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Design Assembly runs a national series of in-person events and workshops throughout the year in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch.

We also hold a series of online events throughout the year that can be accessed throughout New Zealand and internationally.

Keep an eye on this page, follow us on social media or sign-up to our email at the bottom of the website for all the upcoming events and workshops near you.

April 2021

$30

CHRISTCHURCH DA Event: Autumn Conversations – The business of design today

April 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Plato Creative, 63 Manchester Street
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA Autumn Conversations Series for 2021, taking place across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in April. One year on from the emergence of Covid-19 in Aotearoa and we have all been affected by the global pandemic in many and different ways. It's time to check with you all and ask how are you doing? How is your studio or practice going? Join your professional local community as we navigate the topic of The Business of Design…

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$400

AUCKLAND DA Workshop: Welcome to Te Ao Maori

April 15 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Studio One Toi Tu, 1 Ponsonby Road
Auckland, 1011 New Zealand
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Prices: $400+gst Professional | $300+gst Design Assembly Friend | $100+gst Student (Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here) Register now The creative community plays a major role in connecting people to ideas, products and services that shape who we are as a people and a nation. To reflect an authentic Aotearoa we need to naturally weave into our craft the stories, values and perspectives at the heart of Māori culture. This workshop helps those…

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$300

WELLINGTON UX Gym Workshop: Design Research

April 16 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Out of Office, Level 3/11 Vivian St, Te Aro
Wellington, Wellington 6011
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A practical introduction to user or customer research. Learn the theory and practise the methods of modern design research as you design a research project from scratch, implement it, analyse the findings, and communicate the insights you discover. Course description User or customer research is one of the most important and in-demand areas of human-centred design. This course introduces modern methods for getting valid user or customer insights to inform design projects. During the day, you will learn the principles…

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$30

WELLINGTON DA Event: Autumn Conversations – The Business of Design Today

April 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Optimal Workshop, 25 Courtenay Place
Wellington, 6011 New Zealand
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Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA Autumn Conversations Series for 2021, taking place across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in April. One year on from the emergence of Covid-19 in Aotearoa and we have all been affected by the global pandemic in many and different ways. It's time to check with you all and ask how are you doing? How is your studio or practice going? Join your professional local community as we navigate the topic of The Business of Design…

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Free

DA Online Event – Under The Hood April, Two Designers & Two Projects

April 28 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Zoom Webinar,

Thanks to our event partners Adobe, you are invited to join us for our monthly online event where two designers walk us through how a design project worked and an Adobe rep shares tips and tricks to improve your daily workflow.

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May 2021

$300

AUCKLAND UX Gym Workshop: Journey Mapping

May 7 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thinkspace, 30 Pollen Street
Auckland, New Zealand
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Learn how to create journey maps that take your customer insights and assumptions and map them out in a visual storyboard for maximum engagement from stakeholders, designers, and decision makers. Course description Journey maps (sometimes called customer-journey maps or user-journey maps) are a powerful tool for understanding and communicating the experience of the people you are designing for. This course takes you through identifying when journey maps are appropriate, the process of creating them, and how to make sure your…

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AKL DA Course: The Business of Design: a three-legged stool (Workshop Series)

May 19 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
The Grid AKL, 101 Pakenham Street West
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
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This three-part short course has been designed to help studios large or small with continuous improvement of the things that keep an agency running well – clear and informed strategic planning, sound financial management and building great teams. Whether you have been in business for one year or many there’s always more to learn. As 2020 so deftly taught us, change is ever present and with it can come both adversity and opportunity, so it pays to keep the three…

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$300

WELLINGTON UX Gym Workshop: Journey Mapping

May 21 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Out of Office, Level 3/11 Vivian St, Te Aro
Wellington, Wellington 6011
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Learn how to create journey maps that take your customer insights and assumptions and map them out in a visual storyboard for maximum engagement from stakeholders, designers, and decision makers. Course description Journey maps (sometimes called customer-journey maps or user-journey maps) are a powerful tool for understanding and communicating the experience of the people you are designing for. This course takes you through identifying when journey maps are appropriate, the process of creating them, and how to make sure your…

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Free

DA Online Event – Under The Hood May, Two Designers & Two Projects with Adobe

May 27 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Zoom Webinar,

Thanks to our event partners Adobe, you are invited to join us for our monthly online event where two designers walk us through how a design project worked and an Adobe rep shares tips and tricks to improve your daily workflow.

Find out more »

June 2021

AUCKLAND UX Gym Workshop: Information Architecture

June 11 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thinkspace, 30 Pollen Street
Auckland, New Zealand
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Learn one of UX design’s most fundamental skill sets: how to organise the information in a digital product or service so that it makes sense to real people. This course takes you through a human-centred design approach to making digital content findable and understandable. Course description Learning how to organise, describe, and present the information in your website or app is one of the fundamental skills that make up UX design. Information architecture (IA) is the glue that holds complex…

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$400

AUCKLAND DA Workshop: Designing a Culturally Authentic Aotearoa

June 16 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
to confirm – AUCKLAND, Auckland, + Google Map

Prices: $400+gst Professional | $300+gst Design Assembly Friend | $100+gst Student Light lunch provided. (Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here). Get Tickets   Tēnā koutou, nau mai, haere mai! Design has a major influence in how culture, society and perceptions are shaped and defined.  Globally, there is a hunger for authentic brands, experiences and connection with people and community. This has created an increased desire to authentically engage with and share Māori culture, narratives and forms of expression. This workshop is to…

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$300

WELLINGTON DA Workshop: No signal found – creating great campaigns without TV

June 16 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Out of Office, Level 3/11 Vivian St, Te Aro
Wellington, Wellington 6011
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Prices: $300+gst Professional | $200+gst Design Assembly Friend | $50+gst Student (Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here). Register Now   In this workshop we’ll explore how to create an effective campaign without having to rely on TV. It will be hands-on and high-energy. We’ll show you a few examples but don’t expect this to be a workshop where it’s all screen and no play. We’ll co-create a campaign framework, run through how to…

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Free

DA Online Event – Under The Hood June, Two Designers & Two Projects with Adobe

June 23 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Zoom Webinar,

Thanks to our event partners Adobe, you are invited to join us for our monthly online event where two designers walk us through how a design project worked and an Adobe rep shares tips and tricks to improve your daily workflow.

Find out more »

WELLINGTON UX Gym Workshop: Information Architecture

June 25 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Out of Office, Level 3/11 Vivian St, Te Aro
Wellington, Wellington 6011
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Learn one of UX design’s most fundamental skill sets: how to organise the information in a digital product or service so that it makes sense to real people. This course takes you through a human-centred design approach to making digital content findable and understandable. Course description Learning how to organise, describe, and present the information in your website or app is one of the fundamental skills that make up UX design. Information architecture (IA) is the glue that holds complex…

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AKL DA Course: The Business of Design: Where’s the money

June 30 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
The Grid AKL, 101 Pakenham Street West
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
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This workshop is the second of a three-part short course has been designed to help studios large or small with continuous improvement of the things that keep an agency running well – clear and informed strategic planning, sound financial management and building great teams. Whether you have been in business for one year or many there’s always more to learn. As 2020 so deftly taught us, change is ever present and with it can come both adversity and opportunity, so…

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July 2021

$400

WELLINGTON DA Workshop: Te Ao Māori for Designers

July 7 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Out of Office, Level 3/11 Vivian St, Te Aro
Wellington, Wellington 6011
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Prices: $400+gst Professional | $300+gst Design Assembly Friend | $100+gst Student (Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here) Register now The creative community plays a major role in connecting people to ideas, products and services that shape who we are as a people and a nation. To reflect an authentic Aotearoa we need to naturally weave into our craft the stories, values and perspectives at the heart of Māori culture. This workshop helps those…

Find out more »
$400

WELLINGTON DA Workshop: Designing a Culturally Authentic Aotearoa

July 8 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Out of Office, Level 3/11 Vivian St, Te Aro
Wellington, Wellington 6011
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Prices: $400+gst Professional | $300+gst Design Assembly Friend | $100+gst Student Light lunch provided. (Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here). Register Now Tēnā koutou, nau mai, haere mai! Design has a major influence in how culture, society and perceptions are shaped and defined.  Globally, there is a hunger for authentic brands, experiences and connection with people and community. This has created an increased desire to authentically engage with and share Māori culture, narratives and forms of expression. This workshop is to define…

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$300

AUCKLAND UX Gym Workshop: User Interface (UI) Design

July 9 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thinkspace, 30 Pollen Street
Auckland, New Zealand
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Learn how to design a user interface (UI) by learning how people understand and make decisions when using screen-based interfaces, and how to respond to this when making your own design decisions. In this course you put everything you learn into practice by creating your own interface design in professional design software. Course description This practical course focuses on design for screens, from application user interfaces to web design. We cover common behaviour patterns when people are trying to understand…

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Free

DA Online Event – Under The Hood July, Two Designers & Two Projects with Adobe

July 28 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Zoom Webinar,

Thanks to our event partners Adobe, you are invited to join us for our monthly online event where two designers walk us through how a design project worked and an Adobe rep shares tips and tricks to improve your daily workflow.

Find out more »
$300

WELLINGTON UX Gym Workshop: User Interface (UI) Design

July 30 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Out of Office, Level 3/11 Vivian St, Te Aro
Wellington, Wellington 6011
+ Google Map

Learn how to design a user interface (UI) by learning how people understand and make decisions when using screen-based interfaces, and how to respond to this when making your own design decisions. In this course you put everything you learn into practice by creating your own interface design in professional design software. Course description This practical course focuses on design for screens, from application user interfaces to web design. We cover common behaviour patterns when people are trying to understand…

Find out more »

August 2021

$300

AUCKLAND DA Workshop – People, product, place: Designing wayfinding systems for the built environment

August 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Grid AKL, 101 Pakenham Street West
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
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Get a hands-on introduction to wayfinding in the built environment in this half-day workshop. This session is designed to give you an understanding of the holistic principles behind wayfinding design, and an introduction to a series of design methods that focus on creating outcomes that meet the needs and abilities of a wide variety of people.

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AKL DA Course: The Business of Design: team culture and performance

August 11 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
The Grid AKL, 101 Pakenham Street West
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
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This three-part short course has been designed to help studios large or small with continuous improvement of the things that keep an agency running well – clear and informed strategic planning, sound financial management and building great teams. Whether you have been in business for one year or many there’s always more to learn. As 2020 so deftly taught us, change is ever present and with it can come both adversity and opportunity, so it pays to keep the three…

Find out more »
$300

AUCKLAND UX Gym Workshop: Usability Testing and Prototyping

August 13 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thinkspace, 30 Pollen Street
Auckland, New Zealand
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Learn how to run usability testing on existing digital products and services and create clickable prototypes for concepts still in the design stage. This practical course gives you everything you need to make sure the design, implementation and analysis of your tests gives you reliable and usable insights. Course description User testing designs through prototyping helps us to safely explore risky ideas, get a feel for how real people will respond to our designs and, most importantly, lets us fail…

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Free

DA Online Event – Under The Hood August, Two Designers & Two Projects with Adobe

August 26 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Zoom Webinar,

Thanks to our event partners Adobe, you are invited to join us for our monthly online event where two designers walk us through how a design project worked and an Adobe rep shares tips and tricks to improve your daily workflow.

Find out more »
$300

WELLINGTON UX Gym Workshop: Usability Testing and Prototyping

August 27 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Out of Office, Level 3/11 Vivian St, Te Aro
Wellington, Wellington 6011
+ Google Map

Learn how to run usability testing on existing digital products and services and create clickable prototypes for concepts still in the design stage. This practical course gives you everything you need to make sure the design, implementation and analysis of your tests gives you reliable and usable insights. Course description User testing designs through prototyping helps us to safely explore risky ideas, get a feel for how real people will respond to our designs and, most importantly, lets us fail…

Find out more »

September 2021

Free

DA Online Event – Under The Hood September, Two Designers & Two Projects with Adobe

September 22 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Zoom Webinar,

Thanks to our event partners Adobe, you are invited to join us for our monthly online event where two designers walk us through how a design project worked and an Adobe rep shares tips and tricks to improve your daily workflow.

Find out more »

October 2021

Free

DA Online Event – Under The Hood October, Two Designers & Two Projects with Adobe

October 27 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Zoom Webinar,

Thanks to our event partners Adobe, you are invited to join us for our monthly online event where two designers walk us through how a design project worked and an Adobe rep shares tips and tricks to improve your daily workflow.

Find out more »

November 2021

Free

DA Online Event – Under The Hood November, Two Designers & Two Projects with Adobe

November 24 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Zoom Webinar,

Thanks to our event partners Adobe, you are invited to join us for our monthly online event where two designers walk us through how a design project worked and an Adobe rep shares tips and tricks to improve your daily workflow.

Find out more »
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