Scribble Me This, New Boutique with a Point of Difference

Introducing Scribble Me This, a new boutique Auckland design studio established in 2017 by graphic designer and lettering artist Kate Hursthouse. Custom hand lettering is their specialty and point of difference, and how they ensure their clients receive a design that’s authentic and unlike any other. Clients include Lululemon, One Percent Collective, TEDxAuckland, Forest and Bird and…

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From The Archives: Into the White

Way back in 2014, Design Assembly had the opportunity to speak with Craig Lucinsky from Into the White, a Wellington-based design and letterpress studio: I make small letterpress goods: cards, prints and hand bound notebooks at the moment. I use a mix of handset wooden type and digital polymer plates. All the items are designed…

7 months ago by

2017 Design Assembly Poster Exhibition

Thanks to everyone who submitted posters for the 2017 DA Poster Exhibition. We received over 100 entries! Congratulations to the 15 designers who were selected to show this year at Objectspace in Auckland on 23 November, and at Exchange Christchurch on 30 November. We will be taking submissions for the 2018 DA Poster Exhibition from…

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Fresh from the field — TEDxWellington, Strategy

This week’s Fresh from the Field celebrates the recent identity work for TEDxWellington by Strategy Creative. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the Field series email Zoë for details. TEDxWellington approached us with the theme of ‘perspective’ for this year’s event. We looked past the obvious…

9 months ago by

Fresh from the field — Ki Sunscreen, Akin

This week’s Fresh from the Field features Akin‘s recent work for Ki Sunscreen. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the Field series email Zoë for details. Evoking the sensual application of sunblock and the protection it offers through the subtle layering of colour and texture on…

9 months ago by

On this Wednesday: DA film event: Helvetica 10th Anniversary Screening, Hastings

Rachel and Jason Juno will be hosting the first ever Design Assembly event in the Hawkes Bay region with a screening of Helvetica on Wednesday, October 18th. It’s been 10 years since Helvetica the film was released. Join us in this special 10th Anniversary film event showing on the big screen, to celebrate and debate…

9 months ago by

By Day/By Night: Caroline Powley, Whitecliffe

Welcome again to our 2017 By Day/By Night series. Here we profile a range of design teachers from our tertiary institutions to find out what projects they’re involved in outside of work hours, and how their personal creative endeavours feed back into their teaching roles. Sixth up we speak with Senior Lecturer Caroline Powley from…

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Untitled: Klim Type Foundry and Alt Group, Objectspace

Untitled: Klim Type Foundry and Alt Group shows at Objectspace from 28 Jul–17 Sep 2017. We are all consumers of type but often we are not conscious of the qualities of the type we are reading. We categorise type into two broad genres, serif and sans serif, with and without feet. All typefaces are imbued with…

11 months ago by

DA Film: Helvetica, 10th Anniversary Screening in Auckland

It’s been 10 years since Helvetica the film was released. Join us in this special 10th Anniversary film event showing on the big screen, to celebrate and debate the influence of one typeface on a generation and decade of design. “Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It…

12 months ago by

Ahead of Semi Permanent Auckland: 5 Minutes with… Mark Gowing

Ahead of this year’s Semi Permanent event, we spoke with Mark Gowing, founder and director of Sydney’s Formist: Hi Mark, can you tell us a little bit about who you are, your background, and how you first got started in the industry. I am a graphic designer and publisher living and working in Sydney. I…

12 months ago by

Fresh from the field — Sui Gen Gifts by Stansfield Design

This week’s Fresh from the Field features the beautifully serene new branding and identity work for Sui Gen Gifts by Elliot at Stansfield Design Studio: If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the Field series email Zoë for details. The Brief How many times do we want to buy a gift…

1 year ago by

5 Minutes with Sarah Maxey, ahead of this year’s SPARK event

Sarah Maxey is one of the many talented creatives taking part in this year’s SPARK festival held at Wintec from August 14–17th. #Spark17 features a wide range of presentations, workshops and events. Tickets are at NO COST and available via Eventbrite. Ahead of this year’s SPARK, Festival Director, Megan Lyon, spent a few moments chatting with Sarah:…

1 year ago by

The 2017 PANZ Book Design Awards

The short lists for this  year’s PANZ Book Design Awards have now been published. The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony taking place in Auckland on July 20th. We wish all participants the very best and congratulate them on their work. They are: Penguin Random House New Zealand Award for Best Illustrated Book: Designer: Aaron Beehre…

1 year ago by

Auckland Zinefest 2017

The Auckland Zinefest graces our winter again from this Saturday 8th of July until Friday 4th of August. There are a ton of activities and opportunities to participate: Zinefest Market Sunday 30th July, 12pm–5pm North Atrium, Auckland Art Gallery 80+ zinemakers will be selling their fresh zines on everything from science, psychedelic journeys, feminism, mini comics,…

1 year ago by

Nicole Arnett Phillips: Christchurch and Auckland

Brisbane based designer Nicole Arnett Phillips recently visited Christchurch to run a type workshop, hosted by the Ara Institute of Canterbury. Before we got stuck into the hands on work, Nicole took us through a quick re-cap in the history of type as well as the formal and structural aspects of letterforms. It was a good…

1 year ago by

By Day/By Night: Peter Gilderdale, AUT

Welcome to our 2017 By Day/By Night series. Here we profile a range of design teachers from our tertiary institutions to find out what projects they’re involved in outside of work hours, and how their personal creative endeavours feed back into their teaching roles. Secondly we speak with Peter Gilderdale, Associate Head of School, Research and…

1 year ago by

SPAKL, August 10–12th

Semi Permanent returns to Auckland’s Aotea Centre in August. “This year’s speaker line-up is a roll-call of names, featuring some of the best minds from today’s biggest global companies – Dantley Davis, Director of Product AI at Facebook; Ethan Eismann, Director of Product at Uber; Katie Dill, Head of Experience at Airbnb and Hector Ouilhet,…

1 year ago by

Fresh from the Field — First Light, Dow Design

This week’s Fresh from the Field showcases the branding, identity and packaging for First Light grass-fed meats by Dow. If you’ve got new or recent work that you’d like to share in our weekly Fresh from the Field series email Zoë for details. The brief: At first we were commissioned just to come up with a positioning for First Light. They…

1 year ago by

A man you need to know: Robert Coupland Harding, Part IV

Written by Kelly Gilchrist Earlier articles in this series are available here: Part I, Part II, Part III To undertake a project the size of Typo is an outstanding feat by today’s standard; to produce an eight to twelve page, detailed, comprehensive, virtually error free, journal, essentially single-handedly every month; Robert Coupland Harding was a workaholic. He was…

1 year ago by

Fresh from the Field — Disobedient Teaching, Welby Ings

Written by Nicole Arnett Phillips When I was at AUT, I was distracted. I enjoyed design, I enjoyed learning… but I was also working 18+ (often 24-30) hours per week, partying most evenings, and was diagnosed with celiac disease. So looking back now, parts of my time at university are a bit of a blur…

1 year ago by

DA Workshop, Hand Lettering with Kelly Spencer, April 8th, Wellington

Join Kelly Spencer, hand-letterer, designer and illustrator, for this full-day, Wellington-based typography workshop. Hand Lettering with Kelly Spencer Saturday 8th April, 10am–4pm Toi Pōneke Arts Centre Upper Chamber 61 – 69 Abel Smith Street Te Aro Wellington $299 Professional / $249 Design Assembly Friend / $149 DA Student Friend (Not a Design Assembly Friend? Sign up here). Workshop…

1 year ago by

DA Workshop: The Essentials of Typography with Nicole Arnett Phillips, 28th May 2017, Christchurch

Join Brisbane-based type designer Nicole Arnett Phillips aka TypographHer, for this full-day, hands-on typography workshop in Christchurch: The Essentials of Typography – Everything about type that you didn’t learn at school! Sunday, 28th May 10am–4.00pm ARA, Institute of Canterbury Studio: D219 130 Madras St, Christchurch $350 Professional / $250 Design Assembly Friend / $150 Design Assembly Student…

1 year ago by

Auckland Day 100 Show, 25/26th Feb

Join us as we celebrate the blood, sweat and tears of the latest lot of hundred dayers. Featuring 100 individual projects made painstakingly over a one hundred day period, the work is diverse, irreverent, heart-felt and fun. This is a really shambolic and vibrant kind of art show, and the artists come from all walks…

1 year ago by

A man you need to know: Robert Coupland Harding, Part III

Written by Kelly Gilchrist (Read Part I here. Part II is also available to read here.) Harding’s type specimen and library collection began while he was still an apprentice and only ended the day he passed. An auction catalogue of Harding’s extensive library after his death outlines small details of his collection only surpassed by the…

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