Meet the Team

Open Lab is an ever evolving team brimming with talent. We are staffed by design professionals, recent graduates and interns, with direct access to consulting academics from Massey University.

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Michael Kelly

Principal Designer

Michael is our Principal Designer with over 10 years experience within the print and digital design landscape. Michael has worked for a number of Wellington design studios including Samdog, Gusto Design and Airplane Studios where he has worked on projects in both the corporate and government sectors. Key clients he has worked on include: Etu (New Zealand’s biggest private sector union), the Ministries of Education, Health and Social Development, the Civil Aviation Authority, and the New Zealand Fire Service, to name a few.

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Connah Hazelwood


A Graduate from Massey University, Connah worked with us while studying and hasn't left since. She was quickly snapped up as we were drawn to her positive attitude and quirky design style. Connah’s studies focused on social change and how she could provoke people’s thoughts and perceptions through design. Her knack for Social Media and Digital Design makes her our go-to GIF queen and Podcast wiz.

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Adrienne Potts

Studio Manager

Adrienne has been immersed in the design industry with over 30 years of experience, ranging from Advertising, Brand Development and Print Production. Working as a Studio Manager she lead Proximity for 6 years, progressing to more locals such as Ocean Design Group and Adprint. At Open Lab Adrienne is the glue that brings all our designers, students and academics together, managaing the day to day runnings of the studio.

These are alumni and contributors who have worked with us over the years. We are proud of the emerging designers who are now making their mark on the industry. We think these are names to watch for in the future!

Carly Hitchcock

Chaz McManus

Chris Ashton

Hannah Maney

Jay Hall

Jeremy Hooper

Kristine Zipfel

Luiggi Riccio

Luuk Abernethy

Monish Patel

Priscilla Howe

Raph Roake

Taylor Wickman