We're do-it-all graphic designers
And yet we're more than that. We're also creative catalysts, giving businesses an imagination boost right across the board. With us, you get more than a look - you get a whole new approach to your business communication.
What do we design? Everything. Big stuff, small stuff, flat-out oddball stuff - we love variety. But whatever the job, we bring the same professionalism and pizzazz to all our work.
We'd love to chat over a coffee, call on 07 823 4932 - the coffee's on us!
The team behind the pizzazz
Karen May QSM
Karen didn’t have creative freedom at her old firm, so she started her own!
Karen founded Kaz in 2002, however her experience as a designer goes way back, cutting her teeth as a desktop publisher at the Rodney Times — back when it was an actual desktop, not just a computer — before overseeing the newspaper’s transition to Mac-based design.
Her biggest challenge came when she decided to launch Kaz, initially running the design business from the spare bedroom of her home. Nowadays, it operates from a chic loft in the Cambridge CBD.
Though originally from Northland, Karen calls Cambridge home, living here with her husband and two daughters.
Karen's passionate about local business and business people, so much so, she was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal in 2017 in recognition of her commitment to the community.
The only thing she loves more than her work is the relationships she forms along the way.
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Call it the luck of the Irish: it was while working at a health club on her OE in Ireland that Waikato-born Kylie happened upon her calling.
Inspired by a colleague there to get into design, she got her start doing occasional design jobs for a company (back in NZ) before pursuing a design degree. From there she gained invaluable experience working at the Waikato Times and a print firm before finding the perfect fit here at Kaz - coincidentally, the very same day we moved into our current office space (2008).
For fun, Kylie and her partner like to catch live rock shows or get away to the family bach. But she gets a kick out of her work too; for Kylie, nothing beats turning a blank sheet of paper into design that makes the client’s jaw drop.
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Her career was always going to be in an artistic field - but which one?
After starting out in fine arts, Lisa switched to graphic design and hasn’t looked back since.
It’s a job that has taken her to the other side of the globe and back again to her native Waikato.
After plying her trade in a diverse range of environments - corporate, freelance, in-house - Lisa is relishing the local flavour of Kaz. It gives her a sense of connection to the Cambridge community where she now lives along with her partner and daughter.
Lisa also thrives on the variety at Kaz, a feature of the business that taps into her design versatility and all-round creative brawn.
With a knack for seeing the Big Picture, Lisa is able to help businesses present a coherent image across a variety of channels.
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What our client's say:
Shared passion for fabulous end result
Of everything Kaz provides our business, the most important is shared passion for a fabulous end result.
Karen and her team understand that timing, service and a focus on delivery of a great product are one of the keys to our success, and they continually go out of their way to ensure they provide us with everything they can to ensure our business performs as professionally as it possibly can.
By listening to what we want, understanding our needs and delivering great product, Kaz aren’t just a supplier TO our business; they are PART of our business.
PROJECT: Carters Monthly Magazine
Attentiveness, professionalism and creativity
Karen and her team at Kaz have always impressed us. Their attentiveness, professionalism, and creativity have kept us going back to them time and time again. Whether it be creating something small like an email signature or a bigger project like our website, they always add real value to our business. We give them our highest recommendation.
PROJECT: Marketing Collateral & Website Maintenance
Capable people with flexibility
“We have worked with Karen and the Kaz team for many years on a variety of projects and have always found them to deliver what they promise. They have a strong sense of community and deliver some amazing work. Being a small team of very capable people they have the flexibility and skills to ensure that their work is of a very high standard and delivered on time.”
PROJECT: Marketing Material
Hits the target every time
"Karen and the team from Kaz Design are great to work with, are very professional and their designs hit the target every time. They take care of all our graphic work and signage for the school. All I have to do is send them an email with what we are after and the team come back very quickly with a mock up design. They make fantastic suggestions on how to get the right solutions for our design needs."
Grant Stuart, Principal
St Peter's Catholic School, Cambridge
PROJECT: School Signage, Stationery, House Colour Flags