somode (so – social \ mo – mobile \ de – design)
A graphic / web design solutions provider that offers you end to end brand management for your business marketing needs at an affordable price.
Are you a small to medium, business owner that would like to access the same advertising channels usually restricted to organisations with large marketing budgets? Do you sometimes feel left behind when it comes to your company brand and its presence out there? Are technologies like Social Media and Mobile confusing and scaring you?
If you answered YES to any of the above questions, then you’ve come to the right place.
somode offers professional corporate design, social media and mobile based packages that accentuate your brand and allow you to tap into new innovative markets. These packages aim to get your brand out there and people talking about it. Together with brand management, we make use of mobile and social media platforms to get your message out there. And once you are out there and people are talking about you, we make sure they keep talking and wanting to know more by managing your presence and promoting your brand and message.
We have the skills, passion and knowledge to take you and your brand to new heights. Best of all, we love what we do so you can rest assured that you will get a level of service second to none. We aim to service a market sector whose needs have been neglected for far too long.
Banu Pillay – Graphic / Web Designer.
I have always loved drawing, or doodling should i say. In high school I started art class and got my first real taste exploring my creativity. I experimented with oil paint, charcoal, pastel and different coloured papers, cardboards and canvas.
After finishing school I studied Fine Art at Techikon Pretoria, I was based at the Arts Campus (Performing and Creative Arts that is), at the exit of Boom street in Pretoria town! Yes I remember the thoughts going through my mind when I asked again, “where?” Those years took me through travelling by taxi, carrying huge amounts of clay around campus, A1 sized paper and canvas frames bigger than me. In my first year I was exposed to sculpture, ceramics, interior design, life drawing (with a real, live model!) and photography. Here i got my first taste of Graphic Design, back then everything was still done by hand, with paints and stencils. I later used my first apple computer and was amazed at what I could do with a simple photo that I took at photography class. Being able to access a scanner, enhance and edit a photo using photoshop and then print it, was unbelievable!
My first real job was at a web design company, and here I got my basic training as to what websites are all about, how they work, how to build them and most important, how to design it so that I can build it. In other words, beginning with the end in mind. After a good few years of designing and building websites, using gif-animation and Flash, e-mailers and newsletters, I moved into the world of print.
It was daunting at first, it was a complete shift from what I was used to, I was terrified. I took on the challenge and then all those terms I learned back in Theory of Reproduction Process at Tech all came drifting back, registration, CMYK, proofs, paper quality and all that! Once I understood the process, I enjoyed it and I was back to loving what I did.
After 14 years of playing around with website design, html, animation and then print, and now SEO, social media and mobile design, I have come a long way, and the learning continues everyday. Design has progressed and evolved so much since, that now…design is everywhere, from being a nice to have, it’s has become a necessity. Most businesses are still cautious about entering the social and mobile world, merely because they don’t understand how it works and how powerful it can be once you have it in your grasp. Technology is progressing so quickly that if you don’t grab on now, you will be left behind. Taking that first step is daunting, but the rewards are worth it!
Somode came about by us wanting to give small to medium businesses the opportunity to have a little of everything in the social, mobile and design space, at a reasonable cost. Design is fundamental to all businesses and should be a part of your marketing plan from the beginning, we aim to make that possible no matter the size of your business or your budget.