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

Junior Designer

A recent graduate from Massey University, Connah was quickly snapped up by Open Lab as we were drawn to her positive attitude and quirky design style. Connah’s studies focused on social change and continues to provoke people’s thoughts and perceptions through design.

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Jennah Rasmussen

Studio Manager

Jennah has worked within film production in New Zealand, Asia and Europe over the last 10 years. Starting as a Production Coordinator at Weta Digital, progressing to Production Manager at MPC to ultimately become Open Lab’s Studio Manager. She’s worked on films including Avatar, Prometheus, Harry Potter and The Lovely Bones. At Open Lab Jennah has built long-standing relationships with the Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington City Council and NZ Post.

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

Chris Ashton

Hannah Maney

Jay Hall

Jeremy Hooper

Kristine Zipfel

Luiggi Riccio

Luuk Abernethy

Priscilla Howe

Raph Roake