Colin Browne

Hello and welcome. I am a Hillcrest, Durban based website designer, WordPress developer and photographer. I build websites and intranets for small to large businesses throughout South Africa and worldwide.

I'm currently accepting new projects for 2020.

Your Brand

Elevated

I have been designing and developing websites since the days of manual HTML coding, however all my most recent websites were made using the WordPress platform. I offer everything from small one page mini sites through to full e-commerce online shops. Get in touch and let's chat about your needs and objectives, whether it's an overhaul of an existing site or a new one from scratch.

There are some standard website features that almost all modern websites require. I always keep an eye on current trends to ensure I stay at the forefront of technology and innovation, ensuring your website will always be compatible with the latest platforms and devices.

LATEST websites

SA Maritime School Website

I worked with my friend Peter from Guthrie Media on this website, he sent me the design in Illustrator and I turned it into a working website. It was quite a big one, with lots of pages and icons links to all sorts of different kinds of files and a whatsapp link too. Live site:…

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Deseré Wadsworth Photography Website

Deseré Wadsworth does beautiful wedding photography and needed a new website to reflect her creativity. Having built my own wedding photography site it was relatively painless because I had already done all the research and figured everything out. I also designed her an elegant new logo with her shade of brown and a forget-me-not flower.…

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Katmandu Restaurant Website

I built this website for Katmandu restaurant in the Ballito Lifestyle Centre. It features full width images, parallax backgrounds, a downloadable menu, events calendar, image gallery, google map and social media integration. The design was done by my friend Peter from Guthrie Media, I did the development. Live site: https://katmandu.durban

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Hannah Brophy School of Dance Website

Hannah’s website features a full screen video background, Google Map and a contact form amongst other features. This site was a team effort between Ruth and I, with her wonderful design on display. Live Site: https://hannahbrophy.co.za

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Mac Access Website

I built this website as a favour for my friend James who fixes Apple computers. I think he’s grown used to me phoning him in a panic with computer related emergencies, and he’s always given me great service. I did his original website about 10 years ago which I developed using manual HTML coding, nowdays…

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Garden Roots Christmas Carnival Website

I worked with my friend Peter on this website, he is a graphic designer and musician. We were in a band called Spoonfeedas for 12 years together and now we’re keeping corporate clients happy together too. He did the initial layout in Illustrator, and I created a website out of it. It’s for an event…

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EVERY WEBSITE comes with

Initial Consultation

Before I begin any work on your website we will sit together and discuss your needs and objectives. We'll discuss the functionality and how best to achieve your goals.

Search Engine Optimisation

Every page on your website will have the information included that search engines look for, ie. page titles, descriptions and keywords. I will also submit your website to Google.

Mobile Responsive Layout

Your website will automatically adjust to the size of the screen it is being viewed on, no need for a separate mobile version. Perfectly compatible with all devices.

Google Map

I will include a Google Map widget in your website on your contact page next to your contact form, this helps your customers find you and also helps confirm you are a real business.

Domain Registration

Your domain is your website address. I will register your domain with the domain names authority and set up your hosting account with my preferred hosting company.

Home Page Slider

The front page of your website is where your most important and relevant information goes. It can include an interactive image slider or a special offer.

Contact Form

If you find yourself asking potential customers the same few questions when they enquire, an easier way to get those answers immediately is to incorporate them into your website enquiry form.

Custom Email Adresses

You will get an almost unlimited amount of email addresses along with your website, which adds to your reputability. For example yourname@company.com

IT'S AS easy as

01

Planning

Step one is for us to sit together and plan your website using a good old fashioned pen and paper, we'll discuss your objectives and I'll suggest the best way to achieve them.

02

Development

Next I will get to work on the development, I'll build all the pages according to what we discussed and let you know when it's time to test and review.

03

Launch

Once we're both happy with the website I'll make it live for all the world to see, I'll also submit it to Google for indexing so your site will show up in the search results.

"If it wasn't for our website we wouldn't have gotten any work in the beginning. It's still a vital part of our marketing because it confirms our reputability and continues to generate leads."

Elton Besson, Mustard Seed Productions

Your Brand

Professional commercial photography and video to compliment your new website. I have a full mobile studio consisting of studio lighting and backdrops which I can set up at just about any location. I capture images of staff, products, machinery, equipment, interiors and architecture.

I also do promotional videos, training videos and social media adverts.

PHOTOGRAPHY and video

I've been doing commercial photography and video since 2006 and have travelled throughout the country. I've had everyone in front of my lens from international CEO's, celebrities and politicians through to humble factory workers and everything in between. I use advanced techniques and equipment to capture outstanding quality images and video content. I use the Adobe suite of Premiere Pro and After Effects to edit and create video content.

VIEW the galleries

  • headshots

    Company Headshots

    Professionally photographed staff portraits.

  • interiors

    Interiors & Architecture

    Photos for hotels, lodges, restaurants and venues.

  • advertising

    Advertising

    Catalogue, fashion and product photos.

  • packshots

    Product Pack Shots

    Close up photos of products for e-commerce stores and advertising.

Website Videos

If you'd like some video content to be included on your website, I can create a brand video to encourage engagement and add the wow factor to your website.

Product Videos

If you need an explainer video for a product or service, the most effective method is through the use of video. It can include both live footage and animation.

Health and Safety Videos

I can film, edit and output a health and safety video to your specifications. I'll work alongside you to ensure each aspect is clearly communicated.

Social Media Ads

I create video content for social media. From the storyboard and production through to filming, editing and output.

LATEST photos and videos

Collisheen Estate Interiors

One of the wedding venues that I shoot at very often is Collisheen in Ballito, I’ve built up a good working relationship with the wedding co-ordinators so when they needed some photos for their website I was honoured that they chose me to do them, considering they have different photographers there every weekend shooting weddings. They…

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Ted Baker – Gateway Store Interiors

The well known UK clothing brand Ted Baker have opened a store in Gateway, the official launch is tomorrow but in the mean time they hired me to do photos of the interiors. They asked for not too many product shots, instead more of the décor and feel of the store. I think I managed…

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Lexsea 2019 Catalogue Shoot

It was wonderful to be asked by Lexy to do her 2019 catalogue shoot, I did a previous shoot for her a few years ago which went well but I hadn’t heard from her since. When the call came through I suggested a few different locations but in the end she said she preferred our…

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RND Contractors Website Photo Shoot

I’m busy developing the RND Contractors website and needed some photos, so I packed my gear in the car and headed down to Scottburgh on the KZN south coast where they’re based. I drove around with the proprietor Ricardo, he told me about the business and we visited a few of their sites. At the…

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Garden Tube Logo Animation

Now and then I get a project which I really enjoy doing, one of those was the logo animation for Garden Tube. My wife Ruth designed the logo for our client, and not long after they asked if we could animate the logo too for their upcoming program on The Home Channel on DSTV and…

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Huncon Company Shoot

I spent an hour at Huncon doing a few photos for their website, it was part of a bigger project in which my wife Ruth and I did a rebrand for them. We did a new logo, corporate identity and I built the website too. You can view it all here: www.huncon.co.za

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MY experience

  • 01 Sep 2011

    Colin Browne Website Design

    After deciding I wanted more creative control over my work and to explore new challenges, I resigned from The Unlimited. I went back to self employment as a web designer, photographer and videographer. I also have a separate website for my wedding and family photography which you can see here.

  • 01 Feb 2010

    The Unlimited

    Having worked in-house as a freelancer for a number of months at a company called The Unlimited, I was offered a permanent position as Senior Graphic Designer. Having decided a stable job suited me at the time, I accepted the position.

  • 01 Feb 2008

    Freelance Designer

    I left Absolute Digital when the band I was in signed a recording contract. In between tours and recording albums I continued to do graphic design work, my clients included Island View Storage, Rennies Distribution Services and other Bidvest companies.

  • 01 Aug 2006

    Absolute Digital

    Based on my portfolio of private jobs I had done while immersing myself in graphic design, I was asked to join a printing company called Absolute Digital. I was the graphic designer and I ran the wide format printing machine. Whilst there I began doing photo and video shoots.

  • 05 Feb 2002

    In the Beginning

    Frustrated in working an unfulfilling job, I started tinkering with Corel Draw on my brothers computer. I was instantly amazed by the world of creative possibility at my fingerprints. I started picking up design work for clients around Hillcrest.

MY gear

Design
2018 Macbook Pro
Adobe Creative Cloud

Photography
2 Canon 5D Mark III Cameras
7 L-Series Lenses
3 Speedlights
Elinchrom Studio Lighting
Tripods, Light Stands, Backdrops

Video
Canon XA11 Video Camera
DJI Ronin S Gimbal
DJI Spark Drone
Lapel and Shotgun Microphones
Zoom H1 Audio Recorder
Monopod and Slider

SOFTWARE skills

I've spent the majority of my career using Adobe software, having done many online courses through lynda.com and studied books. I used to use Dreamweaver and Flash to build websites until WordPress became the best choice for website development.

  • Illustrator

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  • Indesign

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  • Photoshop

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  • After Effects

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  • Premiere Pro

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  • WordPress

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"It was a real pleasure to work with such a positive, willing and prompt creative.
I look forward to working with Colin again soon."

David Shaw, Creative Director UK

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