Meet our friends… Dow Goodfolk’s Ben Dean

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so we’re happy to get the chance to speak with Dow Goodfolk‘s Studio & Production Manager Ben Dean. We spoke to Ben about his career trajectory, the Dow Groups production set up, the print finishes and technologies he is excited about, the work…

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Kaiwhakanikoniko – kōrero with… Bonnie Brown

Kaiwhakanikoniko – kōrero (Speaking with Katoitoi’s graphic artists) Kātoitoi commissioned a number of Kaiwhakanikoniko (graphic artists) to visually interpret the written essays sitting within the project. We speak to three 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…

2 weeks ago by

Women in Design… Rosalind Clark, typeface

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so we’re happy to get the chance to speak with typeface’s Rosalind Clark. We spoke to Rosalind about her pathway to typeface (and the challenges of being self-employed), we learned about the culture of the practice, her methodology and multidisciplinary output, the mahi…

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Getting Under the Hood… Peter Radich

Ahead of our next  Under the Hood event, (May 26 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm) we learnt more about one of our presenters: Peter Radich an accomplished commercial designer based in the Bay of Plenty. We spoke about Peter’s background, the catalysts for his founding PRD, his personal design philosophy, breaking up the work…

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5 minutes with… Matthias Bucher

Scrolling Linkedin recently a bright bold and brilliant billboard for The Safe Space Alliance caught our eye. We reached out to NZ Aids Foundation designer Matthias Bucher to learn more about the billboard (& the community response), the important work he is doing, the shape of the NZAF creative team and Matthias aspirations for the…

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5 minutes with… Dr Chandra Harrison

DA spoke with Access advisor, UX researcher and designer Dr Chandra Harrison about universal design, accessibility and what the design community can do to ensure their work is more inclusive. She is the Managing Director of Digital Accessibility for Access Advisors, an initiative of Blind and Low Vision NZ, helping organisations understand and implement digital…

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Getting Under the Hood with… Jutta Birkenhauer

Ahead of our next  Under the Hood event, (May 26 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm) we learnt more about one of our presenters: GF Smith’s International Sales Manager Jutta Birkenhauer We spoke about GF’s colourful history, environmental ambitions, paper and print trends and how the industry has changed over the last three decades. Register…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Laura Cibilich

Kia ora and welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to Aotearoa New Zealand designers, hear their stories and celebrate their work. I’m Louise and today I’m talking to Laura Cibilich from Run. Laura founded RUN (formerly Designstein) in 2008 and since then has orchestrated the launch of many successful brands and…

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Meet our friends… Danielle Barclay, Blur the Lines

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so we’re happy to get the chance to speak with Danielle Barclay — Founder of Blur the Lines. An independent design collective creating brand experiences that blur the lines between the physical, digital and virtual worlds. We spoke to Danielle about the catalysts…

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Aotearoa Photographers… Kirsty Dawn

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with photographer/designer Kirsty Dawn. Kirsty’s work is reflective of her interest in nature, architecture and use of light, creating a space for exploration and simplicity in both photographic and design disciplines. This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin.   How did you initially get started with…

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Post Graduate Profile, Joseph Coddington

We love it when DA friends share their work. Joseph Coddington’s postgraduate research (at Victoria) is an incredible foray into the dimensionality of an image, technological experimentation and the future of design production with additive means. Kia ora Joseph, What is your background and how did you get into design? Kia ora, I’m Joseph Coddington…

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On the flipside, Ruslan Courtman

The transition from design student to designer can be tricky! Design internships provide an invaluable stepping stone towards professional practice and create continuity within the design profession. On the flip side profiles current design interns and the Aotearoa studios that are hosting them. We learn more about the emerging talents ambitions, the fresh perspectives they…

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5 minutes with… Mona Gabr

We spoke with Media Design School Graduate Mona Gabr about her Award-winning project Pick a prototype tag system that assists people with disability when using public transport and her trans-Tasman work for Datacom.   Was there someone (or something) that inspired you to pick a design as a career path? I’ve always loved thinking outside…

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Under the Hood with Laura Cibilich

Our next Under the Hood is tomorrow! You are invited to join us online as two designers walk us through how a design project worked. At the upcoming event, Laura Cibilich (DD at RUN) is going to walk us through a recent project; in the lead up we get insight to what she will be…

3 months ago by

Getting Under the Hood with… Donna McCort

Our next Under the Hood is Wednesday the 24th of March. You are invited to join us online as two designers walk us through how a design project worked. At the upcoming event, Donna McCort (CD at Dow Goodfolk) is going to walk us through a recent project; in the lead up we learned more…

3 months ago by

Meet our Friends… Danny Carlsen — Head of Design at Shine

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so we’re happy to get the chance to speak with Danny Carlsen — Head of Design at Shine Limited. We spoke to Danny about his career journey, the creative culture they have fostered at Shine, empowering team members to contribute and cross-pollination within…

3 months ago by

By Day By Night, Marcos Mortensen Steagall, AUT

By Day By Night is an interview series that profiles graphic design tutors from design schools throughout New Zealand. We learn about their role as a teacher and their own personal design practice. Today we hear from Marcos Mortensen Steagall a senior lecturer and Programme Leader of the Communication Design course from the Auckland University…

3 months ago by

Meet our Friends… David Bourke, iceberg

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so we’re happy to get the chance to speak with David Bourke, iceberg’s Creative Director (who is also presenting at Under the Hood this Wednesday the 24th of February.) We spoke to David about his career path (highlighting a thread of music), the…

4 months ago by

Getting under the hood with… Sarah Nguyen

Our next Under the Hood is this Wednesday the 24th of Feburary. Thanks to our event partners Adobe, you are invited to join us online as two designers walk us through how a design project worked and an Adobe rep shares tips and tricks to improve your daily workflow. At the upcoming event, Sarah Nguyen…

4 months ago by

Meet our friends… Megan Bardsley

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so we’re happy to get the chance to speak with Megan Bardsley a freelance graphic designer with 15 years industry experience in New Zealand and the UK. We spoke about her career pathway, creative process, landing your dream job early in your career, juggling…

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2021 Hot New Things: Ruby Spark, 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, developing creative confidence and ambitions for the future. Today we speak with Ruby Spark, AUT’s school of Art and Design Was there someone…

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2021 Hot New Things: Tamaryn Roy, Unitec

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, developing creative confidence and ambitions for the future. Today we speak with Tamaryn Roy from Unitec   Was there someone (or something) that…

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2021 Hot New Things: Felix Ye, Unitec

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, developing creative confidence and ambitions for the future. Today we speak with Felix Ye from Unitec   Was there someone (or something) that…

5 months ago by

Getting under the hood with… Joel Kitto & Stephen McCarthy

Our next Under the Hood is this Thursday 28 January 2021. Thanks to our event partners Adobe, you are invited to join us online as two designers walk us through how a design project worked and an Adobe rep shares tips and tricks to improve your daily workflow.   At the upcoming event Joel Kitto…

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2021 Hot New Things: Dannah Soriano, 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, developing creative confidence and ambitions for the future. Today we speak with Dannah Soriano from Media Design School. Was there someone (or something)…

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