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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.

  • February Queer Design Assembly
  • March DA Conversations speaker or panel events
  • May DA Women in Design
  • June DA Pub Quiz
  • July DA Portfolio Speed Dating Review
  • August DA Women in Design
  • September DA Conversations speaker or panel events

May 2019

UX Gym Workshop Wellington – Introduction to Information Architecture

May 24, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Biz Dojo Wellington, 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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DA Women In Design May 2019 – Christchurch

May 30, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Thinking Room, 367 Moorhouse Avenue
Christchurch, Canterbury 8011 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 15 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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$25

DA Women In Design May 2019 – Auckland

May 30, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hello Beasty, 95_97 Customs St West
Auckland, 1010 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…

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DA Women In Design May 2019 – Wellington

May 30, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fortune Favours, 7 Leeds Street
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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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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$300

DA Workshop Napier – Designing a Culturally Authentic Aotearoa

July 10, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
IDEAschool, Eastern Institute of Technology, 501 Gloucester Street
Napier, New Zealand
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Wednesday 10th July 2019 9am - 3pm IDEAschool, Eastern Institute of Technology 501 Gloucester Street Taradale Napier Earlybird prices until 31 May 2019 - SAVE $100 off your ticket: $300 +GST Professional / $200 +GST Design Assembly Friend / $50 +GST DA Student Friends Prices from 1 June 2019: $400 +GST Professional / $300 +GST Design Assembly Friend / $100 +GST DA Student Friends (Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here).   Tēnā koutou, nau mai, haere mai! Design…

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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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Beyond Design Thinking: Design co-creation methods with Raul Sarrot

July 26, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Ellen Melville Centre, 2 Freyberg Place
Auckland, 1000 New Zealand
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Friday 26th July 2019 9am - 12.30pm Ellen Melville Centre, Eleitino (Paddy) Walker Room 2 Freyberg Place, Auckland Central $350 +GST Professional / $250 +GST Design Assembly Friend / $100 +GST DA Student Friends (Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here). 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 could complement Design…

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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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$25

DA Women In Design August 2019 – Auckland

August 29, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hello Beasty, 95_97 Customs St West
Auckland, 1010 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 (Nibbles included) DA Friends FREE…

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$200

Auckland DA Workshop: Keeping the pipeline filled – sales for designers

August 31, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Studio One Toi Tu, 1 Ponsonby Road
Auckland, 1011 New Zealand
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Saturday 31 August 2019 9am - 12.30pm Studio One Toi Tū 1 Ponsonby Road Auckland City $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). Recommended for studio owners, self-employed creatives and agency account managers If the thought of keeping your sales pipeline filled makes your skin crawl, you are not alone. Few people ‘enjoy’ the sales process, and even fewer feel…

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September 2019

Free

DA Speed Dating Portfolio Evening, September 4th, Auckland

September 4, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Draft, 27 St Paul St, Art+Design Building WE, Level 5, Room WE531.
Auckland, New Zealand
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One evening, 40 final year visual design students and 20 professionals… It's speed dating for visual designers! A fast-paced evening of networking, portfolio reviews and feedback. As final year students, you will have the opportunity to meet and show your work to several seasoned industry professionals. In a round robin series of quick fire conversations, you'll pull out your portfolio and give it your all. In return, you'll be served with some short and sweet truths to help get that…

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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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Wellington: DA Conversations — Spring 2019

September 19, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Victoria University of Wellington, Faculty of Architecture and Design, 139 Vivian St, Te Aro
Wellington, Wellington 6011 New Zealand
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Save the Date for our DA Conversations Spring series in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington: Details to be confirmed.

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$20

Auckland – DA Spring Conversations 2019

September 19, 2019 @ 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 Spring Conversations 2019 series taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in September. Planet centric design - What is the role and responsibility of the designer? Have you ever wondered how your job as a designer impacts our planet? Do you want to reduce your carbon footprint and create something that isn’t just designed beautifully but is beautiful by design? How can we design to consider the lifecycle of our work and integrate it into…

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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

$185.00

AUT Workshop: Working together: How to start a collaborative project

November 7, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
AUT,

A workshop for more successful collaboration. https://www.initiate-collaborate.com/ A new collaborative project can feel like stepping into the unknown—new people, new perspectives, and not everyone on the same page. For collaborative projects to be most successful, you need alignment on the really important questions- right at the start of a project. Save time, money and unnecessary conflict by building effective collaborations. The initiate.collaborate toolkit empowers teams to develop their shared project manifesto in a single session. Its a self-facilitated workshop, based…

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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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Wellington: DA’s End of Year Wrap Party 2019

November 28, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Macs Brewbar, 4 Taranaki Street
Wellington, Wellington 6011 New Zealand
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Save the date for DA’s End of Year Wrap Party in Wellington: Details to be confirmed.

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Auckland: DA’s End of Year Wrap Party 2019

November 28, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  2019 is almost a wrap! Join your fellow designers and creatives and celebrate the end of the year and the start of summer with us. The Quick Draw Sketch Gang will be drawing portraits for free on the night! DA’s End of Year Wrap Party, Auckland Thursday 28th November, from 6pm - 8pm Ponsonby Social Club 152 Ponsonby Road ponsonby.social With thanks to our DA Friends – who help to keep DA going and growing, DA Friends attend this event…

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

March 23 @ 9:30 am - March 24 @ 4:30 pm
Thinkspace Shared Space, 3 Glenside Crescent
Auckland, Select a State: 1010 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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April 2020

Postponed: Auckland DA Workshop: Wayfinding for Designers

April 3 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 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 it until further notice. Email louise@designassembly.org.nz with your interest in attending this workshop at a future date. 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 Good wayfinding enables confidence in where you’ve been, where you are, and where you’re going. Wayfinding is often the first touch point of a product or…

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