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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.

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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Designing Effective Interview Questions

April 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Time for some lockdown UX education! Matt from UX Gym is going to be sharing some methods and design principles from their UX Gym courses for free in a series of short online seminars and Q&A sessions, starting with how to design an effective interview question for design research, where he shares a practical method for creating interview questions designed to minimise bias and create deeper, more insightful conversations. Join us on Friday 17 April at 2pm at uxgym.com

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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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UX Gym Webinar: 4 decision making behaviours designers should know

May 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Free 15 min UX design seminar, Friday 1 May 2pm Visit uxgym.com on Friday 1 May 2pm for our 2nd free web seminar on 4 useful principles about how people make decisions, and what these mean when designing products and services. 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…

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Postponed: Auckland DA Workshop: Running a Design Studio – Balancing the Duality of Creative and Business Work

May 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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 As creative business owners it can be challenging to balance business with creativity, but by structuring your business in a way that allows you to do meaningful work based on your values, it's easier to navigate that duality and build…

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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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But First Coffee… Auckland & Christchurch

June 25 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Join us before work on Thursday 25th of June between 8am and 9am. Coffee, tea and pastries are on us! We are excited to be at level 1 in New Zealand and want to say thanks to you our DA Friends for supporting Design Assembly to do the work we do, especially over the last few months... Auckland: In partnership with Objectspace, we'd love to invite you to have a coffee and a pastry with us and have a look…

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July 2020

But First Coffee… Wellington

July 2 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Join us before work on Thursday 2nd of July between 8am and 9am. Coffee, tea and pastries are on us! We are excited to be at level 1 in New Zealand and want to say thanks to you our DA Friends for supporting Design Assembly to do the work we do, especially over the last few months... In partnership with Out of Office, we'd love to invite you to have a coffee and a pastry with us.   Level 3/11…

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

July 2 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

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 2 July 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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FREE

Free Lunchtime Webinar – The Blutui Hump Day Late Lunch

September 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Thanks to our partner Blutui, you are invited to join us online as the Blutui team talks about why they prefer tailwinds to bootstrap and why you shouldn’t use JQuery at all or put simply how to deliver great web experiences from anywhere.

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UX Gym Workshop Wellington: Introduction to User Research

September 11 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
BizDojo, 115 Tory Street
Wellington, 6011 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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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

Wellington DA Workshop: Welcome to Te Ao Māori for Designers

October 8 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Out of Office, Level 3/11 Vivian St, Te Aro
Wellington, Wellington 6011
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Prices: $400+gst Professional | $300+gst Design Assembly Friend | $100+gst Student (Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here) Get Tickets The creative community plays a major role in connecting people to ideas, products and services that shape who we are as a people and a nation. To reflect an authentic Aotearoa we need to naturally weave into our craft the stories, values and perspectives at the heart of Māori culture. This workshop helps those…

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Wellington DA Workshop: Designing a Culturally Authentic Aotearoa

October 9 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Out of Office, Level 3/11 Vivian St, Te Aro
Wellington, Wellington 6011
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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 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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RNDR20 – Victoria University Wellington – Te Herenga Waka

October 30 @ 5:00 pm - November 13 @ 5:00 pm
Victoria University of Wellington, Faculty of Architecture and Design, 139 Vivian St, Te Aro
Wellington, Wellington 6011 New Zealand
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Victoria’s RNDR20 opens Friday the 30th of October at 5.30 pm  (until 13th November) Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation   139 Vivian Street, Te Aro,Wellington.  RNDR20 is Victoria’s flagship annual exhibition which celebrates the incredible creative work of third year and postgraduate students. Showcasing work from our future designers, architects, and makers.

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November 2020

Free

Auckland DA Event: EOY Wrap Party

November 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Objectspace, 13 Rose Road, Grey Lynn
Auckland, New Zealand
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Join your fellow designers and creatives to celebrate the end of the year and the start of summer! What a year 2020 has been! So let's get together - celebrate being back in level 1, commiserate and share our experiences of this year. You'll also enjoy a digital exhibition of Mate Act Now - A protest for the digital generation, curated by Chris Flack. Hear from three local designers talk about their response to the brief: Clem Devine and Phoebe Ellis…

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Free

Christchurch DA Event: EOY Wrap Party

November 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Exchange Christchurch (XCHC), 376 Wilsons Rd, Waltham
Christchurch, 8011 New Zealand
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Join your fellow designers and creatives to celebrate the end of the year and the start of summer! What a year 2020 has been! So let's get together - celebrate being back in level 1, commiserate and share our experiences of this year. You'll also enjoy a digital exhibition of Mate Act Now - A protest for the digital generation, curated by Chris Flack. Hear from three local designers talk about their response to the brief: Chris Flack Brett King Lara…

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UX Gym Workshop Wellington – Usability Testing & Prototyping

November 6 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
BizDojo Tory Street, 115 Tory Street
Wellington, 6011 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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Adapt — Media Design School, Graduate Show 2020

November 6 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Grid AKL, 101 Pakenham Street West
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
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Media Design School Graduate Show 2020   Date: Friday 6th November 2020 5:00pm - 9:00pm Opening Night   Venue: GridAKL (Grid Auckland) The Workshop, Level 2 12 Madden Street, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland 1010 This event will showcase a diverse collection of creative work from across our Bachelor of Media Design and Graduate Diploma of Creative Technologies Programmes. Come along to celebrate and experience our students design work with us.   You can also view the student work online via MDS showcase…

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$200

Springload Wellington Workshop: Identify new business opportunities with customer journey mapping

November 10 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Springload, Level 7, Hope Gibbons Building, 7 Dixon Street, Te Aro,
Wellington, 6011 New Zealand
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Prices: $200 Early Bird (until 10th October) | $250 General Admission Customer journey mapping is a powerful tool to help you understand how customers use and view your product or service and identify new areas for business growth. Join Kanhika and Lucy on 10th November, 1- 5 PM (NZST), and learn how to create a customer journey map by building an example journey map together. In our four-hour collaborative workshop, we will create an example customer journey map together. You…

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Wellington DA Event: EOY Wrap Party 2020

November 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
CHQ, 7 Dixon Street, Te Aro
Wellington, 6011 New Zealand
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Join your fellow designers and creatives to celebrate the end of the year and the start of summer! What a year 2020 has been! So let's get together - celebrate being back in level 1, commiserate and share our experiences of this year. You'll also enjoy a digital exhibition of Mate Act Now - A protest for the digital generation, curated by Chris Flack. Hear from local designers talk about their response to the brief: Janelle Rodrigues, Creative Lead, Creature Oliver…

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DA Auckland Workshop: Welcome to Te Ao Māori for Designers

November 18 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Te Noho Kotahitanga Marae, 139 Carrington Road (entry 3)
Auckland, 1025 New Zealand
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Prices: $400+gst Professional | $300+gst Design Assembly Friend | $100+gst Student (Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here) Get Tickets The creative community plays a major role in connecting people to ideas, products and services that shape who we are as a people and a nation. To reflect an authentic Aotearoa we need to naturally weave into our craft the stories, values and perspectives at the heart of Māori culture. This workshop helps those…

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CHRISTCHURCH: The Value of Strategy with Raul Sarrot

November 18 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Jade Software, 5 Sir Gil Simpson Drive
Christchurch, 8053 New Zealand
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Wednesday 18 November 2020, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm NZST Jade Software: 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). Buy your ticket 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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$200

DA Christchurch Workshop: Co-Design methods with Raul Sarrot

November 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Jade Software, 5 Sir Gil Simpson Drive
Christchurch, 8053 New Zealand
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Thursday 19 November 2020, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm NZST Jade Software 5 Sir Gil Simpson Drive, Christchurch $300 +GST Professional / $200 +GST Design Assembly Friend / $50 +GST DA Student Friends (Not a DA Friend? Sign-up now from only $80 per year - www.designassembly.org.nz/friends) Buy your ticket What is the best way to deeply engage with your clients to better understand challenges and opportunities? In this workshop with Raul Sarrot from Fresh Fish, we will explore how we…

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UNITEC Graduate Show 2020

November 19 @ 4:00 pm - November 21 @ 5:00 pm

You are invited to attend the opening night of the Unitec GRAD SHOW 2020 on Thursday, 19 November from 4pm-8pm. Join us in viewing this year’s work by Unitec design and contemporary arts students. You are also welcome to view the works during our exhibition days on Friday, 20 November 9am-5pm and Saturday, 21 November 10am-4pm. School groups are welcome and entry is FREE. GRADSHOW is being held this year at Building 76 via Entry 4, Carrington Rd, @unitecnz Institute…

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Debrief 2020, Otago Polytechnic

November 19 @ 5:30 pm - November 22 @ 6:00 pm
OTAGO POLYTECHNIC,

OPENING NIGHT: Thursday 19th November, 5:30pm   DEBRIEF EXHIBITION TIMES: Friday 20th November- Sunday 22nd November, 10am-4pm OTAGO POLYTECHNIC, THE HUB   FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE: https://fb.me/e/622MJDH8b

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AUT Communication Design Graduate Open Studio 2020

November 20 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
AUT,

You’re invited to explore and experience AUT Communication Design’s pop-up exhibition, showcasing the projects created by our talented graduates of 2020.   AUT City Campus, WE Building, Level 5 Friday 20 November, 4–6pm @autartandesign

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Wintec School of Media Arts Graduating Exhibition

November 26 @ 4:30 pm - November 28 @ 4:00 pm
Media Arts School, R Block, Wintec, Collingwood Street, Hamilton
Hamilton, New Zealand
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Haere mai! Come celebrate with us! Wintec's media arts classrooms and studios will be transformed into gallery spaces as design, contemporary art, and communication students exhibit their creative mahi. While you’re there, seize the opportunity to own an original artwork at Ramp Gallery’s silent auction. Opening night and auction: Thursday 26 November from 4.30pm Exhibition on display: Friday 27 November and Saturday 28 November Time: 10am – 4pm Locations:  R Block, Collingwood Street: Visual communication, interior design and communication students.…

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