This event is still going ahead at all locations except for the Ellen Melville Centre, which will be postponed due to it being used as a pop up COVID testing station.

The purpose of this event is to showcase creative design-based methods to stimulate researchers, practitioners, students, and communities alike to understand and be inspired by the possibilities of these research methods to explore complex research questions.

Many emotional, sensory and embodied dimensions of experience lie below the threshold of consciousness and are thus often impossible or at best difficult to articulate in words. Design-based research may provide a unique advantage when it comes to answering complex research questions by way of making the ’intangible tangible’. Experiencing an idea as a tangible concept using the full range of senses can deepen people’s understanding and concurrently provide a space to explore the concept further. Design-based research methods can be adapted to a variety of contexts, serving as a link between people, cultures, generations and socioeconomic classes.

Through a series of workshops, hands-on activities, exhibitions and talks we will explore the potential of research through creative inquiry and shared experiences to unpack complex societal issues that affect our individual and collective wellbeing. Feedback on the activities at this event will help us refine our methods so they can be used in diverse contexts to explore what matters to individuals and groups.

Making Methods will collect feedback as part of ongoing research about the creative methods used at this event. Ethical approval from AUTEC was obtained on 6 November 2020 — Application No. 20/344. Please find the Participant Information Sheet here (copies will also be available onsite).

Click on a workshop, activity or speaker below to learn more.

Workshops are held at dedicated times (click a location below to see workshop times). Activities are available at all times during opening hours at each location. The Museum of Meaningful Moments is running as both a workshop and activity.

Select a location below to see the timetable for what's on.
The Design Space,
North Shore Hospital,
Roto Rd, Takapuna
The Design Space,
North Shore Hospital
Ellen Melville Centre
This location has been postponed as it is a pop up COVID testing station.
Ellen Melville Centre
Location Postponed.
Gallery 2,
AUT City Campus
Gallery 2, WM Building,
St Paul Street Gallery,
AUT City Campus
Forum, Mana Hauora Building
AUT South Campus,
640 Great South Rd, Manukau
Forum, MH Building
AUT South Campus
Select a location below to see the timetable for what's on.

Is there a cost to attend?
Nope. Making Methods is a FREE event open to everyone.

Do I need to register for a workshop / activity?
No registration required. Just show up at the scheduled time. Some workshops will have limitations on numbers due to space, but we'll try our best to accomodate everyone who turns up.

Who are we?
This event is organised by AUT's Good Health Design as part of the annual Design for Health Symposium. This year we are collaborating with AUT's Centre for Person Centred Research, Waitematā DHB's Institute for Innovation and Improvement, and the Link Symposium to bring this event to four different venues across Auckland.

Is there food and drinks?
Unfortunately not. Sorry.

Can I share this with my family, friends and colleagues?
Yes, we'd love anyone to attend and take part! Feel free to share the link to this page with anyone you think will be interested.

Making Methods will proceed as long as Auckland is in COVID Alert Level 1. Follow us on our instagram @goodhealthdesign for the latest updates on this event. Thank you!