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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 division 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 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?

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

SOCIAL MEDIA ADS & COMMUNITY MANAGER

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 weights. Peanut butter is my weakness (I guess you can call it an addiction).

One way to my heart is through a well made coffee and donuts...

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.

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

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.

CLAIRE HICKS

PROJECT COORDINATOR

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.

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.

LAUREN STEAD

COPYWRITER

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.

STEPHEN GABRYK

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

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...

TAMLYN

STUDIO CO-ORDINATOR

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!

BRADFORD

PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR

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 roles 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 honours in management. A busy mind of world-changing ideas keeps me up at night. Except on Fridays.
K-love-you-bye.

KIRSTEN

PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR

You can call me Kirsten, but some prefer KK or Kirst. In the office, I am all about perfection, nothing makes me happier than neat columns all lined up. I literally put the ‘organ’ in organised. When I’m not chasing deadlines with fierce determination, I am a lovin’ mama bear to a gorgeous baby boy.

You can bribe me with a good old-fashioned roast dinner and a quality wine - nothing beats that. I am willing to go along with almost any plans provided they don’t involve snakes or visits to the ocean. Also, secretly, my hair is actually curly (sshhhh!).

TEVAN

WEBSITE DEVELOPER

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?

ASHTON

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.

HLENGI

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!

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