2021 Year in Review – DA Conversations Podcasts

While some of us are still on holiday or are slowly getting back into it all, it’s a good time to take a moment to put on a DA 2021 Podcast in the background, or to read one of the DA Top Ten Articles from 2021. We’ve included all of the links to our 2021…

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From The Edges – Qianyi Li, Masters Degree in Creative Practice at Unitec

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…

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Fresh From The Field — Fugitive By Strategy

Aotearoa’s first organic wine uses an alternative and refillable packaging and is inspired by both premium wine bottles and the world of craft beer. They are a wine that wants to break free from convention and live outside the box. Strategy were tasked with creating the identity for Fugitive that embodied all of this and…

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Hari Kirihimete From Design Assembly

Hari Kirihimete from Design Assembly! This year has proven even more challenging than 2020 in some respects. As a professional community, we have mostly been lucky to be kept busy over the last four months (and we are all very grateful for this) but at the same time we have also been balancing the challenges…

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Aotearoa NZ Design Recognized in the AGDA Awards

The AGDA Design Awards recognise the best work across a wide range of disciplines every year. The awards aim to further the discussion about design and to stimulate the creative progress of our industry. They highlight every generation of talent, from students at colleges and universities, through to the long-established leaders of our profession. Congratulations…

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2021 Christchurch DA Event: EOY Wrap Party

At the end of November, Design Assembly and Plato Creative hosted Christchurch’s DA end of year wrap party. We had some great talks from local designers about their creative hobbies, passion projects and side hustles. Tim & Honey from Plato Creative talked about a side hustle of web design in the cryptocurrency space, recent works of…

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Tips for junior designers in an interview

Portfolio Recruitment want to help you ‘put your best foot forward’ so they have prepared some advice and guidelines that will hopefully be of help – article brought to you by:   Below are a few quick notes for junior designers, on approaching interviews. These notes and input are from local Creative Directors we’ve spoken…

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Fresh From The Field – Te Ūaka Identity by McCarthy

The Lyttelton Museum’s new name and brand come to life in a multitude of combinations, made up mostly of black and white shapes that hark back to nautical flags. Brought to life by McCarthy, the refreshed identity gives fluidity and structure to ground Te Ūaka firmly in the present as it starts the journey towards…

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Ara 2021 Graduation Exhibition

We’re giving you a sneak peek at some of the graduating talent coming out of Aotearoa this year, and a taste of what they’ve been working on. Pitch is the final exhibition of Ara third year Bachelor of Design students. This year, the graduates specialisations are represented through a silver balloon. The silver balloons show…

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AUT Centre for Design Research launches

The Centre for Design Research (CDR), a hub for excellence in design and creative industries research, hosted in Te Kura Toi a Hoahoa — AUT School of Art & Design has launched on the 1st December 2021, with its website showcasing research from across the disciplines of Art & Design. The strategic research centre brings…

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Why our studio needed design principles and how we defined them – RUSH’s design principles

Words by Stephen Horner, Chief Product Officer, RUSH.  As an integrated design and technology studio, the team at RUSH are unified in our belief of the exponential benefits thoughtfully designed technology can have for people. As an example, the Graphical User Interface of the first generation Apple Macintosh made desktop personal computing accessible to the…

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Fresh From The Field — Citizens Advice Bureau Website and Intranet By Somar Digital

The new, easy-to-use CAB website was refreshed by Somar digital, with a focus on modernising it, whilst also improving the user journey but maintaining the knowledgeable and trusted advice that kiwis have come to rely on. Want to submit your own work to Fresh From The Field? Fill out the FFTF form here. The brief: The…

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Wintec 2021 Graduation Exhibition

We’re giving you a sneak peek at some of the graduating talent coming out of Aotearoa this year, and a taste of what they’ve been working on. Our 2021 Creative Showcase event which details the different ways we are celebrating our graduating students this year. We’ve launched a digital publication in lieu of an on-campus…

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Kūmara Awards shine a spotlight on great placemaking in Wellington 

Five unique and diverse projects that have connected communities and transformed random spaces into meaningful places have been recognised in the Wellington region’s first placemaking awards. The Kūmara Awards are run by Placemaking Aotearoa and are supported by Hutt City Council.  The Awards recognise and celebrate great placemaking – a collaborative process where people work…

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AUT AD21 Graduation Exhibition

We’re giving you a sneak peek at some of the graduating talent coming out of Aotearoa this year, and a taste of what they’ve been working on. The online artanddesign.aut.ac.nz exhibition represents the culmination of an educational experience; exploring a range of art and design topics, issues, approaches, and technologies, reflecting the School’s ambition to foster the…

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Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington 2021 Graduation Exhibition

EOYE 2021 is the annual end of year exhibition of Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington showcasing an impressive range of talent by third-year students from the Te Wāhanga Waihanga-Hoahoa—Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation. These are the creative thinkers, makers, minds, designers and architects of the future—soon to be shaping our Aotearoa, and…

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Fresh From The Field — Welcome to Nowhere 2022 By Emily Stevens Studio

Emily Stevens Studio worked with Welcome to Nowhere, an independent music and arts festival, to create an updated look and feel for 2022. After initially creating the festival’s 2021 identity, the refreshed identity focuses on the local flora and fauna, using these taonga to express the diversity and uniqueness of the event, along with the…

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Making your website or app accessible

As the world becomes ever more digital – a process that’s been accelerated by the covid pandemic – it’s even more important that no-one is left behind. Follow these tips for making your website or app accessible – originally published on https://www.belab.co.nz/items/making-your-website-or-app-accessible. Most of us use websites and apps every day, without even thinking about…

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Fresh From The Field – Te Anau Time Campaign by Strategy

Strategy creates “Te Anau Time”, to inspire Kiwi’s to visit Te Anau. Using captivating photographs and simple typography, Te Anau Time is set to inspire travellers that there has never been a better time than now to experience and explore one of New Zealand’s most diverse regions. Want to submit your own work to Fresh…

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Fresh From The Field – NZ Vaccine Facts Animation Series

 When we saw the Vaccine Facts series, we thought it was a pretty nifty way to get a the complex idea of COVID-19 vaccines across our wide and diverse Aotearoa population, but in an easy and understandable way – so we got in touch with the team at Daylight Creative to ask them a few…

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Under The Hood With… Janelle Rodrigues, Creative Lead at Creature

Ahead of our next Under The Hood November event, we learnt more about one of our speakers, Janelle Rodrigues. Janelle is a founding partner and the Creative Lead of the award-winning design company Creature. She combines an enquiring mind with strategic motivations to solve her client’s creative briefs. She sees herself as more than a designer… although…

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Fresh From The Field – Engine for Empathy by Optimal Workshop

Optimal Workshop’s 2021 Strategy document needed to be easily digestible, clean, and professional, yet withstand their core values of being approachable, curious, and bold. Using illustrations to visualise complex ideas and concepts in the most simplest of ways, they pulled it all together to create something uniquely playful. Want to submit your own work to…

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Aotearoa NZ Photographers – Larnie Nicolson

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with photographer Larnie Nicolson, an Auckland based photographer who shoots for international publications and creative agencies. We talk about developing her distinctive graphic style, her architecture and interiors focus and how she keeps a human element.   This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin. How did…

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Fresh From The Field – Ahi Kā for BCFNZ by Colenso BBDO

BCFNZ turns to te ao māori to help empower women to get a mammogram. Colenso BBDO created a vibrant and eye-catching campaign, telling the story of wāhine Māori and their journey back to respecting their breasts. Want to submit your own work to Fresh From The Field? Fill out the FFTF form here. The brief: For…

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Aotearoa NZ Design Recognized in the Good Design Awards

The Australian Good Design Awards continues a long and proud legacy of showcasing the very best in design and innovation to a global audience. The Awards are one of the longest-running international design awards, promoting excellence in design and innovation since 1958. Recognised by the World Design Organization (WDO) as Australia’s peak international design endorsement…

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