From The Edges – Katie Twisleton, AUT Good Health Lab

In our From The Edges series we feature Aotearoa NZ Academic Design Projects. Our practice as designers can be seen to be explored, pushed and perhaps become something entirely new where it exists at the edges of our practice in the world of academia. Free from the constraints of commercial outcomes and clients, designers explore and…

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Take 10 with… Adeline Marteil, Senior Designer at Hula

In 2020, during level 4 and 3 of Aotearoa New Zealand’s COVID response we launched Take 10 With… an article series with you – to do a pulse check on how our community was feeling, working, what you missed, and learn about your hopes for the future. We had feedback that you really enjoyed the…

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Fresh From The Field – Tip Top by Shine

Shine were tasked by Tip Top to relaunch their brand under the banner of all things optimism. The project encompassed a brand comms launch, building out the design and comms system and a special, secret product launch to the public.   The brief/kaupapa: We believe optimism is a super power. If you could bottle it you…

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Getting Under The Hood With….Mark Spurgeon, Co-founder / Managing Partner at Publica

Ahead of our next Under The Hood September event, we learnt more about one of our speakers, Mark Spurgeon. Mark is an accomplished CEO, passionate about telling compelling brand stories and bringing unique ideas to life through creative design and development. We talked about the 3 B’s of creativity to spark new ideas, a Fitbit for the brain, and…

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Getting Under The Hood With…Steve Horner, Chief Product Officer at RUSH.

Ahead of our next Under The Hood September event, we learnt more about one of our presenters: Steve Horner. Steve is a designer, leader and product thinker with 15 years of experience in digital across NZ, Europe and North America. We talked about mantras, inspiration and keeping small humans entertained He believes eating plants and…

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Aotearoa NZ Photographers – Manja Wachsmuth

We recently caught up with Aotearoa NZ Photographer Manja Wachsmuth and talked about shooting food, edible bugs, collaborating for the Hiakai book and NZ nature/landscapes.    This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin. Portrait by Victoria Baldwin for Women’s Work 2020. Slow Roasted Miso Lamb Shoulder for NZ House & Garden #298 Meat Feature.…

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Under The Hood – September Speakers Announced

Join us for Under The Hood – September with our two designers as they walk us through how their design projects worked. Each designer will share the brief, how they approached it, talk us through that internal feedback loop – This is too hard! It’s not working! Why did I decide to be a designer?!…

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Fresh From The Field – Lake Hawea Station by One Design

This Fresh from the Field features One Design’s beautifully crafted and refined branding for Lake Hawea Station. There’s a classic elegance on all touch points with outstanding photography, and the delicate Kowhai seedling is a nod to their unwavering commitment to conservation. Want to submit your own work to Fresh From The Field? Fill out…

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Under The Hood – August Replay 2021

You are invited to watch the replay as two designers walked us through how their design projects worked. Each designer will share the brief, how they approached it, talk us through that internal feedback loop – This is too hard! It’s not working! Why did I decide to be a designer?! – and out to…

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Take 10 with… Kate Darby, Co-founder of Recreational Studio

In 2020, during level 4 and 3 of Aotearoa New Zealand’s COVID response we launched Take 10 With… an article series with you – to do a pulse check on how our community was feeling, working, what you missed, and learn about your hopes for the future. We had feedback that you really enjoyed the…

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Blutui partner with global martech consultancy to deliver amazing web to agencies worldwide

The team at Blutui are thrilled to announce their newly minted partnership with a global advertising and creative agency technology consultancy. Togther, they are on a mission to provide clients with a 360 degree service that offers ad agencies everything they could ever need to make them more efficient, profitable and sustainable. Blutui Founder and…

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Rose Norgrove, Media Design School Graduate, Wins Red Dot Design Award

Media Design School (MDS) is thrilled to announce Bachelor of Media Design Alumni Rose Norgrove has won the Red Dot Junior Award: Brand and Communication Design 2021 for her innovative medical device that provides blood glucose testing and insulin delivery for Type 1 diabetics. Photo (L-R): Jim Murray (Programme Coordinator, Bachelor of Media Design), Rose Norgrove…

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Fresh From The Field – Boniface Website by Grafik

Grafik’s website design for photographer Steven Boniface does a dual duty of both showcasing his powerful, profound and precise work and his personality, in a clean and bold way. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share for Fresh From The Field, then head to our submission form for more…

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How are you doing Aotearoa NZ?

We’re into the thick of it now, all-things-lockdown are go, and we’re all starting to feel the effects of it. But we’re also starting to see the benefits now – our case numbers are getting lower, we’re getting into routines, and some changes in levels are starting to happen. We can see the effects of…

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Meet our friends… Sam Ramlu, Founder of Method

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so we had a chat to Sam about her creative journey and what lead to her founding Method. We spoke to her about her typical day, the Method-approach to projects and celebrating with kai. Being a DA Friend means you’re helping us to build a thriving…

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Fresh from the Field – Ka Mua, Ka Muri by Fly Creative

This Fresh from the Field shines a light on Fly’s work in collaboration with Colenso BBDO and Franklin Road for Spark.  All parties worked together to interweave history, sound, digital, illustration and more to celebrate Matariki in a uniquely kiwi way.  The Brief: ‘Ka Mua, Ka Muri’ is a digital sky experience that weaves technology,…

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Fresh From the Field – COVID Tracer App by RUSH Digital

This week we have a very timely Fresh from the Field by RUSH, we get a behind-the-scenes look into their hard work on the NZ COVID Tracer app. During the 2020 lockdown, RUSH’s design and delivery teams worked hard remotely and collaboratively at home, to rapidly launch the initial version of the NZ COVID Tracer…

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Getting Under the Hood with…Aaron Troy from Jasmax

Ahead of our next Under the Hood (get tickets here), we speak with Aaron Troy about which project he will share at the event, the different personalities of Kingsland, hazy IPAs and building a 3ft mini ramp in his backyard. Kia Ora Aaron, thanks for joining us on Under The Hood. Can you tell us…

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Kia ora Aotearoa NZ design community

It’s already been a full-on 24 hours in which we’ve gone from normal life into level 4 lockdown, I myself on the rollercoaster of emotions from ‘Oh maybe this will be nice to do less for a bit’ to realising that with my two children at home, it’s not just level 4 that I will…

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Fresh From The Field – The Art of Letters by Kris Sowersby

Be in to win a free copy of The Art of Letters! Simply tell us what custom typeface was used to typeset the book, then email janelle@designassembly.org.nz with the subject line “Kris Sowersby Book Entry” and put your answer in the body to enter the draw.   Formist Editions is proud to announce the release…

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Now and Then with Sam Harris of Hula

Written by Annie McCulloch and brought to you by Portfolio Recruitment Now and Then is a series where we catch up with designers who have been recently placed, via Portfolio Recruitment, to get their thoughts and feedback about their roles and their work. This time we’re catching up with Sam, who is a junior designer…

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Fresh from the Field – One Design’s Astrolabe Identity and packaging

The Fresh from the Field features ONE Design’s work for Astrolabe, who proudly celebrate their pastoral, unpretentious surroundings, this landscape drives the brand expression. The Brief: Astrolabe is a family owned wine company based in Marlborough, New Zealand. They grow their own grapes and also source from a tight-knit group of local growers who live on…

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Little by little we go big

I get a few invitations to speak to people about what I do. It’s something I enjoy and never take too seriously. I’m prone to digression and often go off down unplanned paths. But there are a couple of messages I always try to push. The first (which can sit uncomfortably with some people) is…

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Fresh From the Field — A1 Property Managers by Strategy

Strategy are kindly hosting our CHRISTCHURCH DA Annual Pub Quiz 2021 on August 10 @ 6:00 pm – get your tickets below, or find more details on the event page here. Register now   This Fresh from the Field features Strategy Creative Christchurch‘s reinvented identity for A1 Property Managers. Playing with the concept of ‘To the…

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In Kōrero with… Kātoitoi cofounders, Louise Kellerman and Nicole Arnett Phillips

Growing an archive – by and for the community Louise Kellerman and Nicole Arnett Phillips are the co-founders of Kātoitoi. Having collaborated for a number of years through Design Assembly, both saw a pressing need for Aotearoa to develop its own visual archive. Louise and Nicole did just that, sourcing the funds and gathering together…

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