1980’s: I was born on June 22, 1981, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and computers, games, and technology have always been a part of my life since I was a child. My first computer was a dreadful monochrome (green screen) IBM. I mostly used it to play games and print black and white mother’s day cards on one of those super-quiet dot-matrix printers.
1990’s: In the mid-1990s, when I was in high school, I learned a lot about this new thing called the Internet. On weekends, I began hanging out (and eventually working for) an Internet Café. I mostly spend my time playing LAN games and chatting (via IRC), but also learning about how the internet works.
2000’s: When I graduated from high school in 1999, my interest in computers led me to work for a computer training company (where I had previously attended).I was thrown in the deep end, finishing courses just days before while writing exams on the courses I was teaching. I received numerous certifications in programming, networking, and web development, but it wasn’t until the age of 22 that I discovered my creative side with graphic design software like Photoshop and 3D Studio Max (Which totally blew my mind and derailed my 4 years of studying programming & networking). I eventually began teaching graphic design, web design, and video editing at various computer training institutes until I was 24 years old. Using what I’d learned, I then began officially freelancing my skills to businesses for the next few years.
2006: TIME magazine named me Person of the Year.
2010: At 29, I began working in the South African film industry, creating and designing movie posters, proposals, presentations, video editing, and a variety of other digital-related tasks.
2012: I co-founded a company named MadRobot. Working on a variety of films in the entertainment industry, from product placement and brand integration to film editing, movie poster designs, website maintenance, proposals, and marketing material.
2016:For the film Eintlik Nogal Baie, I was Executive Producer. I also created all of the marketing materials, such as the movie poster and banners.
2017: I co-founded a beard oil company named Baardman. I created the logo, the website, the marketing materials, and the packaging. After a year, I left the company to pursue my passion for graphic and web design.
2018: Graphic Magic, a company that specializes in various solutions for digital content, was founded.
2019: As each printing shop frustrated and disappointed me with poor quality and missed deadlines, I began to work in the print industry, learning how manufacturing works. This is why I purchased machinery to supply my clients with T-shirts, Caps, Button Badges, Mugs, Vinyl Decals, and other items.
2020: I started a community/website called Face Visor for anyone with a 3D printed or Laser cutter to help make PPE gear for hospitals and essential workers. COVID-19 affecting. I ended up on the news a few times, which was cool, but I was most proud that my community stepped up and helped so many people protect themselves from COVID-19.. News Report
2021: Graphic Magic Online Shop was launched.
When I’m not pushing pixels, I’m busy with…
I’ve been an avid gamer for since as long as I can remember. I game on pretty much every platform (PlayStation, Xbox, PC, iPhone, Mac). I also a console collector and I’ve even built my own custom retro gaming console.
My Top 10 Games
I would have been a scientist or an astrophysicist if I hadn’t been so interested in computers. I like to read and watch documentaries like Cosmos: A Space-Time Oddysee (which I actually know word for word).
Technology & Gadgets
I visit technology sites almost every day to see what the future holds, whether it’s a new gadget or a new discovery, and I always have to have the latest gadget or gizmo. Technology has made life so much easier and more convenient.
I would have loved to be an astrophysicist, but it “hooked” me too late in life, but whenever I have the time, I enjoy reading books about the universe and talking for hours on end about it (fair warning – don’t get me started).
Pop culture, to me, encompasses everything from the most recent to the most nostalgic, especially if you’re an 80’s child like me. Even now, I enjoy watching those morning cartoons we used to watch before heading off to school.
Puzzles & Brain Teasers
I’m a big fan of brain teasers. The satisfaction of solving a particularly difficult puzzle is beneficial to the mind. It’s a great mental workout for the brain, and I still have all of the brain puzzles my mother bought me when I was a kid. #ThanksMom
Did I mention I’m a magician? I used to do it professionally, but now I only do it at parties or gatherings. It’s an excellent icebreaker. Since I was four years old, I’ve been performing magic tricks like these (and yes I have the embarissing VHS tapes to prove it).
I have a small collection of statues and figurines. My statues depict some of my favorite characters from movies, video games, and comic books. I also collect (and occasionally 3D print) movie memorabilia and other geeky items.
3D printing is an addictive hobby; the ability to print almost anything appears to be science fiction. I enjoy printing gifts for friends and family as well as displaying them in my home. Look here for more information on my 3D printing.