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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.

June 2019

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

June 14, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thinkspace Shared Space, 3 Glenside Crescent
Auckland, Select a State: 1010 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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9th Annual DA Pub Quiz 2020

June 18, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The DA Annual Pub Quiz is back for its ninth 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.

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$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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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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March 2020

Auckland DA Workshop: Writing and Presenting for Designers

March 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Grid AKL, 101 Pakenham Street West
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
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Who is the workshop for? Anybody who wants to learn more about how to get the most out of a client — and deliver the most when presenting back. You’ll likely take the most away from this course if you’re new to, or interested in, learning more about client service. What will you learn? Getting the right information out of a client isn’t always easy — and neither is presenting it back with confidence. So how do people make it…

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

March 6 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thinkspace Shared Space, 3 Glenside Crescent
Auckland, Select a State: 1010 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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UX Gym Workshop Wellington – Crash Course: A hands on introduction to user experience design

March 20 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
BizDojo Tory Street, 115 Tory Street
Wellington, 6011 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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April 2020

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

April 17 @ 8:30 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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May 2020

Postponed: Wellington DA Workshop: Running a successful project: on time, on budget, and on brief

May 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Out of Office, Level 3/11 Vivian St, Te Aro
Wellington, Wellington 6011
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We have postponed this workshop due to COVID-19 until further notice. Prices: $300+gst Professional | $200+gst Design Assembly Friend | $50+gst Student Morning tea provided. (Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here) Get Tickets Recommended for Account Managers, Project Managers, Creatives, Team Leaders, Studio Owners Have you ever tried to run a creative project that got out of hand? Are the projects that you run particularly complex or long-term? Do you need to wrangle multiple suppliers or…

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Postponed: Auckland DA Event: Women in Design

May 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Grid AKL, 101 Pakenham Street West
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
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We have postponed this workshop due to COVID-19 until further notice. Join us for an intimate evening with a panel conversation on: Living a life in design - success and support strategies We'll share drinks, food and conversation as we come together for relationships to be made, nurtured and supported. Featuring: Mirella Marie, Founder and Director of Womentor as convenor Laura Cibilich, Director, Run Jodine Bell, Creative Director, Principals Annie Dow, Managing Director, Dow Goodfolk Prices: $30+gst Professional | Free…

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UX Gym Workshop Wellington – 2 Day Introduction to User Experience Design

May 7 @ 9:30 am - May 8 @ 4:30 pm
BizDojo Tory Street, 115 Tory Street
Wellington, 6011 New Zealand
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Like our 1 day UX Crash Course this course gives you hands-on experience of a digital UX design project from start to finish, but it goes into more depth in each area. This course is designed to give you a more thorough understanding of the principles behind a modern user centered design process and more 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…

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UX Gym Webinar: Great ways to ruin a usability test

May 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Free 15 min UX design seminar, Friday 15 May 2pm   Visit uxgym.com on Friday 15 May 2pm for our 3rd and final free web seminar on common mistakes that invalidate usability tests. We have found that not being able to hold our usual training courses while the country is under lockdown both frustrating and boring, so while we’re waiting to get up and going again we’ve decided to share some of our favourite principles and methods that we teach…

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June 2020

$5

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

June 4 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
ONLINE,

Thanks to our event partners Adobe, you are invited to join us online as three designers walk us through how a design project worked. Thursday 4 June 12.30pm - 1.30pm Online Zoom Webinar Each designer will share the brief, how they approached it, talk us through that internal feedback loop - This is too hard! It's not working! Why did I decide to be a designer?! - and out to the other side to client love and project success. All…

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August 2020

$5

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

August 6 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Zoom Webinar,

Thanks to our event partners Adobe, you are invited to join us online as three designers walk us through how a design project worked. Thursday 6 August 12.30pm – 1.30pm Online Zoom Webinar Get Tickets Each designer will share the brief, how they approached it, talk us through that internal feedback loop – This is too hard! It’s not working! Why did I decide to be a designer?! – and out to the other side to client love and project…

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UX Gym Workshop Auckland – User Research

August 28 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thinkspace Shared Space, 3 Glenside Crescent
Auckland, Select a State: 1010 New Zealand
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Probably no other area of design has more impact on how successful your initial design decisions are going to be than user research. Most of us aren’t designing for ourselves, and a good understanding of who our users are and what their needs are is vital for successful design. This course teaches you how to identify the best type of research for a project, how to execute your research so you get the most useful results given the time and…

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September 2020

SOLD OUT AUCKLAND: The Value of Strategy with Raul Sarrot – 2nd September

September 2 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Grid Auckland, 101 Pakenham Street West Wynyard Quarter
Auckland, New Zealand
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Wednesday 2nd September 2020 9am – 12.30pm GridAKL / John Lysaght 101 Pakenham Street West, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand $300 +GST Professional / $200 +GST Design Assembly Friend / $50 +GST DA Student Friends (Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here). A practical workshop on how to translate a business vision into a game-changing, value-driven brand strategy. What is brand strategy and how does it differ from business strategy? Why strategy is critical…

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AUCKLAND: The Value of Strategy with Raul Sarrot – 9th September

September 9 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Grid AKL, 101 Pakenham Street West
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
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In this 3-hour course, we will do a deep dive in the world of business and brand strategy, exploring how we can translate core purpose into a meaningful value-driven strategy. While we work on hands-on activities to co-create a meaningful strategic framework and an activation plan, we will answer the specific questions or challenges you might have around your business/brand.

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DA Online Event – IN FLUX: Aotearoa Design

September 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online Zoom Webinar,

We will gather as a national community in an online forum to discuss Aotearoa Design amidst Covid-19.

We’ll speak candidly about how we are doing right now, explore the opportunities for change this reset presents; from the way that we work day-to-day, as a profession, how we collaborate with our clients and peers. Through the macro visions of what we hope for our future, and how Aotearoa NZ designers can play a positive role in the world at large.

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WELLINGTON: The Value of Strategy with Raul Sarrot

September 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Out of Office, Level 3/11 Vivian St, Te Aro
Wellington, Wellington 6011
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Friday 25th September 2020, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm NZST Out Of Office: Level 3/11 Vivian Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand $300 +GST Professional / $200 +GST Design Assembly Friend / $50 +GST DA Student Friends (Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here). Get Tickets A practical workshop on how to translate a business vision into a game-changing, value-driven brand strategy. What is brand strategy and how does it differ from business strategy?…

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UX Gym Workshop Auckland – Information Architecture

September 25 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thinkspace Shared Space, 3 Glenside Crescent
Auckland, Select a State: 1010 New Zealand
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Learning how to organise, describe and present the information in your website or app is one of the fundamental skills that makes up UX design. Information architecture is the glue that holds complex digital products together and enables users to navigate and make sense of them.

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October 2020

UX Gym Workshop Wellington – Information Architecture

October 9 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
BizDojo Tory Street, 115 Tory Street
Wellington, 6011 New Zealand
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Learning how to organise, describe and present the information in your website or app is one of the fundamental skills that makes up UX design. Information architecture is the glue that holds complex digital products together and enables users to navigate and make sense of them.

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Auckland DA Workshop: Designing a Culturally Authentic Aotearoa

October 22 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Grid Auckland, 101 Pakenham Street West Wynyard Quarter
Auckland, New Zealand
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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). 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 define…

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UX Gym Workshop Auckland – Usability Testing & Prototyping

October 23 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thinkspace Shared Space, 3 Glenside Crescent
Auckland, Select a State: 1010 New Zealand
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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 cheaply and privately instead of publicly and expensively. But how many users do we need? How do we identify what to test? How do we know the way we designed and ran the test is producing valid results? How do we recruit people? How do we integrate user testing into…

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