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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Catching up with Greg Straight

Design Assembly recently caught up with Auckland-based, illustrator/designer Greg Straight to find out more about what he’s recently been doing. (Seems like he’s been keeping pretty busy!) So, what’s been happening in the world of Greg Straight? It’s been another busy year and I’ve been trying to expand on what I do and what I…

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2017 PANZ Book Design Awards Winners

On Thursday 20 July the 2017 winners of the PANZ Book Design Awards were announced. Cazador: game, offal and the rest, written by Dariush Lolaiy and Rebecca Smidt, designed by Tim Donaldson and Amanda Gaskin of Sea Change Studio, took home the Gerard Reid Award for Best Book. The judging panel said of Cazador: ‘This cookbook as brave, classic, yet…

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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 Wintec Hamilton $350 Professional / $250 Design Assembly Friend / $150 Design Assembly Student Friend (Not a…

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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 /…

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Murky In-between Spaces: An Interview with Nell May

Written by Layla Tweedie-Cullen Supported by Creative New Zealand   Layla Tweedie-Cullen 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 first in a four part series of long-form interviews with interesting, exciting and innovative members of Aotearoa’s…

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

Written by Lana Lopesi 2017 marks 40 years of Aotearoa-based graphic design practice for renowned designer Dave Clark. Clark, of brand and experience agency Dave Clark Design, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Honored Associate of Auckland University of Technology, and a several-times-President of The Designers Institute of New Zealand. Perhaps…

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

Written by Kelly Gilchrist Earlier articles in this series are available here: Part I, Part II, Part III To undertake a project the size of Typo is an outstanding feat by today’s standard; to produce an eight to twelve page, detailed, comprehensive, virtually error free, journal, essentially single-handedly every month; Robert Coupland Harding was a workaholic. He was…

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Emerging Technology, Design and Indigenous Culture event, Media Design School, 10th May, Auckland

Design and indigenous culture: taking emerging technology back Written by Sarah Elsie Baker and Jodi Meadows Media Design School The field of design (or Design with a capital ‘D’) has largely been influenced by European ideas, values and aesthetics. As Johnson Witehira so astutely wrote a couple of months ago, the history of design is…

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Te Hoahoa Hou: Finding New Zealand Design

Written by Johnson Witehira The history of design has been shaped by the European lineage of art and design. This has its origin in Greek and Roman art, with European notions of beauty carried through the ages. From the golden ratio, to the accepted aesthetics of a landscape painting — even now, this drives the…

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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…

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