Alt Group. 

Retoucher  2014 –


Focusing on doing. Time allowed to polish and refine all work.
Working on award-winning jobs.

“Why, are you leaving?”

- Anyone from Alt I ask for a quote.

DNA. Designed Communication.

Build Team Leader  2011 – 2013

All production & retouching for the Auckland office, archiving, general IT support. Illustration. Member of the Senior Leadership Group.


Exposure to corporate clients. Company focus on culture & internal strategy.

“A vast wealth of knowledge and experience, combined with the ability to craft
something incredible – always keeping the end result top of mind – makes Hamish
a rather unique creative!”

- Tarryn Burton, Client Services Director, DNA.


BRR. Brand strategists.

Motionographer  2009 – 2011

Motion creation, animation, shooting, editing, retouching. Assist Motion Head (Stephen Tolfrey).


Learn new skills, as well as new ways of learning.

Studio Manager  2006 – 2009

Running of the design studio including traffic management, studio staff recruitment, contractor sourcing & overseeing, IT budgeting & management (via Digital Arena), on-the-spot software and hardware troubleshooting, archive management, overflow production work, all retouching, DAM support. Report directly to Brian Richards.


Relax and humanise a rigorous studio structure.
Continue and reinforce existing high quality standards.
Exposure to in-depth brand strategy techniques and implementations.
Working with experienced and professional staff.
Increase in studio teamwork and collaborative atmosphere.

“I’m still trying to work out how Hamish manages to combine an eye for detail and technical knowledge, with a brain that is far more left-field than most creatives
I know. This man is gold. Hire him.”

- Lisa Baker, Design Director, BRR.

“Subtle, intuitive, surprising.
Hamish is simply the best retoucher I have ever worked with.”

- Mark Benseman, Design Director, BRR.


GSBI. FMCG packaging designers.

Production Manager  2001 – 2006

Retouching, preparation of finished art files, IT set up and support, archive management, staff training, workflow design. Report directly to Stephen Gravelle.


Improvement in standard of GSBI’s finished art files.
FMCG research trips to Melbourne, Amsterdam and London.
Collaborative studio culture.

“Talented, encouraging and motivating — Hamish’s engaging professionalism raises the bar for anyone he works for, or with.”

- Caroline Scott, Co-Creative Director, GSBI Ltd.


Reflex Images.  Pre-press house focused on high-end packaging.

Creative R&D / Training Co-ordinator  1999 –2001

Research and staff training. High end packaging pre-press, retouching.

Barco Operator / Mac Operator  1993 – 1999

High end packaging pre-press, retouching.


Setup and implementation of Dot Gain Compensations system.
Setup of Agfa Imagesetter and RIP including customising PPDs.
Barco training courses in Singapore.
Implementation of Barco Kaleidoscope colour-management system.
Research trip to Seybold San Francisco.
Uniquely creative, pro-active, professional atmosphere.

“Fast — but won’t do a half-hearted job. Hamish has a strong understanding of the print process and is constantly thinking about how it will relate to the end job.
I’d hire him again tomorrow.”

- Liz White, General Manager, Reflex Images.


York Paper Company. Manufacturers of giftwrap, plastic and paper bags.

Mac Operator  1991 – 1993

Origination of internal communications (posters, flyers etc.).
Designing logos and layouts for use on paper and poly bags.
Design and origination of gift-wrap.


Original setup of York’s then-new Mac system.
Trade show display design and implement.
Designing test plates to confirm the capabilities and limitations of new narrow web flexo presses.
York’s unique in-house setup allowed the opportunity to learn the whole of the Flexo print process: Plastic extrusion, slitting & re-wind, platemaking, flexo printing, packaging & dispatch.