Upcoming Events

New Zealand designers taking on the world.
Good design transcends barriers and many New Zealand designers have made the brave and uncertain move onto a global stage. What drives these inquisitive and ambitious creative talents?

International exposure can be life-changing; a chance to develop a career, undertake a personal journey and develop a wider, global perspective.

No Borders is the stories of those New Zealand designers who've stepped out into the world and are making it work.

Hunting the Killer Idea

Nick McFarlane, DINZ

Propaganda, punk publishing and The Prodigy; if the journey is the destination then make the process an adventure. Nick spins a hunting yarn about life on the road in pursuit of the Killer Idea.

He reckons all you need is fire in the belly, a dream in your head and hands you don’t mind getting dirty to grab any opportunity by the tail.

Las Vega Meets China

Helen Darroch, PDINZ

A US$3b hotel and casino for Chinese guests including their VIP high rollers – the stakes are high when it comes to interior design.

Working with a team on a signature project for the largest casino company in the world, and for one of the wealthiest men in the world, involved communication and coordination across continents and cultures. American, French, Hong Kong interior designers and architects providing designs that made their way onto a Chinese building site. Surreal and fascinating at the same time. Helen shares her observations of the past five years.

East x West

Russell Haines, DINZ

After graduating from Massey’s School of design with a degree in Product design, Russell promptly left for China where he honed is craft in the hot house of Beijing’s consumer electronics machine.

Now working between New Zealand and China, Russell’s explores some of the nuances in design and culture of doing business in China, while discussing the opportunities that a cross cultural tack can mean for New Zealand creatives.

Time: 6pm - 8pm
Venue: Seafarers Building, Level 5, 52 Tyler Street, Britomart, Auckland. 

We Trust our eyes too much.

Join Simon Devitt for an illustrated talk on his practice as a photographer of architecture, people and place. Simon will discuss why he believes the other senses are so important in how we view and engage with place. Simon's images have been produced into several self published, award winning books, which he will also discuss.

A one-day seminar, held at AUT, for secondary school students and teachers of design.

Leading practitioners from different design sectors will share a snapshot of the design industry, their work and their journey. We hope that students and teachers will leave inspired and have more understanding of design and the possibilities for a career in design.

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.

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.

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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