Seeing a gap in the market to meet the needs of experienced design practitioners, I created Workchops. The inaugural Workchops event was an immersive retreat, culminating in a free public talk at Massey University’s College of Creative Arts on Wednesday the 22nd of March 2o17. During the 4 day event, designers, policy makers and social innovators expanded their co-design and … Read More
I was invited back to teach Design Thinking and Service Design tools and techniques to students on the MBA at Massey University. Once again, the weekend focussed on regional development in the Horowhenua, a region rich in horticulture and fresh produce, just over a one-hour drive from Wellington. The weekend-long, jam-style event fused design thinking, service design and business innovation tools and … Read More
In the second iteration of our Design Thinking Bootcamp, we worked with young leaders from Taranaki and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei. Building on the success of the first bootcamp, we focussed more on Tikanga Māori, and how the cohort could translate these into the design thinking framework, and challenge a predominantly western, pākehā model.
I worked with Stanford D-School alumni, Anne Gibbon, to plan and deliver a four day design thinking bootcamp for young leaders from Waikato-Tainui iwi. The programme took participants through foundational elements of the design thinking process, and built confidence and skills through a mixture of theory and practice-based exercises.
As part of the “Collider” programme, I am currently working as “Design Thinker in Residence” with The Biz Dojo in Wellington on a project entitled #Brainstrust. The #Brainstrust is a selection of local businesses who will be helping each other tackle their business challenges, using design tools and techniques. Stay tuned for more information.
In December 2015 I worked with Professor Hamish Gow to teach Design Thinking and Service Design to students on the MBA at Massey University. The weekend-long, jam-style event fused design thinking, service design and business innovation tools and techniques to introduce MBA students to new approaches for innovation. The weekend focussed on regional development in the Horowhenua, a region rich in horticulture … Read More
PushmiPullyu is a small table named after the Doctor Doolittle character with two heads that couldn’t decide which way to go. This charming character has two different moods either end, and is perfect to use in an adult or child’s environment, depending how playful your character. PushmiPullyu is available in the store.
After a few years of following various Internet of Things (IoT) and connected device initiatives and been involved on the periphery through the Fab Lab Network, I decided to start a Wellington Meetup. The aim is to bring together a number of diverse voices to help build network, knowledge and projects with knock-on benefits for the Design and Tech communities … Read More
After attending the Global Service Jam in Auckland in 2013, I returned to Wellington and started the Welly Gov Jams with Sherry McDonald and Sam Ng. The concept was for vendors to give back to the service design community by providing design experts to facilitate the jams. These events were provided free of charge to government agencies and acted as … Read More
In 2005 I brought together a collective of established and upcoming designers to design responses to the theme of sustainability. The critically acclaimed exhibition TEN won a number of awards and was repeated for another 4 years at 100% Design, dealing with other themes such as “WOOD” and “Digital Fabrication”, winning more accolades in the process and partnering with 2021 … Read More
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