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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Meet our friends… Oscar Thomas, Designworks

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so we’re happy to get the chance to speak with Oscar Thomas, designer at Designworks. We spoke to Oscar about his career journey, an interest in motion and film, the Designworks philosophy and culture, the mahi he is proud of, tech he is…

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By Day By Night, Emily Russell

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 Emily Russell who works at Wintec, School of Media Arts in Hamilton. What is your official title? I’m…

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On the Flipside… Sian Thompson, Creative Intern at Seven

The transition from design student to designer can be tricky! Design internships provide an invaluable stepping stone towards professional practice and create continuity within the design profession. On the flip side profiles current design interns and the Aotearoa studios that are hosting them. We learn more about the emerging talents ambitions, the fresh perspectives they…

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Inhouse Luminaries… Renée Norman, KPMG

This series profiles the best and brightest designers in Aotearoa’s in-house design studios, this week we spoke with Renée Norman, at KPMG a global leader in financial services. Kia Ora Renee, can you describe the creative path you took to get where you’re at now? I’ve always had a creative vernacular; the exploratory play was…

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5 minutes with… Nikki Kennedy of TapuTapu Designs

Design has the potential to affect change, and Waikato-based Nikki Kennedy of TapuTapu Designs (www.taputapu.co.nz) is using her design practice as a tool to revitalise te reo Māori, craft beautiful items for our homes and contribute positively to our national language, culture and taiao (environment).    Kia ora Nikki tell us about your creative background:…

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Women in Design… Julie Bénard, typeface

DA speaks with typeface’s Julie Bénard about language barriers, burnout, her pathway to typeface, we learned about the mahi she is proud of, exceeding client expectations, the skills she is keen to develop, fostering innovation in her work and ambitions for the future.   What led you toward design? From as long as I remember,…

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Brave UX with… Brendan Jarvis

We know the design community is constantly seeking out new ideas, looking for ways to learn, hear from our peers and advance our thinking. Listening to podcasts is one of the easiest and most accessible ways to do all of the above and the DA team is hooked! One of our recent binges is from…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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