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…

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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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Under The Hood – September Speakers Announced

Join us for Under The Hood – September with our two designers as they walk us through how their design projects worked. Each designer will share the brief, how they approached it, talk us through that internal feedback loop – This is too hard! It’s not working! Why did I decide to be a designer?!…

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Stronger, Better, Happier Studio Program Online Course Video Walk Through

Join Louise Kellerman from Design Assembly and Andy Wright from Streamtime as they walk you through what to expect from their Stronger Better Happier Studio Program. Louise and Andy will give you an overview of the course and take you through some of the content in module one and two so you’ll be able to…

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Under The Hood – August Replay 2021

You are invited to watch the replay as two designers walked us through how their design projects worked. Each designer will share the brief, how they approached it, talk us through that internal feedback loop – This is too hard! It’s not working! Why did I decide to be a designer?! – and out to…

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Take 10 with… Danny Carlsen, Head of Design at Shine

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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Take 10 with… Kate Darby, Co-founder of Recreational Studio

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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Take 10 with… Rachel Foye, Marketing & Environmental Manager from BJ Ball

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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Meet our friends… Sam Ramlu, Founder of Method

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so we had a chat to Sam about her creative journey and what lead to her founding Method. We spoke to her about her typical day, the Method-approach to projects and celebrating with kai. Being a DA Friend means you’re helping us to build a thriving…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Will Bardebes

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 Will Bardebes, an educator at Unitec and a designer. Will Bardebes is currently the discipline lead of animation and graphic design within the faculty…

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Take 10 with… Andy Wright, CEO of Streamtime

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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Take 10 with…Tamsin Eldridge, Senior Designer at Ryman Healthcare

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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Take 10 with… Graeme Blake CEO Of Blutui

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…

2 months ago by

Getting Under the Hood with…Aaron Troy from Jasmax

Ahead of our next Under the Hood (get tickets here), we speak with Aaron Troy about which project he will share at the event, the different personalities of Kingsland, hazy IPAs and building a 3ft mini ramp in his backyard. Kia Ora Aaron, thanks for joining us on Under The Hood. Can you tell us…

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Fresh From The Field – The Art of Letters by Kris Sowersby

Be in to win a free copy of The Art of Letters! Simply tell us what custom typeface was used to typeset the book, then email janelle@designassembly.org.nz with the subject line “Kris Sowersby Book Entry” and put your answer in the body to enter the draw.   Formist Editions is proud to announce the release…

2 months ago by

Now and Then with Sam Harris of Hula

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. This time we’re catching up with Sam, who is a junior designer…

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In Kōrero with… Kātoitoi cofounders, Louise Kellerman and Nicole Arnett Phillips

Growing an archive – by and for the community Louise Kellerman and Nicole Arnett Phillips are the co-founders of Kātoitoi. Having collaborated for a number of years through Design Assembly, both saw a pressing need for Aotearoa to develop its own visual archive. Louise and Nicole did just that, sourcing the funds and gathering together…

3 months ago by

Inhouse Luminaries… Karem Ortiz, Heartland bank

This series profiles the best and brightest designers in Aotearoa’s in-house design studios, this week we spoke with Heartland Bank‘s Creative Lead, Karem Ortiz.   Kia ora Karem, can you tell us a bit about your creative background prior to joining Heartland? Growing up, I loved creating at school and at home. Later on, I realised…

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