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By: Design Assembly  05-Apr-2012
Keywords: Art, Speakers

Design Assembly » Reviews

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 [..]


Having just opened it’s doors on Saturday, the Auckland Art Gallery has plenty of new parts to it, one of those is a new logo. The branding was handled by perennial award winner Alt Group.


As we all slowly come down from the high of We Can Create lets take a minute to sit back and enjoy the newly released Studio Magazine. Previously I laid out my aspirations for the new offering with [..]


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!


Bringhurst’s The Elements of Typographic Style is a design classic that deserves a coveted place on every graphic designer’s bookshelf.


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 [..]


With the latest Facebook user interface updates creating somewhat more of a barrier to my enjoyment of the platform, I thought I’d investigate more into how they go about making these ’improvements’.


Dow Design has been behind a number of notably New Zealand brand and packaging changes recently from DB Export, Pam’s to Fresh’n'Fruity to name a few.


This publishing season brings the first monograph documenting the life and works of gifted American design renaissance man, Alvin Lustig


The best Semi-P yet? Share your highlights: Who were your fav speakers? Why? and who else would you like to see next year or what else? What theme did you notice?


Like my previous post this, this one will also be looking at a large scale sporting competition in New Zealand, focusing on the design associated with the event. Many of the below design elements were released two years ago, but with the event approaching I thought it would be nice to look over all the elements.


Less is more? More is more? We acknowledge that WHAT we are saying is possibly the most important thing. Something that is unique and relevant to individuals is almost a basic condition to compete on the ‘attention-grabbing’ race. However MORE is MORE or LESS is MORE are not quite relevant anymore.


With the recent release of The Visual Miscellaneum, David McCandless’ graphic review of current events, we have another excuse to explore our ongoing romance with those wonderful enhancements to the printed (or digital) page, infographics.


To accept the premise of the AUT advertisement is to accept that we are in conflict with information. Designers are the chief strategists in this conflict.
Prior to what we now call Web 2.0, it was a battle fought mainly by competing businesses, vying for our attention, loyalties and ultimately, our money. That made it easy to understand. Curiously enough, user-generated content, file-sharing and social media have shuffled the deck, and the war is now being fought largely between businesses and, well, everyday consumers.


This beautiful book contains a collection of essays about aspects of New Zealand Type Designer Joseph Churchward’s practice and is interspersed with examples of his hand-designed work from a total of 604 typefaces he has created over a period of 40 years


The Curvy Series has been around since 2003 and each year features the latest in female artists, designers and illustrators. The 2009 edition saw 1600 entries from which 120 were chosen and six artists were featured.


This exhibition celebrates the work of New Zealand typeface designers in an exquisite collection of large scale typographic posters.


The Church put on another great Semi Permanent event, featuring great speakers.


I had always wondered when the typeface, McCahon, designed by Luke Wood back in 2003 would get an airing.


The Type Directors Club Annual is one of those weighty graphic design books that I’ve gotten into the habit of buying each year.


Semi Permanent 2009 is happening on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 August at THE EDGE’s Aotea Centre.


I think there a a few going on. I always go to “Checkout”, the AUT Bachelor of Graphic Design exhibition. It is on at 5.30, at the Aotea Centre on the 19th of Nov.


I thought you may be interested in the national design conference dinz is holding this Friday 10th October in Auckland with the theme of Sustainability and Imminent Change.


Keywords: Art, Speakers

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