WELLINGTON DA Event: DA Women In Design Lunch

Design Assembly was born out of the desire to see more representation and participation for women in the creative industry in Aotearoa—all this time later, we are still fostering this mission. We’re celebrating International Womens Day (everyday) with a private lunch our female-identifying Design Assembly Friends at Orphan’s Kitchen.

A private event for our female identifying DA Friends.

More details TBA

WELLINGTON DA Workshop: Discover Your Designer DNA with Jason Biggs

What would happen if we could finally put a name to the things we do best – our innate personality strengths – and access them on the daily to help achieve our personal and career goals?

Discover Your Designer DNA

We all have talents; naturally recurring ways of thinking, feeling, or behaving that can be productively applied.  We use them every day to achieve what we are responsible for.  The challenge is that talents are innate.  We just “do them” without thinking.  So it can be difficult for us to describe them to others and even see the value in them ourselves.  An example of this is think about the question, “What is one positive word people used to describe you?” Many of us find this difficult to quickly answer.

The truth is in any work we do the HOW’s (thoughts, feelings, behaviours) always come before the WHAT’s (the priorities and delivery of the work).  What if we were able to accurately describe our talents so that it:

  • Short circuits how your boss, team, and clients can get the best from you
  • Supports how you best work together, to make the process of design much simpler
  • Be able to ask the right questions to get the best from others
What will I learn?

We all love a personality test.  We start by completing a CliftonStrengths profile which helps to identify and describe your talents.  The trick with any profile is that it is most powerful when you understand how to apply them uniquely to you.  This three hour workshop is designed to help you discover:

  • How to get the best out of you Understand your 1 in 33 million point of difference.  Be able to confidently voice the unique way you approach your work.  What you are good at and why (something that can help boost your portfolio)
  • How to get the best out of others Increase empathy for others, how we all do things differently and that through intentional partnerships you can make our work more impactful
  • Tools to get right information from those you work with through adapting your style, by leveraging your talents and most importantly by asking the right questions
Who is this for?
  • Creative Directors
  • Design Directors
  • Account Mangers
  • Design Studio Owners
  • People moving into managing leadership roles which manage teams
  • Employees across all functions and roles; whether it be designers or the teams and roles that support them
  • Freelance or contractor designers looking to unlock natural strengths and turn them into their unique point of difference.
  • Consider more than one person attending from your team to improve the collaboration between you
What will I walk away with?
  • A Gallup CliftonStrengths profile and CliftonStrengths Theme Report and CliftonStrengths Insight Guide
  • A pre work quick course to debrief the results
  • A detailed and personalised reference guide with insights including what you contribute, what you need, how you are best managed
  • Debrief with a group of individuals with a process designed to create new connections
  • A follow-up programme with additional resources and reminders to apply what was covered in the workshop

Meet your facilitator: 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 ten 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.


Thanks to our Design Assembly Partners BookPrintmychillybinPortfolioRocketspark and Streamtime.


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If you’re a DA PLUS friend and would like to attend this workshop, email us for your free access code.

WELLINGTON 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, hosted by our good Design Assembly Friends at Isthmus. Your ticket will gain you entry into Isthmus, nibbles and a couple of drinks for the evening.

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 Wellington? Check out our Auckland and Christchurch equivalent events.

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.

Wellington Grad Show: Victoria University EOYE 2022

Te Wāhanga Waihanga-Hoahoa celebrates the mahi of Architecture and Design Innovation students in the annual End of Year Exhibition.

Our students are constantly exploring their auahatanga — creativity, to develop and produce works engaging with concepts of Architecture and Design Innovation. The End of Year Exhibition is a showcase of the mahi, skill and talent that goes into creating these works.

Te Wāhanga Waihanga-Hoahoa—Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation invites you to join us in celebrating our students and their accomplishments, and to shine a light on the future Designers, Architects and creatives of Aotearoa.

Come along for drinks and nibbles at the Opening Night Celebration, Friday November 4, 5.30–7.30 pm. RSVP here!

Weekdays: 9 am– 5 pm

Weekends: 5th and 6th 9 am–5 pm, 11th and 12th 9 am–5 pm, 19th and 20th 3 pm – 5pm — Final Weekend, limited viewing!

WELLINGTON 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
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Our Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) panellists:

Raymond Tiong — Xero

Ray is a designer-turned-researcher based in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland). After experimenting with graphic design, art history, and innovation strategy, he discovered his calling in UX research – where he uses evidence, logic, and intuition to influence digital product experiences. When he’s not giving unsolicited work advice as the de facto career counsellor for his friends, he’s maintaining his creative edge by curating the perfect set of memes and GIFs for every occasion.

Q Walker — Paperkite

Q Walker (they/them) is the Experience Lead at PaperKite, a digital product / tech agency based in Wellington. Q passionately specialises in UX research and strategy, and has never quite let go of their graphic design roots – which is a good thing, because they also lead a cross-disciplinary team of researchers, designers, and marketers. Q is also a musician, actor, public speaker, horror movie aficionado, tightwire walker, and avid gardener, and has been described as a walking exclamation point.

Tamsin Ewing — Department of Internal Affairs

Tamsin is a Content Designer with a passion for web accessibility at Te Tari Taiwhenua, the Department of Internal Affairs, where she works in the Digital Public Service branch. She has over 10 years’ experience delivering digital projects in the public sector. Her mahi is informed by principles in design thinking methodology, design facilitation, service design, UX research, and digital accessibility. Tamsin is committed to improving the experience of web content for disabled people, and delivering clear, useful online information and services that are accessible to all.

Kelsey Thomson — Optimal Workshop

Kia ora! Ko Kelsey ahau. I’m a researcher, people person and connector of ideas. By day I’m the Head of Research at Optimal Workshop, and by night you can find me with a good book, playing video games, or wandering around forests admiring the beauty that is Aotearoa.


Ash Prier — Wrestler

Ash Prier leads creative direction across the diverse range of global and local clients and projects at Wellington agency, Wrestler. Ash’s multidisciplinary approach leverages her art direction background with a strong strategic mind, to create narratives and meaningful experiences that connect humans with brands, and help to challenge perspectives, empower audiences and create fans. With a drive to incorporate social and environmental responsibility into her work, Ash loves now being in a position to bring her international experience in design and direction to contribute to and collaborate with the community in Pōneke with the impact of creativity.


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 Auckland and Christchurch Spring Conversations.


UX for Government Morning Coffee Series

*7:30 to 8:30 every morning from 5 Sept – 9 Sept


Better UX for Government. A Free Morning Workshop Series (with coffee, of course). A series of free ‘before work’ UX workshops for people who work in public service and want to build their expertise in a human centred approach to user experience design.


UX Gym is hosting a series of one-hour workshops free for anyone who works for a government organisation. Each session covers a different stage of a human centred user experience design process including practical methods you can use immediately. These sessions are based on our popular UX Gym one-day design courses. Attendees get access to full course notes and the UX Gym Slack community.


Attendees will get to:
  • Learn best practice principles and processes
  • Experience practical methods you can use immediately.
  • Gain access to full course notes and the UX Gym Slack community.


Who is it for?

This course is free for anyone who works for a government organisation. No previous experience is necessary, but people who have experience of UX design are more than welcome to come along and brush up.


We designed it for:
  • People working directly on user experience, customer experience, and service design projects. This series focuses on digital UX projects, but the general principles are applicable to any experience design work.
  • People who manage, commission, or liaise with people working on UX design projects.
  • Product owners, designers, developers and BAs interested in UX or human-centred design generally.


What will you learn?

Introduction to UX and Planning UX Work: the fundamental concepts behind human-centred design and identifying the activities required for a successful UX project.


Customer / User Research: replacing speculation about the people you are designing for with facts in order to make more successful strategic and granular design decisions.
Information Architecture: the basic concepts behind organising the content and functionality of a website or app, so that it is findable and usable to your audience.


UI Design: basic concepts behind making good design decisions when designing user interfaces for screens.


Usability Testing: how to make sure your design actually works.


What will you need?

Just your brain! We provide all materials required for each session.



Free for anyone who works for a government organisation. If you are not sure if you qualify, register with your work email address and we will let you know if you aren’t eligible.


Link to register