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…

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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…

2 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…

2 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…

3 months ago by

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…

3 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…

7 months 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…

12 months 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…

1 year 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…

1 year 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…

1 year 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…

1 year 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…

1 year 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…

1 year 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…

1 year 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…

1 year 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…

2 years ago by

Applying for your first jobs. Advice from Portfolio Recruitment.

We know how hard it is to secure your first design job in the industry after Uni, you’re not alone in that. There are about 1000 design grads every year and not enough positions for everyone. At least not at all the same agencies. You’re a talented fish, in a pool teeming with other talented…

2 years ago by

Practical and emotional advice for Aotearoa Designers

The core tenants of DA are to connect and celebrate our community. We want all Aotearoa Designers to live well and to flourish. Usually, when we write here, the DA team operates as a collective voice. Occasionally you’ll hear direct from Lou, our amazing founder. Or one of the local hosts making a shout out…

2 years ago by

Be the change you want to see

Blutui is a web design platform for creative agencies developed by a creative agency. We spoke with our friends Blutui about embracing the accessibility challenges (& opportunities) faced by digital design practice today.     Design impacts people’s ability to participate in society. The #AccessLaw2020 lobby aims to pass legislation later this year to ensure,…

2 years ago by

Meet our partners… Streamtime, project management software for companies that don’t do boring.

In our 2019 audience survey, you identified; studio, time and project management as your biggest pain points with design practice so we are incredibly excited to be partnering with our friends Streamtime… who are on a mission to help create healthier creative businesses. Streamtime enable creatives to do what they do best (not admin!) Creative…

2 years ago by

Mentally Healthy 2020 survey launches

Never Not Creative, UnLtd and Everymind have partnered to conduct the second major study into the mental health and wellbeing of the media, marketing and creative industry in Australia (and New Zealand!) Take the survey The study follows the Mentally Healthy 2018 survey, completed by more than 1,800 participants, which identified that people in the…

2 years ago by

5 minutes with… James Fuller CEO of Hnry

In just three short years, Hnry has become Aotearoa’s fasted growing tax agent and happily call themselves your Financial Sidekick. Hnry is an ideal option for freelancers as it provides all your invoicing, payments, expenses and tax services all in one place, with no need for a separate accountant or complex software. Annie, Consultant for…

2 years ago by

Field Guide — A simple Guide to Paper

Brought to you by B&F Papers As a young designer exploring the world of paper it is important to understand many of the key properties and attributes that bring you or your clients design and concept to life. There is a large range of paper options to select from and the simplest solution is to…

2 years ago by

Tips for breaking into Industry.

There is no doubt landing your first design job can be difficult – no matter how rigorous your rationales, polished your portfolio and enthusiastic you are – there is a tonne of other design students vying for the same roles as you. A lot of advice design graduates receive is cliched ‘Believe in yourself’, ‘Think…

2 years ago by