DA Conversations Podcast with Emma Kaniuk and Tana Mitchell

Kia ora and welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to NZ designers, hear their stories and celebrate their work. I’m Louise and today I’m talking to […]

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Auckland – DA Spring Conversations 2019 : Meet the panel

Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA Spring Conversations 2019 series taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in September. Planet centric design – What is the role and responsibility of the […]

3 years ago by

5 Minutes with… DA Founder Louise Kellerman

To understand where we are going, we must know where we have come from. This year Design Assembly celebrates ten years of supporting our community. We’re taking this milestone as […]

3 years ago by

DA Workshop Wellington: How to run a profitable, successful design business

Design Assembly is delighted to present design and advertising account management expert Sarah Ritchie for this half-day business workshop in Wellington.

How to run a profitable, successful design business
Saturday 10th November
10am—3pm
Victoria University of Wellington, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Room LT2

$350 Professional / $250 Design Assembly Friend / $95 Student + GST
(Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here).


Are you a self-employed designer? A design agency account manager? Or do you run a small design agency? You’ll know that maintaining great client relationships is just as important as producing great design work to guarantee financial success—but working with clients and ensuring your work remains profitable can be two of the biggest challenges you’ll face. In this fully-interactive workshop, we’ll hit the issues head-on and tackle the tough questions that you want to ask. The power is in your hands!

You may like to know:

  • How to quote a project accurately
  • How to charge by ‘value’ rather than by ‘hours’ to maximise profitability
  • How to avoid time blowouts on projects
  • How to tell if ‘urgent’ really is ‘urgent’
  • How to work with contractors and still make a profit
  • How to balance design aesthetics with client demands
  • How to deal with difficult clients
  • How to make sure you get paid
  • How to manage long-term projects
  • How to handle a reactive and unpredictable work environment.

 

It’s up to you! Send in your burning questions with your registration and we will answer as many as possible during the workshop.

About the facilitator: Sarah has walked in your shoes! She has spent 25 years in design and advertising account management, which included 10 years running her own, successful graphic design business. These days Sarah works for 3rdeye Consulting and specialises in supporting account managers and strengthening agencies. She is also the author of the brand new book “How to Wrestle an Octopus: an agency account manager’s guide to pretty much everything” — soon to be published.

Terms and Conditions: If you cancel your ticket more than 8 days ahead of the workshop, 100% of your ticket will be refunded. Within 7 days of the workshop, 50% of the ticket price will be refunded or you can transfer your ticket to another Design Assembly workshop within a year.

Tickets on Eventbrite

 

Paddling Together Through “Rugged Terrain”: Design Assembly Talks Diversity

Written by Lana Lopesi  Graphic Matters is a monthly column on issues and ideas related to New Zealand Design Culture  The question around diversity and design has been tearing up […]

4 years ago by

DA Korero | Spring – Hawke’s Bay

Design Assembly and our regional host Coast & Co are excited to bring to Hawke’s Bay — DA Korero | Spring. Like the autumn event, it is a casual opportunity to get the creative community together and have a chat about all things design.

Join us at The Urban Winery on the 20th of September from 5.30pm for a quiet beverage or two.

This is a free event with a cash bar — please show your support for the venue.

Book your tickets here.

The first 10 people who grab tickets and also have signed up for the DA newsletter will receive a goodie bag on the night!

Design Assembly wouldn’t exist without the support of our amazing DA Partners:
BF Papers  | Portfolio Recruitment  | mychillybin | Adobe

Thanks to The Urban Winery and  Brebner Print for being our venue and refreshment partners

 

7th Annual Design Assembly Pub Quiz, Christchurch September 13th, 2018

The DA Annual Pub Quiz is back for its seventh year! Join us for an evening of graphic design, arts and culture trivia — you know you want this year’s bragging rights!

Pit your studio against the rest, or if you’re working independently, gather together a team of your design colleagues. Show your creative peers just how much you know, and enjoy an evening amongst the biggest design nerds in Christchurch.

Prices

— Professional (1 x table booking, seats up to 7 max.) $195+GST
— Design Assembly Friend (1 x table booking, seats up to 7 max.) $175+GST
(Not a DA Friend? Click here for details on how to sign up.)

Includes nibbles on every table to start your night right.

Eventbrite - 7th Annual DA Pub Quiz Auckland

Design Assembly wouldn’t exist without the support of our amazing DA Partners:
BF Papers  | Portfolio Recruitment  | mychillybin 

And with thanks to our event sponsors:

 

A Brush with Design: 10 Designers Dish on Their First Design Encounter — Lindsay Yee

In the lead up to DA’s 10th birthday celebrations in March 2019, A Brush With Design asks 10 designers who have been involved with DA at various times to nostalgically recount their […]

4 years ago by

Design Assembly’s Spring 2018 workshop season in Auckland

DA’s Spring 2018 workshop season in Auckland is upon us! Tickets to be released VERY soon. To keep up with the latest news, follow us on facebook, instagram and twitter. — With thanks to […]

4 years ago by

7th Annual Design Assembly Pub Quiz, Auckland June 28th, 2018

The DA Annual Pub Quiz is back for its seventh year! Join us for an evening of graphic design, arts and culture trivia — you know you want this year’s bragging rights!

Pit your studio against the rest, or if you’re working independently, gather together a team of your design colleagues. Show your creative peers just how much you know, and enjoy an evening amongst the biggest design nerds in Auckland.

Prices

— Professional (1 x table booking, seats up to 7 max.) $210+GST
— Design Assembly Friend (1 x table booking, seats up to 7 max.) $175+GST
(Not a DA Friend? Click here for details on how to sign up.)

Includes nibbles on every table to start your night right.

Eventbrite - 7th Annual DA Pub Quiz Auckland

Design Assembly wouldn’t exist without the support of our amazing DA Partners:
BF Papers  | Portfolio Recruitment  | mychillybin 

And with thanks to these awesome people for supplying prizes!

Wellington and Christchurch to be announced soon!

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A Brush with Design: 10 Designers Dish on Their First Design Encounter — Shaun Lee

In the lead up to DA’s 10th birthday celebrations in March 2019, A Brush With Design asks 10 designers who have been involved with DA at various times to nostalgically recount their […]

4 years ago by

A Brush with Design: 10 Designers Dish on Their First Design Encounter — Abhi Topiwala

In the lead up to DA’s 10th birthday celebrations in March 2019, A Brush With Design asks 10 designers who have been involved with DA at various times to nostalgically […]

4 years ago by

Wellington: DA Autumn Conversations 2018

Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA Conversations Autumn 2018 series taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in March and April.

We are excited to bring you Anna Dean and Angela Meyer — Co-Directors at Double Denim, speaking about Women and Design, and Nan O’Sullivan — Programme Director Design for Social Innovation at the School of Design in Victoria University, speaking about Design for Social Innovation.

Join us at BizDojo Wellington at 115 Tory Street — 10th April from 6pm onwards, opening with drinks and nibbles and the conversation kick-starting at 6:30pm.

Tickets: $30 Professional / $20 Design Assembly Friend / $15 Design Assembly Student Friend + GST
(not a DA Friend? Sign up here)

Book your tickets for Wellington here.

With thanks to our refreshment partner, Fortune Favours.

 

Design Assembly wouldn’t exist without the support of our amazing DA Partners:
BF Papers  | Portfolio Recruitment  | mychillybin | Adobe

 

Auckland: DA Autumn Conversations 2018

Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA Conversations Autumn 2018 series taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in March and April.

Our Auckland event takes the form of a panel discussion about pertinent issues in the New Zealand graphic design profession community in 2018. We’ve got an awesome line up of speakers including Donna McCort — Creative Director & Leonie Whyte — Senior Designer at Dow Goodfolk, Nick Riley — Creative Director & Jonte Goldwater — Strategy Director at Culture&Theory, and Caroline Powley — Senior Lecturer at AUT. Our convener for this session will be Sean McGarry — Creative Director at Voice.

Join us at Thievery Studio — 27th March from 6pm onwards, with the conversation kick-starting at 6:30pm.

Tickets: $30 Professional / $20 Design Assembly Friend / $15 Design Assembly Student Friend + GST
(not a DA Friend? Sign up here)

Book your tickets for Auckland here.

 

Design Assembly wouldn’t exist without the support of our amazing DA Partners:
BF Papers  | Portfolio Recruitment  | mychillybin | Adobe


Thanks to Outlier Cartel for being our refreshment partner

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Christchurch: DA Autumn Conversations 2018

Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA Conversations Autumn 2018 series taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in March and April.

We are excited to bring you Kate Darby — Co-Founder at Dovetail X; Design Partner Darby.pro; Host of The Design Kids TDKTuesdays Christchurch; AND part of the wining team for the Adobe Christchurch Creative Jam 2017. Kate will be taking about User Experience (UX) from a design perspective.

Following up is Rachel Larsen — internationally recognised animator from the United States, one of the first and current Artists-in-Residence at the Mona Vale Gatehouse, Christchurch.

Join us at Exchange Christchurch (XCHC) — 27th March at 5:30pm for drinks and nibbles, with the conversation kick-starting at 6:00pm

Tickets: $30 Professional / $20 Design Assembly Friend / $15 Design Assembly Student Friend
(not a DA Friend? Sign up here)

Book your tickets here.

Design Assembly wouldn’t exist without the support of our amazing DA Partners:
BF Papers  | Portfolio Recruitment  | mychillybin | Adobe

Hawke’s Bay: DA Korero 2018

Design Assembly and our regional host Coast & Co are excited to bring you our second event for Hawke’s Bay — DA Korero, a chance for creatives in the Bay to catch up and have a casual chat about all things design.

Join us at The Urban Winery on the 22nd of March from 5.30pm for a quiet beverage or two.

Bring your business card along to go in the draw for a pretty impressive prize pack, full details to be announced.

This is a free event with a cash bar — please show you support for the venue.

Book your tickets here.

The first 10 people who grab tickets and also have signed up for the DA newsletter will receive a goodie bag on the night!

Design Assembly wouldn’t exist without the support of our amazing DA Partners:
BF Papers  | Portfolio Recruitment  | mychillybin | Adobe

          

Thanks to The Urban Winery and  Brebner Print for being our venue and refreshment partners

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DA’s End of Year Wrap Up

So, we’ve come to the end of another year, and what an interesting one 2016 has been… We’d like to wish everyone in our design community a safe and happy festive season, and […]

6 years ago by