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Auckland DA Event: Autumn Conversations – Design & Accessibility

Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA Conversations Autumn 2020 series taking place in Auckland in March.

Design and Accessibility
How might we undertake design in a way that embraces the full spectrum of human experience?

Join us for a panel discussion where we’ll define accessible design, explore what accessibility means to all of us, discuss the challenges and rewards and ask how can designers enable disabled people to authentically engage in a design process?

6pm – 8pm
Thursday 19th March
Grid AKL
Lysaght Building
101 Pakenham Street West
Wynyard Quarter

Tickets: FREE for DA Friends / FREE for DA Student Friends /  $30+gst Professionals

(not a DA Friend? Sign up here)


Red Nicolson – Convenor

Red has spent much of his working life in the world of education, as a high school teacher and year-level Dean. These experiences have helped develop a persistent curiosity and a passion for social justice. He now works as a Project Lead for a boutique creative agency Curative, working to inspire social change.

Red believes strongly in the vision of an equitable and diverse Aotearoa, where all people are valued and supported to live extraordinary lives. A father to two young boys, Red also uses a wheelchair and lives with cerebral palsy.

As both a media consumer and producer, Red is a firm believer in the power of stories to combat stereotypes and shift societal assumptions about what people are capable of.

When he finds the time, Red enjoys writing and podcasting, along with keeping tabs on sports, technology, and politics. He likes to think he’s changing the way people think about disability, one conversation at a time.

Simone Speet

Simone specialises in digital and static wayfinding signage for the built environment, with a strong focus on design systems, legibility and information hierarchy. With over 10 years in the field, she has experience across a range of sectors such as transport, healthcare, urban realm, hospitality, government, museums, stadiums and retail.
Her key skills lie in designing integrated wayfinding and brand experiences across digital and built environments with an emphasis on in-depth customer testing and parallel stakeholder engagement.

Simone has led and delivered several large-scale customer-centered design projects over the last five years, including Flinders Street Station Redevelopment (Melbourne), Sydney International Airport, and Monash Children’s Hospital (Melbourne).

She is currently working on the delivery of wayfinding systems for Auckland International Airport and the redevelopment of Auckland’s waterfront as part of the Downtown Programme.



March 19
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Category:


Design Assembly


The Grid AKL
101 Pakenham Street West
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
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