My journey into design started with graphic design.
I have always had a passion for being creative and solving problems and so I decided to study and become a graphic designer. Shortly after completing my graphic design studies I became a freelancer.
Instead of going through third party services I decided to create my own website and offer my services online, which meant I needed to learn some web design technologies.
And so I started learning how to create a website, or at least the essentials of website design.
Once I felt confident enough I started creating my own site and launched it.
I had a successful period freelancing full-time as a graphic designer through my website and along with my freelancing services, I was also freelancing for a Canadian company called SiteSell.
During this time, I felt I needed more experience as a graphic designer and freelanced part-time while being employed full time at a local company.
After some time and seeing the growth of the web, I wanted to learn more about web design and development.
So I started learning more and more.
The more I learned, the more passionate I became and eventually decided to do the switch from graphic design to web design.
Since then, I have carried on learning about modern and emerging web technologies such as React as well as Amazon Web Services.
I still freelance part-time and am contracting remotely as a frontend developer for a German digital agency.
When I’m not designing and developing, I enjoy exploring new places and capturing moments with my camera.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my journey into web design and please feel free to contact me or connect with me on any of my social networks.
April 2020 - Present
Especial Digital - Software Engineer (Contract)
I help in developing possible custom headless commerce products for individuals who want to get physical products to customers using the best and quickest digital solutions.
July 2019 - March 2020
Simfy Africa - Frontend Developer
Since starting at Simfy, I have been involved in developing a free music streaming platform (musictime.app) that is targeted at users who use feature phones in Africa.
I have also been involved in developing an admin system in order to curate music content as well as report on products, plans and user statistics.
January 2017 - June 2019
Proversity (Pty) Ltd - Frontend Developer
When I started working at Proversity, I helped in developing the frontend for features to extend and enhance the open source openEdX learning platform.
I also helped in developing the frontend for in-house platform that could for creating and deploying branded customer websites where users could log into different open EdX instances.
For the last few months, the team that I am part of, started developing our own learning platform under a new company called Virtual Academies.
December 2014 - December 2016
BMW SA Head Office - Web Designer
When I started at BMW, I was involved in updating and maintaining the BMW and BMW Motorrad websites as well as marketing campaigns using SAP.
After a year, I became the lead for the BMW Mottorrad brand, which included previous duties as well as creating and maintaining marketing websites for events such as GS Trophy and BMW Motorrad Days SA.
Software I use: Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketch, Balsamiq Mockups, Sublime Text, Transmit, CodeKit.
Frameworks & CMS’s: React, Apollo, Shopify Developers, Bootstrap, UIkit, JQuery, Integration and theming of WordPress.
Services I use: Amazon Web Services, Slack, GitHub, MailChimp, Netlify and Buffer.