Meet our Friends… Heath Lowe

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so were happy to get the chance to speak with Special Group co-founder Heath Lowe. Heath’s career began in the US and Europe, where he worked alongside some of the world’s most ambitious companies to bring their unique vision and products to market…

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Meet our Friends… Sara Fraser of Sartoria

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so were happy to get the chance to speak with Sara Fraser of Sartoria about her career, creative process, navigating (and learning from) challenges, a love affair with Cuba street, and must do’s for creatives visiting Wellington. Friends want their friends to succeed.…

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5 minutes with… Toby Morris

Art director, illustrator and comic Toby Morris takes big (often challenging) issues and distils them into digestible engaging visuals. Recently appointed creative director of the Spinoff, Toby’s collaboration with microbiologist and science communicator Dr Siouxsie Wiles informed us all how to stay safe and limit the spread of Covid-19. This important work was shared internationally…

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Postgraduate Design Research — Jaime Kapa, Unitec

Welcome to Postgraduate Design Research – an opportunity to profile a selection of current design postgraduate students and their projects across our tertiary institutions. Today, we speak with Jaime Kapa from Unitec. What is your background and how did you get into design? I moved to London after graduating at AUT. I never used my…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Sam Allan

Kia ora and welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to NZ designers, hear their stories and celebrate their work. I’m Louise, Design Assembly Founder and Director and today I’m talking to Sam Allan. Sam is the founder and managing director of Onfire Design a specialist branding and packaging design agency based…

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Meet our Friends… Sam O’Flaherty

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so were happy to get the chance to speak with Designworks Sam O’Flaherty about his career, language as design, favourite (and least favourite) turns of phrase, the power of messaging, work that he is proud of and ‘being a chameleon without becoming invisible’. Friends want…

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5 minutes with… Bron Thomson

With the creative sector seriously affected by coronavirus pandemic fallout, the Semi Permanent event has been repurposed and reformatted to meet new objectives, inspire and help ‘reboot’ our industry. On Thursday 12 November at Auckland’s Aotea Centre, New Zealand’s leading creative practitioners will showcase the breadth, depth, diversity and potential of the creative industries. Ahead…

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Grow, Designed By Media Design School Students: Dannah Angela Soriano, Erika Marasigan, Logan Ware, Yancong Guo,

‘Grow’ is a volunteer recruitment campaign that promotes volunteering to people who are passionate, eager to learn, and are willing to give back to the community. The initiative designed by a collective of Media Design School Students was recently awarded in the Next Gen NG: Digital Design category in the Good Design Awards. Design Assembly…

8 months ago by

By Day By Night… Wintec’s Trudi Hewitt

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 Trudi Hewitt who works at Wintec, School of Media Arts in Hamilton. What is your official title at…

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Getting teams excited about remote collaboration

Kate McGuinness speaks to Nina Fountain, Workplace Strategist and the founder of Transformed Teams about how creatives can work together, even when we’re apart.   How can creative teams foster that ‘spirit of collaboration’ remotely? The awesome thing about creative work is the energy of creating – it is those fantastic moments when you lose…

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5 minutes with… Caro Armstrong

Portfolio Recruitment has been a loyal longtime partner of Design Assembly. Their support helps us support our community. The portfolio team are creative industry recruitment specialists, they live and breath Aoteraoa design. Portfolio connect clients with talent in our industry in permanent, contract and freelance capacity, across creative, strategic, digital, client service and production. We…

8 months ago by

Field Art: Munro Te Whata

In this series, we shine a spotlight on the incredible artists contributing to our 2020 Field Guide. Today we hear from Munro Te Whata How would you describe your illustration style? I’ve always jumped between drawing in a semi-realistic or cartoony style.  Is illustration your full-time gig or how does it fit around the other…

9 months ago by

Meet our Friends… Sarah Callesen, Dossier

Design Assembly has become the home of New Zealand design – providing a collaborative digital and physical platform for kiwi visual designers to learn, keep up-to-date and be inspired. We couldn’t do that without the support of our Friends. This series profiles some of the studios and individuals who have shown their love and support…

9 months ago by

Field Guide: Raul Sarrot Podcast

Kia ora and welcome to the DA Field Guide 2020 Podcast series. This is a special limited edition podcast series of four interviews commissioned by Creative New Zealand as a part of the DA Field Gudie 2020 – An exploration of NZ’s post-Covid design practice. In this special series we’ll hear from leaders in the…

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Field Guide: JOHNNIE FREELAND – SYSTEMS NAVIGATOR

This Field Guide article sits within a series of commissioned essays, interviews, podcasts and artworks to be published over 16 weeks on designassembly.org.nz and culminate in a downloadable PDF publication which will be distributed nationally.  We are incredibly grateful to Creative New Zealand who funded this 2020 Field Guide, which actively investigates, celebrates, nurtures and challenges…

9 months ago by

5 minutes with… Raul Sarrot

Ahead of his Wellington workshop on Friday 25th September 2020, we spoke to Raul Sarrot about The Value of Strategy in times of flux and disruption, staying ahead of the curve, the qualities of design strategists, the importance of curiosity, and design strategists role in shaping our future. We are living through unprecedented economic and…

9 months ago by

Field Art: Carol Green

In this series, we shine a spotlight on the incredible artists contributing to our 2020 Field Guide. Today we hear from Carol Green How would you describe your illustration/artwork style? Cartoony and people-focussed. Is illustration your full-time gig or how does it fit around the other mix of work you do? Self-employed illustration is my…

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5 minutes with… RAMP Festival intern Lauren Mann

Wintec communications student Lauren Mann is the 2020 RAMP festival intern, we spoke to her to learn more about the opportunity, her background, studying at Wintec and this year’s digital RAMP connects format. Festival Director Megan Lyon (Left) and Lauren Mann (Right) Was there someone (or something) that inspired you to pick communications as a…

9 months ago by

FLUX: Meet the Panel

Thanks to our DA partners Blutui,  My Chilly Bin, Portfolio Recruitment and Streamtime you are invited to join us online while we gather as a national community in an online forum to discuss Aotearoa Design amidst Covid-19. Tuesday 22 September, 7pm – 8pm Online Zoom Webinar Today we want to introduce you to our panelists:…

9 months ago by

Field Guide 2020: Jef Wong

This Field Guide podcast sits within a series of commissioned essays, interviews, podcasts and artworks to be published over 16 weeks on designassembly.org.nz and culminate in a downloadable PDF publication which will be distributed nationally.  We are incredibly grateful to Creative New Zealand who funded this 2020 Field Guide, which actively investigates, celebrates, nurtures and challenges…

9 months ago by

5 minutes with… Kelly Spencer

We spoke with graphic artist Kelly Spencer, about her recent mural collaboration with Horohoro school in the Bay of Plenty and the environmental stewardship that runs throughout her work. Can you tell us about your career milestones and what lead you to your large scale lettering art? My career has had a few key pivot…

9 months ago by

Meet our friends… Brendan Jarvis, The Space Inbetween

Design Assembly has become the home of New Zealand visual design – providing a collaborative digital and physical platform for kiwi visual designers to learn, keep up-to-date and be inspired. We couldn’t do that without the support of our Friends. This series profiles some of the studios and individuals who have shown their love and…

9 months ago by

Field Guide 2020: Workplace revolution

This Field Guide article sits within a series of commissioned essays, interviews, podcasts and artworks to be published over 16 weeks on designassembly.org.nz and culminate in a downloadable PDF publication which will be distributed nationally.  We are incredibly grateful to Creative New Zealand who funded this 2020 Field Guide, which actively investigates, celebrates, nurtures and challenges…

9 months ago by

Aotearoa Photographers: Frank Schwere

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with photographer Frank Schwere to find out more about his life behind the lens, his journey that led to New Zealand, shooting iconic landscapes, the projects he is most proud of and the importance of finding your voice in your work. This article is proudly brought to…

10 months ago by

DA Pulse Check #7 – Conversations on Covid-19 and Aotearoa NZ Design

We are 6 months into Aotearoa’s COVID response with Auckland in Category 3 and the rest of the country in Category 2 we reached out to design studios around the country to see how they are doing right now and what unexpected benefits or positive outcomes they have experienced from the COVID pandemic response. Thanks…

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