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UX Gym Workshop Auckland – Introduction to Design Thinking

2 days | 9:30am – 4:30pm each day


Thursday 22 August – Friday 23 August |
Thinkspace – 3 Glenside Crescent, Auckland

Get hands-on experience of a design thinking approach from start to finish in this intensive two day workshop.

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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. You’ll leave with a toolkit of methods and techniques which you can apply in your workplace and a fresh, creative approach for defining and tackling challenges.

Value of Design Thinking

Definition: Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer’s toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success.” — Tim Brown, CEO of IDE

This course can help you:

  • Establish a common language and fresh approach for creative problem solving.
  • Increase your confidence in your creative abilities.
  • Apply the methods and mindsets of design thinking to your work.
  • Tools and methods to encourage collaboration.

Some of the tools and techniques covered;

  • Understanding customer needs
  • Problem Definition / Design challenge
  • Ideation
  • Prototypes Experiences
  • Concept Testing / Validation

Workshop Principles

These are fundamental workshop characteristics and values which drive our structure, activities and delivery:


Our workshops are underpinned by a learner-centered approach. Participants learning intentions are defined, captured and reflected upon through the two days.

Learn by Making

Build, create, experiment! People learn best through active doing and making.


Collaboration is the modern core competence in a world of complexity & constant change.

Real-world relevance

We build learning experiences around real-world exemplars & activities so what is learnt is immediately relevant & actionable.

Who is it for?

No prior knowledge is required to do this course. This program is ideal for professionals from any industry who are tasked with problem solving and are looking for new approaches to finding solutions.


This course is facilitated by Richard Shed. Richard is a design lead with over 18 years of experience in the fields of product, service and interaction design across both Europe and New Zealand. Richard currently works with Thoughtfull Design Auckland where he has led a number of strategic design and innovation projects for Xero, Fonterra, Air New Zealand and Ngai Tahu Tourism. Richard has previously taught design at St Martins and Kingston Universities in London, at CCID in Copenhagen and the Interaction Design Institute in beautiful Ivrea, Italy.


August 22, 2019 @ 9:30 am
August 23, 2019 @ 4:30 pm
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