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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.

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November 2020

Free

Auckland DA Event: EOY Wrap Party

November 4, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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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Tika Tonu, AUT South

November 10, 2020 @ 8:00 am - December 10, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Tika Tonu is the 2020 end-of-year online exhibition featuring moving image, photography, graphic design, and illustration by AUT South's Visual Communications students, with a special focus on social-oriented projects. The exhibition launches 10.11.20 Visit: https://www.tikatonu.com/

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$200

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

November 10, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - November 21, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - November 22, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - November 28, 2020 @ 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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December 2020

Yoobee Graduating Exhibition 2020

December 9, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Yoobee School of Design Auckland, Level 4, 3 City Road
Auckland, Auckland New Zealand
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ODDINARY is Yoobee Colleges combined diploma exhibition Opening 9th December 2020 @ 5.30pm Level 4, 3 City Road Auckland

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January 2021

$5

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

January 28 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Zoom Webinar,

Thanks to our event partners Adobe, you are invited to join us online as two designers walk us through how a design project worked and an Adobe rep shares tips and tricks to improve your daily workflow. Thursday 28 January 2021 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…

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February 2021

Free

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

February 24 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Zoom Webinar,

Thanks to our event partners Adobe, you are invited to join us online as two designers walk us through how a design project worked and an Adobe rep shares tips and tricks to improve your daily workflow. Wednesday 24 February 2021 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…

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March 2021

$300

WELLINGTON: DA Workshop – Branding by Fire

March 10 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Out of Office, Level 3/11 Vivian St, Te Aro
Wellington, Wellington 6011
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Have you always heard about the power of branding but wondered where to start? Whether you’re working on a brand for yourself, your business or a client, creating a good brand isn’t easy – however starting with an effective brand strategy is a great way to begin.
We’ll be learning while creating a simple, yet powerful brand strategy from woh to go. This isn’t just theory being presented via PowerPoint, we’re getting our hands dirty. Join us for a fun, fast paced session and leave with a better idea on where to start when it comes to brand.

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$300

AUCKLAND: DA Workshop – Writing for Designers

March 17 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Grid AKL, 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.

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$300

WELLINGTON UX Gym Workshop – UX Crash Course

March 19 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Out of Office, Level 3/11 Vivian St, Te Aro
Wellington, Wellington 6011
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Get hands-on experience of a human-centred approach to UX design in this intensive one-day course. This course gives you a solid grounding in the principles and theories behind a modern, user-centred design process and practical experience taking a UX project from initial research to design to usability testing.

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Free

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

March 24 @ 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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$300

AUCKLAND UX Gym Workshop – UX Crash Course

March 26 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thinkspace, 30 Pollen Street
Auckland, New Zealand
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Get hands-on experience of a human-centred approach to UX design in this intensive one-day course. This course gives you a solid grounding in the principles and theories behind a modern, user-centred design process and practical experience taking a UX project from initial research to design to usability testing.

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April 2021

$30

AUCKLAND DA Event: Autumn Conversations – The business of design today

April 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monster Valley, 74 Karangahape Road
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
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Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA Autumn Conversations Series for 2021, taking place across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in April. One year on from the emergence of Covid-19 in Aotearoa and we have all been affected by the global pandemic in many and different ways. It's time to check with you all and ask how are you doing? How is your studio or practice going? Join your professional local community as we navigate the topic of The Business of Design…

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$300

CHRISTCHURCH UX Gym Workshop – UX Crash Course

April 9 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saltworks Workshop Space, 4 Ash Street
Christchurch, 8011 New Zealand
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Get hands-on experience of a human-centred approach to UX design in this intensive one-day course. This course gives you a solid grounding in the principles and theories behind a modern, user-centred design process and practical experience taking a UX project from initial research to design to usability testing.

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$300

AUCKLAND UX Gym Workshop: Design Research

April 9 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thinkspace, 30 Pollen Street
Auckland, New Zealand
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A practical introduction to user or customer research. Learn the theory and practise the methods of modern design research as you design a research project from scratch, implement it, analyse the findings, and communicate the insights you discover. Course description User or customer research is one of the most important and in-demand areas of human-centred design. This course introduces modern methods for getting valid user or customer insights to inform design projects. During the day, you will learn the principles…

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$30

CHRISTCHURCH DA Event: Autumn Conversations – The business of design today

April 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Plato Creative, 63 Manchester Street
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA Autumn Conversations Series for 2021, taking place across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in April. One year on from the emergence of Covid-19 in Aotearoa and we have all been affected by the global pandemic in many and different ways. It's time to check with you all and ask how are you doing? How is your studio or practice going? Join your professional local community as we navigate the topic of The Business of Design…

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$400

AUCKLAND DA Workshop: Welcome to Te Ao Maori

April 15 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Studio One Toi Tu, 1 Ponsonby Road
Auckland, 1011 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) 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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$300

WELLINGTON UX Gym Workshop: Design Research

April 16 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Out of Office, Level 3/11 Vivian St, Te Aro
Wellington, Wellington 6011
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A practical introduction to user or customer research. Learn the theory and practise the methods of modern design research as you design a research project from scratch, implement it, analyse the findings, and communicate the insights you discover. Course description User or customer research is one of the most important and in-demand areas of human-centred design. This course introduces modern methods for getting valid user or customer insights to inform design projects. During the day, you will learn the principles…

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$30

WELLINGTON DA Event: Autumn Conversations – The Business of Design Today

April 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Optimal Workshop, 25 Courtenay Place
Wellington, 6011 New Zealand
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Design Assembly is delighted to present our DA Autumn Conversations Series for 2021, taking place across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in April. One year on from the emergence of Covid-19 in Aotearoa and we have all been affected by the global pandemic in many and different ways. It's time to check with you all and ask how are you doing? How is your studio or practice going? Join your professional local community as we navigate the topic of The Business of Design…

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Free

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

April 28 @ 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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May 2021

$300

AUCKLAND UX Gym Workshop: Journey Mapping

May 7 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thinkspace, 30 Pollen Street
Auckland, New Zealand
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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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$300

WELLINGTON UX Gym Workshop: Journey Mapping

May 21 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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