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Bonita Van Der Merwe


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Bonita Van Der Merwe

Johannesburg based Graphic Designer & Illustrator

Currently resides in: Gauteng, South Africa

Born 03-07-1990 in Odendaalsrus South Africa

I have been illustrating and doing book layouts for 7 years and designing websites and website elements for 5. I am font crazy (I had to stop myself at 1000 fonts) and mostly enjoy designing icons and illustrating. I design not for the sake of doing something beautiful, but to give the user a great (sometimes fun) and memorable experience. I strive to be one of the best designers in South Africa (and hopefully the world) and would love to illustrate children's books when I retire.

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M: 072 055 3301

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Current Position(s)

Freelance Designer & Illustrator | Bonita Designs
Johannesburg, South Africa | March 2016 - present

Online Media, Internet and E-Commerce

As a freelancer I am required to do my own marketing
and administration while doing design and illustration
work for clients during usual business hours. Most of my
work includes competing against other designers on 99
Designs. I design websites, website elements (icons and
buttons) and illustrations and also advise on colour
usage, font selections, usability and functionality.

Previous Position(s)

Graphic Designer & Illustrator | Design | Deltaweb (Pty) Ltd
Thabazimbi, South Africa | March 2012 - March 2016

Online Media, Internet and E-Commerce

I designed icons, websites, logos, business cards, flyers, etc. I had to communicate with clients on a daily basis and see that their design needs were met. I was also in charge of administration. The last few months of working for Deltaweb was remote, working from home in usual business hours.

Print Designer | Design | Perisos Publishers
Hartbeespoort, South Africa | January 2011 - April 2012

Publishing, Printing and Print Media

After a couple of months in administration work at Perisos Publishers I did the book layout and covers design for Soekie Krog's books, CD's and DVD's. I also illustrated the books where needed.

Personal Assistant | Administration | Perisos Publishers
Hartbeespoort, South Africa | July 2010 - December 2010

Arts, Culture and Entertainment

I was personal assistant to Soekie Krog, where I had to book shows all over South Africa and take care of all administration and sales. During my time there, I was also responsible for the sound during her shows.

Administrator | Administration | Cleanemall
Hartbeespoort, South Africa | June 2009 - June 2010

Consumer Goods, Fashion and Retail

I was in charge of administration, sales, stock take and later on, soap mixing.

Educational history


Hartbeespoort High School, Hartbeespoort, South Africa (2008)


Shaw Academy

Online, South Africa | August 2017 - present

Diploma in Photoshop - Graphic Design

Photoshop basics, image re-touching.


Pretoria, South Africa | 2013 - 2013

Introduction to Internet and Web Design - Web Design

Design and creation of usable static Web pages, including introduction to HTML and CSS (not completed).



Best Artwork in Matric 2008 | 2008

Prize for the best exhibited artwork in my class

Academic Achievements

Excellent Achievement Award in Visual Art | 2008

Award for achieving a distinction in Visual Art in Matric

Excellent Achievement Award in Mathematical Literacy | 2008

Award for achieving a distinction in Mathematical Literacy in Matric


Other Activities

Portrait Illustration

Illustrator, August 2017 - present

I am illustrating a couple of portraits for free to practice.



"Bonita is amazing! Not only is she extremely talented, she is quick, responsive and great to deal with. We will definitely be using her again!!" - 2017

Matt Shubin

"Bonita was great! She communicated very well and did awesome work. She took direction and make nice changes when asked. Overall a very talented designer who was a pleasure to work with. I plan on hiring her again soon." - 2017

Total Trivia

"Fast responses to revision requests and final version requests! A pleasure to work with. Love the logo!" - 2016


"Well done, just what we were looking for." - 2016

The Ground

"Bonita was super fast with iterating and using a lot of different input during the period. I can really recommend working together." - 2014


"Excellent, professional, and creative design work! Flexible and responsive in making changes. An overall pleasure." - 2012

Hometown Local

"Bonita was great to work with...great design, highly recommend!" - 2014


"Bonita was great to work with! Not only does she have creative designs and illustrations, but she was also very responsive and communicative. She was able to take the feedback I gave, understand it completely, and modify designs accordingly and to my expectation. I would definitely recommend her and work with her again." - 2014

H.J. le Roux

"Bonita is a hard-working person, who pursues the goals she has set for herself. She is disciplined, confident and neat... Her work is of good quality and done neatly." - 2008

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