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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
  • June DA Pub Quiz
  • June DA Matariki Kōrero
  • July DA Portfolio Speed Dating Review
  • August DA Women In Design
  • September DA Conversations speaker or panel events

September 2017

Design Assembly Pub Quiz, Wellington, September 7th

September 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Shady Lady, 66 Courtenay Place, Te Aro
Wellington, 6011 New Zealand
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It’s that time of year once again and the stakes have been raised. Time to win this year’s title! Join us for an evening of graphic design, arts and culture trivia — sure to prove who the biggest design nerds in Wellington really are. 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 of social networking. Prices Professional (1 x table booking, seats…

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DA 10th Anniversary Screening of Helvetica, September 14th, Auckland

September 14, 2017 @ 8:15 pm - 9:35 pm
Capitol Cinema, 610 Dominion Road
Auckland, New Zealand
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It’s been 10 years since Helvetica the film was released. Join us in this special 10th Anniversary film event showing on the big screen, to celebrate and debate the influence of one typeface on a generation and decade of design. “Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. The film is an exploration…

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October 2017

DA Film Event: Helvetica 10th Anniversary Screening, 18th October, Hastings

October 18, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Focal Point Cinema Hastings, 126 Heretaunga Street East
Hastings, New Zealand
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Rachel and Jason Juno will be hosting the first ever Design Assembly event in the Hawkes Bay region with a screening of Helvetica on Wednesday, October 18th. It's been 10 years since Helvetica the film was released. Join us in this special 10th Anniversary film event showing on the big screen, to celebrate and debate the influence of one typeface on a generation and decade of design. "Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual…

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November 2017

Free

DA End of Year Wrap Party, Thursday November 23rd, Auckland

November 23, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Objectspace, 13 Rose Road, Grey Lynn
Auckland, New Zealand
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You're invited to the Auckland End of Year Wrap Party to be held on Thursday 23rd November at Objectspace in Ponsonby. Join your fellow designers and creatives and celebrate the end of 2017 and the start of summer! As part of this social evening we will be showing a curated New Zealand Poster Exhibition 2017 for one night only. Tickets are FREE but numbers are limited. Book by clicking here.   Thanks to our awesome Design Assembly Partners:

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Free

DA End of Year Wrap Party, Thursday 30th November, Christchurch

November 30, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
XCHC, 376 Wilsons Road
Christchurch, New Zealand
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You're invited to the Christchurch DA End of Year Wrap Party to be held on Thursday 30th November at the XCHC. Join your fellow designers and creatives and celebrate the end of 2017 and the start of summer! As part of this social evening we will be showing a curated New Zealand Poster Exhibition 2017 for one night only. Tickets are FREE but numbers are limited. Book by clicking here.   Thanks to our awesome Design Assembly Partners:

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March 2018

FREE

Hawke’s Bay: DA Korero 2018

March 22, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Urban Winery, 3 Ossian St, Ahuriri
Napier, Hawke's Bay 4110 New Zealand
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Design Assembly and our regional host Coast & Co are excited to bring you our second event for Hawke’s Bay — DA Korero, a chance for creatives in the Bay to catch up and have a casual chat about all things design. Join us at The Urban Winery on the 22nd of March from 5.30pm for a quiet beverage or two.

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Christchurch: DA Autumn Conversations 2018

March 27, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Exchange Christchurch (XCHC), 376 Wilsons Rd, Waltham
Christchurch, 8011 New Zealand
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Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA Conversations Autumn 2018 series taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in March and April. Details to be announced very soon.

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Auckland: DA Autumn Conversations 2018

March 27, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thievery Studio, 203 Karangahape Road
Auckland, 1010
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Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA Conversations Autumn 2018 series taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in March and April. Our Auckland event takes the form of a panel discussion about pertinent issues in the New Zealand graphic design profession community in 2018. We've got an awesome line up of speakers including Donna McCort — Creative Director at Dow/Goodfolk, Nick Riley, Creative Director & Jonte Goldwater, Strategy Director at Culture&Theory, and Caroline Powley — Senior Lecturer at AUT. More to be announced soon.

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April 2018

Wellington: DA Autumn Conversations 2018

April 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Biz Dojo Wellington, 115 Tory Street
Wellington, 6011 New Zealand
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Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA Conversations Autumn 2018 series taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in March and April. We are excited to bring you Anna Dean and Angela Meyer, Co-Directors — Double Denim, speaking about Women and Design, and Nan O'Sullivan — Programme Director Design for Social Innovation at the School of Design in Victoria University, speaking about Design for Social Innovation.

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May 2018

DA Chch Isle of Dogs Movie: Panel and Screening

May 30, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Academy Gold Cinema, 363 Colombo Street
Christchurch, Canterbury 8023 New Zealand
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A one off event that will be a great studio outing as well as social event for professionals and students alike.In this stop-motion-animated film from writer/director Wes Anderson, an outbreak of canine flu in Japan leads all dogs to be quarantined on an island. A boy (voice of Koyu Rankin) journeys there to rescue his dog Spots (Liev Schreiber), and gets help from a pack of misfit canines who have also been exiled. His quest inspires a group of dog lovers to expose a government conspiracy. The voice cast also includes Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Bob Balaban, Greta Gerwig, and Yoko Ono.

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June 2018

7th Annual Design Assembly Pub Quiz, Auckland June 28th, 2018

June 28, 2018 @ 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 seventh 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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July 2018

Design Assembly Pub Quiz, Wellington, July 24th, 2018

July 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fortune Favours, 7 Leeds Street
Wellington, 6011 New Zealand
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The DA Annual Pub Quiz is back for its third year in Wellington! 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 Wellington. Prices — Professional (1 x table booking,…

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August 2018

Auckland: Living the Freelance Life — Conversations for the Self-Employed

August 31, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Objectspace, 13 Rose Road, Grey Lynn
Auckland, New Zealand
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Design Assembly is excited to bring you a morning of conversations dedicated to those who are self-employed, celebrating the alluring yet intricate art that is freelancing.

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September 2018

7th Annual Design Assembly Pub Quiz, Christchurch September 13th, 2018

September 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Exchange Christchurch (XCHC), 376 Wilsons Rd, Waltham
Christchurch, 8011 New Zealand
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The DA Annual Pub Quiz is back for its seventh 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 Christchurch.

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FREE

DA Korero | Spring – Hawke’s Bay

September 20, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Urban Winery, 3 Ossian St, Ahuriri
Napier, Hawke's Bay 4110 New Zealand
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Design Assembly and our regional host Coast & Co are excited to bring to Hawke’s Bay — DA Korero | Spring. Like the autumn event, it is a casual opportunity to get the creative community together and have a chat about all things design. Join us at The Urban Winery on the 20th of September from 5.30pm for a quiet beverage or two.

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October 2018

Auckland: DA Conversations — Spring 2018

October 16, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thievery Studio, 203 Karangahape Road
Auckland, 1010
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Join us for our DA Conversations Spring Series in Auckland and Wellington, where we look at 'Diversity in Aotearoa New Zealand Design' — what does it mean and why does it matter? With a very special line up of speakers.

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Wellington: DA Conversations — Spring 2018

October 16, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Credenza Shared Office Space, 40 Taranaki Street Level 2, NEC Building
Wellington, New Zealand
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Join us for our DA Conversations Spring Series in Auckland and Wellington, where we look at 'Diversity in Aotearoa New Zealand Design' — what does it mean and why does it matter? With a very special line up of speakers.

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November 2018

FREE

Wellington: DA’s End of Year Wrap Party 2018

November 29, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fortune Favours, 7 Leeds Street
Wellington, 6011 New Zealand
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Save the date for DA's End of Year Wrap Party in Wellington: Thursday 29th November at Fortune Favours. Join your fellow designers and creatives and celebrate the end of the year and the start of summer with us.

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FREE

Auckland: DA’s End of Year Wrap Party 2018

November 29, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ponsonby Social Club, 152 Ponsonby Rd
Auckland, 1011 New Zealand
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Save the date for DA's End of Year Wrap Party in Auckland: Thursday 29th November at Ponsonby Social Club. Join your fellow designers and creatives and celebrate the end of the year and the start of summer with us.

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December 2018

Free

Christchurch: DA’s End of Year Wrap Party 2018

December 13, 2018 @ 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Exchange Christchurch (XCHC), 376 Wilsons Rd, Waltham
Christchurch, 8011 New Zealand
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Save the date for DA’s End of Year Wrap Party in Christchurch: Thursday 13th December at XCHC (Exchange Christchurch). Join your fellow designers and creatives and celebrate the end of the year and the start of summer with us.

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