“Kaleidoscope” – Yoobee Creative Digital Design Students Exhibition

We are shining light on students work at Yoobee’s upcoming Creative Digital Design Kaleidoscope Diploma showcase

A kaleidoscope creates movement and reflection – with light and change we can bring things together to create magic.

The world is ever changing and it’s through this change, we are given the opportunities to create.

We overlap and adjust how we see things, how we experience the world through different eyes, we adapt and evolve, both as people and as creatives. With every shift, we take in the thoughts and feelings of those around us. Expanding our horizons and inventing a new pattern, one we share and shine a light on with those who have helped us along the way.

The world is ever changing and we are changing with it.

See Kaleidoscope Thursday 8th of December 6pm-8pm at Yoobee Level 4, 3 City Rd

AUCKLAND DA Event: EOY Wrap Party 2022

Join your fellow designers and creatives to share our experiences of this year and celebrate the start of summer! This is a low-key networking event for members of our Design Assembly community and beyond. Your ticket will gain you entry into the East Street Hall courtyard, a tasty pizza that will be warm and on the table at 630pm sharp, and one beverage.

We will also be having a pop-up market stall from Chromacon Indie Arts Festival and Auckland Zine Fest for you to peruse some printed goodies and potentially tick some early Christmas shopping off of the list. We will also have two artists from the Quick Sketch Gang, Ant Sang and Rebecca ter Borg, there to draw your portrait! More details to come.

Tickets are FREE for our Design Assembly friends of all tiers. You can sign up to be a DA Friend anytime—and there’s no time like the present. Check out our membership options here. Not in Auckland? Check out our Wellington and Christchurch equivalent events.

East Street Hall
6pm – 8pm
5 East Street, Auckland CBD

Join The Party

Thanks to our Design Assembly Partners BookPrint, mychillybin, Portfolio, Rocketspark and Streamtime and to Lindsay Yee and Abhi Topiwala for the incredible and inflatable event artwork.

Media Design School’s Decade Arcade

Media Design School is celebrating 10 years of Game Art and Programming degrees with a free graduate show and free industry conference on 18-19 November 2022 at our Auckland Central campus. There’ll be an opportunity to hear from and network with some of the greatest minds within New Zealand’s gaming industry who happened to get their start at MDS.



They say you should surround yourself with the kinds of people you’d like to be, so what better excuse to network with some of the greatest minds within New Zealand’s gaming industry?


Introducing: Decade Arcade!

Many MDS alumni have worked their way into top studios to work on well-known games, like Call of Duty and Path of Exile; while others have looked to chase their own visions, releasing indie games that have developed huge followings around the globe. This November, we are inviting as many as we can to present at what we think could be one of the most prolific game development events New Zealand has ever seen!

Worry not! We will fill the void left by the cancellation of Auckland Armageddon (too soon?). Not only will you be entertained by the stories and experiences of our veteran elite, but you’ll hopefully be able to pick up a thing or two to guide you toward your own goals.

So, crack those knuckles, study up on your gaming trivia, and get ready to join an event that you’ll be telling your grandkids about.

Friday 18th November – Open to All

5.30pm l Graduate Show

Showcase of 2022 graduate games from the Bachelor of Creative Technologies (Game Art) and the Bachelor of Software Engineering (Game Programming).

Saturday 19th November – Open to All

9.30am l Official Conference Schedule: Loading…

Hear from an array of industry guest speakers, meet our staff, learn more about MDS and play our student games! – Our official website with a list of speakers & games here


Type as Monument

Type as Monument – join the SEGD Tāmaki Makaurau chapter for an evening with Alistair McCready from Monolith.

The Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland chapter of the Society of Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) and Design Assembly invite you to an evening exploring typographic design and its history with Alistair McCready from Monolith. Meet at the Isthmus Tāmaki studio on Queen Street for drinks and nibbles from 5:30pm, with Alistair’s talk starting at 6pm. Social mixer afterwards.

Register here: Type as Monument: an evening with Alistair McCready brought to you by SEGD Tickets, Thu 17 Nov 2022 at 17:30 | Eventbrite

Wintec School of Media Arts Creative Showcase

NOV – DEC 2022


Fresh talent from the School of Media Arts share their mahi and perform for their peers, whānau and the public. Come celebrate this next wave of creatives at one (or more) of our showcase events in Kirikiriroa Hamilton. The events represent the range of disciplines studied at The School of Media Arts, from Communication, Art and Design to Music and Performing Arts, there is something for everyone!


The events will be held at Wintec city campus and The Meteor Theatre and are open for friends, family and the public. 


Hands on a Hardbody 

Thursday 17, Friday 18, 7.30pm 

Saturday 19 November, 2.00pm and 7.30pm 

The Meteor, Tickets available here


Music and Performance Evenings  

Wednesday 23 November Performance Showcase, 7pm 

Thursday 24 November Orchestra Extravaganza, 8pm 

Friday 25 November 1st Year Character Cabarets, 7pm 

The Meteor *FREE Event*  


Te Ara Pūtake Exhibition 

Thursday 24 November, 5.30pm 

R Block Social Space, 

Wintec City Campus  


Graduate Showcase Exhibition 

Opening Night, Thursday 1 December, 4.30pm 

Friday 2 December, 10am – 2pm  

Secondary Schools Tour, Monday 5 December, 10am – 2pm 

Wintec City Campus, R, X and P Block, Kirikiriroa  


Film Screening 

Thursday 1 December, 6.45pm  

Events Room One, The Hub, Wintec City Campus

Event design by Bachelor of Design (visual communication) student Andre Dela Rue and copywriting by Bachelor of Communication student Amy Craven.

AUT Art & Design Graduate Showcase

We are very proud to present our showcase of the graduating students from Kura Toi a Hoahoa: School of Art and Design at AUT. The student work represents the culmination of an educational experience, exploring a range of art and design topics, issues, approaches, and technologies. We hope you enjoy viewing the art and design work and helping us to celebrate the outstanding achievements of our students in 2022.

artanddesign.aut.ac.nz – updated website for this event goes live on 17 Nov

Opening Night

17th November · 4pm – 8pm,


Communication Design · WE Level 5

Open: 15th – 19th November

Opening Night Timings: Industry 4–5:30pm · Awards 6pm · Family & Friends 5:30–6pm


Digital Design · WE Level 6

Open: 17th November

Awards: 17th November 7:30pm


Fashion Design · Ticketed Event

Open: 12th November


Industrial Design · WM Level 6

Open: 14th – 18th November

Awards: 17th November 7pm


Interaction Design · WE Level 5

Open: 15th – 19th November

Opening Night Timings: Industry 4–5:30pm · Awards 6pm · Family & Friends 5:30–6pm


Spatial Design · WE Level 3

Open: 17th – 19th November

Awards: 17th November 7pm


Visual Arts · WM Level 1 + Level 3, 4, 5 Foyers

Open: 17th – 19th November

Awards: 17th November 6:30pm

Media Design School EOY Grad Exhibition: Tomorrow & Tomorrow & Tomorrow

The Bachelor of Media Design End of Year Graduate Exhibition ‘Tomorrow & Tomorrow & Tomorrow’

Media Design School proudly presents the End of Year Graduate Exhibition 2022 featuring the works from the Bachelor of Media Design (BMD) and the Graduate Diploma of Creative Technologies (Design) (GDCT). These collection of practice-led design work comes from specialist areas of graphic design, interactive design and motion design, and explore concepts of user-experience, collaborative design, community-enriching and interdisciplinary practice.

AUCKLAND DA Workshop: Meaningful Strategy SOLD OUT

This event is sold out! Join the waitlist to be notified if a space becomes available. 


Building on the previous success of Raul Sarrot’s strategy webinars and workshops, in this 3-hour hands-on session Raul will offer a deeper dive into the world of strategy focussing specifically on how to translate business purpose into a meaningful strategy that delivers game-changing value and is loaded with potential to positively impact people’s lives.

$249+gst Professional
$149+gst Design Assembly Friend
$49+gst Student
FREE for DA PLUS Friends

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(Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here).

What you will learn?
You will get the chance to work alongside others as well working by yourself to design your own Meaningful Strategy Framework. You will explore techniques to find clarity and alignment for your or your client’s business, understanding how to clearly articulate vision and purpose, better identifying and understanding audiences, clearly defining how your product or service proposition could deliver tangible and meaningful value in ‘real life’. Be ready to challenge and be challenged.

Who is the workshop for?

  • Anyone working with –or being in charge of– business or brand strategy.
  • Intermediate/Senior Designers
  • Brand and Marketing Managers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • SME directors

What to bring with you?
A sharpie, a pen, your curiosity and lots enthusiasm. We’ll provide the rest!

About the facilitator 
Raul Sarrot is a multi-disciplinary designer, strategist, educator and design coach who specialises in helping enterprises incorporate design into all areas of their organisations, from strategy to brand creation and communication. His international experience has been forged over 30 years working alongside a wide range of commercial and not-for-profit clients in many countries the world. Raul is the Director and Founder of Freshfish, his boutique studio specialised in strategy, branding and innovation and is a part time Senior Lecturer in a variety of design-related papers at AUT. After working hours, Raul is a music composer, drummer and bass player and a proud father of three ‘wild on Waiheke’ kids!

AUCKLAND DA Event: Spring Conversations — Design For Everybody

Design Assembly is delighted to present our Spring Conversations panel discussion series for September 2022. Design For Everybody will invite 3 local creatives, (or creative adjacent individuals) to engage in an authentic discussion and Q&A about inclusion in the creative industry;

  • What does it mean to be inclusive in design?
  • What is ‘lived experience’ and how does it affect our work?
  • How can we collectively make better design for everyone?


$30+gst Professional | FREE for Design Assembly Friends
Not a DA Friend? Sign-up to help DA help you! We’ve got options for everyone.

Our Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) panellists:

Red Nicholson — Curative

Red is a proud disabled person, a father of three young boys, and a long-suffering Warriors fan. He started his career in the education sector, working across a range of teaching and leadership roles. These experiences helped develop a persistent curiosity and a passion for social justice. He now works as Innovation Director at Curative, a boutique creative agency inspiring positive social change. Red believes strongly in the vision of an equitable and diverse Aotearoa, where all people are valued and supported to live extraordinary lives. As both a media consumer and producer, Red is a firm believer in the power of stories to combat stereotypes and shift societal assumptions about what people are capable of.

Adeline Salkeld — RUSH

Adeline is the Design Director at RUSH where she drives a culture of design excellence, applying her pragmatism and empathy to help further the company’s purpose of designing and building technology to better serve humankind. Her 20+ year career as a digital experience specialist draws from a foundation in graphic design coupled with a fascination for how technology can impact and influence human behaviour. This impressive skillset has contributed to the success of many clients including Z Energy, Auckland Transport, ASB, and Maori Television. Adeline is an advocate for inclusivity, diversity and female leadership which she champions and celebrates within her industry.

Jason Biggs — The Strengths Collective

Jason helps workplaces and their people hum through coaching, workshops and self-sustaining tools that help you short circuit the process and DIY. His method helps to identify and play to yours, your teams’ and your organisation’s strengths, have better, regular and more impactful coaching conversations, and focus on the important stuff. Jason has worked in the corporate sector for over 20 years, marketing brands like NESCAFE, KLEENEX and HUGGIES. He thrives helping people understand why they do what they do and to leverage this to get what they want. He’s a commercial guy at heart so that means delivering good business outcomes.  In the last five years he’s coached hundreds of people either as individuals or teams and worked with organisations such as Spark, Nestle, Freightways, New Zealand Blood Service, Chapman Tripp, Downer, Fonterra, Kiwicare, The Tile Depot.

Daphne Haurua — Pohewatanga

Daphne is an inspiring designer based in Tamaki Makaurau, Aotearoa who work alongside businesses, organisations and a diverse range of communities to design creative and meaningful solutions that whakapiki te mana o te kaupapa. As a practising designer, Daphne focuses on how we can weave together Māori and Pacifica ways of thinking and inclusive practices within contemporary settings. Her design skills include branding, visual communications, publications, corporate design, documentary and videography.

Thanks to our Design Assembly Partners BookPrint, mychillybin, Portfolio, Rocketspark and Streamtime
Event artwork by Lindsay Yee and Abhi Topiwala

Not in Auckland? Check out our Wellington and Christchurch Spring Conversations.


AUCKLAND DA Workshop: Presenting for Designers with Mark Easterbrook

Even the best creative work can fall at the final hurdle — the client presentation. Telling the story of your work in a compelling way and equipping your client with reasons to say yes are vital skills for anyone in the design industry. Presenting the work well helps open the door to doing the work you want to do.


$249+gst Professional
$149+gst Design Assembly Friend
$49+gst Student

(Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here).

Register now



What will you learn?

This workshop will provide some simple, usable advice on how to approach presentations, especially for those lacking confidence with presenting. Things we will consider include:

  • Ways to structure a presentation
  • How to make the best use of the client’s time
  • How to strike a balance between emotion and reason
  • How to manage tricky questions
  • How to project confidence
  • What to do with disruptive personalities


Who is the workshop for?

Anyone in design who wants to brush up on their presentation skills.


What to bring with you:

Your interest, enthusiasm and your burning presentation questions. If you can, think of one positive and one negative presentation experience to share.


About the facilitator

Mark Easterbrook is a freelance copywriter and creative director with 20 years experience in the communications and creative industries. He has written everything from hardcore retail advertising to poetic brand films to culturally sensitive government communications. He has an MA in Film, TV & Media Studies and has been a radio host, copywriter, bouncer, gravedigger, gas station attendant, charity board member and Programme Director of the Going West Writers Festival.