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Wed 10 Mar 2010, 6:00pm–8:00pm

Where: 42Below Space, 20 Customs St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $40.00
  • dinz members: $20.00
  • dinz student members: $0.00
  • non dinz students : $5.00
  • Additional fees may apply


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Ever wanted to know what makes the country’s top creatives tick? Then come along to “Three’s Company” on Wednesday, March 10, when three of the country’s top design studios will attempt to prove that culture is not just something that grows in a Petri dish.

The three creative teams, Steve le Marquand from Resn; typographer Catherine Griffiths and photographer Bruce Connew; and Dean Poole, creative director of alt group, will talk about collaborations, creativity and how to realign your “pixcillary preconceptions.”

About the Design Teams:
In 2000, Steve founded successful interactive agency Boygirlboy Motion Media. After 4 years leading the way for the New Zealand interactive advertising industry, he formed Resn with business partner Rikki Campbell with the aim of producing truly exceptional digital brand experiences.

Steve has been instrumental in Resn’s string of highly sought after awards, including three years consecutively with the Pixel Awards & South by South West (SXSW), merits for the Webby Awards & One Show, as well as consistently featuring as judge & winner in the New Zealand BeST Design Awards. Steve has been featured in many international industry publications and books and Resn has just been awarded the #1 Digital Production agency in Australasia by Campaign Briefs Hot+Cold chart.

Catherine Griffiths is an independent designer with a passion for typography & Bruce Connew is a social/political artist & photographer. Based in Wellington and Paris, they work opposite each other in their disciplines, frequently crossing over, and occasionally throwing up a challenge.

Catherine’s trajectory is ‘intuition with a stab of strategic thinking’, culminating in a mix of book, exhibition and visual communication design, while working with typography in public spaces. In addition to the Wellington Writers’ Walk concrete text sculptures and TypeSHED11, a five-day international typography symposium held in New Zealand, her most recent public artwork is a five metre high typo/sound installation, A E I O U.

Meanwhile, Bruce’s practice is characterised by a driving interest in social issues, particularly conflict, dissent, emancipation and struggle. Key projects have been shown as solo exhibitions in most of the major public art galleries in New Zealand. His artist books have slowly, become recognised as genre-bending extensions of his art practice, as his late-career work continues to develop apace.

Dean Poole is Creative Director at Alt Group, a multidisciplinary design studio based in Auckland. He graduated from Elam Art School in 1993. Alt Group combines a core of creative people with a rich diversity of design, business backgrounds and experience. This intermix of viewpoints, combined with a multidisciplinary approach, creates innovative results for a diverse range of projects.

Alt's work has many forms including brand development, promotional campaigns, interactive design, research studies, and innovation programmes. The group works with retailers, global fashion designers, national and local government agencies, lawyers, wine makers, academic institutions, architects, artists, dancers, filmmakers, furniture designers, energy providers, and restaurateurs. Alt has worked on a number of national interest projects including the 'Better by Design' initiative and the New Zealand New Thinking brand.

Alt's work has won numerous International awards including the Black Book Annual Report Awards (New York), the ARC Awards (New York), SEGD Awards (Washington) the Australian Graphic Design Awards (Sydney), & the Best Design Awards (New Zealand). Dean is a professional member of the Design Management Institute (Boston) the Australian Graphic Designers Association, American Institute of Graphic Arts (New York) and the Designers' Institute of New Zealand. Dean is currently developing material for a collaborative publication about innovation and design thinking.

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