My design experience has covered many areas over the years – from logo and packaging design to exhibition stand design and construction. From illustration and photo direction to book design and layout. I have worked with corporates, individuals, NGOs and schools and have always had a real passion for what I do. I have chosen a few of the projects that I have worked on over the years to give an idea of the broad scope of work.
DESIGN FOR CORPORATE CLIENTS
A world-renowned silver sculptor and a client for 15 years. Both the brand and the man are legends and it is my privilege to have worked with them.
Projects over the years include rebranding, photo direction, front-end website design and window display design and construction. Print work – design of all invitations, Christmas cards, catalogues, stationery, packaging and albums and print management of same.
In addition, I designed and supervised construction and assembly of numerous exhibitions in London, Edinburgh and Dallas. During each exhibition I worked alongside the sales team and ensured that displays remained pristine throughout.
John Stevens and his wife, Nicci, have been operating Guided Safaris Africa for over 35 years. John is the ultimate expert when it comes to Africa and its bushcraft – hosting the likes of Richard Branson and Wilbur Smith.
Again, a client of long standing for whom I have executed all manner of design. Ranging from logo and stationery design to website development, photo editing and creating their annual Christmas card.
One of the more major design tasks I perform for this client is the drawing of maps of various African countries for website and print. These highlight the National Parks and Reserves in each country and also the places visited on their safari itineraries.
The prestigious Amanzi Restaurant in Harare was started by husband and wife team, Andrew and Julia Mama, in 2000. I designed their original logo and have worked on their branding and advertising ever since.
Some time later, they created the spectacular Amanzi Lodge and Houses for which I also did much of the design and advertising work. This included front end web design, brochures, menus, adverts, stationery, signage and the design of menus and advertising for the very popular Pop-Up Chefs @ Amanzi.
“HIFA is a 6-day annual festival and workshop programme that showcases the very best of local, regional and international arts and culture in a comprehensive festival programme of theatre,dance, music, circus, street performance, fashion, spoken word and visual arts. HIFA has come to be seen as an important symbol of something positive about Zimbabwe, unifying socially and culturally disparate groups of Zimbabweans at a time of ideological conflict and political uncertainty bringing huge audiences together to celebrate something positive – the healing and constructive capacity of the arts.”
Every year, from 2000 to 2008, I did all the design work for this amazing festival – a different theme for each year. This included the programme, posters, postcards, tickets, signage, merchandising and occasionally, something unusual like the stamps featured, left.
As this project involved several months of concentrated work, I hired a small freelance team to work with me each year.
Also shown below are various posters, postcards and programme covers.
BOOK DESIGN & LAYOUT
Moçambique Mosaic - Henrik Ellert
This 424 page hardcover book, all about the material culture of Mozambique and written by Henrik Ellert, is as fascinating to read as it was to design. In addition to the design and layout for this project, I also sourced image permissions from photographers around the world, most of whom were glad to contribute to this historically and culturally important book.
After the original English version was published, I completed the layout of the Portuguese translation.
Lowveld Legend - Ray Sparrow
The design and layout of this publication was multi-facetted: it involved a good deal of research; collecting information and images – both recent and modern – from multiple sources; retouching of old photos; cameo illustrations and map creation; taking photographs and much text editing.
It was written by Ray Sparrow, who, in 1949, moved to the wilds of the Rhodesian Lowveld to forge a livelihood and create a home for his family. Part-memoir, part-historical document and part-chronicle of nature, this book is a living anthropological document taking us from then Rhodesia to today’s Zimbabwe.