Postgraduate Design Research – Diana Albarrán González, AUT

Welcome to Postgraduate Design Research – an opportunity to profile a selection of current design postgraduate students and their projects across our tertiary institutions. This week, we speak with Diana Albarrán González from AUT. Diana Albarrán González Doctor of Philosophy in Design and Indigenous Art Auckland University of Technology Tell us about your research. My research…

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Ask the Experts: What skills do you think will be needed by future designers?

Written by Hollie Arnett Supported by Creative New Zealand There are so many talented creatives with years of combined experience and a variety of skills in the design industry. Since there are no right or wrong answers and no one true source when it comes to design advice, Hollie Arnett brings you Ask the Experts –…

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The Art and Design of Roy Good, an Interview

Written by Lana Lopesi  Graphic Matters is a monthly column on issues and ideas related to New Zealand Design Culture This is not your first retrospective exhibition at Te Uru, I’m interested to know what might be new in your upcoming exhibition Parrallel Universe: The Art and Design of Roy Good which opens next month? I have…

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5 Minutes with… Illustrator, Rebecca Ter Borg

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to check in with illustrator Rebecca Ter Borg to find out a bit more about her latest work, what inspires it and how she juggles it all. What have you been working on since we last chatted with you? I’ve been fortunate enough to have some really satisfying jobs and…

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Ask the Experts: What is the number one piece of advice you have heard about being a designer?

Written by Hollie Arnett Supported by Creative New Zealand There are so many talented creatives with years of combined experience and a variety of skills in the design industry. Since there are no right or wrong answers and no one true source when it comes to design advice, Hollie Arnett brings you Ask the Experts –…

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Now and Then — Adam van Kampen

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 Adam van Kampen, a Designer at Strategy Creative. Adam, as a US ex pat,…

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5 Minutes with… Sarah Ritchie

Ahead of Design Assembly’s upcoming half-day workshop on “how to run a profitable, successful design business” on Saturday 10th November in Wellington, we spoke with design and advertising account management expert Sarah Ritchie to find out a bit more about what she does and lessons she’s learnt to get to where she is today. Tell us…

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Postgraduate Design Research – Cassie Khoo, AUT

Welcome to Postgraduate Design Research – an opportunity to profile a selection of current design postgraduate students and their projects across our tertiary institutions. This week, we speak with Cassie Khoo from AUT. Cassie Khoo Master of Design Auckland University of Technology Tell us about your research. My research looked at how we can use co-design…

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A Brush with Design: 10 Designers Dish on Their First Design Encounter — Kate Alexander

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 eighth iteration we spoke people, books and moments with Kate Alexander. What’s my first memory of ‘encountering’ design? Where do…

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Where Creative Opportunities Lie: Arch MacDonnell on Tatau: A History of Sāmoan Tattooing

Written by Lana Lopesi  Graphic Matters is a monthly column on issues and ideas related to New Zealand Design Culture Last month Te Papa released yet another amazing book called Tatau: A History of Sāmoan Tattooing. The book co-written by Sean Mallon and Sébastien Galliot is the first publication to examine 3000 years of Sāmoan…

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Postgraduate Design Research – Tatiana Tavares, AUT

Welcome to Postgraduate Design Research – an opportunity to profile a selection of current design postgraduate students and their projects across our tertiary institutions. This week, we speak with Tatiana Tavares from AUT. Tatiana Tavares PhD of Art and Design Auckland University of Technology Interactive page from the illustrated Augmented Reality [AR] picture book, Saints of…

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Alternative Routes: An Interview with Katie Kerr

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 final in a four part series of future focused articles canvasing prominent conversations within the design community.…

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5 Mins With… Matt Grantham – Creative Director, Onfire Design

Matt Grantham will be running a packaging masterclass with Design Assembly on Friday 5th October, ahead of his workshop we caught up with him to hear a little about his background and the work he does today. If you would like to attend the workshop with Matt, details below and link to purchase your ticket: Auckland:…

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A Brush with Design: 10 Designers Dish on Their First Design Encounter — Kaan Hiini

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 seventh iteration we spoke non “come to Jesus” moments with Kaan Hiini. Memory is a strange thing. You can…

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A Brush with Design: 10 Designers Dish on Their First Design Encounter — Jade Tang-Taylor

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 sixth iteration we spoke with “designer, dreamer, doer” Jade Tang-Taylor. Similar to Louise, my love for design was…

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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…

5 months ago by

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.…

5 months ago by

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.…

6 months ago by

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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