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!
DIGITAL ADVERTISING COORDINATOR
Hello there, my name is Jared, I am part of the Digital Ads team here at Brand Candy. I have a passion for branding, and all things digital! I love what I do in and outside of the office.
You can find me in the Store Room, nerding out, conquering the likes of Adwords, SEO and SEARCH (I will probably have my NERD hat on.)
On the contrary, you can find me hanging with Zeek and the Boys on the corner of Cherry Street, spitting rhymes to our favourite underground bands at our local hang out.
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.