Infographic: New Windows Phone 8.1 Features

Published by on Aug 14th, 2014, 3 Comments


With the official Windows Phone 8.1 update continuing to roll out for all Windows Phone 8 devices, we thought it would be cool to share this infographic on some of the new features to expect. (more…)

Air-powered “Bug-a-salt” rifle to kill flies

Published by on Jul 24th, 2014, No Comments

bug-a-salt3Summer in South Africa is a great place to be. Having a braai and a few cold ones with friends is a favorite past-time of many a Saffer. Unfortunately the smell of deliciously prepared meat and side dishes attracts a host of our bug-eyed friends. Companies have come up with various different products to keep away flies from the dinner table but finally one product has come around that will make you look forward to the next outdoor get-together. Introducing the “Bug-a-salt” rifle. Forget fly swatters, this air powered rifle takes out creepy crawlies with a single focused blast of salt. (more…)

MasterCard launches MasterPass in SA

Published by on Jul 16th, 2014, 2 Comments

MasterPass3Online shopping has become many a customer’s first choice of access when it comes to purchasing. Unfortunately due to security concerns and legislation it sometimes takes quite a while to get through the “Checkout” counter on any given website. The experience is sometimes similar to a day at the department of home affairs. To make this process not only super quick but also easy and secure MasterCard introduced MasterPass to the South African public yesterday.

According to the MasterCard press release: “MasterPass enables consumers to make convenient, simple, fast and secure digital payments. Digital wallets accessible through the MasterPass acceptance network allow consumers to store all their MasterCard or other branded credit, debit or cheque card information, and shipping and billing address details securely in one place. This gives them the ability to make secure online payments without the repeated hassle of entering these details each time.” (more…)

Infographic: Creating visual hierarchy with type and whitespace

Published by on Jun 27th, 2014, No Comments


Good graphic design makes information easier to consume.

One of the most important tools you can use to help your users is visual hierarchy. Good visual hierarchy draws the users attention to the most important information on the screen. It also helps group related content together.

If you would like more information I also wrote a tutorial showing each step from this infographic.


Gumtree and OLX dominate eCommerce in SA

Published by on May 29th, 2014, 9 Comments

Not that the news should at all be surprising, but Gumtree is the top eCommerce site in South Africa, racking up almost 30% of the total traffic to eCommerce sites. OLX is second on the list, with just over 13% of the unique visitors.

Overall traffic in the segment is growing significantly, and Gumtree is taking full advantage. Being owned by eBay, they certainly have the upper hand.

Check out the full list below: (more…)

Infographic: The Rise of Mobile 3.0

Published by on Jan 9th, 2014, No Comments


MEF’s Global Mobile Consumer Survey was launched in December, and they have gone through the effort to re-mine the data to create this infographic that looks specifically at the emergence of “Mobile 3.0″ – a new emergence that is charactarized by “Super” apps displacing traditional pay once models with subscription models like Netflix, as well as in-app purchases.

In addition to the growth of the super-app, there has been a shift down in terms of volume of goods purchased and a shift up in their value with mobile users migrating their spending on big ticket items from online and the high street to mobile. [MEF’s 2013 Global Consumer Survey shows that the high spend threshold grew to 39 per cent in 2013 (up eight per cent from 2012) on items over $151].

To see the full infographic, see below: (more…)

Pocketography: the democratization of photography

Published by on Oct 23rd, 2013, No Comments


Almost everyone now has a smartphone, each equipped with a camera that can be used with a variety of photo editing apps available, offering effects and filters that make sunsets look like 7th heaven and ‘selfies’ look like pieces of art.

As a result, life and history are being documented in a totally different way, by everyone (with smartphone sales to surpass regular phone sales this year for the first time), right from their pocket. And don’t forget the rapid rate at which these images are being shared globally.

This is the democratizaion of photography where everyone is a photographer and the best camera is really the one you always carry with with you.


wiGroup tracks growing mobile phone transactions in SA

Published by on Oct 16th, 2013, No Comments


Mobile phone-based transactions are booming in South Africa, with wiGroup’s transaction platform wiPlatform at the centre of a growing ecosystem that processed over R1.5 billion during the first 10 months of 2013.

“The number of mobile transactions through wiPlaftorm grew by over 500% in the first six months of 2013, and that growth is strengthening each month,” says wiGroup CEO Bevan Ducasse. “The market has clearly realised the value of the open platform approach, which makes it easy for retailers, app developers, agencies and brands to work together, without having to make expensive and difficult changes at the point of sale.”