Upcoming Events

Design Thinking Fundamentals for Customer Experience Workshop

This high energy 1-Day workshop will give you a foundation level understanding of the Design Thinking principles, key tools and terminologies. The focus will be a hands-on experience using various service design tools that can be applied to customer experiences and help drive organisational change.

This event is brought to you by DesignThinkers Group New Zealand.

This is a ‘Learn-by-Doing’ workshop and the day includes:

– A Short and interactive introduction to Design Thinking for Customer Experience
– Main ‘schools of thought’ within Design Thinking
– Stakeholder Mapping
– Developing Design Personas
– Customer Journey Mapping
– Reframing a Challenge
– Ideation Techniques
– Creating Service Scenarios
– Rapid Prototyping

Organised by local DINZ Members in partnership with globally recognised leaders in design thinking, DesignThinkers Group, these workshops are being offered to all DINZ members at discounted prices.

This specially customised and formulated workshop will be run by respected local hosts who help businesses adopt the Design Thinking process to gain a competitive edge.

Includes all resources, food and beverages. Just bring your brain!

Thank you for your interest in registering for the 1-Day Design Thinking Fundamentals for Customer Experience in Wellington. We have sold all available places for the 10th of September, but we are holding a list of people who missed out, in case anyone currently registered becomes unavailable. Please confirm if you would like to be on that list via email to events@dinz.org.nz. Also, we’re  running the same workshop in Auckland on the 24th of September, if that’s an option for you.

Darryl McClay

Darryl has enjoyed a highly successful career as a business leader and a pioneer of the Shopper Marketing industry in New Zealand with his own agency Raydar. Over his 23 years with the business he worked on a selection of the world’s biggest brands. These include; V Energy Drink, Mercedes-Benz and Fonterra Brands and more recently Blunt. As a founding partner of DesignThinkers Group New Zealand, he now applies his strategic expertise and leadership experience to help brands and organisations adopt a more human centred approach to solving problems and creating new opportunities, using Design Thinking.

Martin Sawbridge PDINZ

Martin trained as a graphic designer and has successfully worked as a designer and creative director with 20+ years’ experience in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, helping global brands effectively connect to their customers through insightful and creative campaigns. In 2012, Martin joined Air New Zealand where he had the opportunity to work with the internationally acclaimed and award winning customer experience team to help deliver insightful and compelling customer journeys. Martin combines his experience and his skills as a designer, strategic thinker and ideation facilitator, to help project teams adopt the human centred design thinking process to solve complex problems and help create preferred futures. In 2017 Martin gained a Masters Degree in Design Management focussing on Design Thinking methods from the University of Northumbria in the UK.

Sinhead Watson

Sinhead Watson is a passionate community builder who enjoys ambiguous and abstract problem solving while using the power of design to make the world a better place. She is well known for using innovative design and systems thinking to creatively push boundaries that instigate positive social change. She believes the design thinking process employs unique and creative techniques which yield extraordinary results. Sinead has worked in a variety of sectors, all with the common theme of supporting and developing innovative culture. She has worked within the co-working, disability, government, and in the tertiary sector.

She has an avid interest in economic development, ecosystem, experiential design, and creating value-add opportunities using the process of design thinking. With a passion to consider the emotional wellbeing of founders as they navigate the complexities of an entrepreneurial journey, Sinead completed a Master of Science in Health Psychology.

Design Thinking Facilitation Mastery Workshop

Learn how to confidently facilitate Design Thinking Workshops and sprints in this 2-Day, high energy workshop for Design Thinking practitioners.

The objectives are to understand your current facilitation skills, your strengths and weaknesses, and to improve upon your personal opportunity areas through a combination of facilitation practice and personal coaching.

This event is brought to you by DesignThinkers Group New Zealand.

This is a ‘Learn-by-Doing’ workshop and the two days include:

– Plan agenda, design and run a design thinking workshop
– Facilitating a Design Thinking workshop
– Use tools to energise and inspire teams
– Identify and manage different personality types
– Assess your own facilitation skills
– Facilitation Team Management
– Core Design Thinking Workshop flow
– Problem statement definition
– Design research
– Rapid prototyping and testing
– Energy Management

Organised by local DINZ Members in partnership with globally recognised leaders in design thinking, DesignThinkers Group, these workshops are being offered to all DINZ members at discounted prices. 

This specially customised and formulated workshop will be run by respected local and international hosts who help businesses adopt the Design Thinking process to gain a competitive edge.

Includes all resources, food and beverages. Just bring your brain!

Darryl McClay

Darryl has enjoyed a highly successful career as a business leader and a pioneer of the Shopper Marketing industry in New Zealand with his own agency Raydar. Over his 23 years with the business he worked on a selection of the world’s biggest brands. These include; V Energy Drink, Mercedes-Benz and Fonterra Brands and more recently Blunt. As a founding partner of DesignThinkers Group New Zealand, he now applies his strategic expertise and leadership experience to help brands and organisations adopt a more human centred approach to solving problems and creating new opportunities, using Design Thinking.

Martin Sawbridge PDINZ

Martin trained as a graphic designer and has successfully worked as a designer and creative director with 20+ years’ experience in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, helping global brands effectively connect to their customers through insightful and creative campaigns. In 2012, Martin joined Air New Zealand where he had the opportunity to work with the internationally acclaimed and award winning customer experience team to help deliver insightful and compelling customer journeys. Martin combines his experience and his skills as a designer, strategic thinker and ideation facilitator, to help project teams adopt the human centred design thinking process to solve complex problems and help create preferred futures. In 2017 Martin gained a Masters Degree in Design Management focussing on Design Thinking methods from the University of Northumbria in the UK.

Sinhead Watson

Sinhead Watson is a passionate community builder who enjoys ambiguous and abstract problem solving while using the power of design to make the world a better place. She is well known for using innovative design and systems thinking to creatively push boundaries that instigate positive social change. She believes the design thinking process employs unique and creative techniques which yield extraordinary results. Sinead has worked in a variety of sectors, all with the common theme of supporting and developing innovative culture. She has worked within the co-working, disability, government, and in the tertiary sector.

She has an avid interest in economic development, ecosystem, experiential design, and creating value-add opportunities using the process of design thinking. With a passion to consider the emotional wellbeing of founders as they navigate the complexities of an entrepreneurial journey, Sinead completed a Master of Science in Health Psychology.

Design Thinking Fundamentals for Customer Experience Workshop

This high energy 1-Day workshop will give you a foundation level understanding of the Design Thinking principles, key tools and terminologies. The focus will be a hands-on experience using various service design tools that can be applied to customer experiences and help drive organisational change.

This event is brought to you by DesignThinkers Group New Zealand.

This is a ‘Learn-by-Doing’ workshop and the day includes:

– A Short and interactive introduction to Design Thinking for Customer Experience
– Main ‘schools of thought’ within Design Thinking
– Stakeholder Mapping
– Developing Design Personas
– Customer Journey Mapping
– Reframing a Challenge
– Ideation Techniques
– Creating Service Scenarios
– Rapid Prototyping

Organised by local DINZ Members in partnership with globally recognised leaders in design thinking, DesignThinkers Group, these workshops are being offered to all DINZ members at discounted prices.

This specially customised and formulated workshop will be run by respected local hosts who help businesses adopt the Design Thinking process to gain a competitive edge.

Includes all resources, food and beverages. Just bring your brain!

Darryl McClay

Darryl has enjoyed a highly successful career as a business leader and a pioneer of the Shopper Marketing industry in New Zealand with his own agency Raydar. Over his 23 years with the business he worked on a selection of the world’s biggest brands. These include; V Energy Drink, Mercedes-Benz and Fonterra Brands and more recently Blunt. As a founding partner of DesignThinkers Group New Zealand, he now applies his strategic expertise and leadership experience to help brands and organisations adopt a more human centred approach to solving problems and creating new opportunities, using Design Thinking.

Martin Sawbridge PDINZ

Martin trained as a graphic designer and has successfully worked as a designer and creative director with 20+ years’ experience in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, helping global brands effectively connect to their customers through insightful and creative campaigns. In 2012, Martin joined Air New Zealand where he had the opportunity to work with the internationally acclaimed and award winning customer experience team to help deliver insightful and compelling customer journeys. Martin combines his experience and his skills as a designer, strategic thinker and ideation facilitator, to help project teams adopt the human centred design thinking process to solve complex problems and help create preferred futures. In 2017 Martin gained a Masters Degree in Design Management focussing on Design Thinking methods from the University of Northumbria in the UK.

Sinhead Watson

Sinhead Watson is a passionate community builder who enjoys ambiguous and abstract problem solving while using the power of design to make the world a better place. She is well known for using innovative design and systems thinking to creatively push boundaries that instigate positive social change. She believes the design thinking process employs unique and creative techniques which yield extraordinary results. Sinead has worked in a variety of sectors, all with the common theme of supporting and developing innovative culture. She has worked within the co-working, disability, government, and in the tertiary sector.

She has an avid interest in economic development, ecosystem, experiential design, and creating value-add opportunities using the process of design thinking. With a passion to consider the emotional wellbeing of founders as they navigate the complexities of an entrepreneurial journey, Sinead completed a Master of Science in Health Psychology.

The Form Forum® is a series of events that presents topics of interest for spatial designers including tools and tips that keep you informed and up to date on the latest design trends and best industry practice, presented in an informal environment.

Hosted by our Best Design Award Partners, Italian Stone

Italian Stone

Since 1988, we've sourced the world’s finest quality stone products and brought them to New Zealand’s residential projects, commercial developments and public projects. 

Design Thinking Facilitation Mastery Workshop

Learn how to confidently facilitate Design Thinking Workshops and sprints in this 2-Day, high energy workshop for Design Thinking practitioners.

The objectives are to understand your current facilitation skills, your strengths and weaknesses, and to improve upon your personal opportunity areas through a combination of facilitation practice and personal coaching.

This event is brought to you by DesignThinkers Group New Zealand.

This is a ‘Learn-by-Doing’ workshop and the two days include:

– Plan agenda, design and run a design thinking workshop
– Facilitating a Design Thinking workshop
– Use tools to energise and inspire teams
– Identify and manage different personality types
– Assess your own facilitation skills
– Facilitation Team Management
– Core Design Thinking Workshop flow
– Problem statement definition
– Design research
– Rapid prototyping and testing
– Energy Management

Organised by local DINZ Members in partnership with globally recognised leaders in design thinking, DesignThinkers Group, these workshops are being offered to all DINZ members at discounted prices. 

This specially customised and formulated workshop will be run by respected local and international hosts who help businesses adopt the Design Thinking process to gain a competitive edge.

Includes all resources, food and beverages. Just bring your brain!

Darryl McClay

Darryl has enjoyed a highly successful career as a business leader and a pioneer of the Shopper Marketing industry in New Zealand with his own agency Raydar. Over his 23 years with the business he worked on a selection of the world’s biggest brands. These include; V Energy Drink, Mercedes-Benz and Fonterra Brands and more recently Blunt. As a founding partner of DesignThinkers Group New Zealand, he now applies his strategic expertise and leadership experience to help brands and organisations adopt a more human centred approach to solving problems and creating new opportunities, using Design Thinking.

Martin Sawbridge PDINZ

Martin trained as a graphic designer and has successfully worked as a designer and creative director with 20+ years’ experience in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, helping global brands effectively connect to their customers through insightful and creative campaigns. In 2012, Martin joined Air New Zealand where he had the opportunity to work with the internationally acclaimed and award winning customer experience team to help deliver insightful and compelling customer journeys. Martin combines his experience and his skills as a designer, strategic thinker and ideation facilitator, to help project teams adopt the human centred design thinking process to solve complex problems and help create preferred futures. In 2017 Martin gained a Masters Degree in Design Management focussing on Design Thinking methods from the University of Northumbria in the UK.

Sinhead Watson

Sinhead Watson is a passionate community builder who enjoys ambiguous and abstract problem solving while using the power of design to make the world a better place. She is well known for using innovative design and systems thinking to creatively push boundaries that instigate positive social change. She believes the design thinking process employs unique and creative techniques which yield extraordinary results. Sinead has worked in a variety of sectors, all with the common theme of supporting and developing innovative culture. She has worked within the co-working, disability, government, and in the tertiary sector.

She has an avid interest in economic development, ecosystem, experiential design, and creating value-add opportunities using the process of design thinking. With a passion to consider the emotional wellbeing of founders as they navigate the complexities of an entrepreneurial journey, Sinead completed a Master of Science in Health Psychology.

The Best Awards 2019 ceremony will be held at Spark Arena. Includes dinner, drinks and after party. Dress your Best!

Ben Hurley will be your MC for the evening. 

No refunds after the 20th September.

Tables seating 10, 11 or 12 people. If you are booking for your studio or company we will seat you together.

Please let the Best team know of any SPECIAL DIETARY REQUESTS at info@bestawards.co.nz

VENUE
Spark Arena
Mahuhu Crescent
Auckland

PROGRAMME
18.30 – 19.15: Drinks and reception
19.30 – 22.30: Dinner and awards ceremony
22.30 – 01.00: After-party & DJ's 

OUR BEST PARTNERS
Platinum Partners
Better by Design
BJ Ball Papers
Fisher & Paykel Appliances
HP New Zealand
Logick Print
Soar Print

Gold
AUT
Autex
Central Innovation
ECC Limited
Harrows
homestyle
Italian Stone
Massey University College of Creative Arts

Silver
Dulux
Idealog
Panhead

Student Prizes
Custance
Fly
Milk
Motion Sickness
Pitch
Smudge

A unique opportunity to have a sneak peek inside some of New Zealand’s best studios and see what goes on behind closed doors.

Open Studio™ at Fuman is a boutique event where the studio opens their doors to the design community. Inviting them in to take a nosey and maybe an insight or two into their studio.

Open Studio™ is also about creating a place for networking, and getting to know each other through conversations within a smaller networking opportunity.

It is a social event, a chance to relax, sip a drink and share some stories.

Best Week

The lead up to our most prestigious night of the year is the ideal time to bring the design community together to reflect and connect. During Best Week we hold a series of events that build towards the industry's big night out at the Best Design Awards.

Designers Speak®

The more we talk about design in New Zealand, the more robust the conversation becomes. Our Designers Speak events give our members the chance to hear top designers sharing insights into their work.

Designers Speak® Across the Ditch

Great design can flow both ways across the ditch. This event encourages that trans-Tasman design dialogue, and is a collaboration between the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) and DINZ.

Folio Night

Supported by design schools and studios, Folio Night is an initiative from the DINZ Student Council. Each event is a prestigious opportunity for nominated students to present their work for discussion and critique.

No Borders

Good design can transcend geography’s barriers. And many inquisitive and ambitious New Zealand designers have made the brave and uncertain move of shifting overseas. At No Borders, they return home to share what they have learned.

Open Studio™

We all have a natural curiosity about the spaces in which designers create. Open Studio offers a rare opportunity to enter these private worlds, and see the inner workings of some of New Zealand's best studios.

Pixel to Product

With digital technology, design is in a state of constant change. This event series gives designers a forum to discuss how this impacts on their innovation process; how they push ideas from the abstract into the real; and on how quickly they bring products to market.

The Form Forum®

This series of informal events is primarily a forum for spatial designers to meet and share insights. A broad range of relevant topics are presented and discussed including useful tools and tips, the latest design trends and best industry practice.

The Graphics Forum

This series of informal events is primarily a forum for graphic designers to meet and share insights. A broad range of relevant topics are presented and discussed including useful tools and tips, the latest design trends and best industry practice.

The Product Forum

This series of informal events is primarily a forum for product designers to meet and share insights. A broad range of relevant topics are presented and discussed including useful tools and tips, the latest design trends and best industry practice.

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