Debra de Villiers

Debra de Villiers - Designer

Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

Two of my favourite things = Design and Books !! Love to combine my passions and design for books !!

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Overview

BACKGROUND

Ive always loved art and grew up painting pictures with my artist mom. Ive been a professional graphic & web designer since 1998, when I qualified as a graphic designer in Johannesburg, South Africa. I founded my own freelance design company in 2005 in London and then proceeded to design online and solo travel the world for a few years - drawing inspiration from international cultures, art and people. The past few years I have been building my digital illustration portfolio and would LOVE to apply all my skills to beloved books.


EXPERIENCE

My work experience has mainly been for small to medium businesses and also some larger companies – designing the full range from branding to advertising to websites – any printed or online materials required. Recently my focus has been digital illustration. My portfolio doesn't reflect many actual "book" designs as uploaded on Amazon and Apple Books, but my creative imagery, illustration and typographic skills can certainly be applied to produce suitable typography and eye-catching cover and inner page visuals.


MUSIC

I worked for a music company, Sanctuary Records, in London for few years and had extensive experience in designing cd and dvd covers.


FANTASY

I love fantasy scenes as much as I love reality. I paint with light !
I listed the genres that I specialise in and are passionate about - but Im confident that I can design for many more fiction and non-fiction genres!


TYPE AND LAYOUT

I have produced multi-page documents like annual reports and magazine layouts.


PASSION

Im passionate about inspirational tools, self-help, spirituality, art, music, nature and love the way that Art, Design and Technology intersect. I love to read both fiction and non-fiction - in fact reading is a daily morning habit.


STYLE

My design style is bold, colourful and eye-catching and I offer a professional and personal service to any client.
I am a good communicator in the English language. My clients usually love my work.


Look forward to connecting with all you beautiful literary people in this fantastic industry on this amazing website !!


Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Art
Inspirational
Music
Nature
New Age
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Technology
Fiction
Fantasy
Works with
WordPress

Certifications

  • Graphic Design 3 year diploma
  • Maya 3d animation course

Work experience

Owner

Self-employed
June, 2005 – Present (over 17 years)

Dimension Design is my graphic and web design company (founded in 2005) and Firehart (founded in 2018) is my digital art and Artwear clothing brand.

Graphic Designer

Sanctuary Records
February, 2002 – June, 2005 (over 3 years)

I designed cd and dvd covers for the music industry. Also various advertising materials for music.

Various design Studios, freelance and temp jobs

Various
January, 1998 – February, 2002 (about 4 years)

After graduating from design school in 1997, I worked for a few years at a few different small graphic design studios in Johannesburg – Splash Marketing and Design, Viridian Design, Trojan Printers and Jellyroll Design – doing mainly Print Design work.

In 2001, I moved to London, and worked at some temporary jobs in various design studios before landing a dream full time job at Sanctuary Records in 2002.

Projects

CD covers for Music Industry

While working full time at Sanctuary Records, I designed covers for CDs for various Rock musicians, like Black Sabbath, Hanoi Rocks and Gamma Ray

4 Elements Series – Fire, Water, Earth & Air

Illustration project illustrating the 4 Elements - a mermaid for water element, an angel for the air element, a fairy for the earth element and a phoenix for fire element. These digital paintings gave birth to the Artwear Clothing Range, Firehart

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