FLUX: Meet the Panel

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Thanks to our DA partners BlutuiMy Chilly Bin, Portfolio Recruitment and Streamtime you are invited to join us online while we gather as a national community in an online forum to discuss Aotearoa Design amidst Covid-19.

Tuesday 22 September, 7pm – 8pm Online Zoom Webinar

Today we want to introduce you to our panelists:

Panel Convener: Raul Sarrot, Director, Fresh Fish

Raul Sarrot is a multi-disciplinary designer, strategist, design thinking coach, educator and researcher. His international experience has been forged over 25 years working alongside a wide range of commercial and not-for-profit enterprises in Asia Pacific, South America and Europe. Raul is the Director and Founder of Freshfish, his boutique studio specialised in strategy, branding and innovation and also leads CO, a global collective platform for co-creation and innovation. Raul has been a member of the AUT Communication Design Advisory Committee for the last 13 years (which he also chaired for 3 years) and is a part time Senior Lecturer in a variety of design-related papers both in the AUT Communication Design Department and in the AUT Business School.

Dr Chandra Harrison, Managing Director, Access Advisors

Chandra’s background is in human-computer interaction and psychology. For many years she worked as a UX researcher and designer in the UK, specialising in Accessibility, before taking on the management of Access Advisors, an initiative of Blind and Low Vision NZ, helping organisations understand and implement digital accessibility.

Karl Wixon, Director, ARAHIA 

Bluff born into a muttonbirding whānau, and raised and resident in Hawke’s Bay, Karl Wixon works at the transformative end of strategic cultural and creative with a focus on Designing Futures and Making Shift Happen, using an approach he describes as ‘Whakapapa Centred Design’. A past President of the Designers Institute of NZ and a founder of Ngā Aho Inc, the Māori Design Society, Karl has worked in nearly every sector of design you can throw a name at, from product, to exhibition, interior, architectural, service design, design thinking, brand and story. Karl is a strong advocate for redesigning NZ design to design a better future. Karl is Ngāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha, Ngāti Toa Rangatira and Pākehā.

Phoebe Eilis, Design Lead, Previously Unavailable

Phoebe’s practice bridges commercial design and academia. She studied a Bachelor of Design (Hons) at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT), and abroad in San Francisco at the Academy of Art University. Upon graduating, Phoebe was awarded a scholarship to work on the Brand Design team at Red Antler — launching her career in New York, before arriving back in New Zealand to take on further postgraduate studies. Phoebe was fortunate to gain research funding through obtaining the Maori Art & Design Excellence scholarship.

Phoebe joined Alt Group as a designer in 2017, where she worked across a range of strategic national and international projects. She recently retired to take up a new role as Design Lead at Previously Unavailable.

The consultancy works with companies wanting to create their future through new products, services, experiences, businesses or business models. Phoebe is also a part-time lecturer at AUT, where she contributes her time to guiding design students through their final third-year projects.

Sam Southwell, Creative Director, Studio South

Sam has more than 17 years experience in the graphic design industry, managing and producing award-winning work for both local and international clients. He uses his strong knowledge and passion for brand development to effectively communicate a business’ vision, story and personality through well-crafted design and strategic thinking. Sam plays a pivotal role in facilitating the relationships between clients and the creative team. Sam is also a professional member of the Designers Institute Of New Zealand (PDINZ).



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