Fresh From the Field — Woven

This Fresh From the Field features ‘Woven’ a hands on weaving experience, created to help the public connect with the Māori cultural values of Manaakitanga and Kaitiakitanga. This admirable project by a small team of Media Design School graduates centres Te Ao Māori, environmental stewardship and design collaboration. The Brief Created by a group of…

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Kātoitoi kaupapa, people and process.

An annual collection of design, Kātoitoi the Aotearoa Design Archive seeks to capture, curate and map design practice and practitioners in Aotearoa. Kātoitoi collects representations of Aotearoa now, as seen through the lens of our designers and studios. Together, they help shape our design history and contribute to our national discourse. Review and response are…

2 months ago by

Kātoitoi takes flight

Kātoitoi, the Aotearoa Design Archive, is a response to our world, our collective voice. Like the South Island Robin which the Aotearoa Design Archive is named after, our design community is small but speaks with a large, brave voice that reverberates throughout the world. “Kātoitoi, he iti te rahi, he nui te kōrero.”   Kātoitoi…

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WELLINGTON DA Workshop: Designing a Culturally Authentic Aotearoa

Prices: $400+gst Professional | $300+gst Design Assembly Friend | $100+gst Student Light lunch provided. (Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here). Register Now Tēnā koutou, nau mai, haere mai! Design has a major influence in how culture, society and perceptions are shaped and defined.  Globally, there is a hunger for authentic brands, experiences and connection with…

3 months ago by

AUCKLAND DA Workshop: Designing a Culturally Authentic Aotearoa

Prices: $400+gst Professional | $300+gst Design Assembly Friend | $100+gst Student Light lunch provided. (Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here). Get Tickets   Tēnā koutou, nau mai, haere mai! Design has a major influence in how culture, society and perceptions are shaped and defined.  Globally, there is a hunger for authentic brands, experiences and connection…

3 months ago by

WELLINGTON DA Workshop: Te Ao Māori for Designers

Prices: $400+gst Professional | $300+gst Design Assembly Friend | $100+gst Student (Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here) Register now The creative community plays a major role in connecting people to ideas, products and services that shape who we are as a people and a nation. To reflect an…

3 months ago by

AUCKLAND DA Workshop: Welcome to Te Ao Maori

Prices: $400+gst Professional | $300+gst Design Assembly Friend | $100+gst Student (Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here) Register now The creative community plays a major role in connecting people to ideas, products and services that shape who we are as a people and a nation. To reflect an…

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Fresh From The Field — Pump Lifestyle Collection by Fly

The Pump Lifestyle Collection was recently recognised with Gold at Pride in Print and is a finalist in the 2020 Best Awards. The playful typography, innovative digital experience and quality print production in this campaign are of the exceptional calibre we expect from Fly. If you have new or recent work that you would like…

6 months ago by

DA Pulse Check #7 – Conversations on Covid-19 and Aotearoa NZ Design

We are 6 months into Aotearoa’s COVID response with Auckland in Category 3 and the rest of the country in Category 2 we reached out to design studios around the country to see how they are doing right now and what unexpected benefits or positive outcomes they have experienced from the COVID pandemic response. Thanks…

8 months ago by

DA Auckland Workshop: Welcome to Te Ao Māori for Designers

Prices: $400+gst Professional | $300+gst Design Assembly Friend | $100+gst Student (Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here) Get Tickets The creative community plays a major role in connecting people to ideas, products and services that shape who we are as a people and a nation. To reflect an…

9 months ago by

Wellington DA Workshop: Designing a Culturally Authentic Aotearoa

Prices: $400+gst Professional | $300+gst Design Assembly Friend | $100+gst Student Light lunch provided. (Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here). Get Tickets Tēnā koutou, nau mai, haere mai! Design has a major influence in how culture, society and perceptions are shaped and defined.  Globally, there is a hunger for authentic brands, experiences and connection with…

9 months ago by

Auckland DA Workshop: Designing a Culturally Authentic Aotearoa

Prices: $400+gst Professional | $300+gst Design Assembly Friend | $100+gst Student Light lunch provided. (Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here). Get Tickets Tēnā koutou, nau mai, haere mai! Design has a major influence in how culture, society and perceptions are shaped and defined.  Globally, there is a hunger for authentic brands, experiences and connection with…

9 months ago by

Fresh from the Field — The Art of Matariki by Fly

Matariki is a celebration of culture, language and people. So to mark Matariki this year, Fly created a beautiful campaign to inspire us all to seek renewal, reflection and reconnection through the Matariki season. Fly have generously offered one of their phenomenal limited edition letter-pressed artworks to give away. To go in the draw, follow…

9 months ago by

Take 10 with… Johnson McKay

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 do what we think DA does best, sharing ideas, inspiration and information and profiling our community. With that in mind, we launched a new series…

12 months ago by

Fresh From The Field — ATEED: Tū Mai by Fly

Ahead of our upcoming workshops with Johnson McKay (creative director at Fly), Johnson shared this Fresh From The Field. Tū Mai is a partnership between ATEED, the tourism industry and communities of Tāmaki Makaurau with the purpose of creating the best visitor experience in the world. Tū mai Tāmaki Makaurau! If you have new or…

1 year ago by

5 minutes with… Johnson Mckay

Maori Culture and narrative greatly informs the New Zealand identity. Ahead of DA’s Auckland workshop Designing a Culturally Authentic Aotearoa we spoke with facilitator Johnson McKay (Ngāti Kahungunu, Tainui Waikato, Ngāti Porou) owner and Creative Strategist at Fly. When we last spoke you mentioned you were spending 2018 learning te reo Māori full time in…

2 years ago by

Fresh from the Field — Mental Health Awareness Week by Fly

Ahead of DA’s Auckland workshop Designing a Culturally Authentic Aotearoa this Fresh from the Field features a campaign for Mental Health Awareness Week by Fly. Combining tikanga Maori, te reo Maori and the latest research into mental health workshop facilitator Johnson McKay (Ngāti Kahungunu, Tainui Waikato, Ngāti Porou) owner and Creative Strategist at Fly, created…

2 years ago by

5 Mins With… Johnson McKay, Creative Strategist at Fly

Ahead of two workshops Johnson McKay is running for Design Assembly covering Client Attraction & Relationship Building Skills and Applying Design Thinking to creating Māori Graphic Design in both Auckland and Wellington, we sat down with the Creative Strategist to find out a little more about his work and the influences behind it. First off, can you introduce yourself…

3 years ago by

DA Workshop: Applying Design Thinking to creating Māori Graphic Design, 10th November, Wellington

Design Assembly welcomes back Johnson McKay from Fly to present this half-day Wellington workshop focussing on Māori Graphic Design. Applying Design Thinking to creating Māori Graphic Design Friday 10th November 9.00am–1.30pm Toi Pōneke Arts Centre 61/69 Abel Smith Street Te Aro Wellington  $350 Professional / $250 Design Assembly Friend / $150 Design Assembly Student Friend (Not a DA…

4 years ago by

DA Workshop: Applying Design Thinking to creating Māori Graphic Design, 10th November, Wellington

Design Assembly welcomes back Johnson McKay from Fly to present this half-day Wellington workshop focussing on Māori Graphic Design. Applying Design Thinking to creating Māori Graphic Design Wellington  $350 Professional / $250 Design Assembly Friend / $150 Design Assembly Student Friend (Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here). Book your tickets by…

4 years ago by

DA Workshop: Applying Design Thinking to creating Māori Graphic Design, 19 May 2017, Auckland

Design Assembly welcomes back Johnson McKay from Fly to present this half-day Auckland workshop focussing on Maori Graphic Design. Applying Design Thinking to creating Māori Graphic Design Friday 19th May 9am–12.30pm Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland $350 Professional / $250 Design Assembly Friend (Not a DA Friend? Click here for details on how to sign up).  $150…

4 years ago by

DA Workshop: Creative Strategy with Johnson McKay, 24 February 2017, Auckland

Design Assembly is delighted to bring you award-winning Creative Strategist, Johnson McKay from Fly for this half-day creative strategies workshop in Auckland: Creative Strategy Friday 24th February 9am–12.30pm Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland Refreshments from Atomic Coffee and Serious Popcorn. Thanks Guys! People are constantly bombarded with advertising overkill. As anti-advertising defence shields get more and more sophisticated, brands are…

4 years ago by

DA Workshop: Creative Strategy with Johnson McKay, 24 Feb 2017, Auckland

Design Assembly is delighted to bring you award-winning Creative Strategist, Johnson McKay from Fly for this half-day creative strategies workshop in Auckland: Creative Strategy Friday 24th February 9am–12.30pm Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland $449 Professional / $349 Design Assembly Friend Earlybird prices (booked before 5th February, 2017): $399 Pro / $299 DA Friend Refreshments from Atomic Coffee and Serious Popcorn.…

4 years ago by

DA Workshop: Applying Design Thinking to creating Māori Graphic Design, 19 May 2017, Auckland

Design Assembly welcomes back Johnson McKay from Fly to present this half-day Auckland workshop focussing on Maori Graphic Design. Applying Design Thinking to creating Māori Graphic Design Friday 19th May 9am–12.30pm Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland $350 Professional / $250 Design Assembly Friend / $150 Design Assembly Student Friend (Not a DA Friend? Details on how to…

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