We are masters of simplification.
We at Design Infestation are a strategic brand agency, using brand strategy, design, creative content and marketing to help businesses thrive.

We partner

As a full-service strategy, design, content, marketing and brand agency, we work with leaders and forward thinkers to create, redefine and transform brands. For almost 20 years, we have helped our clients establish their presence, reinvent themselves, change scale, or gain a competitive advantage in the markets of their choice.

Whether our clients wish to venture into new territories (see our global experience: from South Africa to China, Indonesia to Dubai), revamp their offering or deepen audience relationships, we have a global track record for successfully pitching our creativity towards their business challenges.

We think

We make it our business to understand and make sense of the complicated context in which our clients operate, before distilling our learnings into clear, simple brand outcomes that ignite and grow the brands in our care.

 

We are a design and brand agency that helps create single-minded brand content and marketing that deliver against your  business goals.

We create

We use our innovation and experience to hatch creative design strategies that will activate a brand and its communications across all marketing channels and collateral. Ensuring that all touch points align, whether internal or consumer-based.

Our team is made up of design specialists, marketing experts, content creators, brand strategists and project managers who infuse creativity with innovation to create bespoke approaches, manage them effectively and deliver them on time.

 

We deliver

Our work is underpinned by thorough research, marketing best-practice and deep brand strategy to construct your perfect creative design strategy. Our designers specialise in corporate identity and logo development, publishing design, digital design and brand design.

Outside of pure design, we also offer marketing and advertising strategy, as well as superior content creation.

Have a look through our client work and the case studies for some inspiration on how we can bring your brand to life.

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Our team

Christo Maritz

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.

Get some serious marketing insights in this recent interview with founder Christo Maritz.

Sam Bainbridge

Creative Director

With more than 20 years' experience in visual communication, Sam heads up the creative studio at Infestation. Her speciality is strong-arming vast amounts of words, imagery and detail into aesthetically pleasing configurations. She applies strategic thinking to every brief she tackles, and ensures that the problem at hand is being solved.

Over the years Sam has not only nurtured our clients' briefs into powerful creative, she has also mentored and coached some of the best talents in the industry.

Always friendly and engaging, she escapes the mayhem by art directing her vegetable garden, devouring the fattest, most intense novels around, 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.

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.

Sheena Crowie

Production Manager

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

Studio 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.

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.

Andries van Jaarsveld

Senior Designer

Coming soon...

Ferdi Rohrbeck

Client Management and Business Development Associate

Throughout his career Ferdi has always combined strong strategic thinking and operational solutions on an array of well-established international brands as well as, lesser-known, younger and start-up brands.  He has designed, deployed, managed and maintained systems that deliver the best ROI for clients on their marketing spend, from brand inception to bringing the brand experience to life at point of purchase.

With 12 years’ experience in Account, Marketing –and Client Management roles, as well as fulfilling project management functions and business development and management activities at a directorship level. His  experience in managing and directing key accounts in Southern Africa and the  United Arab Emirates include blue-chip accounts like Hewlett Packard, South African Breweries (AB-Inbev), Coca Cola SA, Pernod Ricard, Distell, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Pick ‘n Pay Retailers, Under Armour, EMAAR Properties PSCJ and many more notables. Ferdi’s areas of expertise lie in the expert co-ordination and management of multi-design disciplines, project plans and project budgets measured against specific KPI’s implementing solutions aligned with project objectives.

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Nix Harwood

Brand Strategist

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Design Infestation
Brand agency – 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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