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A Queer Design Assembly – 2020 Auckland Pride Festival

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Join us during the 2020 Auckland Pride Festival for an informal evening of drinks, nibbles and chats exploring what it means to be queer in the design industry. 

Thursday 13th February
6pm – 8pm
Strange Haven
281 Karangahape Road

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A Queer Design Assembly is a welcoming event open to everyone, with a focus on creating space for LGBTQ+ designers to celebrate queer contributions to the design industry and visual culture, share their work, and connect with each other.

We’ll hear from Sarah Gladwell, a design director from Tāmaki Makaurau, based in Sydney, Australia. She’ll share her perspectives and experiences, before we open things right up for a loose floor discussion, where we can debate things like:

  • What’s the queerest typeface?
  • What’s with the Rainbow?
  • What’s the best way to come out to your studio?
  • What is our queer aesthetic in Aotearoa?
  • Who’s straight these days anyway?


Join us for a fun night of filled with snacks and chats where we’ll get to the bottom of what being a queer designer is all about in Aotearoa.

Speaking – Sarah Gladwell (she/her)
Sarah Gladwell (she/her), PDINZ, is a design director from Tāmaki Makaurau, based in Sydney, Australia. After graduating from Unitec in 2007, she joined award-winning design studio Inhouse for a 10-year stint, during which, the team picked up a purple pin at the Best Awards. In 2018 she moved to Sydney and began working at Frost where she was design lead for a number of projects, including the Ending HIV campaigns for the AIDS Council of NSW and the New Zealand AIDS Foundation. Sarah is currently a freelance designer working on projects in Australia and Aotearoa, including the Auckland Pride 2020 publication Our Selves: A Journal of Queer Culture. Outside of design, Sarah spends her time rushing to the train in her vegan Birkenstocks, making playlists for her girlfriend and double-tapping posts that make fun of the patriarchy. Sarah is gay af.


Hosting – Kaan Hiini (he/him)
Kaan Hiini (Ngāpuhi, Te Arawa) is a multi-disciplinary designer based in Auckland, working to create beautiful work with positive impact at Curative, a creative agency inspiring social change.


Thanks to our venue partners – Strange Haven


February 13
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Strange Haven
281 Karangahape Road
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