we are masters of simplification

We Believe

Great design distills complexity to find the purest form: a single, simple, elegant idea. Our clients often operate in a complex world. We believe we can make it a better place for them by combining powerful strategic insight with maximum creative impact. We call it simplexity.

We Deliver

We are design specialists, marketing experts, brand strategists and content creators who infuse creativity with innovation, think strategically, manage effectively and deliver on time.

We make it our business to understand and make sense of the complicated context that our clients operate in. We distill what we learn and harness our understanding to create clear, simple outcomes that ignite and grow the brands in our care.

We Create

We find purpose by leading the exploration into simplification

We Care

Working at Infestation inspires integrity, not only in how we deal with people but also in the work we produce. As a team we channel our super-hero energy to embrace challenges, rarely taking no for an answer. We navigate roadblocks with purpose, positive attitudes and creative ideas. We treat our clients as friends and care deeply about their goals. And we operate with transparency, honesty and warm-hearted kindness.

Case studies

Breaking the plastic habit – an idea whose time has come

The V&A Waterfront is committed to sustainable practices, and has been addressing a variety of economic, cultural and environmental efforts on the property that lead and drive change for a number of years. As one of Cape Town’s leading destinations, they have set the pace for water, waste and energy efficiency measures in their own…

Matahari – Bringing the feel good back to Indonesia’s largest fashion retailer.

 The brand Matahari is Indonesia’s biggest fashion department store with over 155 stores nationwide employing over 40 000 people. They have a revenue of over $1,5 Billion and are listed on the Indonesian stock exchange. They did not have a formal brand position and were trading on their legacy of providing affordable quality fashion to…

CCID – It takes a village to keep a city clean

  The complexity Keeping a city centre clean and safe, and caring for its most vulnerable citizens, is a mammoth task. The Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID) is one among many other organisations who carry out this mandate while we’re sleeping, working or playing. But maintaining a healthy urban environment also requires the…

Why market a busy destination in its busiest period?

With over 24 million visitors per year and a 1% year on year growth, the V&A Waterfront is clearly one of Cape Town’s top attractions. The festive season adds to the influx of seasonal tourists, and during this period, locals perceive it to be inaccessible, crowded and a difficult destination to navigate. Why then, would…

Open Design Festival

/ The brand The Open Design Festival is one of the most dynamic design-related events in Cape Town. The programme seeks to highlight how design can drive social, economic and environmental change towards a more sustainable, inclusive world. The event has become a mainstay of the Cape Town August calendar since the inaugural event in 2013.…

Creating a competitive edge in a crowded market

/ The brand Horizon Capital Residential is a boutique property development firm specialising in designing, developing and marketing new urban residential properties to local and international investors. They also market commercial properties. Their core geographical focus is Cape Town, but they also have a presence in Bath in the UK. / The complexity The property development market…

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Wizards of simplexity

Christo Maritz

Owner / Strategic Director

As owner and head strategist, Christo leads our team of experts to deliver simple, clear and thoughtful creative solutions. With more than 20 years' experience in branding and marketing he works with business owners and executives helping them align their brand with their business vision and goals.

Sam Bainbridge

Senior Art Director

With more than 20 years' experience in visual communication, Sam heads up the creative studio at Infestation. Her speciality is digital and print publications and she has a knack for applying strategic thinking to every brief she tackles. Over the years Sam has not only nurtured our clients' briefs into powerful creative, she has also nurtured and coached some of the best talents in the industry.

Always friendly and engaging, she escapes the mayhem by art directing her vegetable garden, reading intense novels and sparring at a local Muay Thai gym. She has a mean left hook.

Karla Ray

Accountant

Karla forms the backbone of Infestation. She manages the accounts department as well as the overall studio administration, making sure the rest of us can focus on creative strategy and imagination. Her experience in this industry and attention to detail ensures we can run a professional business with the right systems and procedures.

We love her calm approach to any given challenge and she is an inspiration to everyone who wants to stay young at heart.

Anton Pople

Senior Brand Designer

Anton uses his artistic excellence to create brands that encapsulate the simple essence of a thousand complex ideas. His ability to strategically interpret briefs, simplify complicated design concepts and pay attention to illustration details infuse our work with professionalism and creativity. Anton’s mastery of his craft and cutting-edge design sense is supported by his calm demeanour and sharp sense of humour. When he’s not in the studio, he’s in the gym or somewhere outside, enjoying all that Mother Nature has to offer.

Melissa Sherwin

Account Manager

Melissa is an infectious, cool-headed master of relationships. She makes everything seem simple. As a project manager she has her hand on the pulse of the studio, keeping the deadlines in check and clients happy. Melissa's four years in the design industry in London within client service and production ensures she knows what is ultimately possible, yet sometimes she makes the impossible happen.

Melissa loves Scandinavian design and music, and she has a deep interest in creativity, art and fashion. Always smiling, always calm, jobs are safe in her hands.

Chanel Wicher

Account Manager

As key account manager for one of our biggest clients, Chanel has the ability to have a big picture view, and never missing any detail. Whether it is on a spreadsheet or executive summary, Chanel stays focused, dedicated to the outcome and deliverables of her projects. With her background in events management, she also knows that things can go wrong, and when they do, we're glad she is on our side.

When you meet her, ask her what she is listening to. You would never guess.

Shane Wells

Senior Finished Artist

Shane is an expert Finished Artist and the gatekeeper of all artwork that leaves our studio. With an eye for detail and in-depth technical know-how, he protects our clients from unwanted production surprises by ensuring that our creative designs are flawless when they arrive at the printing press or at the coders. His tech-savvy brain and helpful nature is also a vital part of daily life in our studio – especially when our computers encounter rare glitches in the matrix.

When he’s not finishing our artwork, you can find him finishing a beer while watching the game on Saturdays.

Sue Schimmel

Senior Designer

Sue can’t decide whether she prefers above- or below-the-line creative; design or art direction; print or digital. With 15+ years in above- and below-the-line agencies, she loves it all. She's an effective designer-art director with an holistic view on what makes brands work.

Originally from Durban, where, she says, the humidity incubates great creatives, Sue dislikes the cold, loves the sun and is happiest in the water. She’s inspired by people who live with passion, take chances and who always see humour in life. Her motto is: live by the currents, plan by the tides and follow the sun.

Paul-Louis Louw

Senior Designer

Louis is a graphic designer by trade and an artist at heart. His work always meets the brief with big beautiful ideas laden with creativity and that come to life with talent, enthusiasm, hard work and an ever-present pencil. 

As a young father and husband he’s aware that time is precious. His days start at sunrise on the waves and end around the dinner table or the braai with family and friends. Louis’ mantra reflects his calm personality: ignore life’s noise. Rather find the magic in whispers.

Sheena Crowie

Production co-ordinator and office administrator

Sheena’s gentle nature belies the firm hand she uses to manage the many complex production demands of our clients’ projects. She works tirelessly to make sure we secure the best possible quality at the best possible price. Her strong organisational and administration skills don't end with production, however. She's also one of the few people who can keep up with the demands of the ever-changing studio and executive’s diary. So whether it’s a request for a meeting or booking a boardroom, Sheena is the person to talk to.

Sheena loves hanging out with her husband and daughter, hiking and soaking up the Vitamin D from the bright Cape Town sunshine.

Bernie Moses

Front of House

Bernie’s smile greets you when you call or visit our office. She joined us as a cleaner in 2005 and was later promoted to agency receptionist after a skills development programme. She is an integral part of Infestation’s daily operations.

Bernie loves meeting and helping people. She firmly believes that good communication is key to a professional organisation. She loves to learn and takes seriously her responsibility to make people feel welcome.

Bernie also loves to spend time with her three children, spoiling them and herself, and indulging in people-watching.

Palmer Mushonga

Office administrator

As a member of our administration team, Palmer ensures that our filing is on point and our studio is in tip-top condition for visitors. She also supports our production team with hard work and patience, and is learning about what makes that side of the business tick.

Palmer's positive outlook means she loves to learn more about the world we live in, and is driven by her belief that every minute of the day counts towards making the world a better place.

Nicole Nell

Designer

Nicole's work ethic and design sense are critical ingredients that contribute to our ability to deliver for clients who operate in fast-paced environments. She is inspired by everything design, from typography to layout, colours and simple design concepts. She brings that inspiration into her work, even in the face of long to-do lists, short deadlines and demanding art direction. She is on a mission to eradicate double spaces, bad kerning and spelling mistakes from the world.

Nicole loves design for its potential to teach and reach people on a profound level beyond physical products. She also loves tasting wine, braaiing with family, on the beach or on the hiking trail.

Sarah Hall

Account manager

With a background in above-the-line advertising agencies, Sarah brings a wealth of account management experience to Infestation. She has a unique ability to always seek new ways of solving problems to ensure that the moving parts of the agency-client relationship run smoothly every day. Sarah loves to tackle new challenges and her  strength lies in understanding people and building meaningful relationships – both essential for building effective long-term bonds with our clients.

Sarah also loves to tackle new adventures, whether they involve traveling to exotic places or planning her next home décor project.

Vicki Mason

Account Manager

Vicki thrives on challenges that combine strategic business and brand consulting with long-term impact, purpose and relevance. She has worked with local and international companies in the retail sector in Southern Africa and with financial institutions across East and West Africa. Her retail experience compounded by her branding background, means she can see the bigger picture without missing any details.

When not in work mode, she loves a good glass of champers, and being bossed about by her cats.

Clients

Careers

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Contact

Let’s work on simplifying your message

Cape Town Studio

Earth Life Building
149 Upper Canterbury Street
Gardens, CPT, South Africa

+27 21 461 8601
quote@infestation.co.za

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