About Me

I'm a UX Designer at a rather large retailer in South Africa.  Previously, I was a UX Researcher at Kalahari.com, one of the largest e-commerce sites in Africa (now merged with Takealot), and before then I was a web developer, developing solutions for the best possible user experiences.  I am exploring semantic web technologies (touted as Web 3.0), with a long-term view for integration on my digital heritage book project (see below).

I have more than ten years experience in e-commerce, as well as experience in the Financial Services sector, having done UX work for both Sanlam and BJM Direct (now FNB Securities). I have worked on projects ranging from the front-end design and development of new projects for Kalahari.com (then Kalahari.net), to developing the information architecture (in excess of 1000 pages) for the new website of Sanlam, a leading financial services company in South Africa, as well as the implementation of e-commerce for the website of the International Maritime Organisation (an agency of the United Nations), way back in 2001. E-commerce implementations that I've done include the following payment gateways: Realex, Worldpay, PayPal, Mobicred, PayGate, MyGate, PayFast and iVeri (third party and enterprise solutions).

I'm studying part-time for a BA in Linguistics and African Languages.  I'm also doing an MPhil in Digital Curation, offered by the Library and Information Studies Centre at the University of Cape Town.

I've been working on Londisizwe, an e-book project that aims to digitise works by South African authors in the public domain, making them available for free download.  I digitised two books by Sol Plaatje in 2014 and 2015 - Mhudi and Sechuana Proverbs. I'm currently digitising an English-Xhosa Dictionary for Nurses.

I live in Stellenbosch with one cat, one dog and a lot of books.  I love reading.  I love my pets (and elephants too, but I don't have an elephant).  I love flowers, particularly fynbos.  I also love a good cup of coffee ... and I'm a bit too fond of cake *sigh*

About this website

The website design was created for a tea range I was working on a few years back.  I didn't follow through with the tea, but I have always loved the design, so I decided to re-use it when time came to set up my personal website.  I reworked the code so it would be a responsive web design, using Bootstrap 3 (with Less), and I converted a lot of the imagery to svg's and to be retina-enabled.  It was also intended as a proof of concept that with minimal effort, not every Twitter Bootstrap website needs to look the same.

I believe in the POSSE syndication model, so the next step is to syndicate all my content to the appropriate social media platforms, complete with my own url shortener (update: I've already done the URL shortener).