I'm fascinated by the digital world - I live here, I work here, I play here. I mostly like to formulate concepts about the ways that technology can make people happy, and I am on a quest to build those ideas. I have a strong e-learning design background and have spent my most recent years in digital publishing, where I was intricately involved in understanding and executing the migration from print to digital. My keen interest in User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) Design has allowed me alternative and interesting perspectives on everyday digital products.


Specialities

Adobe Flash (Version 4 through CS5); Adobe Flash ActionScript 2.0 (high level), Adobe Flash ActionScript 3.0 (medium level); Designing and developing Flash-based interactive screens used in e-learning environments and digital magazines (digimags).

Interactive Stories

By far my favourite product in my digital toolset. I believe that using interactivity is the most immersive way to tell stories to an enquiring mind. Be it a magazine for entertainment or a lesson for a student, allowing users to move through the narrative at their own pace is a quality that has not even begun to reach its full potential.

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IFAW – The Ivory Trade

Ever wonder how ivory gets from an elephant to markets all over the world? This visual journey explains it.

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Africa Geographic – Termites

Take a peek into the wonder that is a termite mound. Go on, click around. They won’t even know you're there.

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How to Train Your Dragon-kitty

See what happens when we remixed the moody visuals of The Last Guardian with our fun narrative.

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Concept Animations

Sometimes the best way to get across a concept is to explain it visually. Adobe Flash was originally designed to be an animation application, and I use it to animate almost any idea I can think of.

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PLANET digimag – China is BIG

Scripted and narrated by the knowledgeable Peter Borchert, we look at the China of tomorrow if the current trends are sustained.

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PLANET digimag – How To (Video)

Using my e-learning experience, I've created an instructional video to show off a few of the user interface features of the PLANET digimag.

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WebAnimiX – Evolution of Line

What started as an entry to an animation competition evolved into an esoteric expression of the beginning of all things.

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Digital Publishing

I'm very excited about the future of both print and digital publishing. While both have strengths and weaknesses, it's the end users that have all the power - because they finally have a choice. The challenge of migrating from print to the digital world can be both exciting and daunting for clients, and anything but straightforward.

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Safari interactive magazine – Discover Chad

Join Jean Labuschagne, who lives in Chad’s Zakouma National Park, to discover a truly uncharted territory, and find out why you NEED to go there.

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Safari interactive magazine – Where Elephants Bloom

Holly Meadows explores South Africa's Addo Elephant National Park, home to one of the most dense populations of elephants in the world.

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Safari interactive magazine – Soaring through the Skies

Vulture conservationist Kerri Wolter goes paragliding with the Kransberg Cape vultures of Limpopo, South Africa. You have to see it to believe it.

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E-learning

The ability to unpack information into bite-sized, learnable 'chunks' is an important art. Being able to understand and visually represent those chunks is an equally unique ability. I'm grateful for my experience in the e-learning field because it has given me invaluable insight into how users interact with content.

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LR Management Group – Armscor

The LRMG used custom-built e-learning to help Armscor contractors identify and understand their clients better.

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LR Management Group – Afrisam

Afrisam chose e-learning to satisfy their internal training and up-skilling needs, I was assigned to update their courseware.

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Laragh Courseware – Software Simulations

Laragh Courseware produces some of the finest e-learning software simulations for e-learning industry giant, SkillSoft.

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Websites

I've always enjoyed the challenges that website development presents. There is so much to consider, from UX and UI to analytics, SEO, and social media. It's a lot like baking a digital cake, and I do so enjoy baking :)

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Roger Landman’s Portfolio – rogerlandman.com

When it comes to one's own portfolio, some interesting debates arise, and even more interesting choices are made.

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Web Animated Comix – webanimix.com

A personal passion project built with my closest friend to create digital comics. WebAnimiX has been my best mentor for all things 'website'.

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The Cape Film Guide – filmguide.co.za

An example of one of my earliest websites. The HTML was coded entirely by hand in one day. Every developer has at least one of these; here’s mine.

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Logo Design

To me, logo design is more than just visual appeal; it's the visual construction of reason and purpose intermingling with perception. (Oh, and it needs to look beautiful of course). It's truly an art form, and I strive to learn more about it every day.

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Torrential

The branding keystone for a Torrent downloading start-up.

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Tradition Midstream LLC

An entry for the crowd-sourcing website Crowdspring.

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The Engine Room Technologies

A visual interpretation of a small Java development studio's name as their logo.

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Social Media

If websites are the internal organs of the Internet, then social media is the blood that keeps them alive. I believe that it's vital for all websites to have at least an entry-level social media presence, not only for the website's sake but for the users who want to communicate with that brand.

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Africa Geographic – Facebook Subscribe Tab

With so many ways of subscribing to Africa Geographic, the magazine decided to find the quickest and most direct way for their fans to sign up.

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Safari interactive magazine – Facebook iPad Tab

When the iPad® app for Safari was released, getting it on Facebook as both an advert and a 'call to action' was an absolute necessity.

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Safari interactive magazine – Twitter #YOLOsafari Hashtag

Conceived as a method of testing social networking theories, the #YOLOsafari hashtag was implemented over a two-week period with interesting results.

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Apps

The rise of the mobile device has forced many industries to answer the call to action for the sake of survival. Industries built on interactive storytelling and digital publishing have been no exception. Adobe's Digital Publishing Suite helped us answer that call.

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Africa Geographic – iPad App

Using Adobe InDesign, we modified print-ready PDFs to include interactivity for the iPad® edition of the monthly magazine.

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