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 of any gender experience, of all diversities — social, sexual, cultural, ethnic — and give visibility to the unsung diversity of Aotearoa design, Designers Speak…

7 months ago by

Designing a Culturally Authentic Aotearoa – DA Workshop Auckland

Designing a culturally authentic Aotearoa Friday 12th April 2019 10am – 3pm Meeting Room 5 Studio One Toi Tū 1 Ponsonby Road Auckland City $399 +GST Professional / $299 +GST Design Assembly Friend / $99 +GST DA Student Friends (Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here).   Tēnā koutou, nau mai, haere mai! Design has…

8 months 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.

10 months 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 would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Louise for details Designer Sarah Callesen has been working on the brand with siblings Zoe, Morgan…

11 months ago by

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 from the Field email Louise for details. About East Street Cider Co was established in 1856 with the opening of the Runciman Foundry in Goderich, ON.…

12 months 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.

1 year ago by

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 and the work he does today. If you would like to attend the workshop with Matt, details below and link to purchase your ticket: Auckland:…

1 year ago by

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 line up of speakers.

1 year 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 line up of speakers.

1 year 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 the Field email Lana for details. The Challenge Maori Television were looking to attract new audiences and address perceptions of being old fashioned and only for Maori.…

1 year ago by

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 in Fresh from the Field email Lana for details. Friends (and fellow kiwis living in L.A.) Luke Harwood & Gabrielle Mirkin wanted their Manuka honey brand to…

1 year 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 work that you would like to share in Fresh from the Field email Lana for details. The Brief Our brief to the team of creatives that helped us pull…

1 year 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 an election in the offing. For many potential voters the proliferation of political placards is the clearest indication that a democratic process is underway. So…

2 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. Stephen works as Pastel City, a multidisciplinary design studio based in Auckland. He provides the full-range of creative and design services and some of his…

2 years ago by

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 November.  We look forward to seeing a slice of New Zealand Graphic Design 2017. Poster Exhibition 2017 Invitation Save the date for the Auckland end…

2 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.

2 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 as a desktop wallpaper and phone wallpaper or print out as an A4 calendar for June and July or a postcard to send to family…

2 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

2 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

2 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.

3 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.

3 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. Kelvin is the creative director and founder of design studio DDMMYY. DDMMYY also publishes bi-annual arts and culture magazine Le Roy and regularly participates in…

3 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.

3 years ago by

DA Conversations Podcast with Kate Alexander, September 2016

Hello, and welcome to Design Assembly Conversations. An interview series with New Zealand graphic designers. Design Assembly seeks to hear the stories of New Zealand graphic designers, get to know who we are, and celebrate New Zealand graphic design.

Today I’m speaking to Kate Alexander. Kate Alexander started, runs, and is the Creative Director of Places & Graces, an interior styling company. Kate started Graces & Places after 15 years as a graphic designer, running the brand strategy and design business, Studio Alexander – which she co-founded with her father, Grant Alexander. Kate has won many Best Awards, and is a fellow of the Designers Institute of New Zealand.

3 years ago by

DA Conversations with Welby Ings, August 2016

Hello, and welcome to Design Assembly Conversations, an interview series with New Zealand graphic designers. Design Assembly seeks to hear the stories of New Zealand graphic designers, get to know who we are, and celebrate New Zealand graphic design.

Hi, I’m Louise, founder of Design Assembly. Today I’m speaking to Welby Ings. Welby Ings is a professor at the Auckland University of Technology in the Graphic Design department. He also writes and directs his own films. To date, he has produced two short films: Boy and Munted. In 2006, Boy was nominated for an Academy Award. Currently, he is working on his third short film, Sparrow.

3 years ago by