Broadsheet, New Zealand’s Feminist Magazine Goes Digital

Written by Lana Lopesi Graphic Matters is a monthly column on issues and ideas related to New Zealand Design Culture Covers of Broadsheet Issues 1 – 15  “…I became pregnant because I wanted to have a baby; my motives or reasons are no one’s business but my own…”  — Anonymous, Broadsheet Issue 1 On January 19,…

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From The Archives: Battling billboards

Late 2016 Michael Smythe explored the inescapable electoral design of street hoardings. Written by Michael Smythe What? Who? Why? Our eyeballs are assaulted. Our streetscapes are cluttered. There must be an election in the offing. For many potential voters the proliferation of political placards is the clearest indication that a democratic process is underway. So…

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From The Archives: Making Matariki Multicultural

In 2016 Michael Smythe looked at the idea of making Matariki multicultural. Written by Michael Smythe Would developing Matariki as a cross-cultural Kiwi festival be yet another act of patronising colonisation? Or might it be a means by which all New Zealanders confidently claim their place in the Pacific by extrapolating Māori cosmology and bringing…

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Aotearoa Design Thinking: an opportunity to revisit 2017

Created by Lana Lopesi Supported by Creative New Zealand     In 2017 Design Assembly introduced Aotearoa Design Thinking — a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded by Creative New Zealand. Our intention was to actively discuss New Zealand graphic design practice by celebrating, growing and challenging current thought. By…

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Summer Reading

Summer holidays are the perfect time to catch up on your reading… Here are some top picks from some of our DA Friends to help you brush up on your design theory, along with a bit of rest and relaxation this summer: Paul McNeil “The Visual History of Type” The Visual History of Type is a…

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Being Assertive

Throughout your journey in your design career, there will be many occasions where you will need to be assertive. These could include: Handling conflict (with clients, internal teams or suppliers). Pitching and presenting. Asking for a promotion or salary increase. Standing up for your ideas. Being heard in meetings. Reaching solutions. Addressing unfair situations. Saying…

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From The Archives: A rest will be better than a change

Remember that whole flag debate? Here’s Michael Symthe’s contribution to the conversation from 2016. Written by Michael Smythe Another damn flag article? Give it a rest — we are over it! That is not the way design-driven leaders think. Success is the reward of the tenacious, not the timid. It is time to take stock…

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What happens when you no longer care?

Say you are working on a substantial website job with a difficult client. The work has been going on for months, and the website is now overdue for release. Your client is making substantial last minute changes, and your team is packed with other work. You are weary of both the project and the client,…

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Christmas Presents for Designers

It’s that time again! Stuck for what to buy your creative friends? Here’s a list of some top picks for Christmas gift ideas for the designers in your life, supplied by some of our DA Contributors and Friends: Louise Kellerman: a Scribble Me This workshop voucher Allbirds shoes Lana Lopesi: The Olaga Samoa: Samoan Lifestyle…

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Avoiding Studio Burnout

One of the saddest and most preventable reasons why designers leave their jobs is due to ‘burnout’. Burnout has been described as “a state of chronic stress that leads to physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism and detachment, and feelings of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment.” The phrase ‘burnout’ was coined by a psychiatrist named Herbert Freudenberger.…

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Being Human: Notes and Reflection from Xin Cheng

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 last in a four part series of long-form interviews with interesting, exciting and innovative members of Aotearoa’s design…

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Civic Lessons

Written by K. Emma Ng Supported by Creative New Zealand Emma Ng 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 final in a four part series on design and politics that was published over the course of…

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Finding a mentor

Written by Sarah Ritchie The most successful agency people are those who care about developing their career, and who want to become the best possible version of themselves. One way to achieve this goal is by asking for professional guidance from others. There will be a stable-full of people whom you can talk with over…

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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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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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Looking Back to Look Forward: In Conversation with Turumeke Harrington

Written by Lana Lopesi Supported by Creative New Zealand Lana Lopesi is the editor of 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 final in a four part series that looks at design and the ‘Other’ that will be published…

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Igniting a Passion for Democracy: On the Fence

Written by Lana Lopesi Designers­—as communication specialists and image-makers—build election campaigns as we know them. They communicate political messages to the masses, and create pathways from the public to the politician. A voter’s initial impression of a candidate is often a visual one. If designed well, images, slogans or even hashtags can “embody ideological values…

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The Reorientation of Objectspace: In Conversation with Kim Paton

Written by Lana Lopesi At the end of July Objectspace reopened their gallery doors to the public, with a new space, a reenergised mandate and a declaration to be Aotearoa’s leading gallery dedicated to the fields of design, craft and architecture. This marks an exciting turn for the design community, an institution dedicated to enriching…

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Plans and Reality in Central City Christchurch: How graphic design works towards, shapes, navigates and imagines a future city

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 third in a four part series which looks internally at this concept of ‘Design Thinking’ and what on…

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Adopting a kaizen mindset

The Japanese people have a word they know as kaizen, which means ‘change for the better’, or ‘good change’. Over the years, the business world has adopted and evolved this word to mean the implementing of a mindset/process of continual improvement. “Kaizen is a daily process, the purpose of which goes beyond simple productivity improvement.…

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Interview with Todd Atticus

Written by K. Emma Ng Supported by Creative New Zealand Emma Ng 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 on design and politics that will be published over the course…

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Murky In-between Spaces: An Interview with Nell May

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 first in a four part series of long-form interviews with interesting, exciting and innovative members of Aotearoa’s…

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UX Homegrown: July 21st, Auckland

This year Auckland is playing host to UX Homegrown, a one day conference of 20 talks and workshops about UX practice in New Zealand. It takes place on the 21st of July with a pre-conference evening of 3 talks on the 20th of July. Design Assembly recently spoke with Matt Gould who, along with Emma…

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Wearing Dissent: The Politics of the T Shirt

Written by Lana Lopesi Supported by Creative New Zealand   Lana Lopesi is the editor of 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 that looks at design and the ‘Other’ that will be…

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