Upcoming Events

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 proudly supported by Warren  & Mahoney and BJ Ball 

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 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.

Introducing the studios who will be opening their doors:

Stolen Butter

First and foremost, Stolen Butter is a pretty sweet place to work. Perched on the top floor of St Kevin’s Arcade, we are proud to be in the midst of a larger community, surrounded by equal parts history and heart.

Individually we are: Luc, a branding and graphic design team; the guys at Fluke Creative - a production company; and Pixelpush, an animation & motion design outfit. Together, we become a multi-disciplinary collective with shared values and complementary skills. Many heads make lightning work.

Everyone loves a good yarn, but as we all know, a great brand requires more than an intriguing façade. Bringing credible stories to the fore in an engaging way is exciting for an audience and, conveniently, makes solid business sense too. This is what keeps our gears churning at Stolen Butter, the only trick of course is not laying it on too thick or spreading ourselves too thin.

Walker Mitchell

Walker Mitchell is an award winning multi-disciplinary design studio incorporating architecture, interiors and furniture. 

We are a design focussed studio and we strive to create the best aesthetic outcome to suit our clients' brief while achieving their functional requirements.

We place great importance on the need to preserve the aesthetic character and cultural significance of all buildings we work in while providing for the functional needs of a contemporary operation.

Xanthe White 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™ is proudly supported by Warren  & Mahoney and BJ Ball 

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 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.

The Graphics Forum is a series of events that presents topics of interest for graphic 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.

The Graphic Forum is a partnership with DINZ and AIPA.

Charles Howell

Fashion and beauty photographer Charles Howells is known for his creativity, graphic style, and technical prowess. He is sought by top agencies and international brands in the U.S., Australia, Asia, and New Zealand.

Advertisers covet his clean, powerful images for their ability to effectively and succinctly communicate. Charles is a rare photographer who is both technically expert and an artist behind the lens. His style results from an almost intuitive sense of his subject combined with mastery of light and form. He’s inspired by and involved in the whole creative process from generating ideas and designing technical solutions to finalising his stunning images in post-production. 

His work appears in top fashion magazines and Charles worked on shoots with celebrities.

Lee Howell

Lee's passion and enthusiasm for getting the shot is infectious. He is a people person who has a natural knack for building a rapport with his subjects which shows through in his images.

Being a hands-on sort of guy, Lee has the experience and innate knowledge to physically build, rig or coax a world class image out of any situation. Throw him into any environment and you can be sure he's going to nail it. He's a fixer, see. And he doesn't miss details. Perhaps it has something to do with his previous job as a F1 mechanic - not a position where you can afford to be sloppy.
Lee is the epitome of a 'safe pair of hands'. And he's also a bloody nice guy too.

Diederik van Heyningen

Diederik van Heyningen breaks a few unwritten rules now and then, especially when it comes to shooting what his clients want, experience has taught him that often what he is asked for by his clients isn’t necessarily always what they actually need.

He’s also bucking the trend of the photographic industry and most photographic studios worldwide today, by hiring people instead of firing people, in an age and economy where one man bands can shout louder than ever before and the ‘me me me’ disease within the photographic industry is fast approaching a pandemic state.

Instinctively over the last 20 years in his studio Diederik has naturally gravitated towards a formula that seems to work, consistently so, when it comes to working with all clients big, medium, small, tiny and free.

The Graphics Forum is a series of events that presents topics of interest for graphic 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.

Getting the Best from Photography

A unique opportunity to have a sneak peek inside some of New Zealand’s best studios and see what goes on behind closed doors.

This event is brought to you by Warren  & Mahoney and BJ Ball 

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 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.

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.

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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