DA Conversations Podcast with Sam Allan

Kia ora and welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to NZ designers, hear their stories and celebrate their work. I’m Louise, Design Assembly Founder and Director and today I’m talking to Sam Allan. Sam is the founder and managing director of Onfire Design a specialist branding and packaging design agency based…

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Meet our Friends… Sam O’Flaherty

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so were happy to get the chance to speak with Designworks Sam O’Flaherty about his career, language as design, favourite (and least favourite) turns of phrase, the power of messaging, work that he is proud of and ‘being a chameleon without becoming invisible’. Friends want…

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5 minutes with… Bron Thomson

With the creative sector seriously affected by coronavirus pandemic fallout, the Semi Permanent event has been repurposed and reformatted to meet new objectives, inspire and help ‘reboot’ our industry. On Thursday 12 November at Auckland’s Aotea Centre, New Zealand’s leading creative practitioners will showcase the breadth, depth, diversity and potential of the creative industries. Ahead…

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Baggy Pants and Butter Paper… Bella Alexander-Kemble, Communication Design

This interview is the first in a series from Hamish Besley a third-year student at Victoria University Wellington – Te Herenga Waka, Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation. Each interview was first published in Baggy Pants and Butter Paper, an editorial publication for students by students (conceived in Hamish’s final year of study). The interviews…

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By Day By Night… Wintec’s Trudi Hewitt

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 Trudi Hewitt who works at Wintec, School of Media Arts in Hamilton. What is your official title at…

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Getting teams excited about remote collaboration

Kate McGuinness speaks to Nina Fountain, Workplace Strategist and the founder of Transformed Teams about how creatives can work together, even when we’re apart.   How can creative teams foster that ‘spirit of collaboration’ remotely? The awesome thing about creative work is the energy of creating – it is those fantastic moments when you lose…

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5 minutes with… Caro Armstrong

Portfolio Recruitment has been a loyal longtime partner of Design Assembly. Their support helps us support our community. The portfolio team are creative industry recruitment specialists, they live and breath Aoteraoa design. Portfolio connect clients with talent in our industry in permanent, contract and freelance capacity, across creative, strategic, digital, client service and production. We…

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Field Art: Munro Te Whata

In this series, we shine a spotlight on the incredible artists contributing to our 2020 Field Guide. Today we hear from Munro Te Whata How would you describe your illustration style? I’ve always jumped between drawing in a semi-realistic or cartoony style.  Is illustration your full-time gig or how does it fit around the other…

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Meet our Friends… Sarah Callesen, Dossier

Design Assembly has become the home of New Zealand design – providing a collaborative digital and physical platform for kiwi visual designers to learn, keep up-to-date and be inspired. We couldn’t do that without the support of our Friends. This series profiles some of the studios and individuals who have shown their love and support…

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Field Guide: Raul Sarrot Podcast

Kia ora and welcome to the DA Field Guide 2020 Podcast series. This is a special limited edition podcast series of four interviews commissioned by Creative New Zealand as a part of the DA Field Gudie 2020 – An exploration of NZ’s post-Covid design practice. In this special series we’ll hear from leaders in the…

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Field Guide: JOHNNIE FREELAND – SYSTEMS NAVIGATOR

This Field Guide article sits within a series of commissioned essays, interviews, podcasts and artworks to be published over 16 weeks on designassembly.org.nz and culminate in a downloadable PDF publication which will be distributed nationally.  We are incredibly grateful to Creative New Zealand who funded this 2020 Field Guide, which actively investigates, celebrates, nurtures and challenges…

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5 minutes with… Raul Sarrot

Ahead of his Wellington workshop on Friday 25th September 2020, we spoke to Raul Sarrot about The Value of Strategy in times of flux and disruption, staying ahead of the curve, the qualities of design strategists, the importance of curiosity, and design strategists role in shaping our future. We are living through unprecedented economic and…

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Field Art: Carol Green

In this series, we shine a spotlight on the incredible artists contributing to our 2020 Field Guide. Today we hear from Carol Green How would you describe your illustration/artwork style? Cartoony and people-focussed. Is illustration your full-time gig or how does it fit around the other mix of work you do? Self-employed illustration is my…

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Tradespeople by Emma Kaniuk

We spoke with Akin’s Emma Kaniuk, to learn more about  https://www.tradespeople.co/ a directory proudly shining the spotlight on women and gender diverse people working in the trades industries, connecting them to customers looking for repairs, maintenance, or to start new projects. Photo of Emma by Mark Smith What was the catalyst to build Aotearoa’s first…

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5 minutes with… RAMP Festival intern Lauren Mann

Wintec communications student Lauren Mann is the 2020 RAMP festival intern, we spoke to her to learn more about the opportunity, her background, studying at Wintec and this year’s digital RAMP connects format. Festival Director Megan Lyon (Left) and Lauren Mann (Right) Was there someone (or something) that inspired you to pick communications as a…

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Field Guide 2020: Jef Wong

This Field Guide podcast sits within a series of commissioned essays, interviews, podcasts and artworks to be published over 16 weeks on designassembly.org.nz and culminate in a downloadable PDF publication which will be distributed nationally.  We are incredibly grateful to Creative New Zealand who funded this 2020 Field Guide, which actively investigates, celebrates, nurtures and challenges…

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5 minutes with… Kelly Spencer

We spoke with graphic artist Kelly Spencer, about her recent mural collaboration with Horohoro school in the Bay of Plenty and the environmental stewardship that runs throughout her work. Can you tell us about your career milestones and what lead you to your large scale lettering art? My career has had a few key pivot…

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Meet our friends… Brendan Jarvis, The Space Inbetween

Design Assembly has become the home of New Zealand visual design – providing a collaborative digital and physical platform for kiwi visual designers to learn, keep up-to-date and be inspired. We couldn’t do that without the support of our Friends. This series profiles some of the studios and individuals who have shown their love and…

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Aotearoa Photographers: Frank Schwere

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with photographer Frank Schwere to find out more about his life behind the lens, his journey that led to New Zealand, shooting iconic landscapes, the projects he is most proud of and the importance of finding your voice in your work. This article is proudly brought to…

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Postgraduate Design Research — Lena Panaita, 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 Lena Panaita from AUT. What is your background and how did you get into design? Since before I could remember I’ve been drawing. But drawing for…

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Field Guide 2020: Angie Tangaere

This Field Guide article sits within a series of commissioned essays, interviews, podcasts and artworks to be published over 16 weeks on designassembly.org.nz and culminate in a downloadable PDF publication which will be distributed nationally.  We are incredibly grateful to Creative New Zealand who funded this 2020 Field Guide, which actively investigates, celebrates, nurtures and challenges…

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5 minutes with… Bel & Pat of Paradise Press

Annabel Hawkins & Patrick Hickley new project Paradise Press bucks the trend of quick-hit eCommerce endorphins by starting slow art movement. The two flatmates saw a need for a platform that connected young talent with young buyers in a sustainable way. ‘The concept came from the lost possibility of travel. Everyone’s spent so much time…

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Women in Design — Artia Simamora

In this series, we celebrate New Zealand Women in Design as they share their work and processes and we learn more about their day-to-day routines, diverse career pathways, and how they achieve balance. Today we hear from Freelance Designer Artia Simamora Who were your early creative influencers? There’s no one creative person that really influenced…

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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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Field Guide 2020: Eddy Royal

This Field Guide podcast sits within a series of commissioned essays, interviews, podcasts and artworks to be published over 16 weeks on designassembly.org.nz and culminate in a downloadable PDF publication which will be distributed nationally.  We are incredibly grateful to Creative New Zealand who funded this 2020 Field Guide, which actively investigates, celebrates, nurtures and challenges…

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