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 – Lecturer at Unitec

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

9 months ago by

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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