Upcoming Events

The Business of Design D.Cast is a discussion about running a design business or design in a business. We have looked at a range of subjects and are covering a single theme for each episode.

We’re looking for insights, experiences and anecdotes to share with the audience and we’ve prepared questions as thought/discussion starters - but it’s less an interview and more a discussion.

Covering:
1. Foundation of a Business
3. People
4. Creative and Outputs

D.Cast One:
STARTING UP/GEARING UP
Noel Blackwell FDINZ & Damian Alexander DINZ- LIKEMINDS
Oliver McDermott PDINZ & Ben Thomson - Blender
Concepts Explored
Getting team of experts
Finding clients and work
Cashflow runway
Equipment
Software
Suppliers
Leases

D.Cast Two:
DESIGNING A SYSTEM
Ryan Ward PDINZ & Mandy Flett DINZ, Foodstuffs

D.Cast Three:
PARTNERS, PARTNERING & PARTNERSHIPS
James Carnie, HonDINZ, Clendon Barristers & Solicitors
Concepts Explored
Legal Structures
Contracts, Constitutions and Shareholder Agreements
Shareholders & Directors
Finance
Intellectual Property

D.Cast Four:
BUILDING THE GANG
Kirsti Grant, VP People Experience, Auror
Molly Workman, Head of People & Culture, RUSH Digital
Nick Riley PDINZ, Nick Riley Design
Concepts Explored
Recruitment
Employment law
Culture
Developing people
Making ‘changes’
So you’re a CD now?

D.Cast Five:
MONEY, FEES & LIABILITIES
Catriona Knapp, HonDINZ. McQueen
Paul Izzard PDINZ, IZZARD
Jen Cheyne PDINZ, Mind and Matter
Concepts Explored
The bank
The IRD and ACC
Cash flow vs Profit
Insurance
Budgets
The landlord

D.Cast Six:
REPUTATION & NOTORIETY
Ryan Marx PDINZ, Marx Design
Fraser Calloway, Strategy
Concepts Explored
New business and sales
Self promotion and spec work
Awards and recognition
Portfolio
Client strategy

D.Cast Seven:
INHOUSE
Bevan Tonks FDINZ, Trilogy
Luke Pittar PDINZ, The Warehouse Group
Concepts Explored
Working in a corporate environment
Championing design and design’s value
Working on a single brand/stable of brands
Politics and teams

D.Cast Eight:
OPTIMISING
Catriona Knapp, HonDINZ Treasurer, McQueen
Duncan Shand FDINZ, YoungShand
Concepts Explored
People, place and resources
Building for scale
Maximising revenue and profit
Client growth strategies
Governance and advisory
Maintaining quality at scale

 

A series brought to you by Gideon Keith PDINZ (left) and Ryan Ward PDINZ (right)

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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