Under The Hood With… Matt Grantham, Creative Director of Onfire Design

Ahead of our next Under The Hood April event, we learnt more about our next speaker, Matt Grantham, Creative Director of Onfire Design. First things first, can you tell us a little about your background, and how did you first get started in the industry? English born and bred. I studied Communication Media (a fancy name…

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Under The Hood With… Nico and Linus, Creative Director and Art Director of Fox & Co

Ahead of our next Under The Hood April event, we learnt more about two of our speakers, Nico and Linus from Fox & Co.  First off, can you tell us a little about yourselves? Nico: I’m a Creative Director at Fox & Co Design, originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I have been working in the Graphic…

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Fresh From The Field — Abletech brand and website refresh – By Wonderlab Ltd

Wonderlab shared with us a bit of their design thinking and how they helped Abletech, an almost two decade old IT company, leverage their brand’s goodwill in order to develop a brand-story and identity that respects the past without being shackled to it. Want to submit your own work to Fresh From The Field? Fill…

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2022 Hot New Things: Sophia Hornabrook, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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 Sophia Hornabrook, one of Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington creative graduates. You…

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2022 Hot New Things: Nayanathara K, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington

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 Nayanathara K, one of Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington’s creative graduates. You…

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2022 Hot New Things – William Shaw, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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 William Shaw, one of Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington creative graduates. You…

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Thinking Differently – Cameron Sanders of CATO Brand Partners

Kate McGuinness recently sat down for a chat with Partner and Managing Director Cameron Sanders of Cato Brand Partners. From the Wellington studio, Cameron has played an integral role in defining brand and creative strategy for local and global-based projects. He shares his insights on the importance of storytelling, the strength of collaboration and why…

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2022 Hot New Things: Huy Tim, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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 Huy Tim, one of Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington creative graduates. You…

6 months ago by

2021 Wellington DA Event: EOY Wrap Party

On 1st December 2021, Design Assembly, in partnership with Strategy Creative and Out Of Office, hosted Wellington’s DA end of year wrap up event.   The event had a great turn out, with a variety of creative minds and backgrounds coming together to celebrate the end to a tough year. Under the theme of ‘passion…

7 months ago by

From The Edges – Toi Ārahitanga, The Art Guide

In our From The Edges series we feature Aotearoa NZ Academic Design Projects. Our practice as designers can be seen to be explored, pushed and perhaps become something entirely new where it exists at the edges of our practice in the world of academia. Free from the constraints of commercial outcomes and clients, designers explore and…

7 months ago by

Fresh From The Field — Citizens Advice Bureau Website and Intranet By Somar Digital

The new, easy-to-use CAB website was refreshed by Somar digital, with a focus on modernising it, whilst also improving the user journey but maintaining the knowledgeable and trusted advice that kiwis have come to rely on. Want to submit your own work to Fresh From The Field? Fill out the FFTF form here. The brief: The…

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Kūmara Awards shine a spotlight on great placemaking in Wellington 

Five unique and diverse projects that have connected communities and transformed random spaces into meaningful places have been recognised in the Wellington region’s first placemaking awards. The Kūmara Awards are run by Placemaking Aotearoa and are supported by Hutt City Council.  The Awards recognise and celebrate great placemaking – a collaborative process where people work…

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Aa–Z! : a typographic installation [analogue/digital/object]

Aa–Z! : a typographic installation [analogue/digital/object] at twentysix on Constable Street is a typography project by third-year Tātai Momotuhi / Typography sudents in Communication Design at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington. Consisting of twenty-six letters of the Latin alphabet and an exclamation mark, the installation is a large-scale composition of letterforms populating the gallery space. Ranging across three…

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From The Edges – Megan Mackay, Victoria University

We spoke to Megan Mackay from Victoria University about her journey defining who she was as a designer, her Masters in Design Thinking, keeping a growth mindset and working with the World Design Organisation. Our practice as designers can be seen to be explored, pushed and perhaps become something entirely new where it exists at…

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Fresh From The Field — Good Trouble by Alex Johnson and Ramon Telfer

We’ve got a very pertinent piece for Mental Health Awareness week – we talk to Alex Johnson and Ramon Telfer behind Good Trouble. They chat about mental health challenges and how nearly one-third of Kiwis experience mental distress in their lifetime, with men being 3-4 times more likely to die by suicide. They created their…

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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…

11 months ago by

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…

1 year ago by

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…

1 year ago by

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…

2 years ago by

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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