did just that, sourcing the funds and gathering together…

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Kaiwhakanikoniko – kōrero with… Isobel Joy Te Aho-White

Kātoitoi commissioned a number of Kaiwhakanikoniko (graphic artists) to visually interpret the written essays sitting within the project. We speak to three (of six) contributing illustrators: Bonnie Brown, Isobel Joy Te Aho-White and Joseph Carrington about their vibrant careers so far, where they draw their creative inspiration and some reflections on 2020. Isobel Joy Te…

4 months ago by

Inhouse Luminaries… Karem Ortiz, Heartland bank

This series profiles the best and brightest designers in Aotearoa’s in-house design studios, this week we spoke with Heartland Bank‘s Creative Lead, Karem Ortiz.   Kia ora Karem, can you tell us a bit about your creative background prior to joining Heartland? Growing up, I loved creating at school and at home. Later on, I realised…

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