Design Kids! Have we got a treat for you this fortnight - head on over to the TDK site to check out our brand spanking new page with tonnes of wicked info and tips. The calendar is chocka with plenty of things to see and do like the FoundX event and Bags For Good workshop. Finally a HUGE thank you to Miller Creative for our sold-out #TDKtuesdays event last week - such a rad time! Stay tuned for the next one!
— Craig Scott
Get the low down on your fav Dunedin creatives, how they started out and if they’re hiring!
We chat with Illustrator & Designer, Emma Francesca about study, exhibitions and her illustrative style. She tells us about her 2 years living and working in Tonga with a boutique news publisher; her love of Garfield & The Smurfs; plus she shares some excellent pointers on how to develop your personal style.
We're drooling over Katie Wilson's gorgeous illustrations. She generously took some time to talk to us about Wind in the Willows, being an early bird and how she might be on the look out for an illustration agent. What this space...
We speak with Luke Johnston, Creative Director at BrandAid. Luke tells us how he convinced a studio to let him come work after hours to build his folio up until he got his break with them. He also tells us some lovely advice for young designers not to be too hard on themselves - Your taste in design will probably outdo your ability for sometime. Just keep pushing!
Check out the industry standard of work in Dunedin - how it is shot, what do they present?
Our top picks for recommended articles, blogs and companies in Dunedin.
Stuff That Looks Good #…
Some visual inspiration in the form of design, art and photography.
Son La Pham
The intentional type rollovers and intriguing work of Son La Pham make a visit to his portfolio a worthwhile escape.
The Designers Institute of New Zealand was formed in 1991 by the merger of the New Zealand Society of Industrial Designers (formed 1960), and the New Zealand Association of Interior Designers (formed 1968). Today the Designers Institute represents graphic design, interactive design, spatial design, product design, design in business, service design and design education.
The Bold is a creative studio based in Dunedin, New Zealand. Founded by three mates with a fresh approach and industry leading skillset, we collaborate with new and emerging brands on a variety of identity, design and technology projects.
To inspire Dunedin visitors, expats, locals, Otago students and others to talk about, love and understand why Dunedin, New Zealand is a pretty awesome region to spend time in.
National Volunteer Week…
The Otago Museum holds taoka of all kinds. It’s also supported by the most valuable taoka of all – our volunteers. The Otago Museum acknowledges and thanks the people who contribute their time and knowledge to our work. Here is an introduction to a few of those generous people to mark National Volunteer Week 2018. Otago Museum Trust Board The members of the Otago Museum Trust Board represent our key stakeholder groups: DCC, regional councils (Clutha, Waitaki and Central Otago), the University of Otago, the Otago Institute for the Arts and Sciences, Mana whenua and Friends of the Otago Museum. Board members give their time to attend board meetings and provide governance for the Museum. Otago Museum Māori Advisory Committee Our Māori Advisory Committee consists of representatives from our four local rūnaka (Puketeraki, Moeraki, Ōtākou, Hokonui). All members volunteer their time, have oversight of Museum activities, support the museum in its care of its Taoka Māori collection and provide advice on cultural matters. Our MAC members also support our Curator Māori and are an invaluable resource for staff. Honorary Curators Work at the Otago Museum is supported by a number of amazing Honorary Curators - volunteer researchers and retired university staff who carry a wealth of knowledge which supports our stories and adds additional context to our collections. They carry out their own research and collection projects, and assist with some of the collection services the Museum offers. Dr Jane Malthus - Honorary Curator, European Dress Dress and textiles historian Dr Jane Malthus currently teaches at Otago Polytechnic and the University of Otago. She was a founding member and has been President of the Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand. While Jane’s doctorate focused on dress in 19th century New Zealand, her research since then has expanded to look more broadly at the historical, social and cultural intersections and implications of dress and textiles worn and used by 19th and 20th century New Zealanders. National and international recognition of Jane’s expertise means she has many calls on her time and we are grateful for her advice and involvement in exhibitions, her answering of enquiries and her research and publication on the Otago Museum collection. Dr Rosi Crane - Honorary Curator, History of Science Rosi’s research focuses on the early years of the Otago Museum and Otago Institute. She often jests that she carries the Museum’s second curator, Thomas Jeffery Parker, around in her head - a huge asset when you can’t talk to the long-gone man himself. Rosi’s research focuses on the activities of the first three curators, Hutton, Parker and Benham, which falls roughly between 1868 and 1930. Back then the Museum, which was part of the Otago University, was a fledgling colonial natural history museum. Rosi has also been lead writer on the upcoming 150th exhibition. Rosi Crane next to the fin whale purchased for the Museum by Thomas Jeffery Parker. Image credit: Otago Museum. Dr Anthony Reay - Honorary Curator, GeologyAnthony Reay originally trained in Manchester and moved to Dunedin when he was appointed a lecturer at the University of Otago’s Geology Department in 1965. During his 37-year tenure he focused on making geochemistry and minerology accessible to a wide variety of audiences. Anthony has been cataloguing the early local and international mineral collections, many of which are hand samples collected for analysis. He also works on the steady supply of rock identification requests the Museum receives from the public. Tony Reay, Natural Science team field trip to Kakanui, 2017. Image credit: Kane Fleury, Otago Museum Anthony Harris - Honorary Curator, EntomologyAnthony Harris is a familiar figure at the Otago Museum. Starting as a curator in 1974, he retired in 1999 but continued on as an honorary curator. Every Monday for almost 35 years he has published the Nature File column in the Otago Daily Times, focusing on new, natural science research discoveries, many of which are related to New Zealand ecology, taxonomy and conservation. He deals with invertebrate enquires brought in by the public and works with research collaborators overseas publishing papers on Pompilidae, or spider wasps. He is also working with collection staff cataloguing a new collection of pinned and pickled insect specimens. Anthony Harris, in the field at Smails Beach, Dunedin. Image credit: Emma Burns, Otago Museum Dr Melville Carr – Honorary Philatelist Although he was a lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Otago for all of his career, Dr Melville Carr volunteers at the Otago Museum as our Honorary Philatelist. Melville has been seriously collecting stamps since about 1965. He joined the Dunedin Philatelic Society the following year, and was made an honorary life member in the late 1980s. At the Museum, Melville organises and ensures the proper storage of its stamps (which includes a complete New Zealand collection), answers enquiries on related matters, and contributes to exhibitions on occasion. You will see one of his suggestions on display in our 150th anniversary exhibition Est. later this year. Debbie Stoddart - Taoka Digitisation ProjectDebbie has been working on the Taoka Digitisation Project for one and half years, reporting on the condition of the Kāi Tahu holdings before they are digitised. So far she has worked through fish hooks and stone tools, and is currently examining wooden objects. She is working on her master’s thesis in anthropology and archaeology at the University of Otago. With a working title of Migrating Myths, she’s using a methodology called cultural phylogenetics to look at the relationships between different variants of the story of Maui stealing fire throughout Polynesia. She also works in the Palaeogenetics Laboratory in the Zoology Department, reconstructing past cetacean populations through analysis of archaeological remains. Debbie Stoddart (left) working with Conservator Lisa Yeats Emeritus Professor Robert Hannah – Honorary Curator, Classical Collections Robert Hannah studied Greek at the University of Otago, then trained in Classical Archaeology at the University of Oxford. He returned to Otago and was a member for 33 years of the Classics Department, where he became a Professor. In 2013 he left to take up the position of Dean of Arts & Social Sciences at the University of Waikato. He retired back to Dunedin in 2016. Robert is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He has been Honorary Curator of the Classical Collections at the Museum since 1980. In his time Robert has responded to queries both local and international, organised a special exhibition of select items, advised on the permanent display and new acquisitions, and published several items, notably (with Dimitri Anson) Lamps in New Zealand Collections (2013). He has also served as President of the Friends of the Otago Museum, and been a member of the Otago Museum Trust Board.
Stuff That Looks Good #…
Some visual inspiration in the form of design, art and photography.
The salty lines of the sliding doodler Stuart Smythe.
Salt Lake City
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