2017 Best Design Awards Winners

Last Friday night the design community honoured some of Aotearoa’s best designers, and their projects from the past year, at the annual Best Design Awards. The acknowledgement of great design is a pinnacle event, and we want to extend our congratulations to all of the winners. In the Graphic category, Inhouse took home the supreme…

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DA Workshop: Applying Design Thinking to creating Māori Graphic Design, 10th November, Wellington

Design Assembly welcomes back Johnson McKay from Fly to present this half-day Wellington workshop focussing on Māori Graphic Design. Applying Design Thinking to creating Māori Graphic Design Friday 10th November 9.00am–1.30pm Toi Pōneke Arts Centre 61/69 Abel Smith Street Te Aro Wellington  $350 Professional / $250 Design Assembly Friend / $150 Design Assembly Student Friend (Not a DA…

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Fresh from the field — The Collective Force, Fuman

This week’s Fresh from the Field celebrates the new identity work for TCF by Fuman. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the Field series email Zoë for details. Created in 1996, The Collective Force (TCF) is an artist management and production agency with offices in Auckland and…

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Now and Then: Sefton Marshall

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 Sefton Marshall who joined the team at Moa Beer a few months ago as their in-house graphic designer. Thanks for…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Grant Alexander, September 2017

Welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to New Zealand graphic designers, hear their stories, and celebrate their work.

In this episode I spoke to Grant Alexander. Grant is currently the Design Director at Onfire Design in Auckland. He started his career in 1969 at Designscape magazine, co-founded Designworks with Ray Labone in 1982 and in 2000 formed a partnership with daughter Kate to create Studio Alexander.

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Design and Documentary: An Interview with Ella Sutherland

Written by Layla Tweedie-Cullen Supported by Creative New Zealand Layla Tweedie-Cullen is a contributor to Aotearoa Design Thinking 2017, a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand. This article is the third in a four part series of long-form interviews with interesting, exciting and innovative members of Aotearoa’s design…

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Objectmarket & Preview Event

As part of Objectspace‘s ongoing fundraising project, you’re invited to the preview and silent auction for Objectmarket on Thursday 5 October from 6pm. Objectmarket includes 50 makers over 5 days — an incredible opportunity to buy craft and design. Objectmarket: Preview and Silent Auction Thursday 5 October, 6pm Venue: Sapphire Room, Upstairs Ponsonby Central, 165…

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Fresh from the field — Kirkcaldie, ThompsonCo.

This week’s Fresh from the Field celebrates ThompsonCo.’s recent work for Kirkcaldie in Christchurch. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the Field series email Zoë for details. A boutique interior design agency, Kirkcaldie is the brainchild of Georgie Inglis, a designer whose particular flair for exotic…

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Smells like fresh print — Think Packaging’s self-promotion

Brought to you by B&F Papers, the Smells Like Fresh Print series celebrates the beauty and tactile qualities of recently created, selected print projects. This week we share Think Packaging‘s self promotion. “After six years in the packaging game, we decided it was time to treat ourselves to a nice spot of re-branding, as well as indulge in…

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Political Agency in Graphic Design: In Conversation with The Elective Collective

Written by Cameron Ralston Supported by Creative New Zealand Cameron Ralston is a contributor to Aotearoa Design Thinking 2017, a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand. This article is the fourth in a four part series which looks internally at this concept of ‘Design Thinking’ and what on…

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Celebrating the 100 Days Project Exhibition: Sat 30th Sept/Sun 1st Oct, Auckland

It’s that time again! You’re invited to help celebrate the end of this year’s 100 Days Project at the Auckland Day 100 Show: Auckland Day 100 Show 6 – 9pm Saturday 30 Sep, 10 – 4pm Sunday 1 Oct Thievery Studio Level 2, 203 Karangahape Rd Auckland The Day 100 Show is a pop-up exhibition celebrating this most…

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Fresh from the field: Chapter 2, Onfire Design

This week’s Fresh from the Field reveals a 3-dimensional graphic design project completed by Onfire Design for Chapter 2. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the Field series email Zoë for details. Well-known designer, architect and bike racer, Michael Pryde recently opened the latest chapter of…

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Graphic Design & Photography: Michelle Weir

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with architectural/lifestyle photographer Michelle Weir to find out more about her work, her passions, and her studio, Studio: Weir. This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin. NZ Fashion Week 2015, Twenty-Seven Names © Michelle Weir Hi Michelle, can you tell our readers a little bit about who you…

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Printed Matter and the Document: A Conversation with p. mule

Written by Layla Tweedie-Cullen Supported by Creative New Zealand Layla Tweedie-Cullen is a contributor to Aotearoa Design Thinking 2017, 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 long-form interviews with interesting, exciting and innovative members of Aotearoa’s design…

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In Celebration: the DA+SPAKL 2017 Speed Dating Portfolio Evening

On August 16th, Design Assembly hosted its Speed Dating Portfolio Evening at Spark Lab featuring 20 young graphic designers and 20 professionals in a fast-paced evening of networking, portfolio reviews and feedback. Thanks to all our amazing professionals who gave up their time to provide valuable advice to our new designers. Thanks also to photographer Matt Dawkins.

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Catching up with Greg Straight

Design Assembly recently caught up with Auckland-based, illustrator/designer Greg Straight to find out more about what he’s recently been doing. (Seems like he’s been keeping pretty busy!) So, what’s been happening in the world of Greg Straight? It’s been another busy year and I’ve been trying to expand on what I do and what I…

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By Day/By Night: Caroline Powley, Whitecliffe

Welcome again to our 2017 By Day/By Night series. Here we profile a range of design teachers from our tertiary institutions to find out what projects they’re involved in outside of work hours, and how their personal creative endeavours feed back into their teaching roles. Sixth up we speak with Senior Lecturer Caroline Powley from…

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Cultural Relevance in the Digital Age: Emotiki

Written by Lana Lopesi In 2015, The Oxford Dictionary named ‘emoji’ the official word of the year, revealing a major shift in consumer behaviour towards mobile and visual communication. Emojis are still and moving image characters, used in text and social media platforms to express emotion. While emojis were first invented in 1999, in 2016,…

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Creative Spaces — Fox & Co. Wellington

Creative Spaces is a series exploring New Zealand creative and design workplaces, giving you a sneak peak into the space and behind-the-scenes. This series is proudly brought to you by Atomic Coffee – Fuelling creativity. In the third of this series we went into Fox & Co. — a Wellington-based creative motion design studio, and…

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Untitled: Klim Type Foundry and Alt Group, Objectspace

Untitled: Klim Type Foundry and Alt Group shows at Objectspace from 28 Jul–17 Sep 2017. We are all consumers of type but often we are not conscious of the qualities of the type we are reading. We categorise type into two broad genres, serif and sans serif, with and without feet. All typefaces are imbued with…

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Fresh from the field — Marx’ self promotion

This week’s Fresh from the Field celebrates 2017’s three-dimensional gift package from Marx. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the Field series email Zoë for details. Christmas is a time for giving. So… on the first day of Christmas, our clients got for free, a daily planner…

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Meet the Designers, Adobe Creative Jam Christchurch

Design Assembly proudly presents the Christchurch Adobe Creative Jam happening this Thursday, September 7th. This is a great opportunity to hear from creative industry stars Lindsay Yee and Natasha Vermeulen as they share their processes and projects. Meanwhile, you’ll watch teams of designers compete in a tournament to tackle a design challenge in just 4 hours using Adobe Creative…

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The Adobe Creative Pursuit: student competition

Adobe presents its first digital creative pursuit competition for students in Australia & New Zealand. From August 15 to October 15, Adobe is introducing a new way to demonstrate your ability and originality within the creative community. To the students who love to design and stretch their imagination beyond barriers, we are calling out! Adobe…

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By Day/By Night: Bruce Russell, Ara

Welcome again to our 2017 By Day/By Night series. Here we profile a range of design teachers from our tertiary institutions to find out what projects they’re involved in outside of work hours, and how their personal creative endeavours feed back into their teaching roles. Fifth up we speak with Dr Bruce Russell from Canterbury’s Ara.…

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