Autumn Conversations: Meet the Christchurch panel, Wednesday 14 April 2021

CHRISTCHURCH DA Event: Autumn Conversations – The business of design today April 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Plato Creative, 63 Manchester Street, Christchurch Get Tickets   One year […]

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Take 10 with… Amanda Gilchrist

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 […]

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DA Pulse Check #5 – Conversations on Covid-19 and Aotearoa NZ Design

Join us for a candid conversation on how Aotearoa NZ design studios are doing right now, how their business is being affected, and get advice for getting through the lockdown […]

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Take 10 with… Chris Flack

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 […]

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Aotearoa NZ Photographers – Janine Ross-Johnstone

Design Assembly recently got the opportunity to chat with photographer Janine Ross-Johnstone to find out more about her life behind the lens, being softly grounded and keeping pace with changing […]

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5 mins with…Paul Russell — Speaker at Spring Conversations, CHC 2019

Ahead of Design Assembly’s Spring Conversations Christchurch Event, we spend 5 Mins With… Paul Russell from Kallan & Co Pacific.  Tickets still available here Thursday 19th September 6 – 8pm […]

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Together As One

Our thoughts are with Aotearoa’s Muslim community, the people of Christchurch, and everyone directly affected by Friday’s horrific events. Design Assembly is all about community – celebrating and supporting all […]

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DA Women In Design Evenings – Christchurch

Join us for an informal evening of drinks from 27seconds and nibbles as we come together for relationships to be made, nurtured and supported.

Free to attend, spaces are limited.
Everyone is welcome.
Thursday 28 February 2019
6pm – 8pm
Junk & Disorderly Christchurch
105 Orbell Street
If you would like to hold DA Women In Design events in your local region please contact

Christchurch: DA’s End of Year Wrap Party 2018

2018 is almost a wrap!

Save the date for DA’s End of Year Wrap Party in Christchurch: Thursday 13th December at XCHC (Exchange Christchurch). Join your fellow designers and creatives and celebrate the end of the year and the start of summer with us. Nibbles will be served.

DA’s End of Year Wrap Party, Christchurch
Thursday, 13th December from 6.00pm
XCHC (Exchange Christchurch)

Tickets are FREE

Eventbrite - Design Assembly End of Year Party, Wellington


DA Chch Isle of Dogs Movie: Panel and Screening

Get the insiders intel on one of this years top movies!

Our awesome Autumn Series speaker, award-winning, stop motion animator Rachel Larsen is back with a pack of her fellow animators.

This talented crew, including lead animator and Christchurch local, Antony Elsworthy, worked on Isle of Dogs and will give us a pre-screening downlow with nibbles at Torenhof Belgian Beer Pub, before we cross the carpark to Academy Gold and delve into this new release Wes Anderson flick that rates a mighty 90% on Rotten Tomatoes.

A one off event that will be a great studio outing as well as social event for professionals and students alike.

Movie Info

In this stop-motion-animated film from writer/director Wes Anderson, an outbreak of canine flu in Japan leads all dogs to be quarantined on an island. A boy (voice of Koyu Rankin) journeys there to rescue his dog Spots (Liev Schreiber), and gets help from a pack of misfit canines who have also been exiled. His quest inspires a group of dog lovers to expose a government conspiracy. The voice cast also includes Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Bob Balaban, Greta Gerwig, and Yoko Ono.

We will start the evening at The Torenhof Belgian Beer Cafe with complimentary nibbles and panel discussion, followed by movie at Academy Gold Cinema, across carpark at 7:45pm.


$40+gst Professional / $30+gst Assembly Friend

Book your tickets here.

Fresh from the Field — Naylor Love by Strategy Creative

This week’s Fresh from the Field features an identity for Naylor Love by Strategy Creative. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh […]

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Plans and Reality in Central City Christchurch: How graphic design works towards, shapes, navigates and imagines a future city

Written by Cameron Ralston Supported by Creative New Zealand Cameron Ralston is a contributor to Aotearoa Design Thinking 2017, a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly and funded […]

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DA Conversations Podcast with Chris Flack, April 2017

Welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to New Zealand graphic designers, hear their stories, and celebrate their work.
In this episode I spoke to Chris Flack, Design Director at Strategy Creative in Christchurch. Strategy Creative is a proudly independent full service design led advertising agency, with studios in Christchurch, Wellington, Sydney and Tokyo.
Chris, hi

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DA End of Year Wrap Party, Christchurch

Join your fellow designers and creatives and celebrate the end of the year and the start of summer! Design Assembly End of Year Wrap Party, Christchurch At XCHC 376 Wilsons Road, Christchurch Join […]

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DA Workshop, Christchurch – Photograph and promote your design work

The Art of Self Promotion

While talent and hard work are essential for success, they can be entirely overseen without adequate self-promotion skills. Graphic Design has become an increasingly popular career choice for young creative people. It is a rapidly changing industry propelled by advancements in technology and new communication trends. Sharing your work without becoming human spam can be a delicate balancing act, but is increasingly important in age of digital communication where employers are adopting new online tools to discover talent.

This practical workshop targets final year students, graduates or anyone eager to have their portfolio professionally photographed and presented online. Attendees will bring along at least one physical piece of work they would like documented. We will explore styling and photo editing techniques to produce compelling images while touching on strategies to effectively use social media to share your work and create genuine interest.




Key Takeouts
  • At least one professionally photographed project
  • Digital editing techniques for portfolio photography
  • New styling methods to help document your work
  • Successfully use social media to share work
Bring along your own:
  • DSLR Camera
  • Laptop
  • Photoshop and/or other photo editing software

If you do have the following (we will have a couple of tripods to share)

  • Tripod with Vertical Boom
  • Manfrotto Tripod

Buy Christchurch Tickets
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