Workshop - Pictures with Patrick Christchurch

Whatever challenges you’re facing when designing icons, infographics, PowerPoint slides, marketing materials or data visualisations, Patrick will focus on giving you practical tips for making your information more effective.

This workshops will be engaging, hands-on and collaborative, so bring your information design and visualisation challenges to the party, and we'll work on them together!

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Costs for the workshop are:

  • Members: $340.00 plus GST
  • Student members: $240.00 plus GST
  • Non-members: $490.00 plus GST.

Note: Members = members of TechCommNZ and affiliated organisations: NZATD, ASTC,. Cost covers tea/coffee, a light lunch and course materials.

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Session details


Wednesday 17 April 2019 Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm Tea and coffee will be served on arrival from 8:30am.

Location: Streamliners, 4 Acton Street, Christchurch CBD ( location map)

Please review the map or directions to the venue you will be visiting. You might find it useful to print them out for reference on the day of the workshop.

About the presenter

Patrick Hofmann is full of diverse surprises: he is a triplet, grew up on a pig farm with his Swiss family near Toronto, Canada, and was the conductor of a Swiss oompah band for five years.

His design career perhaps started when he was only 15, as the editorial cartoonist and graphic layout artist for his local newspaper. Graduating from the University of Waterloo in English Rhetoric and Professional Writing (RPW) in 1994, he applied his academic and co-op experiences to challenge the field of technical communication. Even before graduating, he helped pioneer a revolution in wordless communication, transforming traditionally wordy instruction manuals and user interfaces into intuitive illustrations, pictograms and icons for a global audience.

As a decade-long designer at Quarry Integrated Communications, Patrick's visual innovations and usability insights impacted companies worldwide, including Hewlett-Packard, FedEx, Philips, Logitech, Blackberry and Nokia.

For the following eleven years, Patrick was the lead User Experience Designer for the Google Maps team in Sydney, Australia. He recently joined the Google Search design team in a new role pioneering organisational design, communication and culture.

Despite his busy schedule, Patrick continues to be a willing and selfless volunteer: mentoring and speaking with students and companies around the world – helping build their design and analysis skills in user experience and beyond.

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