Recap: Studio Culture and Wellbeing in a Hybrid World

Last week we tuned in online for our Autumn conversations panel which dove into how we navigate studio culture and wellbeing in a hybrid world. If you missed out on the event, here’s a few key takeaways and some of the questions we discussed. A few of our audience questions: “Do you think that businesses…

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Getting Paid on Time as a Freelancer

This month we’ve teamed up with Hnry to bring you fresh content every week covering a range of hot freelancing FAQs . During this series we covered topics like how to price your freelancing services , chatted with freelance illustrator Isobel Joy Te Aho-White on her freelancing journey, and held a free webinar with Hnry’s CEO,…

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Rush Digital on Designing for Digital Inclusion

As the world becomes ever more digital – a process that’s been accelerated by the covid pandemic – it’s even more important that no-one is left behind. We heard from our friends over at Rush Digital on how they’ve got accessibility in design at the forefront of their minds – originally published here. What is…

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Living the Freelance Life with Isobel Joy Te Aho-White

This month we’ve teamed up with Hnry to bring you fresh content every week. We’ll be covering a range of freelancing FAQs – like pricing your design work and will be going live on 30th March with a free webinar on ‘ How to thrive as a freelancer‘ – presented by Hnry’s CEO, James Fuller for our DA community. See…

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Rocketspark Academy—online course for web design best practices.

For those of you in our DA community who are looking at 2022 as a year of growth and learning, our friends over at Rocketspark have launched a suite of online courses covering web design best practices to help you kickstart and grow your design business this year. This article is proudly sponsored by Rocketspark.…

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How to Price Yourself as a Freelancer

This month we’ve teamed up with Hnry to bring you fresh content every week covering a range of freelancing FAQs. If you’re currently living the freelance life or dreaming about it some day, register here for our Free webinar on ‘ How to thrive as a freelancer ‘ – presented by Hnry’s CEO, James Fuller on…

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Meet Our Friends Hnry – March Content Series

This month we’ve teamed up with Hnry to bring you fresh content every week. We’ll be covering a range of freelancing FAQs – like pricing your design work, chatting with our DA friend, Isobel Joy Te Aho, on how she’s made her freelancing journey a success, and will be going live on 30th March with…

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Tips for junior designers in an interview

Portfolio Recruitment want to help you ‘put your best foot forward’ so they have prepared some advice and guidelines that will hopefully be of help – article brought to you by:   Below are a few quick notes for junior designers, on approaching interviews. These notes and input are from local Creative Directors we’ve spoken…

5 months ago by

Making your website or app accessible

As the world becomes ever more digital – a process that’s been accelerated by the covid pandemic – it’s even more important that no-one is left behind. Follow these tips for making your website or app accessible – originally published on https://www.belab.co.nz/items/making-your-website-or-app-accessible. Most of us use websites and apps every day, without even thinking about…

6 months ago by

Mental Health Resources

As a follow up from Aotearoa NZ Mental Health week and to continue supporting our community throughout these tricky times, we wanted to share some resources that we’ve come across to help, generate awareness and contribute to positive discussions around mental health within Aotearoa NZ. The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand is a charity…

7 months ago by

Never Not Creative and Mentally-Healthy launch global study into industry empathy

Our friends at Never Not Creative and Mentally-Healthy are inviting the entire industry to partake in the first ever study into empathy within creative, media and marketing businesses – take the ‘Different Shoes: The empathy project’ survey to help them out. ‘Different Shoes: The empathy project’ survey is a global, industry-wide survey that aims to…

8 months ago by

How are you doing Aotearoa NZ?

We’re into the thick of it now, all-things-lockdown are go, and we’re all starting to feel the effects of it. But we’re also starting to see the benefits now – our case numbers are getting lower, we’re getting into routines, and some changes in levels are starting to happen. We can see the effects of…

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Kia ora Aotearoa NZ design community

It’s already been a full-on 24 hours in which we’ve gone from normal life into level 4 lockdown, I myself on the rollercoaster of emotions from ‘Oh maybe this will be nice to do less for a bit’ to realising that with my two children at home, it’s not just level 4 that I will…

9 months ago by

STRONGER, BETTER, HAPPIER

Today, in collaboration with our partners Streamtime we are delighted to announce the launch of a hybrid online course for agency owners. Titled Stronger, Better, Happier, the program helps agency owners and leaders to assess their business (after a turbulent 12 months) and map out a future aimed at making their business happier, stronger and…

1 year ago by

Holiday Reading

Summer is here and the holidays are approaching with some pace, which for Aotearoa design means time away from the mac! Wherever you recharge over the festive season we hope there is time to relax and unwind. Many of our DA friends and partners are prolific readers so we asked a few to share their…

1 year ago by

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…

2 years ago by

Field Guide 2020: Epub

Kia ora Friends, We are so pleased to be able to share our 2020 Field Guide with you. We originally framed this project (back in April) as “a multidisciplinary exploration of New Zealand’s post-COVID design practice”. But realise now that “post-COVID” exploration was optimistic! Rather this document gives insight into how our creative community is…

2 years ago by

HEALTHY BUSINESS: THE ROAD TO RECOVERY

On the 6th August our friends Streamtime hosted a special Recovery event with agency owners and experts to share the month to month timeline of their financial and business performance, the decisions they made to survive and what they’re planning to do next. The videos and resources are online here. Peter Czapp of The Wow…

2 years ago by

Field Guide 2020: All together now

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…

2 years ago by

COVID-19 Resources by Maynard Design

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Maynard Design created a series of posters to help the public, businesses and healthcare providers articulate new processes and behaviours. These posters have been designed to be flexible, clear, and straightforward to utilise in a variety of scenarios. Each poster pack is free to download and print.  They are…

2 years ago by

We feel your feels

Kia ora team, Uncertainty is a huge factor in stress. The current level 3 in Auckland affects those outside the city boundaries, and we know that the full spectrum of our design community is feeling uncertain and unsettled right now while we are in this holding pattern and await updates as to what the governments…

2 years ago by

Field Guide 2020: Speaking with your ears

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…

2 years ago by

Field Guide 2020: COVID Response & You

This Field Guide article is the first in this 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…

2 years ago by

Meet the Makers (& educators) behind Project Make: Nathan Walker

Project Make champions the role of design and design education in New Zealand and encourages folk to make things together. We spoke with the educators about their individual journeys, collective approach to design education, what sparked the initiative and the positive impacts their teaching is having. https://project-make.com/ Today we hear from Nathan Walker: Nathan is…

2 years ago by

Turning working from home into working from your castle

This article was originally posted by Andy Wright 24 Mar, 2020 on the Streamtime blog. Andy generously shared his knowledge with our audience here. Some of the tips below apply specifically to people using Streamtime but for those of you not already using the platform there is still a wealth of wisdom on working from…

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