Off Grid

Off Grid 17 was held in February 2017 in various venues in Wellington – not a lecture theatre in sight! We had a repeat a year later with Off Grid 18.

Off Grid was a different kind of design conference, where participants were invited to explore and discover what experiential design is, or can be, through a series of curated talks, events and experiences in diverse locations. Stopover events were held in Sydney, and Brisbane, Auckland and Christchurch.

Off Grid 17 was organised on a shoestring by Nick Kapica, Johannes Bay and I, under the SEGD umbrella. This article on the SEGD website gives a great rundown of the 2017 event. In 2018, Nick and I took up the reins again with a theme: The Experiential City, which this article on Off Grid 18 covers in detail.


I have to say Off-Grid 17 is one of the best trips I’ve had for a design conference
–Stephen Minning

Off Grid 18 rough cut

All systems go! The graphic system was devised by students at Massey University College of Creative Arts

Clive Roux from SEGD kicks of the open mic short talks in offbeat cafe Raglan Roast

Bruckner keynote

Keynote Uwe Brückner's talk was a 350 degree display in the Space Place (Carter Observatory) dome

Street art tour

Checking out local street art with Bent, a graffiti art scene regular

Keynote speaker Morag Myerscough presenting on a giant screen over three floors at Wellington Museum (photo: Thomas Le Bas)



Work > I Do It


Work > Niho Taniwha