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Lachlan Blackburn

Senior Graphic Designer
Back to our team

Lachlan arrived back in Hamilton this year, after spending the last 18 years living away from his hometown. On the back of three months traveling through the USA, with a global pandemic popping up out of nowhere, Locky decided to hunker back down in Hamilton. Up popped the opportunity at HGB, and voila… we had ourselves a new Senior Graphic Designer!

Most recently employed at a design studio in Toronto, Locky’s love of all things visual design dates to his time at high school, where he began fostering a passion for drawing. Nowadays, that skill is more digital but is backed by a growing interest in amateur photography.

Prior to living the design life, Locky was a trained chef, working in the café mecca of Wellington. While he’s hung up the professional apron, old habits die hard and he still whips up gourmet grub for his wife at home – although he will proudly head out for a bakery steak ‘n cheese pie when no one is watching.

Holding the title as HGB’s resident beer expert, due to his enthusiasm for the craft beer movement and expertise in home brewing, Locky also joins the long list of coffee lovers at HGB. We’ll let you work out which beverage bookends the day.

Meet Lachlan
  • How did you come to join the HGB team? After living in Toronto for a couple of years and then traveling around the US for 3 months, my empty bank account brought me home. After an unexpected holiday extension (COVID lockdown and subsequent economic fallout) the fine folks at HGB were in need of a Senior Graphic Designer. Thankfully they picked me.

  • What is something not many people know about you? Before studying design, I qualified and worked as a chef for a few years. Skills my wife now appreciates.

  • What are you known for in the office? It’s probably too early for me to try get everyone onboard banana o’clock. But it’ll happen. Be there. 11am weekdays.

  • Let’s go back a few years… what was your favourite subject at school? Very unsurprisingly – Graphic Design. Well, back then it was just called Graphics, and involved a lot of technical drawing by hand. Skills that are utterly useless now. But still beats calculus.

  • What is one thing you couldn’t live without? Coffee or beer. Tough call. Different ends of the day.

  • You’re going on a teddy bears’ picnic, where are you going to? What actually defines a teddy bears picnic? Like teddy bears are coming with me? Does that mean it has to be a bear friendly location? Do teddy bears eat gluten?

  • What’s one achievement you couldn’t be prouder of? Aged 5, in my first year of rugby I was awarded the best player in my team. Little did I know that’s as good as it would get.

  • Living or dead, if you could choose one person to have dinner with who would it be? Bill Bailey. Hilarious and an amazing musician.

  • Would you rather: be attacked by a grizzly bear, or a shark? After doing a lot of camping in “Grizzly Country”, I’d probably have to try my luck with a bear. I carried bear spray on me at all times, and by the end of the trip was almost disappointed that I never got to use it. Also – as far as I know – there’s no such thing as shark spray.

  • If you were a wizard, what would your patronus be? If?

  • Last but not least, if you could choose one ice cream flavour to eat for the rest of your life what would it be? I’m not really a sweet tooth. More of a pie guy. A classic steak and cheese is the benchmark for every bakery.

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