Design is my bread and butter. I graduated from the Design School of Southern Africa in 2001 and have been building websites and providing digital and graphic design services ever since.
After working for a small agency from 2002 to 2005, I realised I could be more successful and have a better quality of life freelancing from home. So in 2006, I co-founded Coza Web Design. Coza Web Design is a boutique agency that crafts unique websites which are hand-coded to prevent validation errors and code-bloat.
The technology involved in the web design industry is constantly evolving, so in order to stay relevant and ahead of the ever growing pack, I’m always researching and learning.
I’ve gone from framed layouts to table based layouts to div layouts to responsive web design. The latter is a way of coding a website so that it dynamically changes shape according to the device it’s viewed on.
In the mid twenty-teens, I also increased my skills with a UX design course, so that I could build websites that were more effective and user friendly. I’ve no doubt, I will need to keep learning and adapting.
I also provide a host of graphic design services. The usual that you would expect (logos, business cards, brochures, etc), but also more niche services like book cover design.
You know as well as I do that ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ is literally and figuratively ignored by most people. As a writer myself, I understand what’s important when it comes to designing book covers that are judged positively by the target demographic. If you want your book to sell, consider hiring me rather than going for the increasingly popular method of cheap design competition sites. The latter is exploitative to a group of desperate (and usually not especially talented) designers. Supporting this corrupt industry results in meager pay for one designer; wasted time for the rest; and most likely a mediocre design for you. Mediocre doesn’t sell.
The majority of design work doesn’t get printed now days. It stays and serves its purpose online. Social media adverts, Email design, Digital invoices, and more. This is a growing portion of my workload.
The latest in this category is Twitch graphics. The streaming industry is growing fast and streamers are finding themselves in need of overlays, emotes and more. There’s a lot of free resources out there, but many streamers want something a bit more refined, so I expect increasing demand in this area. Because my clients here tend to be less of the South African market, and rather spread out world wide, I have a put together a pricelist in dollars with the commonly requested design services.