My Story

User Interface Design is the current focus of my career although it is not the career I initially planned for myself. I studied Graphic Design for 2 years, where I gained 2 national qualifications and 6 international certifications. I have fairly well-rounded knowledge in Graphic and Web design.

I am a firm believer in owning up to your responsibilities, being true to who you are and helping others grow instead of using them as a tool to accomplish your own goals. I love seeing others succeed, which is why I always do my best to help others in my field, being understanding, empathetic, and including team members in what I do. Design is a team effort and there’s no value in being selfish in your field - there is always room for improvement and working in a team allows for solutions that you would never have thought of by yourself.

Outside of work I try to remain creative by dabbling in drawing, colouring in and reading blogs. I enjoy going to the various beaches Cape Town has to offer. I am a nature & animal lover, tattoo fanatic, I like to read (Stephen King novels in particular) and listening to music or podcasts.

"Design is where science and art break even." - Robin Matthew

Education

2015

Design Foundation

National Certificate - NQF Level 4

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During my first year of studies I became familiar with design principles and history, drawing for digital design, visual communication and touched on web design. During this year I became an Adobe Certified Associate in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

2016

Design Technology

National Certificate - NQF Level 5

CTU Training Solutions

During my second year I learnt more complex design solutions such as 3D modelling, video editing and production. I learnt more about web design and design management. During this year I became an Adobe Certified Associate in Adobe Illustrator, Premiere Pro and Animate (Flash Professional).

2018

User Experience Design

Certificate - Online Short Course

University of Cape Town

I was lucky enough to be able to study further whilst working a full-time job through GetSmarter and UCT where I learnt the fundamentals of User Experience, working with stakeholders, conducting user research and testing, as well as wireframe and prototyping practices.

Experience

2015

Part-Time Corporate Facilitator

CTU Training Solutions

Roodepoort Campus

I worked at the campus I was studying at in my spare time, training corporate classes and individuals in the Microsoft Office suite. Classes ranged from beginner to advanced.

2016 - 2017

Part-Time Graphic Designer

Dezines Creative Thinking

Fairland, Johannesburg

During my second year of studies I managed to secure a part-time design job to execute the work I was studying in practice. My work ranged from designing websites using WordPress, assisting in the marketing and social media strategies for various clients, and creating marketing material for various clients such as print & digital advertising, posters, product packaging, exhibitions & displays, social media and corporate identity packs.

I continued to work for Dezines on a freelance basis after my studies concluded and well after I moved from Johannesburg. Now the owner has moved abroad and I don't get to do much work for them anymore.

2017 - Present

UI / UX Designer

GradConnection

Claremont, Cape Town

I started working as a Graphic / Web Designer, where my duties included small bits of graphic design like creating marketing materials such as brochures, banners, notebooks etc. for the South African team, but gradually I started working with the development team in finding appropriate solutions to new features and improvements on the digital product, specifically focussing on User Experience & User Interface Design in the form of wireframes, prototypes, UI design and style guides for the projects I assist the development team with.

Now I guess I'm a UX designer!

Knowledge

Software

Xd Illustrator Photoshop InvisionApp Balsamiq Sketch Github InDesign Animate After Effects Premiere Pro Dreamweaver WordPress

Skills

UI UX User Research User Testing Illustration Branding Logo Layout Branding Animation Print Web HTML CSS

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6

Adobe certifications

3

National certificates

4

Years of experience
1

Very passionate designer