We use brand, strategy and creativity
to help businesses thrive.
We partner with business leaders to build better brands.
For over 18 years we’ve been helping to create and build brands. We tend to work with businesses that are at a point of change. They are either established and looking to reinvent or they are new business looking to scale. Whether venturing into new areas, redefining their presence or deepening their audience relationships, we pit our creativity against their challenges.
We think and 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 are a design and brand agency that helps create single-minded brands that deliver against your specific business goals.
We further use our creativity and experience to activate your brand through marketing campaigns and collateral. We also support and help roll-out your brand accross all channels and make sure that all your touch points align; from internal communications to external tone of voice. Your brand is your reputation and reflects who you are and what you stand for.
The complexity Todwil, a longstanding producer of end-to-end shopfitting, point-of-purchase branding and corporate signage solutions recognized their need for a brand update, and alongside this, the need to restructure the hierarchy of their internal divisions and sub-brands, which were not in alignment with the parent brand. We were tasked to evaluate and adjust the positioning…View Case Study
The complexity Nevada is a successful Indonesian private label, available exclusively at Matahari Department stores and stand-alone Nevada stores. The brand has a clear identity and is positioned towards a young, hip audience. We were tasked to develop the brand strategy and refresh the overall design of the brand. The complexity of the job however, lay…View Case Study
MyGetaway Group in Ghana are developers of upscale resort communities and hotels for the West African market. The MyGoi Beach Resort, launched at a Property Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States in July 2018, is their latest undertaking. The Brief With 1,3 million tourists to Ghana yearly, Infestation’s task was to help define…View Case Study
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…View Case Study
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…View Case Study
The complexity Over the last 2 years we’ve delivered a series of striking displays for four very different exhibition projects. We were privileged to work with Urban Brew Studios, and the University of Fort Hare, in developing exhibition panels for a permanent exhibition commemorating the university’s centenary. Archival Platform commissioned us, on behalf of…View Case Study
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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 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.
Andries van Jaarsveld
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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Infestation Design – Cape Town StudioEarth Life Building
149 Upper Canterbury Street
Gardens, CPT, South Africa +27 21 461 8601