Kaiwhakanikoniko – kōrero with… Bonnie Brown

Kaiwhakanikoniko – kōrero (Speaking with Katoitoi’s graphic artists) Kātoitoi commissioned a number of Kaiwhakanikoniko (graphic artists) to visually interpret the written essays sitting within the project. We speak to three contributing illustrators: Bonnie Brown, Isobel Joy Te Aho-White and Joseph Carrington about their vibrant careers so far, where they draw their creative inspiration and some…

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5 minutes with… Chrissie Malloch

Ahead of our June 16 Workshop: No signal found – creating great campaigns without TV in Wellington we spoke with facilitator Chrissie Malloch to learn about her background, common campaign misconceptions, the work she is proud of – and what participants can expect from the Wellington event. Register Now   Can you describe the creative…

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Women in Design… Rosalind Clark, typeface

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so we’re happy to get the chance to speak with typeface’s Rosalind Clark. We spoke to Rosalind about her pathway to typeface (and the challenges of being self-employed), we learned about the culture of the practice, her methodology and multidisciplinary output, the mahi…

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Getting Under the Hood… Peter Radich

Ahead of our next  Under the Hood event, (May 26 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm) we learnt more about one of our presenters: Peter Radich an accomplished commercial designer based in the Bay of Plenty. We spoke about Peter’s background, the catalysts for his founding PRD, his personal design philosophy, breaking up the work…

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5 minutes with… Matthias Bucher

Scrolling Linkedin recently a bright bold and brilliant billboard for The Safe Space Alliance caught our eye. We reached out to NZ Aids Foundation designer Matthias Bucher to learn more about the billboard (& the community response), the important work he is doing, the shape of the NZAF creative team and Matthias aspirations for the…

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5 minutes with… Dr Chandra Harrison

DA spoke with Access advisor, UX researcher and designer Dr Chandra Harrison about universal design, accessibility and what the design community can do to ensure their work is more inclusive. She is the Managing Director of Digital Accessibility for Access Advisors, an initiative of Blind and Low Vision NZ, helping organisations understand and implement digital…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Laura Cibilich

Kia ora and welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to Aotearoa New Zealand designers, hear their stories and celebrate their work. I’m Louise and today I’m talking to Laura Cibilich from Run. Laura founded RUN (formerly Designstein) in 2008 and since then has orchestrated the launch of many successful brands and…

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Meet our friends… Danielle Barclay, Blur the Lines

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so we’re happy to get the chance to speak with Danielle Barclay — Founder of Blur the Lines. An independent design collective creating brand experiences that blur the lines between the physical, digital and virtual worlds. We spoke to Danielle about the catalysts…

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Getting Under the Hood… Scarlett Maddock, Head of Experience design at Jadeworld

Ahead of tomorrows Under the Hood event, (Wednesday 28 April 2021, 12.30pm – 1.30pm) we learnt more about one of our presenters: Scarlett Maddock, Head of Experience design at Jadeworld. Jade combines the power of People, Data, and Software to deliver unrivaled customer experiences. By maximizing the value of emerging and existing technologies, they constantly…

2 months ago by

Getting Under the Hood… Tyler Burbage, Blutui developer

Ahead of next weeks Under the Hood event, (Wednesday 28 April 2021, 12.30pm – 1.30pm) we learnt more about one of our presenters: Blutui developer Tyler Burbage. We spoke about the platform and how Blutui compares with its peers, Tyler’s favourite features and what he will be demonstrating on the day.   Can you tell…

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Aotearoa Photographers… Kirsty Dawn

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with photographer/designer Kirsty Dawn. Kirsty’s work is reflective of her interest in nature, architecture and use of light, creating a space for exploration and simplicity in both photographic and design disciplines. This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin.   How did you initially get started with…

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Growing through Covid: what 2020 taught me as an agency owner

By Vaughn Davis, Creative Director and Owner – The Goat Farm Ltd It’s been a year or so, Facebook Memories tells me, since we stopped going out for a beer, became obsessed with making our own bread and started pinning posters of Doctors Ashley Bloomfield and Siouxsie Wiles over the pop stars and All Blacks…

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Autumn Conversations: Meet the Christchurch panel, Wednesday 14 April 2021

CHRISTCHURCH DA Event: Autumn Conversations – The business of design today April 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Plato Creative, 63 Manchester Street, Christchurch Get Tickets   One year on from the emergence of Covid-19 in Aotearoa and we have all been affected by the global pandemic in many and different ways. It’s time…

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Free Dumb Sessions, Lee Parkinson (Strategy Creative)

Looking for something to expand your mind this long weekend? Tune into Lee Parkinson’s Free Dumb Sessions podcast. Lee is the strategic director of Strategy Christchurch and describes himself as relentlessly curious, and fascinated with human behaviour “by what we actually do, not just what we say, think, or feel.” The DA team have been…

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Getting Under the Hood with… Donna McCort

Our next Under the Hood is Wednesday the 24th of March. You are invited to join us online as two designers walk us through how a design project worked. At the upcoming event, Donna McCort (CD at Dow Goodfolk) is going to walk us through a recent project; in the lead up we learned more…

3 months ago by

5 minutes with… Mark Easterbrook

In today’s 5 minutes with… we are excited to introduce one of our favourite writers Mark Easterbrook. Mark collaborated with DA on the 2020 field guide, our most recent Be seen. Be heard. Be friend campaign, on the messaging for Kātoitoi the Aotearoa Design Archive and is facilitating our upcoming Writing for Designers workshop in…

3 months ago by

Meet our Friends… Danny Carlsen — Head of Design at Shine

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so we’re happy to get the chance to speak with Danny Carlsen — Head of Design at Shine Limited. We spoke to Danny about his career journey, the creative culture they have fostered at Shine, empowering team members to contribute and cross-pollination within…

3 months ago by

Meet our Friends… David Bourke, iceberg

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so we’re happy to get the chance to speak with David Bourke, iceberg’s Creative Director (who is also presenting at Under the Hood this Wednesday the 24th of February.) We spoke to David about his career path (highlighting a thread of music), the…

4 months ago by

Getting under the hood with… Sarah Nguyen

Our next Under the Hood is this Wednesday the 24th of Feburary. Thanks to our event partners Adobe, you are invited to join us online as two designers walk us through how a design project worked and an Adobe rep shares tips and tricks to improve your daily workflow. At the upcoming event, Sarah Nguyen…

4 months ago by

Meet our friends… Megan Bardsley

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so we’re happy to get the chance to speak with Megan Bardsley a freelance graphic designer with 15 years industry experience in New Zealand and the UK. We spoke about her career pathway, creative process, landing your dream job early in your career, juggling…

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Introducing Daz Martin – DA Events Producer

Late last year Design Assembly welcomed our newest team member Daz Martin. He has extensive experience in the arts sector and sees event production as an artform. Daz is currently finalising our program, ensuring we deliver the Aotearoa design community a rich round up of events and workshops in 2021 and beyond. Say kia ora…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Donna McCort

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 Donna McCort from Dow Goodfolk. Donna McCort is the creative director at Dow Goodfolk, a 25 year young brand design agency based in Auckland.…

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Meet our friends… Bryce Groves

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so we’re happy to get the chance to speak with Bryce Groves who recently returned to NZ from the UK. Bryce is an eclectic, experienced creative with a head for ideas, a knack for film and photography, and an eye for the practicalities…

6 months ago by

Holiday Reading

Summer is here and the holidays are approaching with some pace, which for Aotearoa design means time away from the mac! Wherever you recharge over the festive season we hope there is time to relax and unwind. Many of our DA friends and partners are prolific readers so we asked a few to share their…

6 months ago by

Baggy Pants and Butter Paper… Guillaume Martel, Media Design

This interview is the third in a series from Hamish Besley a third-year student at Victoria University Wellington – Te Herenga Waka, Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation. Each interview was first published in Baggy Pants and Butter Paper, an editorial publication for students by students (conceived in Hamish’s final year of study). The interviews…

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