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About Me

Hi, my name is Chris. I grew up and went to school in a small town in the North West province. After I finished school in 1996 I underwent further studies in computer programming. Once my programming course was done I started working as a computer technician, totally opposite of what I studied but, this gave me experience on the technical side of computing while my studies gave me a good background on how the different programming languages, applications, websites etc. all fit together.

I also have an artistic side to me. Before programming I started a graphic design course because I enjoyed drawing when I was younger. I also made quite a few logo’s and designed t-shirts for different organisations and groups.

Like I have mentioned earlier, my career in I.T started as a technician. After only five years in the I.T industry I managed to work myself up the corporate ladder to the position of I.T Manager. Unfortunately my career was cut short. It was swiftly ended after I had to undergo brain surgery. I was permanently suspended from ever working again.

I have decided to try and generate a cash flow by working here from home..

“The only disssability is a bad attitude!”

“I had the brain operation in April 2009, and was suspended from ever working again the following year.  I then started to teach myself Web & Graphic design to be able to work from home and generate an income.  I would say that I really started to know what I was doing in 2013, that's when CDF was born."

My Expertise

Below are a few of my skills, but not all. Please contact me if I can assist you with anything..

Invitations
If you are in need of any invitation for any event.. I make use of the correct software tools to get the job done professionally.
Web Design
Small business doesn’t mean small web presence. A successful business website needs to both resonate with the target audience, and to move the business toward its goals. I love bringing my designs to life in HTML, CSS & Javascript.
Logo Design
As a Logo Designer I place priority on superior service and creating unique quality business logo design for each client.
Brochures
CDF can assist in designing brochures for your company or any event.
Graphic Design
CDF covers all areas of the Graphic Design spectrum. I have created business profiles for clients which they then used to tender for contracts. I have also created business cards for clients.
Adverts
CDF can assist you in creating adverts for anything or any event.
Interior Design (3D Modelling)
I recently added Interior Design (3D Modelling) to my toolbox of skills.
AFTER EFFECTS - Motion Graphics & Data Visualization
Using Adobe After Effects create beautiful VFX Visual Effects, data visualization & VFX Compositing.

Work Experience

Here is what I have done so far. It has been a strange journey, but I have always been surrounded by I T professionals..

Below I listed all my work experience and more..

CHRIS' DESIGN FACTORY (CDF)

JANUARY 2013 – PRESENT

DIRECTOR \ DESIGNER

As a Designer at CDF I work on projects using frameworks and technologies such as HTML, CSS, PHP, Javascript, BootStrap and WordPress.  These technologies go hand-in-hand with my latest cutting edge Graphic Design software.

White River, Mpumalanga – South Africa

RECOVERY

JUNE 2009 – JANUARY 2013

RECOVER AFTER HAVING RADIO-TREATMENT

After having radiation to treat an AVM (Arterio Vascular Malformation), which was situated on my brain stem, I had to take some time off to recover, well somewhat.  The treatment left me with double-vision, I can't walk unassisted anymore, my speech is affected and I can't use my right hand for things that require precision like writing for example.  If I didn't have the treatment it would have been game over for me.  I also used this period of time to start learning Web Development and Graphic Design.

Johannesburg, Gauteng – South Africa

BDO SOUTH AFRICA

JAN 2008 – JUNE 2009

I T MANAGER

At BDO, the Pretoria branch, my main duty was to do I T audits.  I was in charge of everything I T.   I also delivered technical I T support for aproximately 90 financial auditors.

Pretoria, Gauteng – South Africa

GEARMAX SPICER AXLE SA

JAN 2007 – DEC 2007

I T CONTROLLER @ HEAD OFFICE

At Gearmax I was the I T Controller at  their Head Office in Johannesburg.   Their entire system ran on a SQL database.  I was responsible to ensure all 9 branches countrywide were able to do their daily operations.

Johannesburg, Gauteng – South Africa

NASHUA NW

FEB 2005 – JAN 2007

I T FIELD ENGINEER

At Nashua I did approximately 8 – 9 call outs per day depending on how far the clients were from our offices.  My main focus was on connectivity.  This included network installation and maintenance, network printing and normal I T support.

Klerksdorp, NW – South Africa

THE COMPUTER SHOP

APR 2003 – FEB 2005

COMPUTER TECHNICIAN

After school I studied computer programming.  Ironically I started my career in I T at the Computer shop as a computer technician.  This gave me experience on the technical side of computing while my studies gave me a good background on how the different programming languages, applications, websites etc. all fit together.

Klerksdorp, NW – South Africa

Professional References

What they said after making use of my services..

Mr. Riaan vd Bergh
Private
"I am very confident when I say that any and all who wants to make use of Chris's services, can do so with the utmost confidence. I made use of his services on more than 2 occasions, and the quality, initiative and professionalism was of very high standard."
Mrs. Gaye Louwrens
Office Manager at FerloElec (Pty) Ltd
"We are so pleased to have had the services of Chris at our disposal when commissioning a new website for our business recently. His professional approach, patient disposition and technical brilliance made the entire process much simpler than we had anticipated."
Mr. Jackie Pretorius
General Manager at River Place Lodge
"THANK YOU! It is with absolute great admiration and awe that I write this reference for Chris’ Design Factory. We ordered our new menus and wine lists from CDF and the designs and layout were absolutely refreshing, original and amazing – so much so that each and every guest commented on the great layout and artwork! I can sincerely recommend Chris’ Design Factory to anyone for anything – no matter how big or small. Thank you Chris for an amazing job – well done!!"

Get to know me

Illustrator Designs

Illustrator Designs

What Wikipedia says.. Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics editor developed and marketed by Adobe Inc. Originally designed for the Apple Macintosh, development of Adobe Illustrator began…

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PhotoShop photo editing

PhotoShop photo editing

What Wikipedia says.. Adobe Photoshop is a raster graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Inc. for macOS and Windows. Photoshop was created in 1988 by Thomas and John Knoll. Since…

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The CDF workstation

The CDF workstation

Where the magic happens.. This is where I spend most of my time.  Whether it's work or studies. After I…

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Get In Touch

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Contact me, by completing the form or using the details to the right, to find out if any of my services can solve your problem. 

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Phone

+27 (0) 82 887 6095

Web

Mail : chris@cdesignfactory.co.za
Website : cdesignfactory.co.za