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 by Creative New Zealand. This article is the third in a four part series which looks internally at this concept of ‘Design Thinking’ and what on…

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Dealing with fear and anxiety

Written by Sarah Ritchie, AM-Insider StudioLand is a tough environment. It’s quite conceivable that at various times you will feel a sense of fear or anxiety at work (or because of work). Your heartbeat quickens, your breathing gets shorter, and your mind races as you feel your work start to smother you. Fear can be a…

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Off Grid 17: An Experiential Journey, converges Wellington 20–21 February

Off Grid 17: 4 Days, 5 Cities, 22 Venues, 39 Speakers Off Grid is a design conference converging in Wellington, New Zealand on 20-21 February. With a great list of local speakers, Off Grid will explore the meaning of experiential design and ways to connect people to place. Off Grid 17 is the first attempt to examine…

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Fresh from the Field — ClickClack By Dow Design

In this week’s Fresh from the Field we profile a new project by Dow Design for ClickClack. 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:  To look at the ClickClack identity. The client suspected that they didn’t have a…

3 years ago by

DA Conversations Podcast with Jonathan Sagar, December 2016

Welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to New Zealand graphic designers, hear their stories, and celebrate their work.

I’m Louise, and today I’m talking to Jonathan Sagar. Jonathan is the executive creative director of Voice Brand Agency, a brand development and design agency with offices in Auckland and Melbourne.

Jonathan, hi.

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Make Something 2016

After a successful return in 2015, Make Something is back this November at Allpress Studio, Auckland with yet another impressive line-up of creative collaborations.

In the creative industries it’s often rare that we get the opportunity to collaborate without the common interest of a client brief. And, even more rare, that our potential collaborators themselves come from an industry not often associated with the creative arts.

3 years ago by

How to manage a packaging design project

Written by Sarah Ritchie Packaging design can be a merciless trap for the unwary. Whether you are the Account Manager facilitating the project, or the designer designing it, there are 101 different things that could go wrong and – potentially – cost your agency thousands of dollars to rectify. The good news is that (like…

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DA Conversations Podcast with Annie Dow, October 2016

Welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to New Zealand graphic designers, hear their stories, and celebrate their work.
I’m Louise, and today I’m talking to Annie Dow. Annie started and runs Dow Design, which has for over 21 years been a leading New Zealand design studio.

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DA Conversations Podcast with Kate Alexander, September 2016

Hello, and welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. An interview series with New Zealand graphic designers. Design Assembly seeks to hear the stories of New Zealand graphic designers, get to know who we are, and celebrate New Zealand graphic design.

Today I’m speaking to Kate Alexander. Kate Alexander started, runs, and is the Creative Director of Places & Graces, an interior styling company. Kate started Graces & Places after 15 years as a graphic designer, running the brand strategy and design business, Studio Alexander – which she co-founded with her father, Grant Alexander. Kate has won many Best Awards, and is a fellow of the Designers Institute of New Zealand.

3 years ago by

Fresh from the Field — 7th Season Silo Park Brand Refresh by Easterly

This week’s Fresh from the Field features the brand refresh for the seventh season of Silo Park activity by Easterly. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Lana for details. Since the start of 2014, Easterly has been the go-to graphic designer for each season…

3 years ago by

Fresh from the Field — Zesti identity and packaging by Dow Goodfolk

This week’s Fresh from the Field features Dow Goodfolk’s work for Tasman Bay Food Group. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Lana for details. Location, location, location. So important, right? That’s why we wanted to centre the story of these boutique baked treats on where they were made.…

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