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…

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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:…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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Field Guide 2020: Angie Tangaere

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…

7 months ago by

5 minutes with… Bel & Pat of Paradise Press

Annabel Hawkins & Patrick Hickley new project Paradise Press bucks the trend of quick-hit eCommerce endorphins by starting slow art movement. The two flatmates saw a need for a platform that connected young talent with young buyers in a sustainable way. ‘The concept came from the lost possibility of travel. Everyone’s spent so much time…

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Women in Design — Artia Simamora

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 Artia Simamora Who were your early creative influencers? There’s no one creative person that really influenced…

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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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Field Guide 2020: Eddy Royal

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…

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Meet our Friends… Nick de Jardine

Based in Wellington, New Zealand, Nick de Jardine works with a diverse range of clients and collabor­ators from across the globe. Nick has over seventeen years of industry experience and founded Grafik in 2011. He has been rec­ognised by a number of design industry awards including five gold pins, two AGDA awards and twelve Awwwards.…

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Under The Hood with… Matt Power

DA and Adobe have partnered up our live online event series Under the Hood, the next instalment is fast approaching on Thursday the 6th of August. We spoke to the presenters to learn more about their design career, process, the project they will be sharing and their hopes for the future of Aotearoa design. Today…

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Under The Hood with… Leah Surynt

DA and Adobe have partnered up our live online event series Under the Hood, the next instalment is fast approaching on Thursday the 6th of August. We spoke to the presenters to learn more about their design career, process, the project they will be sharing and their hopes for the future of Aotearoa design. Today…

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Field Guide 2020: Keri Whaitiri

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…

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PUSH PLAY Ramp Connects

Design Assembly is a long-time supporter of Wintec School of Media Arts’ Ramp Festival – this year the event has adapted to the extraordinary times we find ourselves in with an alternative format Ramp Connects Podcasts. The series is now live and features award-winning journalist, Aimie Cronin in conversation with creatives from the fields of…

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Field Art: Lucie Blaževská

In this series, we shine a spotlight on the incredible artists contributing to our 2020 Field Guide. Today we hear from Lucie blaževská How would you describe your illustration/artwork style? Vibrant, dynamic and playful digital illustrations. Is illustration your full-time gig or how does it fit around the other mix of work you do? I…

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Book Love: A Typographic Journey

DA is a team effort and most often we write as a collective. But today I am very much here in the first person. In 2008 I was incredibly burnt out and bought my first letterpress machine as a form of art therapy. I love all things type and print and now have a collection…

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Field Art: Cameron MacDonald 

In this series, we shine a spotlight on the incredible artists contributing to our 2020 Field Guide. Today we hear from Cameron MacDonald    Can you tell us a little bit about who you are, what your background is, and what led you to design? I reside in Wellington NZ but am originally from Palmerston…

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Field Guide 2020: Designing a new Aotearoa

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…

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By Day By Night, Ali Cowley – Media Design School

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 Ali Cowley who works at Media Design School     What is your official title at work? Art…

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Field Art: Huriana Kopeke-Te Aho

In this series, we shine a spotlight on the incredible artists contributing to our 2020 Field Guide. Today we hear from Huriana Kopeke-Te Aho How would you describe your illustration/artwork style? Digital illustrative art, but I also focus heavily on outlining, so illustrative digital line art also fit. Is illustration your full-time gig or how…

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