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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.

May 2021

$300

WELLINGTON UX Gym Workshop: Journey Mapping

May 21, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Out of Office, Level 3/11 Vivian St, Te Aro
Wellington, Wellington 6011
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Learn how to create journey maps that take your customer insights and assumptions and map them out in a visual storyboard for maximum engagement from stakeholders, designers, and decision makers. Course description Journey maps (sometimes called customer-journey maps or user-journey maps) are a powerful tool for understanding and communicating the experience of the people you are designing for. This course takes you through identifying when journey maps are appropriate, the process of creating them, and how to make sure your…

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Free

DA Online Event – Under The Hood May

May 26, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Zoom Webinar,

With thanks to G.F. Smith & Paper Source, you are invited to join us for an online lunchtime conversation. Wednesday 26 May 2021 12.30pm – 1.30pm Online Zoom Webinar Register now With thanks to G.F. Smith and Paper Source, you are invited to grab your lunch and join us for an online conversation This month's event is a little different; with Peter Radich sharing a paper-based design project; then Jutta from G.F. Smith will share the latest on colour trends,…

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June 2021

AUCKLAND UX Gym Workshop: Information Architecture

June 11, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thinkspace, 30 Pollen Street
Auckland, New Zealand
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Learn one of UX design’s most fundamental skill sets: how to organise the information in a digital product or service so that it makes sense to real people. This course takes you through a human-centred design approach to making digital content findable and understandable. Course description Learning how to organise, describe, and present the information in your website or app is one of the fundamental skills that make up UX design. Information architecture (IA) is the glue that holds complex…

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$400

AUCKLAND DA Workshop: Designing a Culturally Authentic Aotearoa

June 16, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monster Valley, 74 Karangahape Road
Auckland, 1010 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…

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$300

WELLINGTON DA Workshop: No signal found – creating great campaigns without TV

June 16, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Out of Office, Level 3/11 Vivian St, Te Aro
Wellington, Wellington 6011
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Prices: $300+gst Professional | $200+gst Design Assembly Friend | $50+gst Student (Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here). Register Now   In this workshop we’ll explore how to create an effective campaign without having to rely on TV. It will be hands-on and high-energy. We’ll show you a few examples but don’t expect this to be a workshop where it’s all screen and no play. We’ll co-create a campaign framework, run through how to…

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July 2021

$400

WELLINGTON DA Workshop: Te Ao Māori for Designers

July 7, 2021 @ 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) Register now 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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$200

AKL: DA Annual Pub Quiz 2021

July 7, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pioneer Womens Hall – Ellen Melville Centre, 2 Freyberg Place
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
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The DA Annual Pub Quiz is back for 2021!  Book a table 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. Your ticket includes basic nibbles and first drink, if…

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$400

WELLINGTON DA Workshop: Designing a Culturally Authentic Aotearoa

July 8, 2021 @ 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). Register Now 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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$300

AUCKLAND UX Gym Workshop: User Interface (UI) Design

July 9, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thinkspace, 30 Pollen Street
Auckland, New Zealand
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Learn how to design a user interface (UI) by learning how people understand and make decisions when using screen-based interfaces, and how to respond to this when making your own design decisions. In this course you put everything you learn into practice by creating your own interface design in professional design software. Course description This practical course focuses on design for screens, from application user interfaces to web design. We cover common behaviour patterns when people are trying to understand…

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$300

WELLINGTON UX Gym Workshop: User Interface (UI) Design

July 30, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Out of Office, Level 3/11 Vivian St, Te Aro
Wellington, Wellington 6011
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Learn how to design a user interface (UI) by learning how people understand and make decisions when using screen-based interfaces, and how to respond to this when making your own design decisions. In this course you put everything you learn into practice by creating your own interface design in professional design software. Course description This practical course focuses on design for screens, from application user interfaces to web design. We cover common behaviour patterns when people are trying to understand…

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August 2021

$25

CHRISTCHURCH DA Annual Pub Quiz 2021

August 10, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Exchange Christchurch (XCHC), 376 Wilsons Rd, Waltham
Christchurch, 8011 New Zealand
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The DA Annual Pub Quiz is back for 2021!  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, we can pop you in a team or you can 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. Your…

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$300

AUCKLAND UX Gym Workshop: Usability Testing and Prototyping

August 13, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thinkspace, 30 Pollen Street
Auckland, New Zealand
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Learn how to run usability testing on existing digital products and services and create clickable prototypes for concepts still in the design stage. This practical course gives you everything you need to make sure the design, implementation and analysis of your tests gives you reliable and usable insights. Course description 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…

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Free

WEBINAR: Stronger, Better, Happier Studio Program Walk Through

August 19, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Zoom Webinar,

Join Louise Kellerman from Design Assembly and Andy Wright from Streamtime as they walk you through what to expect from their Stronger Better Happier Studio Program. Louise and Andy will give you an overview of the course and take you through some of the content in module one and two so you'll be able to get a good idea of whether this course is right for you. var humanitix = { findPos: function(obj) { var curtop = 0; if (obj.offsetParent)…

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WELLINGTON UX Gym Workshop: Information Architecture

August 20, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Out of Office, Level 3/11 Vivian St, Te Aro
Wellington, Wellington 6011
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Learn one of UX design’s most fundamental skill sets: how to organise the information in a digital product or service so that it makes sense to real people. This course takes you through a human-centred design approach to making digital content findable and understandable. Course description Learning how to organise, describe, and present the information in your website or app is one of the fundamental skills that make up UX design. Information architecture (IA) is the glue that holds complex…

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$300

CHRISTCHURCH DA Workshop: Writing for Designers with Mark Easterbrook

August 25, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Jade Software, 5 Sir Gil Simpson Drive
Christchurch, 8053 New Zealand
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Even purely visual design work is surrounded by language. We use words to inform, explain and persuade our audiences before, during and after a design project. This workshop will step above the nuts and bolts of grammar and spelling and look at what makes good writing good, so workshop attendees can develop their confidence with the written word.

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Free

DA Online Event – Under The Hood August, Two Designers & Two Projects

August 26, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Zoom Webinar,

Thanks to our event partners Adobe, you are invited to join us for our monthly online event where two designers walk us through how a design project worked and an Adobe rep shares tips and tricks to improve your daily workflow.

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September 2021

NOW ONLINE – DA Webinar: Design Thinking Reloaded with Raul Sarrot

September 15, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Online Zoom Webinar,

Design Thinking Reloaded: A fresh look at empathy-based techniques to better understand your audience and to co-create game-changing solutions. 

In this webinar with Raul Sarrot, we will take a look into how to better understand and utilise Design Thinking –together with other co-creation techniques– to work alongside your clients in deeply understanding people's problems and to come up with meaningful, innovative solutions.

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NOW ONLINE – DA Webinar: Intro to Digital Accessibility – embedding accessibility in your design process

September 22, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Online Zoom Webinar,
DA Webinar - Intro to Digital Accessibility for Designers - 11.30-1pm - 22 September 2021 - Dr Chandra Harrison, Managing Director, Access Advisors

Get Tickets Ensuring your designs are accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities and access needs may feel a little daunting. But paying attention to accessibility is well worth it in the end when you know that it makes your design work better and more useful to everyone. In this session we will introduce digital accessibility and give you five things to specifically consider when you are designing for people with access needs. We will also provide notes about the…

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Free

DA Online Event – Under The Hood September, Two Designers & Two Projects

September 23, 2021 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Zoom Webinar,

Under the Hood is a live event from 12.30pm – 1.30pm. Grab your sandwich, tea, coffee or kombucha and pull up a chair with your studio friends or in your WFH office. Join us on zoom for a candid walk-through of two designers process on two projects, featuring designers to be announced.

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October 2021

$300

CANCELLED – CHRISTCHURCH DA Workshop: The Value of Strategy with Raul Sarrot

October 20, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Jade Software, 5 Sir Gil Simpson Drive
Christchurch, 8053 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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$300

CANCELLED – CHRISTCHURCH DA Workshop: Design Thinking Reloaded with Raul Sarrot

October 21, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Jade Software, 5 Sir Gil Simpson Drive
Christchurch, 8053 New Zealand
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What is the best way to deeply engage with your clients to better understand challenges and opportunities? In this workshop we will explore how we could complement Design Thinking with other co-creation techniques to work alongside your client and deeply understand problems and to come up with game-changing solutions.

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Lunch with Blutui

October 27, 2021 @ 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
ONLINE,

Come and join our partner Blutui for lunch, they deliver the ultimate agency weapon in the battle for better websites. You are invited to join us online as the Blutui team run you through their platform and how Blutui puts your agency in control of web projects.  It’s Wednesday so we thought we’d give you some mid-week inspiration, so warm up last night’s leftovers or grab a cuppa and a biscuit and get your creative juices flowing with this webinar from…

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November 2021

DA Online Event – Under The Hood November, Two Designers & Two Projects

November 10, 2021 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Zoom Webinar,

Under the Hood is a live event from 12.30pm – 1.30pm. Grab your sandwich, tea, coffee or kombucha and pull up a chair with your studio friends or in your WFH office. Join us on zoom for a candid walk-through of two designers process on two projects, featuring designers to be announced.

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$5

2021 EOY DA Online Quiz

November 17, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Kahoot,

After the end to the year that we’ve all been through, let's get together as a community online and have some fun! Pulling from the DA Quiz questions since 2012, we’ll see once and for all who the biggest design nerds in our country are. Test yourself against your team or the rest of the Aotearoa NZ design community and we'll see if you’ve been paying attention. Hosted by the ever enigmatic Eddy Dever, we’ll fire questions at you through…

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NOW ONLINE DA Webinar: Writing for Designers with Mark Easterbrook

November 18, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Online Zoom Webinar,

Even purely visual design work is surrounded by language. We use words to inform, explain and persuade our audiences before, during and after a design project. This workshop will step above the nuts and bolts of grammar and spelling and look at what makes good writing good, so workshop attendees can develop their confidence with the written word.

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Streamtime’s Sunnier Summer

November 23, 2021 @ 11:00 am
ONLINE,

Get a head start on the future. Do the groundwork for a happier, healthier, creative business in 2022. Save your virtual seat here for the 23 November - 9am - 1pm AEDT / 11am – 3pm NZDT Good times aren’t just for when you clock off! Hold onto your akubras, this is not your normal conference. Join us in the virtual sun as we teleport experts directly into your homes, offices and home offices. Scribble notes frantically as they share…

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$20

2021 Christchurch DA Event: EOY Wrap Party

November 25, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Plato Creative, 63 Manchester Street
Christchurch, 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 2021 has been! So let’s get together - celebrate the wins, commiserate over the struggles and share our experiences of this year.

Hear from some local designers about their design and art hobbies, passion projects or side hustles - designers TBC

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December 2021

$20

2021 Wellington DA Event: EOY Wrap Party

December 1, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Out of Office, Level 3/11 Vivian St, Te Aro
Wellington, Wellington 6011
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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 2021 has been! So let’s get together - celebrate the wins, commiserate over the struggles and share our experiences of this year. Hear from some local designers about their design and art hobbies, passion projects or side hustles - designers TBC This year’s speakers include: Ryan Shields Janelle Rodrigues Prices: DA Friends get FREE tickets (Including DA Schools students, studio and…

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$300

WELLINGTON UX Gym Workshop: Usability Testing and Prototyping

December 31, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Out of Office, Level 3/11 Vivian St, Te Aro
Wellington, Wellington 6011
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Fri 31st Dec 2021, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm NZDT

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February 2022

$300

NOW ONLINE DA Workshop: Writing as a Brand

February 24 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
GridAKL / John Lysaght, 101 Pakenham Street West
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
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A great brand has a distinctive voice that comes through in its creative work and content. It also influences the way people who represent the brand speak and write. But how do you get that voice right and keep it consistent?

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$400

CANCELLED – CHRISTCHURCH DA Workshop: Welcome to Te Ao Maori with Johnson McKay

February 25 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Publica, Level 1, 100 Carlyle Street, Sydenham
Christchurch, 8023 New Zealand
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Unfortunately, due to personal reasons, we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel this workshop.  We are sorry for the disappointment in postponing from the end of 2021 and regrettably, having to now cancel it.  We will be looking to the second half of the year to hold workshops in-person.  We'll be processing the refunds of the ticket costs shortly back to the card you paid with.      Prices: $400+gst Professional | $300+gst Design Assembly Friend | $100+gst Student (Not a DA Friend?…

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March 2022

Free

DAxHnry FREE Webinar – ‘How to Thrive as a Freelancer’

March 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online Zoom Webinar,

As part of our March content series with Hnry, which is focused on sharing freelancing tips and resources to our DA community, we're excited to be hosting a FREE webinar with Hnry CEO, James Fuller who will be sharing some advice on 'How to thrive as a freelancer".

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April 2022

DA Online Event – Autumn Conversations: Studio Culture and Wellbeing in a Hybrid World

April 13 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA Online Autumn conversations lunchtime panel coming up on 13 April where we'll be discussing the topic of 'Studio Culture and Wellbeing in a Hybrid World'. Join us for a conversation that will take a look into how we (studios, designers, employees, managers) define this new hybrid culture, what it is, and what all levels of an organisation want to see across it. Some topics we'll be covering with our panel include: How…

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DA Online Event – Under The Hood April

April 27 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Zoom Webinar,

Under the Hood is a live event from 12.30pm – 1.30pm. Grab your sandwich, tea, coffee or kombucha and pull up a chair with your studio friends or in your WFH office. Join us on zoom for a candid walk-through of two designers process on two projects, featuring designers to be announced.

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May 2022

WELLINGTON DA WORKSHOP: Design Thinking Reloaded with Raul Sarrot

May 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Out of Office, Level 3/11 Vivian St, Te Aro
Wellington, Wellington 6011
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A deep dive in empathy-based research and co-creation techniques to better understand your audience and to deliver with game-changing solutions. Wednesday 25th May 2022, 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 Get Tickets (Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here).   -- This 3-hour workshop offers a full immersion…

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WELLINGTON DA WORKSHOP: BX – Translating Brand Purpose into Meaningful Experiences, with Raul Sarrot

May 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Out of Office, Level 3/11 Vivian St, Te Aro
Wellington, Wellington 6011
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A blended Brand Strategy and UX session into how to add on-brand value to every customer engagement. Thursday 26th May 2022, 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 Get Tickets (Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here). -- This 3-hour BX (Brand Experience) workshop offers a deep understanding into…

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June 2022

AUCKLAND DA Workshop: Writing for Designers with Mark Easterbrook

June 2 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
GridAKL / John Lysaght, 101 Pakenham Street West
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
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Even purely visual design work is surrounded by language. We use words to inform, explain and persuade our audiences before, during and after a design project. This workshop will step above the nuts and bolts of grammar and spelling and look at what makes good writing good, so workshop attendees can develop their confidence with the written word. Prices: $300+gst Professional | $200+gst Design Assembly Friend | $50+gst Student (Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be…

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AUCKLAND DA Workshop: Introduction to Te Ao Maori with Johnson McKay

June 14 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
GridAKL / John Lysaght, 101 Pakenham Street West
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
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The creative & business community connects people to ideas, products and services that shape who we are as a people and a nation. This workshop enables you to take your first brave steps into Te Ao Māori (the Māori worldview) to deepen your understanding of Māori culture, values and perspectives. This workshop will increase your team's confidence to engage with Māori communities and represent Māori aspirations. Prices: $450+gst Professional | $350+gst Design Assembly Friend | $125+gst Student (Not a DA…

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AKL: Annual Pub Quiz 2022

June 15 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
East St Hall, 5 East Street
Auckland, New Zealand
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The DA Annual Pub Quiz is back for 2022!  Join us for an evening of graphic design, arts and culture trivia to win the great Design Assembly bragging rights for a year! Book a table Pit your studio against the rest of Auckland, or gather together a team of your design friends and colleagues. Show your creative peers just how much you know, and enjoy an evening amongst the biggest design nerds in Auckland. Your ticket includes some basic nibbles…

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Auckland DA Workshop: Designing an Authentic Aotearoa with Johnson McKay

June 16 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
GridAKL / John Lysaght, 101 Pakenham Street West
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
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Globally, there is a hunger for authentic brands, experiences and a connection with people and community. This has created an increased desire to authentically engage with and share Māori culture, narratives and forms of expression. Learn how to create authentic Māori cultural design and narratives at this full day workshop. Prices: $450+gst Professional | $350+gst Design Assembly Friend | $125+gst Student Light lunch provided. (Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here). Register   Presented…

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