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Brand Candy is a new company, formed between former businesses, Rubio Communications and Kablooey Studios who in March of 2016, merged to become one larger entity. Previously, these two companies loved a little collaboration before breakfast. They offered their clients the opportunity to tick off a host of graphic design; traditional, digital and social media marketing; and website design and development services, all under one roof. This convenience has now been formalised in their union as Brand Candy.

Brand Candy is a creative paradise consisting of a tight-knit group of people who brainstorm often to come up with the best solutions to market your brand.

Don't look like a turkey while your competition is soaring like an eagle in outer space! Brand Candy will confidently assist you with standout, quality branding products that will make you, your clients and your mom proud.

RICHARD BURGESS

DIRECTOR

I am the Director and co-founder of Brand Candy, a digital marketing studio based in Durban, South Africa. I am a traditionally trained artist and am obsessed with all things creative! Over the last 12 years, I have immersed myself in all things digital, and ran a WordPress development company for many years. I now head up the web devision at Brand Candy.

I have a healthy obsession with pixel perfect design and am always researching and implementing best practices.

JANET HANCOCK

DIRECTOR

I have been in the design industry since 2005 and I love what I do because it allows me to mix my love for art with my career. I started as a graphic designer with a very successful small firm and worked my way up to Studio Head before starting Rubio and then Brand Candy.

As a business woman, time, freedom and financial security have always been as critical as success, and although ambition works its way into every decision, I know that a well rounded person is more fun to be around than an über successful one!

MEGAN FULLER

SEO AND DIGITAL ADS MANAGER

My name is Megan (formerly Holmes - married to a hot man with the surname Fuller). I have recently been promoted to SEO wizard and Digital Ads Manager (AdWords, Analytics and digital advertising). I am super excited for this new chapter!

I like treats a lot. On weekends you will find me hitting the old tennis ball, lounging on the sofa with a good series or just generally being good at humaning. I have a thoroughbred German Shepherd named Indi, who I believe may rule the dog world one day.

I also love giant pancakes smothered in Nutella. And did I mention treats?

NIKKI FITZ-GERALD

KEY ACCOUNTS MANAGER

Hello, my name is Nikki and I am in charge of one of our bigger clients, the South African Nursery Association's (SANA) marketing campaign, Life is a Garden.

I am super chilled about life and mostly just nod and smile at all the weird office jokes. I enjoy running, watching series and eating a good pizza. I also like my wine, but am not yet AA material.

MUHAMMAD AMAJEE

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Hi, my name is Muhammad but everyone calls me MO, even though there is no "O" in my name whatsoever - but I'll let them have it. I'm a Graphic Designer here at Brand Candy with too many skills to mention - I am awesome like that yes.

Horror movies, Game of Thrones and sushi all day son! Tropical House is life. I've been told I look like a Māori / All black rugby player. I have a man bun.

LARA JANSEN VAN RENSBURG

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Kon'nichiwa, my name is Lara and I am one of the Graphic Designers here at Brand Candy.
I completed a 3 year diploma in design and I freaking LOVE what I do!

Other things which I enjoy include: food (eating it - not cooking it!), fashion, wine, design and a good giggle to get me through the day.

I am also slightly OCD and have a pet hedgehog, named Splinter, who hates being cuddled!

SAVANAH SADLER

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Howzit, my name is Savanah, but people call me Sav for short. I am the social media coordinator. It’s my job to communicate between the client and the team and schedule work into the studio.

I LOVE social media, which is one of the main reasons I love what I do, and spend much of my time Instagramming!

I enjoy pouts and popcorn, not to mention a well made coffee. In my free time I love gymming and cannot resist shopping for clothes. I am currently studying part time at Bible college which I am thoroughly passionate about.

MEGAN HOLLEY

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Hello, my name is Megan Holley, but I have been named Holley around here because of the abundance of Megan's on board this ship. My official title is Project Coordinator here at Brand Candy, but I also delve heavily into hostess and designated coffee maker-er.

My hobbies include advertising by day and celebrations by night (with a whole lot of attempting to exercise in-between). If you can make me laugh, we shall be friends.

SUMESH RAMDIN

WEB DEVELOPER

I am a web developer at Brand Candy. I enjoy technology, theology and music.

I'm no longer on the market and will be married come December 2017.

I'm a HUGE Chelsea supporter, and would like to check off watching them live at the Bridge on my bucket list.

NADINE NAICKER

WEB DEVELOPER

I am a web developer at Brand Candy. I have a Diploma in IT and have been in the industry since 2012.

I love all things adventury - I have competed in the Warrior Race in Ballito; swung my heart out (literally) at The Big Swing in the Midlands and bunjee jumped off Victoria Falls.

I enjoy photography and have been on a few InstaMeets. I have 4 tattoos and a bunch of pets. I'm a series junkie and love a good movie.

ROBIN DEVITT

WEB DEVELOPER

Hey, my name is Robin (but I don't wear tights in the hood, just at home). I am the newbie web developer around here - I'm pretty excited to get crackin' with some new web projects and ideas.

I'm a fairly shy, quiet kinda guy, but I do come out my shell :)

To keep myself busy and active on the weekends, I can be found mountain biking or running up a hill or two. I live on a smallholding in the hills with a menagerie of animals - life is busy as you can imagine.

DEE VAN HEERDEN

COPYWRITER

New to the copywriting department at Brand Candy, I made the awesome move from freelancer, to agency! Upgrade!

I thrive on writing long meaningful poses on existentialism and the reason for living. Blogging and article writing keeps me out of trouble.

Trouble consists of 2 cats and a small human that I mother alongside my life partner/spouse.

A lover of classical ballet, traditional Irish dancing and correct syntax, I have also on occasion tapped out a short rock beat with a drumstick.

LAUREN STEAD

COPYWRITER

Hello, I’m Lauren. I’ve just joined the Brand Candy copywriting team and I’m pretty excited to get started with this new chapter.

I’m the proud pet mom to three beloved furbabies, a spoilt rotten border collie named Remi and two horses, one of which I’m attempting to turn into a showjumper on the days he isn’t trying to buck me off. When I’m not riding I enjoy chilling watching series, drawing and more often than not have my nose stuck in a good book.

I love art and photography (you’re definitely more likely to find me behind the camera than in front of it) and travelling the world is right at the top of my bucket list.

JUSTINE LOMBARD

STUDIO COORDINATOR

Hey there, my name is Justine and I am the Studio Coordinator here at Brand Candy.

When I'm not cuddling my rescue furbaby, Bruno the dog, I live a rather chilled life of chomping on sushi and popcorn, sipping delicious cocktails, tanning my lily whites, playing with make-up and new nail designs. Yes I am a typical girlie girl!

I love a good excel doc or three so pop me a mail with any questions you may have.

CHARNÉ SWART

SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

Hey! My name is Charné and I am part of the Social Media team here at Brand Candy (I'm on Facebook a lot..)! I am currently a third year Business Marketing student and I absolutely love my job!

My hobbies include attempting to pet every cat in the world (I have two of my own), drinking a lot of wine (meet my alter ego Felicia) and collecting every pink thing I can find.

I love social media and marketing and anything creative. I'm your go to social media guru!

ROBYN CLARE

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Hey, I’m Robyn, visual communications rocks my boat. I’m all about randomness and funny anecdotes. A team player is what I am and a believer of positivity.

My love of various art mediums and interest in design took me through an awesome journey at Vega campus, in which I graduated with a qualification in Visual Communications.

In my spare time, I love capturing moments with my camera and I love creating unforgettable memories with my people.

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