Upcoming Events

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 MW Design.

The event will run from 6:00PM—8:30PM 

Alexander Wastney PDINZ, Designwell & Daniel Smith, Edwards White Architects

Across disciplines for a better Hamilton

The built environment of Hamilton city is rapidly changing and the Mezz Pod has become a symbol for that change. Daniel and Alexander will be sharing how the award winning Mezz Pod was designed and built through collaboration.

Designwell / Edwards White Architects

Dawn Tuffery, Nimbus Media

Running all day and all night

By day, Dawn is a mild-mannered video producer with Nimbus Media. On the side, she likes to run far. Sometimes over mountains and sometimes round in circles - she recently represented New Zealand in the latter. What prompts this masochistic predilection? Dawn will explore that question a little, in relation to creativity, stoicism, and cartoons.

Nimbus Media

Mike Williams PDINZ, MW Design

Kauri Dieback and Nude Tramping 

How do you convince people to clean their shoes before going bush? that there might be an invisible microscopic killer under foot and what does a kauri tree look like anyway?
do pigs, dear, possums and goats stop to wash their feet too?  Who is that guy wait.. what..?

MW Design

Alan Deare DINZ, Area Design

From Certainty to Doubt

Hiding in plain sight: using paper for camouflage

Area Design

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 Springload 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.

This high energy workshop on April 9th 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 event is brought to you by DesignThinkers Group New Zealand.

RSVPs close Friday 5th April 6pm.

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!

Marc Bolick

Marc leads the US office of Design Thinkers Group, working to help clients find creative solutions to complex problems and to embed design thinking as a strategic advantage in their organizations. He uses his combination of technical, business and creative skills to help organizations ask the right questions, and find innovative answers through the service design thinking methodology. With over 20 years of experience in various aspects of product and service design, Marc has worked in a variety of sectors and clients including Cartier, Bacardi, General Electric, Michelin, SAP, Coca-Cola, Qualcomm, Bank of America, Master Card, the US Agency for International Development, the US Food and Drug Administration, and a variety of early-stage companies.

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 and played a key role in launching some of New Zealand’s favourite brands across multiple channels. These include; Blunt, V Energy Drink, Mercedes-Benz and Fonterra Brands. As a founding partner of Design Thinkers Group NZ, he now applies his strategic expertise and leadership experience to help brands and organisations adopt a more human centered approach to solving problems and creating new opportunities, using Design Thinking.

Martin Sawbridge PDINZ

Martin 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 in customer experience and his skills as a designer, strategic thinker and ideation facilitator, to help project teams adopt the human centered design thinking process to solve complex problems and help create preferred futures. Martin also sits on the board of the Designers Institute of New Zealand where he holds the chair of Service Design.

Learn how to facilitate Design Thinking Workshop sessions 11th and 12th April 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.

RSVPs close Friday 5th April 6pm.

This is a ‘Learning 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!

Marc Bolick

Marc leads the US office of Design Thinkers Group, working to help clients find creative solutions to complex problems and to embed design thinking as a strategic advantage in their organizations. He uses his combination of technical, business and creative skills to help organizations ask the right questions, and find innovative answers through the service design thinking methodology. With over 20 years of experience in various aspects of product and service design, Marc has worked in a variety of sectors and clients including Cartier, Bacardi, General Electric, Michelin, SAP, Coca-Cola, Qualcomm, Bank of America, Master Card, the US Agency for International Development, the US Food and Drug Administration, and a variety of early-stage companies.

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 and played a key role in launching some of New Zealand’s favourite brands across multiple channels. These include; Blunt, V Energy Drink, Mercedes-Benz and Fonterra Brands. As a founding partner of Design Thinkers Group NZ, he now applies his strategic expertise and leadership experience to help brands and organisations adopt a more human centered approach to solving problems and creating new opportunities, using Design Thinking.

Martin Sawbridge PDINZ

Martin 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 in customer experience and his skills as a designer, strategic thinker and ideation facilitator, to help project teams adopt the human centered design thinking process to solve complex problems and help create preferred futures. Martin also sits on the board of the Designers Institute of New Zealand where he holds the chair of Service Design.

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 One Design 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 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

World Design Day — 27 April

The goal of World Design Day is to challenge designers to reflect on the state of the profession: to recognise how design affects the well-being of people, as a vehicle to honour diversity, transcend borders, and improve quality of life.

World Design Day 2019 highlights women designers. Designers who create intelligent, inclusive, sensitive design, whether to make big differences or small ones.

This year we honour women designers past and present on 27 April 2019.

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

four eight five & NZ Police

Pirihimana Car
Nathan Chambers DINZ, Lisa Fedyszyn

New Zealand Police are always looking to build better relationships within their local Māori community but have sometimes struggled to do so in a public-facing manner. They wanted to enhance their relationship in a more proactive and positive way.

The Pirihimana car’s purpose is to be used as a starting point to symbolise a commitment to working in a positive way with the key communities that the cars operate in. 

Alt Group & Klim Type Foundry

There is no such thing as a New Zealand typeface

Colenso BBDO & Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand

The Survivors Collection

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

Warren and Mahoney Architects

Waterview Connection
Tom Locke

The Waterview Connection sought to do what its name implied – to preserve local connections. 

Described as “a model of how to consult and carry on”, the project unconventionally sought to put people, not cars, at the project’s heart by seeking to reflect though design the culture of the communities involved.

Fisher & Paykel Appliances & Alt Group

Fisher & Paykel IFA Exhibition 2017
Berlin, Germany

Fisher and Paykel's objective is to become the  No1 premium appliance brand globally.
The intent for Fisher & Paykel global exhibitions was to develop recognisable design and material signatures that communicate New Zealand, reinforced through material palette and design elements. 

They chose the world’s leading annual trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances, IFA in Berlin, to put the business on the world stage.

Diversity and Inclusion —
Warren and Mahoney’s Journey to Date

Andrew Tu’inkuafe, FDINZ, Principal
Julia McPherson, Associate-Interiors 
Sarah Coleman, Group People & Culture Officer

In 2017, Warren and Mahoney agreed on a new Diversity and Inclusion strategy and has been working to achieve more gender balance in its leadership team and more broadly (along with other diversity goals).  While Warren and Mahoney recognises there is still a lot more it must do to achieve its ambitions in this area, please come along to hear about the steps they have put in place to become a more diverse and inclusive place to work.

Diversity and Inclusion —
Warren and Mahoney’s Journey to Date

In 2017, Warren and Mahoney agreed on a new Diversity and Inclusion strategy and has been working to achieve more gender balance in its leadership team and more broadly (along with other diversity goals).  While Warren and Mahoney recognises there is still a lot more it must do to achieve its ambitions in this area, please come along to hear about the steps they have put in place to become a more diverse and inclusive place to work.

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 

RCG

Māori Television

The overarching idea for the Māori Television fitout was to embody Te Aho Tapu (the sacred thread). It speaks to architecture being a series of weaving, a conversation of multiple threads that embraces a physical and spiritual connection between people and place. 

This is a space that is treasured by staff, their families, and the audience – it is place for all New Zealanders.

Clemenger BBDO

Trails of Taonga

Smudge & NZ Police

NZ Police Family Harm App

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

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

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 Edwards White Architects 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 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.

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 Three Sixty Architecture 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.

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™ is a boutique event where studios on K'Rd & West St open 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.

Material Creative, Design Dairy and CTRL_Space studios are tucked into K Road and West Street. They will open their doors, inviting the design community to come and relax, sip a drink and share some stories. 

An infamous & eclectic city fringe strip, K Rd is now home to a variety of designers. Come along with us as we experience the sounds and sights of K Rd & West St while visiting our design studio partners to get a real insight into their inner-workings.

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 Studio Pacific Architecture 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 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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