Upcoming Events

Come join us at Panama Square for the launch of our Hamilton Design Series.

Our Hamilton Design Series aims to promote and highlight Hamilton and the Waikato region as a burgeoning design arena. 

This event is brought to you by Panama and Gallagher.

Panama Square is a reinvigorated and repurposed space that speaks to the sentimentality of conservation and redevelopment.

Join us for drinks and kai as we celebrate the changing face of Hamilton and a growing design community.

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

This event is brought to you by Vidaspace.

Studios around Faraday St & St Georges Bay Rd will open their doors, inviting the Design Community to come and relax, sip a drink and share some stories. 

An upmarket & chic urban redevelopment, Faraday St and St Georges Bay Rd is now home to some of New Zealand’s most innovative studios and showrooms. The evening begins at IMO on the corner of Faraday and Watt St, the attendees will then meander down and visit a collection of studios along the way.

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

A Wellington Studio will open their doors, inviting the Design Community to come and relax, sip a drink and share some stories. 

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.

This event is brought to you by Panama and Gallagher.

Alan Deare

Area Design

Mike Williams

Die back development

Alexandra Wastney

Mezz Pods

The Best Design Awards are a major feature of the local design calendar and some of last year's winners are touring the country to offer first-hand insights into their projects.

This event is brought to you by Dulux and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

A high-energy Design Thinking workshop is coming soon to Auckland.

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

This high energy workshop will give you a basic understanding of the Design Thinking principles, key tools and terminology and how they can be applied to Customer Experience and drive organisational change.

This is a ‘Learning 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 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!

A high-energy Design Thinking workshop is coming soon to Auckland.

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

Learn how to facilitate Design Thinking Workshop sessions 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 is a ‘Learning by Doing’ workshop and the two days includes:

– 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!

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

One Design will open their doors, inviting the Design Community to come and relax, sip a drink and share some stories. 

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

The Best Design Awards are a major feature of the local design calendar and some of last year's winners are touring the country to offer first-hand insights into their projects.

This event is brought to you by Dulux and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

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

Fuman will open their doors, inviting the Design Community to come and relax, sip a drink and share some stories. 

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

The Best Design Awards are a major feature of the local design calendar and some of last year's winners are touring the country to offer first-hand insights into their projects.

This event is brought to you by Dulux and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

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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