Take 10 with… Leon Mackie

The DA team want to support our community through these unprecedented times – something we kept coming back to is a focus on connection and community. So we want to do what we think DA does best, sharing ideas, inspiration and information and profiling our community. With that in mind, we launched a new series…

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DA Pulse Check – Conversations on Covid-19 and Aotearoa NZ Design

Join us for a candid conversation on how Aotearoa NZ design studios are doing right now, how their business is being affected, and get advice for getting through the lockdown as a design business. Thanks to our principal partners Blutui, Streamtime, Portfolio Recruitment and mychillybin, each week of the category 4 lock down (and our…

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Take 10 with… Louise Kellerman

The DA team want to support our community through these unprecedented times – something we kept coming back to is a focus on connection and community. So we want to do what we think DA does best, sharing ideas, inspiration and information and profiling our community. With that in mind, we launched a new series…

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Take 10 with… Graeme Blake

The DA team wants to support our community through these unprecedented times – something we kept coming back to is a focus on connection and community. So we want to do what we think DA does best, sharing ideas, inspiration and information and profiling our community. With that in mind, we launched a new series…

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Take 10 with… Laura Cibilich

The DA team want to support our community through these unprecedented times – something we kept coming back to is a focus on connection and community. So we want to do what we think DA does best, sharing ideas, inspiration and information and profiling our community. With that in mind, we launched a new series…

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Isolating with… Jemma Titheridge

Last week we reached out to one of our DA friends Jemma Titheridge to learn more about her experience self-isolating after returning home to New Zealand. Yesterday as our alert level heightened to three ‘Restrict’ with four ‘Eliminate’ coming into effect tomorrow our community have lots we can learn from Jemma’s experience, so we are…

2 weeks ago by

5 minutes with… Simone Speet

Ahead of our Auckland DA Workshop: Wayfinding for Designers we caught up with one of our workshop facilitators Simone Speet from Maynard Design. Simone specialises in digital and static wayfinding signage for the built environment, with a strong focus on design systems, legibility and information hierarchy. With over 10 years in the field, she has…

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5 minutes with… Shane Goodwin, Head of Experience Design at Jade

Ahead of our upcoming Christchurch DA Event: Autumn Conversations – Design & Accessibility we spoke with Shane Goodwin, Head of Experience Design at Jade. Shane has been sketching, imagining, developing, breaking, and making products for the last 18 years, with the last 11 as a UX designer. Before that he has been a product manager,…

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5 minutes with… Grayson Davis, Senior Designer at Dave Clark Design Sydney

Today we cross the ditch to chat with Grayson Davis a Sydney based kiwi multi-disciplined designer, who specialises in visually representing brands through the magic of story and craft. Grayson shares personal insight on collaboration – being part of a team – diversity, access and universal design in contemporary creative practice, and his phenomenal (after-hours)…

3 weeks ago by

5 minutes with… Fiona Murray, Senior Copywriter at Plato Creative

Ahead of our upcoming Christchurch DA Event: Autumn Conversations – Design & Accessibility we spoke with Fiona Murray who specialises in turning features into benefits and relaying those to specific groups of people in brand-appropriate language. She’s no stranger to pushing creatively and making a ‘big idea’ work across multiple mediums, from one-line billboards to…

3 weeks ago by

Women in Design — Jess Gommers, Art Director, Exhibition & Print Designer

In this series, we celebrate New Zealand Women in Design as they share their work and processes and we learn more about their day-to-day routines, diverse career pathways, and how they achieve balance. Today we hear from Freelance Art Director, Print and exhibition Designer Jess Gommers Who were your early creative influencers? Mum was a…

4 weeks ago by

Queer in Design – Isaac Loyola

In this series, we celebrate our LGBTQ+ designers as they share their career pathways, explore how being queer informs their work, and discuss how we achieve better representation and inclusivity in Aotearoa design industry. Today we meet Isaac Loyola owner and creative director of www.loyola.co.nz Can you tell us about your creative journey so far?…

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Hot New Things 2020 – Angela Coote, AUT

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 and dreams for the future. Today we speak with Angela Coote from AUT Was there someone (or something) that inspired you to pick design…

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In-house Design Luminaries — David Kaho, Marketing Design Leader, LION

This series profiles the best and brightest designers in Aotearoa’s in-house design studios, this week we spoke with David Kaho, Marketing Design Leader at LION. David works with some of New Zealand’s most recognisable beverage brands. Can you describe the creative path you took to get where you’re at now? I started here at Lion…

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5 minutes with… Susannah ‘Roxy’ Huntington

Ahead of our Auckland DA Event: Out of Office – Conversations on working inhouse we caught up with Roxy Huntington – Former Head of Design, Trade Me. Can you describe the creative path you took to get where you’re at now? With a Market Researcher mum and Research Scientist dad, questions such as “why?” and…

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Queer in Design — Pedro Marques

In this series, we celebrate our LGBTQ+ designers as they share their career pathways, explore how being queer informs their work, and discuss how we achieve better representation and inclusivity in Aotearoa design industry. Today we meet Pedro Marques, graphic designer (& resident letterer) at pan.co.nz Can you tell us about your creative journey so…

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Aotearoa Photographers: David Hamilton

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with photographer David Hamilton to find out more about his life behind the lens, the diverse subjects he shoots and keeping pace with changing technology. This article is proudly brought to you by mychillybin.   How did you get started in the photographic industry? I was a hair…

2 months ago by

Hot New Things 2020 – Natasha Pinker, AUT

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 and dreams for the future. Today we speak with Natasha Pinker, AUT     Was there someone (or something) that inspired you to…

2 months ago by

Queer in Design – Kaan Hiini

In this series, we celebrate our LGBTQ+ designers as they share their career pathways, explore how being queer informs their work, and discuss how we achieve better representation and inclusivity in Aotearoa design industry. Many of you will be familiar with Kaan Hiini, senior designer at Curative, Kaan has been in service to our community…

2 months ago by

Mentally Healthy 2020 survey launches

Never Not Creative, UnLtd and Everymind have partnered to conduct the second major study into the mental health and wellbeing of the media, marketing and creative industry in Australia (and New Zealand!) Take the survey The study follows the Mentally Healthy 2018 survey, completed by more than 1,800 participants, which identified that people in the…

2 months ago by

UNVEIL by Nicole Redman with… Sam Stuchbury

This is the second of four interviews by recent AUT graduate Nicole Redman. (Each interview was first published in Unveil, an editorial publication conceived in Nicole’s final year of study). The interviews explore professional designers unique personal narrative as each shares challenges, inspirations and industry insight.  In this instalment, we hear from Creative Director and…

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Hot New Things 2020 – Tikirau Jermaine-Rhyd Hathaway

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 and dreams for the future. Today we speak with Tikirau Jermaine-Rhyd Hathaway from Unitec Was there someone (or something) that inspired you to…

2 months ago by

Hot New Things 2020 – Danielle Kane, 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 and dreams for the future. Today we speak with Danielle Kane from Wintec – Bachelor of Media Arts (Graphic Design) You completed your…

2 months ago by

5 minutes with… Dan Fantl creative director at Les Mills International

Ahead of our Auckland DA Event: Out of Office – Conversations on working inhouse we caught up with Dan Fantl creative director at Les Mills International, who describes himself as a Failed pro athlete. Failed chewing gum entrepreneur. Failed trampoline park entrepreneur. Part time golfer, full time dreamer, forever optimistic. Trying to change fitness culture…

3 months ago by

Women in Design — Isla Osborne, Freelance Designer & Glass Artist

In this series, we celebrate New Zealand Women in Design as they share their work and processes and we learn more about their day-to-day routines, diverse career pathways, and how they achieve balance. Today we hear from Freelance Designer and Glass Artist Isla Osbourne.   Can you tell us about your career milestones and creative…

4 months ago by