Design Assembly » Events

By: Design Assembly  05-Apr-2012
Keywords: Art, Information and Inspiration

Design Assembly » Events

Urbis Designday returned for it’s seventh year on Saturday, celebrating and showcasing some of New Zealands top creative talent. Twelve collaborations scattered about Auckland, spanning the design worlds of furniture, art, landscape, architecture, graphic, interior, product, spatial and fashion, produced [..]

Sole trader or limited company. This is indeed one of the great conundrums of life as a freelance designer. To make an informed decision you really need to befriend a bean counter.

Last night Auckland’s Natcoll hosted an exhibition for the students of their Diploma of Graphic Design. The works on display, the results of the intensive short course offered by the school, demonstrated clear strengths in packaging, illustration and print publication.

Notably, [..]

Not for the faint-hearted, the 100 Days Project requires you to choose a creative exercise or activity to pursue every single day for the duration.
The only rules are that you must document your daily effort, for eventual presentation on the 100th Day.
Participation is limited to the first one hundred brave souls.
We hope you’ll be one of them!

Whats the title on your business card? How do you introduce yourself to potential clients? As a Graphic Designer? A Visual Communicator? A Creative? A Web Designer? A Designer? Or….

Back in 2012 due to popular demand Design Assembly is proud to offer two opportunities to attend a four hour hands-on workshop on Colour Management in conjunction with Jessica Mills

Design Assembly is excited to announce Gold sponsorship deals with both The Pond and B&F Papers. This is great news as we look at ways to share even more relevant ideas, information and inspiration with you.
So without further ado, let us introduce them to you!

Wouldn’t it be nice to design your site once and have it work well, no matter what the screen size?
Funny you should ask. That’s the concept behind ‘responsive’ (or adaptive) layouts.

By Ludwig Wendzich

Webstock is a magical time for over 800 people, every year. If you speak to anyone in New Zealand who touches the web, chances are that they love Webstock and have to be there for every showing.

This workshop offers an innovative take on traditional brainstorming techniques that stimulate lateral thinking and allow participants to look at creative problems from different perspectives.

First time screening in New Zealand:
Wednesday 21 March, 8.15pm
The Academy Cinema, City Library Building, 44 Lorne Street, Auckland City
Cost: $20 + booking fee

Invenire – Latin verb, to come upon, find.

As designers we create and collect objects, images and ephemera of all kinds. Each has a story to tell and in these postings I’ll show a series of second-hand items I’ve collected [..]

Designing a New China has been created for designers, communication professionals and strategists. With a focus on effective strategies used by brands for market integration, it will be of relevance not just for those with an interest in China, but for all creative professionals who aim to be responsive to rapid aesthetic change in a globalising environment.

A collection of process images taken during Catherine Griffiths workshop with Design Assembly in June 2011.

A big thanks to everyone that attended the Design Assembly End of Year Wrap Party last Wednesday night, a great night had by all! And a special thanks to The Biz Dojo for the awesome venue, Philip Kelly [..]

Please note: RSVPs for this event are now closed as we have reached capacity.

Given absolute free reign, who would you choose to work with and what would the results of this mash-up be? Make Something, a group exhibition currently running at the Saatchi & Saatchi building, asks a selection of designers just that, purely for [..]

By Laurent Antonczak

Some of you might be interested… especially if you are in Wellington ;-)

International Mobile Innovation Screening 2011

23rd November – 26th November

MINA Mobile Creativity and Innovation Symposium 2011

26th November

MINA, the Mobile Innovation Network Aotearoa, is a project that [..]

The AUT Raw Festival launched on Wednesday, showcasing the work of the school’s Art & Design students. Covering Fashion, Textile, Digital, Graphic, Product and Spatial Design, alongside an impressive array of fine arts work, the exhibition runs till Saturday the [..]

I am looking for one person to work on the big picture side of Design Assembly and on the Auckland event ideas, preparation and execution of them. I think it would take a max of four hours per week average across the year. This role could develop into a long-term partnership with the right person.

Following a successful series of workshops in 2011, we are looking for new people to develop workshops for Graphic Designers in 2012.

The workshops are based in Auckland and contributors are remunerated.

Groups work differently to individuals. Some people are better suited to Idea Generation, whilst others work best as Problem Spotters.
This workshop provides access to specific groupworking techniques to optimise creative output.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011, Room WE336, Art and Design Faculty, AUT St Pauls Street, Auckland CBD
Entry by koha donation.

Recently I came across the title ‘Retromania: Pop Culture’s Addiction to its own past’ by music journalist Simon Reynolds. The book expands upon the recent trend of pop culture enjoying the regurgitation of days gone by. In particular it focuses [..]

By Laurent Antonczak
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The Brand Shift seminar, aimed at practicing designers, strategists and communication professionals, will explore creative strategies and offer tactics and techniques to make brands connect and stay relevant in this ever changing landscape.

Over the next few days while the main event is on, we’ll use this post to create a collective review of the speakers and side events, WCC in general… Feel free to add your thoughts as the event unfolds!

Bookshop/design studio/exhibition venue/niche publishing house/multi-purpose creative outlet split/fountain launched its newspaper(section 1) Thursday night as part of the We Can Create side events schedule.

The publication, with contributions from Henry Babbage, Emmet Byrne, James Goggin, Fiona Jack, Narrow Gauge, Richard Reid, onne [..]

On Friday the 12th of August, The National Grid Launched their latest issue at the Split Fountain on Karangahape Road.

Kyra Bradcock was well along the path to becoming an architect when her flirtation with graphic design ignited into passion, and — as our great loves tend to do – inspired Kyra in a whole new direction in life.

And our [..]

By Laurent Antonczak

A multisensory adventure

True to the spirit of Cirque du Soleil’s thrilling creations, AQUA is a multisensory adventure for the whole family. AQUA uses massive 360° projections, interactive digital screens, music and visual effects to draw visitors into the experience and tell the [..]

Design Assembly is proud to offer its first Wellington based workshop: Colour Management with Jessica Mills.
Wednesday 10th August, 6pm – 9pm and Thursday 11th August, 2pm – 5pm.
At The Biz Dojo Wellington, 38 Vivian Street, Te Aro, Wellington.

Workshop #1
Big VOICE story telling/filmmaking workshop: Saturday 6 August, from 9am – 12pm
Workshop #2
Big VOICE Basic documenting skills: Sunday 7 August, from 12pm – 3pm

By Laurent Antonczak

Main points:

Mobile phones are creative media, getting more sophisticated all the time. No longer “just a phone”, these are serious visual creative tools, but the element of communication still remains, remediated as collaboration.

In this article we explore key [..]

As a designer one can get caught up in a more serious headspace with the daily need for clarity in communication, rationalising of design decisions and balancing the client’s needs and expectations with the pursuit for creative excellence. Sometimes it’s [..]

A masterclass workshop with Catherine Griffiths.
Design a large format poster using the letterform as the primary tool with which to improvise and construct meaning, whether social, political or cultural, with attention to detail, composition and aesthetic form.

Wednesday 22 June from 6pm – 8pm, ARTSPACE Gallery, K Road, Auckland.
Featuring: Graphic Tactility (Anzac Tasker), A Type of Improvisation (Catherine Griffiths) and How did I get myself into this (Nick Fracture)

Last Thursday night at the media launch in Auckland, We Can Create released the details of ten of their twelve speakers.
So what do you get for your $320 or $250 early bird ticket from the ingural We Can Create event?

A masterclass workshop with Peter Gilderdale. Niels Shoe Meulman’s has made calligraphy current. This workshop looks at the calligraphy side of this partnership and introduces participants to the principles and tools of calligraphy.

Design Assembly presents the first of it’s 2011 workshop series. The full workshop calendar will be announced next Friday 8 April.

Back in 2011 due to popular demand Design Assembly is proud to offer two opportunities to attend a three hour [..]

The Church is proud to announce a completely New Zealand-owned show We Can Create – August 26 and 27 2011.

If you have space for people to relocate from Christchurch on a temporary basis please list the information below. (Comment back if your space gets taken and we will remove the listing).

Wednesday 23rd February from 6pm
NEW VENUE – Level 1, ARTSPACE, 300 Karangahape Road, Auckland City.
Featuring Bevan Tonks & Tana Mitchell, Philip Kelly, and Joanna Alpe,

Join us on Wednesday 17th November from 6.30pm – 9.30pm
The Lounge Bar, Galatos, 17 Galatos Street, Auckland City.

A three hour hands-on workshop covering the basics of of Colour Management Theory, Tools, and Implementation.

Thursday 28th October, 2pm – 5pm, The Biz Dojo, Suite 201, Level 2, Ironbank, 150 K Road, Auckland City.

Conversations on September 29th 2010

The theory of Colour Management – Jessica Mills
A journey of research– David Sinfield
Walk the line – Ross Liew/TrustMe

In the beginning, God created the Internet, and saw that it was good. And God made the fonts of the Internet according to their kinds and all of the characters that creep upon the web according to their kind. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the documents and designs, and let the fonts multiply.” But they didn’t. For twenty years the same 12 fonts knocked around together wondering where in the hell the party was.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Designer by day, designer by night Zoe Ikin
How to design and not commit suicideDaniel Gordon
Vinyl Flashbacks Peter McLennan

I am a Semi Veteran, since I saw 123 Klan and Shepard Fairey in 2003 I have been addicted to Semi Permanent. At first glance I did not not think this years line up was exciting as last years but lets take a closer look.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Design Assembly kicks off for 2010.

Come along from 6pm to mix and mingle with your fellow graphic designers.
Speakers will start at 6.30pm.

This workshop is for designers who occasionally design for the web – but do not build websites.

Join us to celebrate the end of the year and start of summer!

There will be a meeting held on the 10th November to discuss how the changes to the Auckland Council (aka the ‘Supercity’) will affect the arts community.

It’s that time of year for the new batch of Graduates to showcase their work. Late nights in the classroom for an opening and gallery like exhibition of work.

Design Assembly is celebrating it’s first birthday on September 30th!

Welcome to 2009! I hope you all had a relaxing break over the Christmas / New Year period and have arrived back somewhat refreshed and excited about what the year may hold.

Design Assembly last night was awesome, I had a great time meeting some new designers, managed to relax more this time and we had three great conversations.

Hope you’re enjoying the sunny weather we’ve had lately and are still feeling charged from Design Assembly – I’d had lots of great feedback and encouragement from all of you to keep me really excited about the future possibilities for Design Assembly.

THANK YOU – To everyone that came along last night and to our awesome sponsors!

The information in this article was current at 27 Mar 2012

Keywords: Art, Information and Inspiration

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