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!

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.

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. 

Ticket Sales close 6pm Thursday 26th of September.
No refunds after the 18th September.

Tables seating 10 or 11 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 – 19.10: Drinks and reception
19.30 – 23.00: Dinner and awards ceremony
23.00 – 01.00: After-party & DJ's 

DJs
Sam Jones
Half Queen
Sweet Mix Kids Live - with Sax & Dancer

BEVERAGES SERVED
Mineral Ltd will provide:

Cocktails

Black
Mr Black Cold Pressed Coffee LiqueurFlor de Cana RumSeedlip SpiceHakanoa Ginger Syrup

G&T with a twist
Cannabis Co ’The Myrcene’ Hemp GinQuina Fina TonicElemental 'Grapefruit & Hops' Bitters

Seedlip & Tonic 
Seedlip SpiceEast Imperial Burma Tonic

Bubbles
Vallformosa Brut NV, Spain
Mesta - organic Spanish white
Mesta – organic Spanish red

Panhead Custom Ales will provide:
Supercharger APA
Quickchange Pale Ale
Sucky Monmon Japanese Lager

MENU
Bread
Artisan wild wheat sourdough with salted butter and pink salt

Entrée
Miso glazed Big Glory Bay Salmon with lemon caviar, puffed sushi rice, dashi and sake dressing (gf, df)

Vegetarian – green pea and mint panna cotta, parmesan crackle, dill creme fraiche and pea feathers (gf)

Vegan - heirloom tomato salad, ruby grapefruit segments, truffle green beans and tomato gazpacho jelly (df,gf)

Main Course
24-hour cooked Ocean View beef cheeks, celeriac puree, green beans, pickled mushroom and reduced braising liquor (gf, df)

Turk’s free-range five-spice roast chicken breast, broccolini, grand mere potato with spring onion and apple, red wine jus, salsa verde (gf, df)

Vegetarian main - pan fried bread and spinach dumpling with caper beurre blanc, shaved parmesan and roasted vine tomatoes

Vegan main - pan fried bread and spinach dumpling with fried capers, salsa verde and roasted vine tomatoes

Dessert platter
Rum baba
Salted caramel and pecan tartlet
Honey and raspberry truffles (gf)
Passionfruit and coconut truffles (gf)
Chocolate and horopito truffles (gf)

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

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

Silver
Dulux
Fisher & Paykel Appliances
Idealog
Panhead
Tile Warehouse

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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