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 division at Brand Candy.
I have a healthy obsession with pixel perfect design and am always researching and implementing best practices.
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!
DIGITAL ADVERTISING CHIEF
My name is Megan (formerly Holmes - married to a hot man with the surname Fuller). I am the SEO wizard and Digital Ads Manager.
I like treats a lot! I have a 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?
GRAPHIC DESIGN CHIEF
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.
SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATION CHIEF
Hello, my name is Savanah, but people call me Sav for short. I take care of social media advertising here Brand Candy as well as community management - they call me the 'social media guru' but what a title, right!?
I'm happily married and when I am not in the office or spending time with my hubby I am usually at the gym, lifting some heavy weights.
One way to my heart is through a well made coffee and donuts...#willdeadliftfordonuts
WEB DEVELOPMENT CHIEF
Hey, my name is Robin (but I don't wear tights in the hood, just at home).
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.
Hello, Lauren is the name and writing is my game.
I’m the proud pet mom to three beloved furbabies, a spoilt rotten border collie, Remi, and two pampered horses. When I’m not riding I enjoy chilling watching series, drawing, and getting stuck into a good book. Travelling the world is also high on my bucket list!
I absolutely love photography and have a BTech in Photography alongside my BSocSc.
Hey, hey, hey! I'm Tam. The only ginger and leftie in this tribe - and proud of it!
I'm a mom of two beautiful and feisty children as well as three fur-babies. My husband is my superhero, my family and friends (#ChosenFamily) are the bee's knees, and my colleagues think I’m a little bit like Mary Poppins!
I strive to do all things with love and a smile on my face. It makes the day better for everyone!
LARA JANSEN VAN RENSBURG
SENIOR 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!
Hello, my name is Nikki and I am a project coordinator here at Brand Candy.
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.
DEE VAN HEERDEN
I made the awesome move from freelance 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.
Hello, my name is Claire and I am the Social Media and Website Coordinator at Brand Candy.
I have a passion for digital marketing and design. I studied at Vega School of Brand Leadership, specialising in visual communications. I am currently studying further through Cape Town University in partnership with GetSmarter, studying digital marketing.
My hobbies include spending time with my family, fiancé and friends; travelling and photography.
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.
Hi, my name is Stephen, I am a Graphic Designer here at Brand Candy. I really enjoy design, more specifically illustration. I completed a 3-year degree in Graphic Design at Inscape Education Group, where I was exposed to everything design. I fell in love with the craft and now I live to create. My hobbies include being a musician, artist, photographer, sculptor, and illustrating for fun. I have 3 tiny dogs, 3 fish tanks and did I mention I have a serious spending problem...
Salutations. I am a project coordinator here at Brand Candy HQ, with a thriving thirst for impromptu celebrations.
A balanced life of sausage dogs and sausage rolls has kept me going for a quarter of a century.
I have a passion for brand strategy and the social responsibility of business – having completed a degree in the tactical branding field, furthered by an honours in management. A busy mind of world-changing ideas keeps me up at night. Except on Fridays.
Hey there, I'm Kirsten! Please don't call me Kirsty :) I'm a self-confessed workaholic who loves what she does. I'm all about being organised and on top of things. When I kick my shoes off its music on, wine please, friends always! Nothing beats quality family time with my hubby and gorgeous baby boy (#happiestheart). I might be the oldest in this tribe (sshhhh!), but age really is just a number and I'll always suffer from FOMO, so I'm in and up for everything!
I love kicking around a soccer ball on a football pitch (or anywhere possible) and I aim to make a statement each day by being trendy, fashionable as possible. My favourite fashion artillery is my collection of trendy sneakers! As mentioned, I love playing football, I also enjoy taking walks on the beach, socialising with mates, and cooking (I really love pasta and pizza).
I have a secret superpower, but I can’t let that out, you’d have to get to know me to learn what it is (superheroes never reveal their true identity) - but I am good at developing websites, which is almost the same thing, right?
PART TIME WEBSITE DEVELOPER
Hey you - yes, you, reading this! The name’s Ashton to the physical world, and MAD BONES3 to the online gaming world. Yes, you guessed it, I’m a gamer. I’m also a major comic book fanboy. If the word “nerd” pops into your mind, you are 100% correct, sir, that’s what I am - and proudly so.
Oh yes, I almost forgot to mention, I’m pretty good at finding my way around the complexities of code too.
PART TIME ADMIN
Hi, i'm Hlengi! When I’m not at the office, I spend time with my two amazing children - I have a son and a daughter. There’s nothing I love as much as relaxing at home and being with my family, but, when I have the opportunity, I love a little bit of retail therapy to keep things fun! My favourite colour is midnight black and if you were to treat me to a meal out, I’ll always order spaghetti bolognaise!
What's up Buttercup?
I'm Batman. Well, I'm a project coordinator but close enough.
My name is Elizabeth and I'm a serial snacker with a love for all things yellow and Feline. I can probably sit still for a whole 5 seconds and more often than not you will find me with my earphones in. In my spare time I love helping communities, gardening and running- the latter is less by choice and more to support the snack habit.
I am a passionate creative who strives to find joy in all things, live deliberately and who is always up for spontaneous adventures.
I recently decided to follow my heart and transitioned from law to marketing and I haven't looked back!
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Whoooaaahhh! I’m sorry, I got a little carried away there – It’s just that I get so absorbed in my interests!
I love having my fingers fly across a keyboard (computer keyboard and musical keyboard, I love both equally). I also love exquisite coffee, fast cars, spending time with my awesome other half, friends and family - and I love cheese. Lots of cheese
“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”
My name is Amy and I’m a happy lil’ thang. I am Junior Strategist at Brand Candy – People passionate and list obsessive. I like the colour blue, I love beach walks and breakfast dates (that include avo).
I run on orange juice, carrot cake and grace. Side note – I love to run.
My last year of studies in Corporate Communications have me sussing out the business and branding world.
Bonjour! I am the Studio Coordinator at Brand Candy. Yay! I am also a devoted wife, mom and step-mom.
I live by the words of Benjamin Franklin: “Don’t put off until tomorrow what can be done today”...mainly because I’m terrified that the piles of laundry that my boys can create in a day might come to life if not dealt with immediately.
When I’m not tending to the needs of my ‘flock’ I can be found with my nose in a good book with a glass of Pinot Noir.