Under the Hood with… Logan Bradley, Creative Director at Curative

Ahead of our next online Under The Hood event on 6 July, we learnt more about one of our speakers, Logan Bradley, creative director at Curative. Along with having a background in multimedia design, independent fashion, film production, and social work and an expert eye and contemporary aesthetic that has been responsible for many awarded…

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Recap: Studio Culture and Wellbeing in a Hybrid World

Last week we tuned in online for our Autumn conversations panel which dove into how we navigate studio culture and wellbeing in a hybrid world. If you missed out on the event, here’s a few key takeaways and some of the questions we discussed. A few of our audience questions: “Do you think that businesses…

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Da Autumn Conversations 2022 – Meet the Panel

Since covid there’s been a shift in the way many of us work. Before 2020, the idea of a hybrid work environment was a radical concept. Today, however, it’s been adopted widely as the way forward while we navigate the ever changing landscape of covid. For this Autumn’s DA Conversations event we will be diving…

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2022 Hot New Things: Reuben Gilchrist, Wintec

Each summer DA profiles a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. We welcome these talented emerging professionals to our industry, learn about their passions, final projects, developing creative confidence and ambitions for the future. In this article, we talk with Reuben Gilchrist from Wintec. You can find out more about…

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Now and Then with Robyn Gough Palmer of Alt Group

Written by Annie McCulloch and brought to you by Portfolio Recruitment Now and Then is a series where we catch up with people who have been recently placed, via Portfolio Recruitment, to get their thoughts and feedback about their roles and their work. Our latest Now & Then Q&A is with Robyn Gough Palmer who joined the team…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Kaan Hiini

Kia ora and welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to Aotearoa NZ designers, hear their stories and celebrate their work. I’m Louise and today with designer Lindsay Yee, we talked to Kaan Hiini from Curative. Kaan Hiini is the Design Director at Curative, a creative agency inspiring social change. An award-winning…

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Fresh From The Field — Born to Create By Lucie Blaze

Lucie discovers how creative women work in Aotearoa and gathers them together in her Born to Create publication. Born out of a previous series of inspirational talks, the purpose is to give a voice to women and celebrate creativity and diversity across disciplines. She explores their practices, studios and inspirations – with each interview offering…

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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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2022 Hot New Things: Huy Tim, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

Each summer DA profiles a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. We welcome these talented emerging professionals to our industry, learn about their passions, final projects, developing creative confidence and ambitions for the future. Today we speak with Huy Tim, one of Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington creative graduates. You…

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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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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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Now and Then with Tash Vranjes from HeyYou

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. Annie recently had a chat to Tash, who is a Senior Art Worker at HeyYou.…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Matt Power

Kia ora and welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to Aotearoa NZ designers, hear their stories and celebrate their work. I’m Louise and today I’m talking to Matt Power from Method. Matt Power is Design Director working across design, art direction and user experience at Method, a creative technology studio based…

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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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5 mins with… Adeline Salkeld, Product Design Lead at RUSH

Recently we caught up with Adeline Salkeld, Product Design Lead at RUSH. We talked to about freelancing, making the world better, learning dressage and moving to NZ and settling in UX and working at RUSH.   Can you tell us a bit about your career background and what led you toward digital? I was lucky…

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5 minutes with… Serval Fandango

Serval Fandango is Tāmaki Makaurau based illustrator, artist and graphic designer. His lively brilliance, and unique flair has been seen across the city from coffee cups to digitised large scale installations. Annie McCulloch from Portfolio Recruitment recently caught up with him and had a chat. When did you discover or realise your talent for creativity?…

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By Day by Night – Meighan Ellis, AUT

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 Meighan Ellis who works in the Communication Design Department at the School of Art + Design at AUT. What…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Sam Haehae

Kia ora and welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to Aotearoa NZ designers, hear their stories and celebrate their work. I’m Louise and today I’m talking to Samantha Haehae from The Native Creative. Sam is an artist, neo-generalist, change-maker, and digital explorer. With around a decade of diverse experience in digital…

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From The Edges – Megan Mackay, Victoria University

We spoke to Megan Mackay from Victoria University about her journey defining who she was as a designer, her Masters in Design Thinking, keeping a growth mindset and working with the World Design Organisation. Our practice as designers can be seen to be explored, pushed and perhaps become something entirely new where it exists at…

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Aotearoa NZ Photographers – Ann Orman

We had a chat with Aotearoa NZ Photographer Ann Orman about how she got hooked onto darkroom photography, sold everything and moved to Paris and then interviewed and photographed 34 women from across Aotearoa NZ for Spirit, a beautiful coffee-table style book, rich with stunning images of women creatives – looking at their work and…

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From The Edges – Katie Twisleton, with Good Health Design

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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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…

10 months ago by

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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