Thabo Buthelezi

Freelance Book Designer & Brochure Designer

Location:Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
2 Skills

2000: Bachelor of Arts [Honours] Graphic Design institution: Greenside Design Center, College of Design (Validated by the Nottingham Trent University, UK)
1999: Certificate in Professional Studies
1996–1998: Diploma in Graphic Design


May 2006 – present: Moya The Design Spirit (self-employed)
position: managing director/graphic designer

job description:
• Daily administration of business and communication with clients and service providers.
• Design and layout of anything from books, reports, logos, posters, promotional apparel, brochures, banners, powerpoint presentations, calendars, cd/dvd packaging, exhibition kits and a quarterly newspaper.
• Client liaison on project progress from beginning to finish, print-ready, making sure that the design is better than satisfactory.
• Getting artwork repro- and print-ready (DTP)
• Work follow-up at the print houses to ensure quality and consistency.
• Archiving of work material after completion of projects.

Apple Macintosh iMac (competent PC knowledge), Adobe Photoshop, Acrobat, Indesign, and Illustrator, Freehand, QuarkXpress.


The Women’s March of 1956
(2006, for Mutloatse Arts Heritage Trust through Moya Design)
The book was packed with dated photographs, newspaper clipping and poetry to tell the story leading up to the famous march and the events that took place during and after the march. It’s communicates through profiles of some of the women who were in the forefront of the event.

South Africa Yearbook 2001/02, 2002/03 and 2003/04
(annually October – December by GCIS through STE Publishers)
This is a 700-800-page book, which is used as a marketing tool for South Africa, from economics to the arts, it covers a wide range of aspects that make up this country. It’s compiled by the government communications department annually, and tendered out to the private sector.

Makeba – The Miriam Makeba Story (2004, through STE Publishers)
A 262-page coffee-table book, for which I did design and layout. The book used open, white spaces with large format pictures to illustrate the subject’s life and times.

general responsibilities on all these books, plus more:
• concept & design of the book’s layout
• typesetting the whole book & the cover design
• scanning and retouching images
• communicating with the client throughout the process
• preparing the artwork and entire book for repro
• design of promotional material for the book

other projects (examples of some of these are included in the portfolio)
• NEWSPAPER – The Educators’ Voice, SADTU (for more than 4 years)
• LOGOS – Johannesburg Concerts, Bontle ke Botho, SATI,
Asbestos Claims, HomeEdge
• BROCHURES – EcoCity, Vukani, Sarah Jones, Gauteng crafters for
Decorex exhibition, Mutloatse Trust
• POSTERS – CGE, World Teachers Day, Women’s Day, Youth for Christ
• MAGAZINES – SA Banker, launch issue of Ideas that Matter (DPSA)
• BOOKS – Pocket Guide to South Africa, Johannesburg: One city, Colliding Worlds, National Treasury’s Public Private Partnerships Manual and Provisions, Mandela Children’s Fund 10th Anniversary, Thandi Lujabe-Rankoe: A Dream Fulfilled and a few more.


I have time management skills and have also fine-tuned my writing skills as my honours research required a perceptive and intelligent use of the English language and communicating ideas in a logical and formative manner. My years in the publishing industry have also contributed to my growth in design, through relating to clients and colleagues and tackling various major projects from both the public and private sectors. I have discovered and groomed some of my entrepreneurial and management skills from working independently for the past four and half years. I've been designing for over ten years, my passion for design propels me forward daily in my work and life.
Skills (2) Rating
Book Design
Brochure Design