Fresh From The Field – The Art of Letters by Kris Sowersby

Be in to win a free copy of The Art of Letters! Simply tell us what custom typeface was used to typeset the book, then email janelle@designassembly.org.nz with the subject […]

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Fresh From The Field — Everyday Horrors by Method

This Fresh from the Field features Method‘s recent work on their own project Everyday Horrors Halloween game. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in […]

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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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DA Conversations Podcast with Brian Richards

Kia Ora and welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. In this series we talk to Aotearoa NZ designers, hear their stories and celebrate their work. I’m DA founder Louise Kellerman and […]

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An exploration of graphic design education – an interview with office-party

Written by Cameron Ralston Supported by Creative New Zealand Cameron Ralston discusses graphic design workshops and moving from education to workforce with Bryn Fenemor and Caitlin Rassie through their project office-party. […]

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Fresh From The Field — Zoe & Morgan by Coda Design Studio

This week’s Fresh From The Field features the brand and recent collateral design for Zoe & Morgan by Coda Design Studio. If you have new or recent work that you […]

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Fresh From The Field — East Street Cider Co by Makebardo

This week’s Fresh From The Field features the brand and packaging for East Street Cider Co by Makebardo If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh […]

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Fresh from the Field — Skinnies Kids Sungel by 2di4 Design

This week’s Fresh From The Field features the typography, packaging and campaign for Skinnies Kids Sungel by 2di4 Design. If you have new or recent work that you would like […]

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Fresh From The Field — Campaign for Māori Television by Fly

This week’s Fresh From The Field features a campaign for Māori Television by Fly. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from […]

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Fresh from the Field — The Brand New by Folk Creative

This week’s Fresh From The Field features a new identity, The Brand New  by Folk Creative If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in […]

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Hot air: A Monthly Rotating Roundtable — What is Aotearoa New Zealand design? 

Hot Air: A Monthly Rotating Roundtable, is a new monthly series where a number of designers take on big design conversations. To kick it off we start at the only place […]

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Fresh from the Field — Nespresso by Greg Straight

This week’s Fresh from the Field features Greg Straight’s collaboration to launch Nespresso’s new North Shore Boutique for Nespresso. If you have new or recent work that you would like to […]

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Fresh from the Field — Paper Buds by Gusto

This week’s Fresh from the Field features Gusto‘s end of year gift, Paper Buds. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share in Fresh from […]

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Aotearoa Design Thinking: an opportunity to revisit 2017

Created by Lana Lopesi Supported by Creative New Zealand     In 2017 Design Assembly introduced Aotearoa Design Thinking — a series of commissioned critical design essays published by Design Assembly […]

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Creative Spaces — Voice

Creative Spaces is a series exploring New Zealand creative and design workplaces, giving you a sneak peak into the space and behind-the-scenes. This series is proudly brought to you by Atomic […]

5 years ago by

2017 Design Assembly Poster Exhibition

Thanks to everyone who submitted posters for the 2017 DA Poster Exhibition. We received over 100 entries! Congratulations to the 15 designers who were selected to show this year at […]

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DA Conversations Podcast with Grant Alexander, September 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 Grant Alexander. Grant is currently the Design Director at Onfire Design in Auckland. He started his career in 1969 at Designscape magazine, co-founded Designworks with Ray Labone in 1982 and in 2000 formed a partnership with daughter Kate to create Studio Alexander.

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DA Workshop: Applying Design Thinking to creating Māori Graphic Design, 19th September, Hamilton

Design Assembly welcomes back Johnson McKay from Fly to present this half-day Hamilton workshop at Wintec’s Marae focussing on Māori Graphic Design.

Applying Design Thinking to creating Māori Graphic Design
Tuesday 19th September
9am–12.30pm
Te Kōpu Mānia o Kirikiriroa
Wintec Marae
Enter via Gate 3 off Tristram Street
Wintec
Hamilton

$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 clicking here.


As New Zealanders, we grow up with tikis and taniwhas, pukanas and chur bros, but not many of us know or understand the meanings behind these familiar icons of Kiwi-ness. The Māori culture and its rich visual narratives inspire our architecture, movies, products, brands and businesses, both at home and on the global stage. It also drives a growing market of products and services by Māori who wish to speak with their own authentic voice. This expanding inclusion of Māori cultural concepts in the mainstream will only accelerate as the world seeks increased diversity and authenticity.

As creatives, we work comfortably within a European concept of design thinking, language and modes of expression, but we sometimes feel nervous about how best to engage with Te Ao Maori — the Māori world. In this workshop, we will explore:

  • Why it is essential for the New Zealand creative community to have an understanding of Te Ao Māori.
  • How we can get over the fear of incorporating Māori art and concepts into our creative work.
  • How we can celebrate and express Māori concepts and art without the risk of cultural appropriation.
  • Key considerations when incorporating Māori concepts into your work.
  • Learnings from work being produced by Māori and non-Māori design studios and creatives around Aotearoa.

Led by Johnson McKay – Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Scotland.

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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.

Catching up with Greg Straight

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2017 PANZ Book Design Awards Winners

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DA Workshop: Applying Design Thinking to creating Māori Graphic Design, 19th September, Hamilton

Design Assembly welcomes back Johnson McKay from Fly to present this half-day Hamilton workshop at Wintec’s Marae focussing on Māori Graphic Design. Applying Design Thinking to creating Māori Graphic Design Tuesday 19th September […]

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Murky In-between Spaces: An Interview with Nell May

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There’s always room at the top: Dave Clark on 40 years of Design

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A man you need to know: Robert Coupland Harding, Part IV

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