Spring Conversations – Introducing the Wellington Panel

Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA Spring Conversations series taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in September. Living a life well in design – let’s talk about culture, mental health and values in the Aotearoa NZ design community. Join us for a conversation that will take a look into what it means to…

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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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Fresh From the Field — Raise the Standard, by Strategy Creative

Ahead of our June 16 Workshop: No signal found – creating great campaigns without TV in Wellington we asked facilitator Chrissie Malloch to share a recent campaign Strategy Wellington was proud of. The Raise the Standard project is exemplary mahi, striving for social good outcomes through crafted storytelling.   The Brief:  A healthy home is…

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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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Post Graduate Profile, Joseph Coddington

We love it when DA friends share their work. Joseph Coddington’s postgraduate research (at Victoria) is an incredible foray into the dimensionality of an image, technological experimentation and the future of design production with additive means. Kia ora Joseph, What is your background and how did you get into design? Kia ora, I’m Joseph Coddington…

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Autumn Conversations: Meet the Wellington panel, Wednesday 21 April 2021

WELLINGTON DA Event: Autumn Conversations – The Business of Design Today April 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Optimal Workshop, 25 Courtenay Place Get Tickets   One year on from the emergence of Covid-19 in Aotearoa and we have all been affected by the global pandemic in many and different ways. It’s time to…

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Baggy Pants and Butter Paper… Gabby Pittar, Interaction Design

This interview is the fourth in a series from Hamish Besley (@hamo.b) a third-year student at Victoria University Wellington – Te Herenga Waka, Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation. Each interview was first published in Baggy Pants and Butter Paper, an editorial publication for students by students (conceived in Hamish’s final year of study). The…

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2021 Hot New Things: Rob Burrowes, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University

Each summer DA profiles a selection of the top design graduates coming out of our tertiary institutions. We welcome these talented emerging professionals to our industry, learn about their passions, final projects, developing creative confidence and ambitions for the future. Today we speak with Rob Burrowes from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University Was there someone that…

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Meet our Friends… Sara Fraser of Sartoria

We love the opportunity to get to know our DA friends better, so were happy to get the chance to speak with Sara Fraser of Sartoria about her career, creative process, navigating (and learning from) challenges, a love affair with Cuba street, and must do’s for creatives visiting Wellington. Friends want their friends to succeed.…

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Baggy Pants and Butter Paper… Bella Alexander-Kemble, Communication Design

This interview is the first in a series from Hamish Besley a third-year student at Victoria University Wellington – Te Herenga Waka, Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation. Each interview was first published in Baggy Pants and Butter Paper, an editorial publication for students by students (conceived in Hamish’s final year of study). The interviews…

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Wellington: EOY Wrap Event — Meet our speakers

Wellington DA Event: EOY Wrap Party 2020, November 11, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Join your fellow designers and creatives to celebrate the end of the year and the start of summer! What a year 2020 has been! So let’s get together – celebrate being back in level 1, commiserate and share our experiences of…

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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…

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MOD returns to Wellington to celebrate human-centered design. 

MOD week; 12 – 16 October 2020 Exploring how humans can work better together, celebrating human-centred design and creative problem solving Mindset of Design is all about the human side of solutions, whether those solutions are tech-based or not. MOD is run by CHQ, leaders in innovation learn more here modwellington.com New Zealanders are invited…

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Meet our friends… typeface

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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5 minutes with… Raul Sarrot

Ahead of his Wellington workshop on Friday 25th September 2020, we spoke to Raul Sarrot about The Value of Strategy in times of flux and disruption, staying ahead of the curve, the qualities of design strategists, the importance of curiosity, and design strategists role in shaping our future. We are living through unprecedented economic and…

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Under The Hood… Dan Newman

DA and Adobe have partnered up our live online event series Under the Hood, the next instalment is fast approaching on Thursday the 2nd of July. 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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Take 10 with… Phyo Thu

During categories 3 and 4 of New Zealand’s COVID response we launched Take 10 with… to do a pulse check on how our community was feeling, working, what you are missing, and learn about your hopes for the future. We think the format has merit as we transition into practice in the post-COVID landscape, and…

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5 minutes with… Tamsin Ewing Content designer & Web accessibility advisor

Tamsin Ewing is a content designer and web accessibility advisor at the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) in Wellington, where she works on content design projects for Govt.nz and Digital.govt.nz. She’s currently leading an initiative to improve guidance on meeting the New Zealand Web Accessibility Standard so that digital information and services are accessible to…

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Take 10 with… Leon Mackie

The DA team want to support our community through these unprecedented times – something we kept coming back to is a focus on connection and community. So we want to do what we think DA does best, sharing ideas, inspiration and information and profiling our community. With that in mind, we launched a new series…

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By Day By Night – An interview with David Lewis, Victoria University

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 David Lewis who works at Victoria University of Wellington What is your official title at work? I am…

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Isolating with… Jemma Titheridge

Last week we reached out to one of our DA friends Jemma Titheridge to learn more about her experience self-isolating after returning home to New Zealand. Yesterday as our alert level heightened to three ‘Restrict’ with four ‘Eliminate’ coming into effect tomorrow our community have lots we can learn from Jemma’s experience, so we are…

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Fresh From The Field — Whakapapa Walls by Johnson Witehira

This Fresh From The Field by Johnson Witehira of Indigenous Design and Innovation Aotearoa is a playful and artful expression Māori-world views. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email  nicole@designassembly.org.nz  for details. The Brief: This work, entitled Mahimahi, was commissioned by the QT…

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5 minutes with DA’s new Wellington host… Jenn Hadley

As we have grown over the last ten years, our Auckland-based founder Louise Kellerman has relied on local hosts to be ambassadors and fly the Design Assembly flag in their region. The newest addition to our host team is Wellington-based Jenn Hadley, and we wanted to take 5 minutes to introduce her to you all!…

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Wellington Zinefest 2019

The 2019 Wellington Zinefest is set to be bigger than ever – covering three days of events, from November 15 – 17, at Te Auaha on Dixon street. After the popularity of the 2018 market, Zinefest has expanded into a true festival, with two different market days and spots for 120 stalls, live music and…

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