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Brunch by the Beach Christchurch A unique event for freelance graphics designers to learn, connect, and be inspired.


Join us at the New Brighton Surf Club for a unique event created for freelance graphic designers!

Good food
& good company

Come together at Brunch by the Beach in Christchurch to connect with other local designers, hear from Matt Innes about his award-winning branding process, and get practical advice from a panel of successful freelancers. Plus, enjoy some tasty treats on our mates from Karmly!

Enjoy tasty treats from Bohemian Bakery

Thanks to our mates from Karmly!

Round table discussions

Skip the small talk with meaningful round table conversations at set place settings. Dive into topics that resonate with you, led by table hosts who understand the freelance design journey.

“I love attending these events! The opportunity to connect with other creatives, learn from industry experts, and be inspired in a warm and welcoming environment is well worth it.”

Bron Alexander, Designer/Illustrator

"Brunch by the beach was a great experience for me. An opportunity to connect with other businesses, sharing our journeys, celebrating each other's successes, struggles and actually sort of work out solutions for maybe some of the problems that we all face as sort of business owners or freelancers."

Natalie Rutene

"I can say that day was a really good collection of thoughts and creators from the area. I felt like I got to learn a lot of interesting processes and confirm a few things for myself as well. And it's really nice to see the community come together and meet some other creatives."

Dan Bisley, Design Lead


New Brighton Surf Club 

This beachfront location offers stunning views of the ocean and a relaxed vibe that is perfect for connecting with other freelance designers that are local to Christchurch. We can't wait to see you there!

Watch the video to see what it'll be like

Learn from the best in the business

We're stoked to have Matt Innes of Strategy Creative join us and share his thoughts on the DNA of award-winning design.

Meet our panelists

Abby Marriott

Abby is the Co-Director & Senior Creative at Kōwhai Creative, a purpose-led design studio that believes great design is about more than what meets the eye. She is the lead for website design, development and digital creative. She has a passion for strategy and business development.

Serena Mayen

Serena founded Modern Design, a boutique brand identity and web design studio nestled in the heart of Ōtautahi, Christchurch. She has two decades of experience as a graphic designer and her passion lies in crafting unique and professional design solutions for small businesses all over New Zealand.

Simon Dowding

Simon is a graphic designer based in Christchurch. He has worked in merch for over 10 years from pre-production work in a print shop to creating brands in an agency. He guides people through the process of creating custom merch that fits their brand and customers.

What you'll get out of Brunch by the Beach

More business confidence

Gain valuable insights from experienced freelancers and learn practical tips and strategies for managing your design business. Build your confidence and take control to achieve the profitability need for the life you want.

Connect with other freelance designers

Join us and take your business to the next level with the support of a community that understands your struggles and can help you succeed.


With Matt, you'll gain fresh perspectives on the latest trends and best practices in branding design. Design upskilling is a constant in the industry and as your skills grow, so too will your business.

Optional workshops

Following the main brunch by the beach event in the morning, we have two optional afternoon workshops available. Both workshops are on at the same time, so choose the one that best suits you.

Branding On Fire



Matt Innes from Strategy Creative

Creating an effective online portfolio



Jason, Tyron & Petra from Rocketspark

Creative Launchpad bottle included with every ticket

Join us and take home more than just inspiration - a beautifully crafted glass drink bottle that looks great on any designer's desk.

Ticket sales are now closed

- 22 August 2023
- 10am-midday
- Optional afternoon workshops
- New Brighton Surf Club

Q&A panel session

Our expert Q&A panel at Brunch by the Beach will discuss key topics related to running a freelance design business — getting started, finding clients, managing projects, and delivering results.

Round table discussions

Skip the small talk with meaningful round table conversations at set place settings. Dive into topics that resonate with you, led by table hosts who understand the freelance design journey.

Guest speaker, Matt Innes

Our guest speaker, Matt Innes, will share his design process and provide inspiration that will leave you feeling energised and ready to take on new challenges.

A delicious brunch on us

And what's an event without delicious food? You can indulge in tasty treats while connecting with other designers at set place settings.

Optional Afternoon Workshops

After the Brunch by the Beach event, we have some optional workshops you can attend that include a light lunch (12:30 - 2ish).

Branding On Fire Workshop 
With Matt from Strategy
Cost: $100 
Have you heard about the power of branding but wondered where to begin? Matt Innes from Strategy Creative has got you covered. Whether you’re working on a brand for yourself, your business or a client, creating a good brand isn’t easy – however creating a brand strategy is a great place to start. In this workshop we’ll be learning while creating a simple, yet powerful brand strategy from woh to go. This isn’t just theory being presented via PowerPoint, we’re getting our hands dirty.

Creating an effective online portfolio 
With Rocketspark
Cost: Free
Join the Rocketspark team as they take you through best practice planning and execution of a portfolio that will be a winner for any graphic designer. We'll cover off:

  1. The fundamental parts of planning and strategy

  2. Layout and content requirements

  3. Building trust with your potential client

  4. Building the site

  5. Designing for mobile

  6. Best practice tips to convert more web traffic to leads

This is a 2 hour hands-on workshop.


We are proud to partner with Design Assembly & Karmly to bring you Brunch by the Beach

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