Spotlight – Liane McGee from Fortyfive, Wellington

Written by Kate McGuinness Fortyfive are a boutique Wellington design studio which believes work should be fun, challenging and hands-on. Creative director Liane McGee and her small team work across a range a media, from brand identity to exhibition design for clients such as Kaffee Eis and The National Library of New Zealand. In this DA interview, Lianne chats to…

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Designer and Mum, and Everything In-between

Written by Lana Lopesi Supported by Creative New Zealand Lana Lopesi is the editor of Aotearoa Design Thinking 2018, 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 future focused articles canvasing prominent conversations within the design community.…

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5 Mins With… Jeff Burch – Speaker at 2018 Spark International Festival

Jeff Burch works as art director at W Magazine and Conde Nast in New York. Burch has the kind of graphic design career dreams are made of and it all started after he graduated from Wintec in 2004 with a Bachelor of Media Arts. He’s back home to share his insights at Spark International Festival…

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A Brush with Design: 10 Designers Dish on Their First Design Encounter — Lindsay Yee

In the lead up to DA’s 10th birthday celebrations in March 2019, A Brush With Design asks 10 designers who have been involved with DA at various times to nostalgically recount their first memory of encountering design. In this fifth iteration we spoke with designer Lindsay Yee. Rachelle George walked across the room, room 10 to be…

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Spark Festival internship gives Wintec student valuable insight into the design world

Third-year Wintec design student Alice Leonard was selected to be an intern at Area Design to work on Wintec’s Spark Festival campaign under the guidance of the design agency. What has been valuable from this experience, what have you learnt, what have been the highlights? It’s been really good seeing how things work in the…

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Now and Then: Hannah Morris

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 Hannah Morris, a Designer at Insight Creative. Hannah, thanks for being involved in Now…

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Floppy Disks, Flash and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: How is Technology Changing Design?

Written by Lana Lopesi Supported by Creative New Zealand Lana Lopesi is the editor of Aotearoa Design Thinking 2018, a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand. This article is the first in a four part series of future focused articles canvasing prominent conversations within the design community.…

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5 Minutes with… Illustrator, Giselle Clarkson

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with Wellington based Secret World of Butterflies illustrator Giselle Clarkson to find out a bit more about her work and what inspires it. 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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5 Minutes with… Illustrator, Ken Samonte

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with illustrator Ken Samonte to find out a bit more about what keeps him going. 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 Manila, The Philippines, and…

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A Brush with Design: 10 Designers Dish on Their First Design Encounter — Shaun Lee

In the lead up to DA’s 10th birthday celebrations in March 2019, A Brush With Design asks 10 designers who have been involved with DA at various times to nostalgically recount their first memory of encountering design. In this fourth iteration we spoke with designer Shaun Lee. I didn’t learn about graphic design until I was 19.…

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Spotlight – Harry A’Court from Inject Design, Wellington

Written by Kate McGuinness The team at Wellington studio Inject Design pride themselves on producing fresh and exciting work for global brands such as Hell Pizza, Fat Freddy’s Drop and the Wellington Chocolate Factory. Kate McGuinness took the opportunity to interview founder and creative director Harry A’Court to find out what goes on inside their…

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Spotlight – Janelle Rodrigues from Creature, Wellington

Written by Kate McGuinness Creature, are an award-winning Wellington agency, specialising in brand, visual identity, campaigns and marketing communications. Kate McGuinness recently spoke to creative director Janelle Rodrigues, one of the agency’s founding partners, to learn about how this studio continues to thrive in a fast-paced industry. Herriot Melhuish O’Neill Architects. Photography: Andy Spain. Kate McGuiness:…

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A Brush with Design: 10 Designers Dish on Their First Design Encounter — Abhi Topiwala

In the lead up to DA’s 10th birthday celebrations in March 2019, A Brush With Design asks 10 designers who have been involved with DA at various times to nostalgically recount their first memory of encountering design. In this third iteration we spoke with emerging designer Abhi Topiwala. Oh there are so many great memories…

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5 Minutes with… Illustrator, Melissa Boardman

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with illustrator Melissa Boardman to find out more about her delicate work with native birds and her environmentally sustainable practice. 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’m based in…

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Graphic Design & Photography: Yuki Sato

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with photographer Yuki Sato to find out more about his photography and passions. This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin. Can you tell our readers a little bit about who you are and what you do. My name is Yuki Sato, I’m a freelance photographer. Studio-based…

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5 Minutes with… Illustrator, Sandra Morris

For the occasion of the Botanical Art Worldwide exhibition now on, Design Assembly got the opportunity to chat with Sandra Morris to find out more about her work as an illustrator. Can you tell us a little about yourself? I am an award-winning children’s author and illustrator, the director of the Sandra Morris Illustration Agency, a nature…

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Hot New Things — Sarah Cant, Ara

Welcome to Hot New Things 2018 – an opportunity to profile a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. This week, we speak with Sarah Cant from Ara, Institute of Canterbury. Sarah Cant Bachelor of Design – Visual Communication Ara, Institute of Canterbury   You completed your full time studies at the end of…

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Hot New Things — Hanna McLachlan, Massey

Welcome to Hot New Things 2018 – an opportunity to profile a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. This week, we speak with Hanna McLachlan from Massey. Hanna McLachlan Bachelor of Design honours (Visual Communication Design major) Massey University You completed your full time studies at the end of 2017. Can you…

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Hot New Things — Abraar Patel, Unitec

Welcome to Hot New Things 2018 – an opportunity to profile a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. This week, we speak with Abraar Patel from Unitec. Abraar Patel Bachelor of Creative Enterprise Unitec You completed your full time studies at the end of 2017. Can you tell us what your final…

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5 Mins With… Johnson McKay, Creative Strategist at Fly

Ahead of two workshops Johnson McKay is running for Design Assembly covering Client Attraction & Relationship Building Skills and Applying Design Thinking to creating Māori Graphic Design in both Auckland and Wellington, we sat down with the Creative Strategist to find out a little more about his work and the influences behind it. First off, can you introduce yourself…

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A Brush with Design: 10 Designers Dish on Their First Design Encounter — Becca O’Shea

In the lead up to DA’s 10th birthday celebrations in March 2019, A Brush With Design asks 10 designers who have been involved with DA at various times to nostalgically recount their first memory of encountering design. In this second iteration we spoke with Becca O’Shea, Art Director from Little Giant. Hi I’m Becca an…

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Hot New Things — Abhi Topiwala, Unitec

Welcome to Hot New Things 2018 – an opportunity to profile a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. This week, we speak with Abhi Topiwala from Unitec. Abhi Topiwala Bachelor of Creative Enterprise Unitec You completed your full time studies at the end of 2017. Can you tell us what your final…

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Collaborative approaches breaking tradition in art and design: In conversation with Photographer Mark Purdom and Designer Alan Deare

Written by Holly Russell Design strategies and a to-and-fro approach towards collaboration saw Photographer Mark Purdom and Designer Alan Deare produce Mimetic, an award winning entry to this years’ New Zealand Photobook of the year. With an exhibition at Ramp Gallery as their starting point, the duo looked to capture the gallery experience in a…

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Hot New Things — Etana Zaguri, Wintec

Welcome to Hot New Things 2018 – an opportunity to profile a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. This week, we speak with Etana Zaguri from Wintec. Etana Zaguri Bachelor of Media Arts (Graphic Design major) Wintec You completed your full time studies at the end of 2017. Can you tell us what…

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