Welcome to Open Lab the podcast, a space where we open up conversations about the transition between University life and the design industry.
Join us for real-talks with creatives who are sharing their experience and the choices they made with;
– What to expect from the transition into industry
– What are the different opportunities and roles available
– What processes and tools can help you
– How to understand business jargon
– Plus, soft skills that are required to make meaningful connections with co-workers and clients alike.
We also dive deep into side hustles, passion projects and the importance of selfcare and wellbeing.
Hosted by Connah Hazelwood and Michael Kelly
15 | Textile grad bringing waste to life
Imogen Switalla is a Freelance Textile Designer & Illustrator based in Wellington, New Zealand, recently graduating with Honours in Textile Design from Massey University. Her work explores colour, line and organic shapes to create fun, bold and lively designs. Imogen is particularly focused on surface pattern design and has worked on both fashion and digital application.
In this episode we talk about her exchange to India, her major project, the textile waste industry and everything she has learnt through her freelance journey.
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14 | Industrial grad who has the industry by the tail
Lisa Newman is a recent industrial graduate from Taranaki who graduated with a Bachelor of Design (First Class Hons), majoring in Industrial design at Massey University. In this episode, we talk about her award-winning projects, the industrial design process and what it was like to graduate amidst the Covid-19 outbreak. Growing up on the farm has inspired Lisa's passion for designing within the agriculture sector so she can give back to the community she came from. Listen to hear what it's like turning your final year project into the real deal and the challenges you face when large companies start asking to buy your design.
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13 | Fashion grad who never stops
Anna Baines is a Fashion Designer based in Wellington, New Zealand. Recently graduated with a Bachelor of Design (Hons), majoring in Fashion Design, minoring in Marketing at Massey University. With a love for dance and fashion design, Anna combined these to create her finalist World of WearableArt 2019 garment 'Bloom', her graduating runway collection 'The March of the Seasons', couture fashion side hustle 'Anna lee' and now her new pole dancewear brand 'Syko' due to launch soon. Listen to hear about her busy lifestyle, influential student exchange, and university journey which she is more than excited to share with us.
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12 | Music grad making magic
Join us on a spiritual, empathic and emotive conversation with Michael Sutherland, from Sutherland Sounds, as we journey into understanding how practicing the foundation learnt at university has enabled Michael to invite chaos into his music production. We talk about studio etiquette and building/holding the space for musicians to work their magic.
He has worked alongside some of New Zealand’s top music producers, helped re-record one of Aotearoa's earliest recording stars ‘Pixie William’ and spills tea with some BTS details on Shapeshifter’s latest album ‘Rituals’. On top of all this Michael’s major project has redefined and helped facilitate and enhance the sensory deprivation experience of Float Tanks globally – while giving back 1/3 of his royalties to conservation efforts annually.
Michael is a musician/producer based in Wellington NZ. He studied at MAINZ and recently graduated the Bachelor of Commercial Music at Massey University. Michael produces and records some of Wellington's local talent/bands and assists on commercial projects with some of the industry's best. Michael is also the creator of "Music for Float Tanks" and electric guitarist for ‘Khailana’. His individual brand is anchored by ensuring the recording process is an enjoyable and wholesome experience for all involved and integrates the idea that music can pursue a much greater social, spiritual, and political purpose outside of Western/Commercial frameworks.
Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art
– Claude Debussy
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Purchase Float Tank Music
All tracks are specifically crafted for Float Centres to facilitate and enhance the sensory deprivation experience. There are six tracks and a full sound journey all adhering to the DreamPod software.
Munki Studios is spearheaded by Mike Gibson and home to some very fine ears and engineers.
Blue Smoke Album
A tribute album is under production to reimagine Pixie Williams' recordings with Aotearoa's leading and emerging contemporary vocalists.
Tiny Triumph Recordings is a recording studio run by Wellington-based Music Producer Toby Lloyd.
Shapeshifter Day 1-4 Studio Diary
11 | Photography grad to professional
Olivia’s brain has been in constant record mode since starting at Capture Studios. She reflects on her honours year and how it helped her grow as a confident creative and form a new mindset to trust herself. She reached out to make-up artists, models and sourced garments from some big NZ fashion designers, like Karen Walker and Trelise Cooper to use in her shoot. Those project management experiences along with her photography eye undoubtedly helped her to transition into the industry with ease.
Olivia Melhop is a photographer based in Wellington, New Zealand. Recently graduated with a Bachelor of Design (Hons), majoring in Photography at Massey University. Inspired by fashion, social customs, and advertising – Olivia’s work is frequently situated between documentary and fashion photography. Her eye-catching imagery and distinct use of colour plus composition are defining aspects of her approach.
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10 | Spatial grad doing it all
We talk with Spatial graduate turned photographer/videographer Oscar Keys. We learnt that Spatial as a degree can be interpreted in so many different ways allowing its students to make it their own – Oscar did exactly that!
Listen in to find out how he started collaborating with brands such as Red Bull, Universal Australia, Huffer, and Rhythm and Vines. We enjoyed talking all things spatial, freelance, mentors, festivals and Covid-19.
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Customer ReviewsSee All
Loved this!! Hearing stories from people who have been in my position graduating design school and exploring different jobs in the industry has been encouraging. We often don’t get to hear people talk about their experiences like this and I’ve found it super inspiring!
Really great podcast to learn more about the industry when your still a student studying. Great information from guest speakers about going into the industry from student life. Michael and Connah have some funny yarns. Highly recommend!
Absolutely brilliant podcast. I found all the content down to earth, applicable to my situation and insightful.