illustration & web development

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Hello World! My name is Dawn and I specialise in all things creative and nerdy. After several years of being a web developer by day and illustrator by night, I'm excited to adventure into the realm of combining the two as a freelance career!

I'm here to take the stressors off your plate and help you fulfil your vision with the kind of ease that can only be described as magic.

Past Work

For the past four years I've worked as a Web/Systems Developer at Inspire Net. This has meant a lot of my work is on internal systems and not suitable for a portfolio. I'm working on building up examples of my web development work, but in the meantime here is some of my past work:

Great Games With Pals

Website Design & Development

Oasis Scents

Illustration & Product Design

Inspire Net

Website Development

Saturday Knights

Illustration & Merch Management

Piggys Lunchbar

Mascot Illustration

Wildflour Kitchen

Website Design & Development

Bespoke Boutique

Product Design & Illustration

Cursive Craft

Event Poster Design & Illustration


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Alice Livingston

Director of Oasis Scents

We have worked with Dawn on a few occasions with collaborative work and commissioned items. They are very easy to work with, as well as prompt at completing the work we had asked for. Whenever we had feedback this was taken on board and had no issues at all with the entire process. The quality of items we received was top notch and would definitely recommend working with Dawn to anyone.

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Charlotte Gamble-Stott

Co-Ordinator of Great Games With Pals

As a fresh starter to having a Website, Dawn not only provided incredibly amazing art and layout suggestions, but any extra feedback was taken on board but also updated immediately. With round the clock service, amazing ideas and execution, and a website that's beautiful AND concise, I can easily say Dawn's services have boosted my brand. I really could not recommend Dawn enough!

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Ryan Knighton

Director of Saturday Knights

Wizard in a Can made an exceptional effort to understand my project's unique requirements and goals. They went above and beyond on the delivery of the final product and exceeded my expectations while still staying true to the original design brief. Their attention to detail and ability to bring my vision to life was truly remarkable and our audience’s response was overwhelmingly positive - we couldn't be happier with how things went.

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Rithy Pen

Owner of Piggys Lunchbar

She's always been positive and brings our vision into reality. Also she's so talented.


Web Development


Product Design

Web Design

Merch Management

Website Management

Whatever your situation...

Help, I've opened a can of worms!

Are you in over your head?

Leave it to me and I’ll work some magic while you get back to whatever it is that you do best.

Whether you’re looking for help with:

  • Managing your website and setting up your emails so you never have to think about it again
  • Making changes to code, troubleshooting and fixing bugs
  • Engaging your audience with eye-catching graphics
  • Designing merch and sourcing manufacturers that produce quality items

Think of Wizard in a Can like a pixie in your pocket - someone to jump in and tinker with things whenever you need.

It just needs a lick of paint...

Is it time for a new look?

Let me jazz things up for you!

This could look like:

  • Improving the appearance of your website and bring it up to current web standards
  • Creating illustrations that compliment your content
  • Reimagining or adding to your branding

If you’ve ever wanted a quirky creative up your sleeve to turn all of your wild ideas into reality, here’s your chance.

I need a brainiac to create something custom.

Need a nerd?

Off-the-shelf solutions don’t always do the trick.

If you want to get technical, my particular specialties include:

  • Full Stack Development - HTML/CSS/JS, JQuery, PHP, Laravel, Database Design
  • Small Business E-Commerce - Shopify, Research & Development, Shipping & Handling
  • Domain / DNS / Web Hosting - An in-depth understanding of how these all interact with eachother

If you’ve got a project that needs an expert eye, I’d be happy to take a look.

Giving Back

If you're a non-profit or community organisation, I'd love to work with you. Please feel free to reach out to discuss sponsorship or discounted rates.

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Outline Aotearoa

1% of all Wizard in a Can income is currently donated to Outline via the One Percent Collective.

OutLine is a nationwide, all-ages rainbow mental health organisation. They’ve been operating since the 1970s, and currently provide a free peer support phone line, a transgender peer support service for trans and non-binary people in Auckland, and specialist face-to-face and video counselling exploring gender and sexuality for rainbow people across Aotearoa.
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Sweat With Pride

In 2023 we raised $300 for our Rainbow communities.

To mark International Pride month in June, the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) is challenging people to 'Sweat with Pride' by exercising for at least 21 minutes a day to get active and raise money to support the Rainbow community.


Let's have a chat!


Illustrator & Web Developer