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Design Assembly runs a national series of events and workshops throughout the year in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch. The program varies from city to city.

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.

  • March DA Conversations speaker or panel events
  • May DA Women in Design
  • May DA Kōrero
  • June DA Pub Quiz
  • July DA Portfolio Speed Dating Review
  • September DA Conversations speaker or panel events

June 2019

$195

8th Annual Design Assembly Pub Quiz — Christchurch 2019

June 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Space Academy, 371 St Asaph St
Christchurch, Canterbury 8011
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The DA Annual Pub Quiz will be back for its eighth year! Pit your studio against the rest, or if you’re working independently, gather together a team of your design colleagues. Show your creative peers just how much you know, and enjoy an evening amongst the biggest design nerds in Christchurch.

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$195

8th Annual Design Assembly Pub Quiz — Auckland 2019

June 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Bluestone Room, 9-11 Durham Lane
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
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The DA Annual Pub Quiz is back for its eighth year! Join us for an evening of graphic design, arts and culture trivia — you know you want this year’s bragging rights! Pit your studio against the rest, or if you’re working independently, gather together a team of your design colleagues. Show your creative peers just how much you know, and enjoy an evening amongst the biggest design nerds in Auckland. Thursday 20 June. 7pm - 10pm

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Foundation Certificates Open Day – Tuesday 25th June

June 25, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, 24 Balfour Road
Auckland, Parnell 1052 New Zealand
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Foundation Certificates Open Day Tuesday 25th June 2019 9am – 12:30pm Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design 24 Balfour Road, Parnell Auckland City CONSIDERING A CAREER IN ARTS & DESIGN OR DIGITAL MEDIA? Ensure you have the knowledge to make an informed decision about your tertiary study options in arts and design and digital media. The HOD will present an overview of the programmes. OVERVIEW 9am - Registration 9:30am - Welcome and Programme Overview 10am - Digital Media and Design…

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UX Gym Workshop Wellington – User Experience Design: Designing for Screens

June 28, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Biz Dojo Wellington, 115 Tory Street
Wellington, 6011 New Zealand
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This practical course focuses on design for screens, from application user interfaces to web design. This course could be taken as a complement to one of our user centered design courses or as a stand alone course for designers, developers and product managers who want to learn more about making design decisions for screens.

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July 2019

8th Annual Design Assembly Pub Quiz — Wellington 2019

July 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant, 39 Abel Smith Street
Wellington, Wellington 6011 New Zealand
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The DA Annual Pub Quiz will be back for its eighth year! Save the date and join us in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. Details to be confirmed.

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$20

DA Korero | Winter – Hawke’s Bay

July 9, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
IDEAschool, Eastern Institute of Technology, 501 Gloucester Street
Napier, New Zealand
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Design Assembly and our regional host Coast & Co are excited to bring to Hawke’s Bay — DA Korero | Winter. Join us for an evening of conversations, exploring design projects in detail - the process, the challenges and the results. Featuring Rachel Juno from Coast and Co ,  Rebecca Norman, Owner/Operator of Panoply Studio and Johnson McKay from Fly Creative. Johnson joins us from Auckland ahead of his workshop on Wednesday 10th July: DA Workshop Napier – Designing a Culturally Authentic…

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DA Workshop Wellington – Designing a Culturally Authentic Aotearoa

July 18, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Out of Office, Level 3/11 Vivian St, Te Aro
Wellington, Wellington 6011
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Thursday 18th July 2019 9am - 3pm Out of Office Level 3/11 Vivian St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011 Prices: $400+gst Professional | $300+gst Design Assembly Friend | $100+gst Student Plus the option to purchase an Eat My Lunch meal for lunch. (Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here).   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…

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DA Workshop Wellington – Designing a Culturally Authentic Aotearoa

July 19, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Out of Office, Level 3/11 Vivian St, Te Aro
Wellington, Wellington 6011
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Our first workshop is sold out, so we're doing another! Friday 19th July 2019 9am - 3pm Out of Office Level 3/11 Vivian St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011 Prices: $400+gst Professional | $300+gst Design Assembly Friend | $100+gst Student Plus the option to purchase an Eat My Lunch meal for lunch. Workshop needs 10 people minimum to run (Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here).   Tēnā koutou, nau mai, haere mai! Design has a major influence in how…

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August 2019

UX Gym Workshop Auckland – Introduction to Service Design

August 8, 2019 @ 9:30 am - August 9, 2019 @ 4:30 pm

Introduction to Service Design 2 days | 9:30am - 4:30pm everyday Auckland Thurs 8 August - Fri 9 August 2019 | Thinkspace - 3 Glenside Crescent, Auckland Sign Up for Auckland In this intensive, hands-on 2 day course we provide you with tools and techniques to better uncover and articulate user needs, build great service concepts, clearly articulate them and create compelling experience prototypes to test and develop your ideas. Overview The workshop takes you stage by stage through a…

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Whitecliffe Photo Media Open Day – 10th August

August 10, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, 24 Balfour Road
Auckland, Parnell 1052 New Zealand
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Whitecliffe Photo Media Open Day Saturday 10th August 2019 9am - 1pm Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design 24 Balfour Road, Parnell Auckland City CONSIDERING A CAREER IN PHOTO MEDIA? Ensure you have the knowledge to make an informed decision about your tertiary study options in arts and design. The Photo Media HOD will present an overview of the programme taught in each year of the BFA Photo Media major. You will also learn about career opportunities within the Creative…

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UX Gym Workshop Auckland – Introduction to Design Thinking

August 22, 2019 @ 9:30 am - August 23, 2019 @ 4:30 pm

Introduction to Design Thinking 2 days | 9:30am - 4:30pm each day Auckland Thursday 22 August - Friday 23 August | Thinkspace - 3 Glenside Crescent, Auckland Sign Up for Auckland Get hands-on experience of a design thinking approach from start to finish in this intensive two day workshop. Overview Build on a foundation of human-centred design, following a real-world design challenge. You’ll work intensively through the phases of a design thinking approach, understanding the theory then applying the practice.…

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DA Women In Design August 2019 – Wellington

August 29, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant, 39 Abel Smith Street
Wellington, Wellington 6011 New Zealand
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Join us for an informal evening of drinks and food as we come together for relationships to be made, nurtured and supported. Spaces are limited to 30 people. Everyone is welcome. With thanks to our DA Friends - who help to keep DA going and growing, DA Friends attend this event for free. A small cover charge for non-DA Friends helps to cover the admin costs of running these events for the community. $25+gst per person (First drink and nibbles included)…

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DA Women In Design August 2019 – Christchurch

August 29, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Botanic, Level 1, The Terrace, 126 Oxford Terrace
Christchurch, 8013 New Zealand
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Join us for an informal evening of drinks and food as we come together for relationships to be made, nurtured and supported. Spaces are limited to 25 people. Everyone is welcome. With thanks to our DA Friends – who help to keep DA going and growing, DA Friends attend this event for free. A small cover charge for non-DA Friends helps to cover the admin costs of running these events for the community. $25+gst per person (First drink and nibbles…

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September 2019

DA Workshop Hamilton – Designing a Culturally Authentic Aotearoa

September 11, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Wintec, Tristram Street
Hamilton, New Zealand
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This popular workshop is back in Hamilton! Wednesday 11 September, 2019 9.30am - 3.30pm Wintec Marae Tristram Street Hamilton Prices: $400+gst Professional | $300+gst Design Assembly Friend | $100+gst Student Light lunch provided. Workshop needs 10 people minimum to run (Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here).   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…

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DA Spring Conversations – Design & Wellness

September 24, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Grid AKL, 101 Pakenham Street West
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
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Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA Conversations Spring 2020 series taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in September.

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October 2019

DA Women In Design Evenings – Hamilton

October 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mr Pickles, 298 Victoria Street
Hamilton, Waikato 3200 New Zealand
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Join us for an informal evening of drinks and food as we come together for relationships to be made, nurtured and supported. Spaces are very limited. Everyone is welcome. Thursday 17 October 2019 6pm - 8pm Mr Pickles 298 Victoria Street, Hamilton                   If you would like to hold DA Women In Design events in your local region please contact louise@designassembly.org.nz Design Assembly – connecting all New Zealand visual designers since 2008…

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$200 – $300

UX Gym Workshop Christchurch – UX Crash Course: A hands on introduction to user experience design

October 25, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
BizDojo Christchurch, 4 Ash Street
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Get hands-on experience of a digital UX design project from start to finish in this intensive one day workshop. This course is designed to give you an understanding of the principles behind a modern user centered design process and practical experience of some of the most common activities you will encounter in a typical user experience project. The day is designed so you can apply what you learn immediately to your current projects and also use what you learn as…

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November 2019

Auckland DA Workshop: Design & Strategy

November 20, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Grid AKL, 101 Pakenham Street West
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
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February 2020

Free

A Queer Design Assembly – 2020 Auckland Pride Festival

February 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Strange Haven, 281 Karangahape Road
Auckland,
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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 Register for your ticket now A Queer Design Assembly is a welcoming event open to everyone, with a focus on creating space for LGBTQ+ creatives to celebrate queer contributions to the creative industries and visual culture, share work, and connect with…

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Free

Auckland DA Event: Out of Office – Conversations on working inhouse

February 26 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am
The Grid AKL, 101 Pakenham Street West
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
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Join your fellow in-house designers and creatives as we hear from two leaders in the field, sharing their stories on how they balance the challenges and rewards of working in-house. Relight your creative spark and gain insights into the working with the demands of in-house design. Breakfast, coffee and tea will be provided. Get Tickets Speakers: Roxy Huntington - Former Head of Design, Trade Me Feeling at home In-house Over the last 20 years I've had the chance to work…

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