Blutui partner with global martech consultancy to deliver amazing web to agencies worldwide

The team at Blutui are thrilled to announce their newly minted partnership with a global advertising and creative agency technology consultancy. Togther, they are on a mission to provide clients […]

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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 […]

2 years ago by

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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Poster Call — all wāhine toi Aotearoa!

Directory of Women Designers + Designers Speak (Up) RAMP Gallery, Kirikiriroa / 29 April – 24 May 2019 To record the current landscape of all designers who identify as women […]

3 years ago by

Pepeha.nz – An internal kaupapa by Designworks for Aotearoa

This year Designworks undertook a personal studio project and created Pepeha.nz – a website to help all New Zealanders introduce themselves in Te Reo Māori, through pepeha.  Encouraging everyone to learn the stories behind their pepeha and share them with pride.
In this article Anzac Tasker, Design Director at Designworks talks about the project, its intent, the design elements and where it will go from here.

4 years ago by

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 […]

4 years ago by

DA Workshop Wellington: How to run a profitable, successful design business

Design Assembly is delighted to present design and advertising account management expert Sarah Ritchie for this half-day business workshop in Wellington.

How to run a profitable, successful design business
Saturday 10th November
10am—3pm
Victoria University of Wellington, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Room LT2

$350 Professional / $250 Design Assembly Friend / $95 Student + GST
(Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here).


Are you a self-employed designer? A design agency account manager? Or do you run a small design agency? You’ll know that maintaining great client relationships is just as important as producing great design work to guarantee financial success—but working with clients and ensuring your work remains profitable can be two of the biggest challenges you’ll face. In this fully-interactive workshop, we’ll hit the issues head-on and tackle the tough questions that you want to ask. The power is in your hands!

You may like to know:

  • How to quote a project accurately
  • How to charge by ‘value’ rather than by ‘hours’ to maximise profitability
  • How to avoid time blowouts on projects
  • How to tell if ‘urgent’ really is ‘urgent’
  • How to work with contractors and still make a profit
  • How to balance design aesthetics with client demands
  • How to deal with difficult clients
  • How to make sure you get paid
  • How to manage long-term projects
  • How to handle a reactive and unpredictable work environment.

 

It’s up to you! Send in your burning questions with your registration and we will answer as many as possible during the workshop.

About the facilitator: Sarah has walked in your shoes! She has spent 25 years in design and advertising account management, which included 10 years running her own, successful graphic design business. These days Sarah works for 3rdeye Consulting and specialises in supporting account managers and strengthening agencies. She is also the author of the brand new book “How to Wrestle an Octopus: an agency account manager’s guide to pretty much everything” — soon to be published.

Terms and Conditions: 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.

Tickets on Eventbrite

 

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 […]

4 years ago by

Auckland: DA Conversations — Spring 2018

Join us for our DA Conversations Spring series in Auckland and Wellington, where we look at ‘Diversity in Aotearoa New Zealand Design— what does it mean and why does it matter?’ With a very special lineup of panellists including:

Desna Whaanga-Schollum (Rongomaiwahine, Kahungunu, Pahauwera) — Chairperson & Founding Member of Ngā Aho Māori Design Professionals and Artspace NZ
Kaan Hiini (Ngāpuhi, Te Arawa) — Multi-disciplinary Designer at Curative
Raymond McKay (Ngāti Kahungunu Ki Wairoa, Ngāti Porou) — Creative Director and Partner at RUN
Jade Tang-Taylor — associate of the Centre for Social Impact, deputy chair of Auckland Council’s Ethnic People’s Advisory Panel and lecturer at AUT
Beth O’Brien — Group Creative Head at Colenso BBDO, New Zealand
Anzac Tereihana Tasker
— Design Director at
Designworks.

Our convener for this session will be Judith Thompson — design advocate, member of AUT University Council and Chair of the University’s Property Committee.

At Thievery Studio — 16th October from 6pm onwards, with the conversation kick-starting at 6:30pm.

Tickets: $25 Professional / $20 Design Assembly Friend / $15 Design Assembly Student Friend + GST (not a DA Friend? Sign up here)

Tickets on Eventbrite

If you would like to get yourself ready for the conversation and explore the topic beforehand, here’s a few links you may find useful:

 

Design Assembly wouldn’t exist without the support of our amazing DA Partners:
BF Papers  | Portfolio Recruitment  | mychillybin

With special thanks to our refreshment partners:

 

 

Wellington: DA Conversations — Spring 2018

Join us for our DA Conversations Spring series in Auckland and Wellington, where we look at ‘Diversity in Aotearoa New Zealand Design— what does it mean and why does it matter?’ With a very special lineup of panellists including:

Johnson Witehira — artist, designer and academic with a focus on Maori and identity and co-Founder at IDIA: Indigenous Design and Innovation Aotearoa
Angela Meyer — Director at Double Denim
Janelle Rodrigues — founding partner and the Creative Director at Creature
Nick Kapica — Designer and educator

Our convener for this session will be Emma Ng — writer and curator specialising in art and design.

At Credenza Shared Space — 16th October from 6pm onwards, with the conversation kick-starting at 6:30pm.

Tickets: $25 Professional / $20 Design Assembly Friend / $15 Design Assembly Student Friend + GST
(not a DA Friend? Sign up here)

Tickets on Eventbrite

If you would like to get yourself ready for the conversation and explore the topic beforehand, here’s a few links you may find useful:

 

Design Assembly wouldn’t exist without the support of our amazing DA Partners:
BF Papers  | Portfolio Recruitment  | mychillybin

5 Mins With… Matt Grantham – Creative Director, Onfire Design

Matt Grantham will be running a packaging masterclass with Design Assembly on Friday 5th October, ahead of his workshop we caught up with him to hear a little about his background […]

4 years ago by

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 — Activist Manuka Identity and Packaging by Fred l’Ami

This week’s Fresh from the Field features the identity and packaging design for Activist Manuka by Fred l’Ami. If you have new or recent work that you would like to share […]

4 years ago by

Fresh from the Field — Kōkako exhibition stand, Auckland Coffee Festival by Design Dairy, Blink Boys and Angus Muir

This week’s Fresh from the Field features the Kōkako exhibition stand for the 2018 Auckland Coffee Festival by Design Dairy, Blink Boys and Angus Muir If you have new or recent […]

4 years ago by

From The Archives: Battling billboards

Late 2016 Michael Smythe explored the inescapable electoral design of street hoardings. Written by Michael Smythe What? Who? Why? Our eyeballs are assaulted. Our streetscapes are cluttered. There must be […]

5 years ago by

DA Conversations Podcast with Stephen Richardson, November 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 Stephen Richardson. […]

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Deadline Extension: Wednesday 8th November for submissions to the Design Assembly Poster Exhibition 2017

Design Assembly invites you to submit a poster produced in or for 2017 to be part of the Design Assembly New Zealand Poster Exhibition 2017. Deadline extension:  5pm, Wednesday 8th […]

5 years ago by

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.

5 years ago by

Celebrating Matariki 2017

25 June marks the beginning of Matariki for 2017. This year HP and Design Assembly have collaborated with Wellington designer Tim Walter Hansen to create a typographic illustration that you can download […]

5 years ago by

DA Conversations Podcast with Pete Montgomery, May 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 Pete Montgomery. Pete is currently the Creative Director at Xero in Wellington. Xero is a NZ based company that develops cloud-based accounting software

5 years ago by

DA Conversations Podcast with Chris Flack, April 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 Chris Flack, Design Director at Strategy Creative in Christchurch. Strategy Creative is a proudly independent full service design led advertising agency, with studios in Christchurch, Wellington, Sydney and Tokyo.
Chris, hi

5 years ago by

DA Conversations Podcast with Johnson Witehira, February 2017

Welcome back to Design Assembly Conversations for 2017. 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 Johnson Witehira. Johnson is an artist and graphic designer from Wellington. Currently he has his own graphic design practice and teaches at AUT University in Auckland.

5 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.

6 years ago by

DA Conversations Podcast with Kelvin Soh, November 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 Kelvin Soh. […]

6 years ago by

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.

6 years ago by