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 designer? Have you ever wondered how your job as a designer impacts our planet? Do you want to reduce your carbon footprint and create something…

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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 the national design industry this year. The conversation was re-invigorated by Catherine Griffiths who put out her poster series highlighting the gender imbalance of the…

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Networks of Exceptionally Creative Women

Written by Lana Lopesi Graphic Matters is a monthly column on issues and ideas related to New Zealand Design Culture Founded in 1980, the Association of Women Artists formed as a supportive network to connect women artists practicing in isolation and to also highlight and raise awareness of the institutional structures as well as art…

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Typefaces in Exhibition Spaces: There is no such thing as a New Zealand typeface at Objectspace

Written by Lana Lopesi Graphic Matters is a monthly column on issues and ideas related to New Zealand Design Culture Curated by Wendy Kaplan and direct from Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California Design, 1930–1965 Living in a Modern Way at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki in 2013 was an exhibition which absolutely…

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MāoriGrl, Kōwhai and Ngā Tohu o Te Kawerau a Maki: Some Things to See This Matariki

Written by Lana Lopesi Graphic Matters is a monthly column on issues and ideas related to New Zealand Design Culture Every year in mid-winter Matariki rises into the sky, providing us here in Aotearoa with a time of reflection and new beginnings. Our national Matariki celebrations seems to grow in strength, scope and size every…

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“looking into the rear-view mirror”: Peter Haythornthwaite, Design Generation 

Written by Lana Lopesi Graphic Matters is a monthly column on issues and ideas related to New Zealand Design Culture We’re in the last few weeks of Peter Haythornthwaite: Design Generation a major survey exhibition of “one of New Zealand’s most influential industrial designers” currently on at Objectspace. Curated by design historian Michael Smythe, the exhibition…

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Broadsheet, New Zealand’s Feminist Magazine Goes Digital

Written by Lana Lopesi Graphic Matters is a monthly column on issues and ideas related to New Zealand Design Culture Covers of Broadsheet Issues 1 – 15  “…I became pregnant because I wanted to have a baby; my motives or reasons are no one’s business but my own…”  — Anonymous, Broadsheet Issue 1 On January 19,…

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How Do We Encourage Collaboration?

A short while ago, Sam Allan from Onfire Design initiated ‘Battle of the Birken’ — a bowls competition between Birkenhead-based studios Onfire Design, Marx Design, Inhouse Design, PHD3 and Forever After. Sam says, “I organised the event to get together the local design community — it’s ok to have friendly rivalry in business, and is a…

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Cultural Relevance in the Digital Age: Emotiki

Written by Lana Lopesi In 2015, The Oxford Dictionary named ‘emoji’ the official word of the year, revealing a major shift in consumer behaviour towards mobile and visual communication. Emojis are still and moving image characters, used in text and social media platforms to express emotion. While emojis were first invented in 1999, in 2016,…

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Igniting a Passion for Democracy: On the Fence

Written by Lana Lopesi Designers­—as communication specialists and image-makers—build election campaigns as we know them. They communicate political messages to the masses, and create pathways from the public to the politician. A voter’s initial impression of a candidate is often a visual one. If designed well, images, slogans or even hashtags can “embody ideological values…

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The Reorientation of Objectspace: In Conversation with Kim Paton

Written by Lana Lopesi At the end of July Objectspace reopened their gallery doors to the public, with a new space, a reenergised mandate and a declaration to be Aotearoa’s leading gallery dedicated to the fields of design, craft and architecture. This marks an exciting turn for the design community, an institution dedicated to enriching…

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DA Film Screening: Graphic Means, 11 May, Auckland

Design Assembly invites you to our eagerly-anticipated annual film events taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. This year we are delighted to present Briar Levit’s Graphic Means. Graphic Means Auckland Thursday 11 May, 8.00pm arrival, film starts 8.15pm Capitol Cinema 610 Dominion Road Balmoral, Auckland Tickets: $25 Professional / $20 Design Assembly Friend (Not a…

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