Join Objectspace for a design minded Coffee & Croissants talk as part of TDC68: The World's Best Typography.

Designers Emma Kaniuk (Studio Akin) and Clem Devine (Brand Design Lead at JASMAX ) will join us to share insights into their respective practices and noteworthy recent projects.

Find out more about these designers and what they will share below.

Space is limited. Get your $10 ticket to join the conversation with a coffee & croissant in hand.

Emma Kaniuk is a designer and art-director based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. She’s one half of Studio Akin, one of the few creative agencies owned by women — “I wanted to be part of the changing the standard”, and recently founded her own not-for profit, Tradespeople. Akin is based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland and Naarm Melbourne, working at the intersection of creativity, culture and technology to create brand worlds with forward-thinking people.

Previously at Special Group and Designworks, Emma has worked on projects across the arts, aviation, education, finance, fashion, FMCG, hospitality, infrastructure, and social good initiatives. Her work has been awarded locally and globally, including being awarded the Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards' purple pin of distinction for graphic design, and has been featured in Creative Review, Communication Arts, Monocle and numerous online sites.

It’s safe to say that collaboration has become a key element of Emma's practice. Looking back on a number of her projects, her presentation will be a sort of love letter to all the alphabets and logotypes she and Akin have made together, and with other people.

Clem Devine leads the Brand Design practice group at JASMAX which he co-founded with Nick Moyes in 2017. The team works from the Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland studio across a portfolio of projects communicating stories of place.

Clems work has been extensively recognised over the past 15+ years at the Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards, Australian Graphic Design Awards and elsewhere. In 2011 Clem was named a Young Gun by the One Club in New York and a certificate of Typographic Excellence by the Type Directors Club for the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki identity which he worked on under the Creative Direction of Dean Poole from Alt Group.

Introducing his presentation, Clem writes: "Visual communication relies on language and letters. Working with typography in often unexpected ways is one of the tools we use to communicate different stories. It’s endlessly surprising how 26 characters can be shaped to read more than what they say."

Coffee & Croissants is a conversation series supported by Objectspace's friends at Allpress Espresso and Daily Bread.


  • $10


  • Sun 21 May


  • 10:30 am — 11:00 am


  • 13 Rose Road, Ponsonby
  • Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland