Hot New Things — Hope McConnell, AUT

Welcome to Hot New Things 2018 – an opportunity to profile a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. First, we speak with Hope McConnell from AUT. Hope McConnell Bachelor of Design (Communication Design major) AUT You completed your full time studies at the end of 2017. Can you tell us what your final year’s…

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Aotearoa Design Thinking: an opportunity to revisit 2017

Created by Lana Lopesi Supported by Creative New Zealand     In 2017 Design Assembly introduced Aotearoa Design Thinking — a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand. Our intention was to actively discuss New Zealand graphic design practice by celebrating, growing and challenging current thought. By…

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Graphic Design & Photography: Tash Hopkins

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with photographer Tash Hopkins to find out more about her work and her passions. This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin.   The Europeans Project Hi Tash, can you tell our readers a little bit about who you are and what you do. I’m a photographer…

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Now and Then: Sanyukta Mohatta

Written by Annie McCulloch, Portfolio Recruitment Now and Then is a series where we catch up with designers who’ve been recently placed, via Portfolio Recruitment. We get their thoughts and feedback about their new roles and their work. Our latest Now and Then is with Sanyukta Mohatta (San), a Graphic Designer at Youthtown. Wonderful San! Thank you for…

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Creative Spaces — Voice

Creative Spaces is a series exploring New Zealand creative and design workplaces, giving you a sneak peak into the space and behind-the-scenes. This series is proudly brought to you by Atomic Coffee – Fuelling creativity. In the fifth instalment of this series we went into Voice  —  who have been dedicated to creating, evolving and transforming brands for over…

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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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Graphic Design & Photography: Thomas Seear-Budd

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with landscape photographer Thomas Seear-Budd to find out more about his work and his passions. This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin. Hi Thomas, can you tell our readers a little bit about who you are and what you do. My name is Thomas Seear-Budd.…

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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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From The Archives: 5 Minutes with… Mike Collinge

This article was originally published in 2015. Hi Mike, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. Well here’s the condensed somewhat simplified version: I’m from Wellington originally, well, at least this is where I spent the majority of my formative years as we moved around a bit when I was…

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Graphic Design & Photography: Anupam Singh

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with fashion/editorial and portrait photographer Anupam Singh to find out more about his work and his passions. This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin. Hi Anupam, can you tell our readers a little bit about who you are and what you do. I’m fashion, editorial and…

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Being Human: Notes and Reflection from Xin Cheng

Written by Layla Tweedie-Cullen Supported by Creative New Zealand Layla Tweedie-Cullen is a contributor to Aotearoa Design Thinking 2017, a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand. This article is the last in a four part series of long-form interviews with interesting, exciting and innovative members of Aotearoa’s design…

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Creative Spaces — Skunk + Robot, Upper Moutere

Creative Spaces is a series exploring New Zealand creative and design workplaces, giving you a sneak peak into the space and behind-the-scenes. This series is proudly brought to you by Atomic Coffee – Fuelling creativity. In the fourth of this series we went into Skunk + Robot — an Upper Moutere, South Island-based textile design…

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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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Graphic Design & Photography: Michael Lewis

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with photographer Michael Lewis to find out more about his work and what makes him tick. This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin. Hello Michael, can you tell our readers a little bit about who you are and what you do. My name is Michael Lewis,…

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From The Archives: By Day/By Night — Jonty Valentine, Whitecliffe

This article was originally published in 2016. Welcome again to our 2016 By Day/By Night series. Here we profile a range of design teachers from our tertiary institutions to find out what projects they’re involved in outside of work hours, and how their personal creative endeavours feed back into their teaching roles. Today we speak…

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Graphic Design & Photography: Fraser Chatham

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with still life/studio photographer Fraser Chatham to find out more about his work and his passions. This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin. Hi Fraser, can you tell our readers a little bit about who you are and what you do. I’m a still life/…

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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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Now and Then: Sefton Marshall

Now and Then is a series where we catch up with designers who’ve been recently placed via Portfolio Recruitment. We get their thoughts and feedback about their new roles and their work. Our latest Now and Then is with Sefton Marshall who joined the team at Moa Beer a few months ago as their in-house graphic designer. Thanks for…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Grant Alexander, September 2017

Welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to New Zealand graphic designers, hear their stories, and celebrate their work.

In this episode I spoke to Grant Alexander. Grant is currently the Design Director at Onfire Design in Auckland. He started his career in 1969 at Designscape magazine, co-founded Designworks with Ray Labone in 1982 and in 2000 formed a partnership with daughter Kate to create Studio Alexander.

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Design and Documentary: An Interview with Ella Sutherland

Written by Layla Tweedie-Cullen Supported by Creative New Zealand Layla Tweedie-Cullen is a contributor to Aotearoa Design Thinking 2017, a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand. This article is the third in a four part series of long-form interviews with interesting, exciting and innovative members of Aotearoa’s design…

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Political Agency in Graphic Design: In Conversation with The Elective Collective

Written by Cameron Ralston Supported by Creative New Zealand Cameron Ralston is a contributor to Aotearoa Design Thinking 2017, a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand. This article is the fourth in a four part series which looks internally at this concept of ‘Design Thinking’ and what on…

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Graphic Design & Photography: Michelle Weir

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with architectural/lifestyle photographer Michelle Weir to find out more about her work, her passions, and her studio, Studio: Weir. This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin. NZ Fashion Week 2015, Twenty-Seven Names © Michelle Weir Hi Michelle, can you tell our readers a little bit about who you…

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Printed Matter and the Document: A Conversation with p. mule

Written by Layla Tweedie-Cullen Supported by Creative New Zealand Layla Tweedie-Cullen is a contributor to Aotearoa Design Thinking 2017, a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand. This article is the second in a four part series of long-form interviews with interesting, exciting and innovative members of Aotearoa’s design…

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By Day/By Night: Caroline Powley, Whitecliffe

Welcome again to our 2017 By Day/By Night series. Here we profile a range of design teachers from our tertiary institutions to find out what projects they’re involved in outside of work hours, and how their personal creative endeavours feed back into their teaching roles. Sixth up we speak with Senior Lecturer Caroline Powley from…

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