Christi van Heerdan

UX/UI, Branding, Editorial Design

Hi, I’m Christi and I would consider myself to be a very creative and passionate graphic designer. I am an ambitious individual, and during my studies I have developed a good understanding of designing for diversity and making sure that my designs are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also functional and serving its purpose. Through my degree, I have gained a broad skillset in a number of digital platforms including: Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe XD and Figma. I have also learnt valuable work and life skills including: communication skills, team leadership, organisation and critical thinking/problem solving.
I look forward to further developing my Graphic Design skills so that I can grow and thrive as a designer.

OBSCURA magazine 

OBSCURA is a contemporary photography magazine that showcases new & alternative interpretations, opinions & photographic expressions. The magazine showcases a variety of different photographic genres including; Abstract, Street, Conceptual, Nature, Portrait, and also Architectural photography. OBSCURA provides a platform for both young upcoming passionate photographers who are seeking a platform to invent themselves and showcase their work, and professional photographers who are eager to share their love and skills for this artistic genre. The magazine attracts those whose photography interest is artistic appreciation and who enjoys new contemporary perspectives captured through experimental photography. Every issue contains valuable information, useful tips, as well as the latest techniques to support all readers’ photography needs. OBSCURA also offers opportunities for readers to participate and contribute to the content of the magazine by participating in OBSCURA’s frequent photography competitions. The amateur photographers’ featured in the magazine will have the opportunity to share their work and see it in OBSCURA’s end of year Photography Exhibition.

Reset responsive web app

Reset is a welcoming and relaxed space where users can explore numerous avenues of anxiety management at their own pace and from the comfort of their own home. It is a website application that caters for people with general anxiety, whether it be social or work related, and aims to help them take control and reduce it. Reset provides free informative articles about the different self help activities on offer, as well as physical and mental activities that users can perform at home to help the users to regulate their anxiety and encourage relaxation. Reset is not like online counselling, but it is perfect for someone who would like to tackle feelings of anxiety privately and without having to involve stressful and costly remedies. It doesn’t offer quick fixes or cures, but a more mindful lifestyle in which anxiety management and reset is possible.

Triple3Three Gin packaging

Here are a selection of photographs displaying my proposed re-packaging for ‘Triple3Three Gin’, an existing gin brand based in Cape Town, South Africa. Their gins are produced using a state of the art copper column-pot still located at the historic Blaauwklippen Wine Estate, home of innovation for over 333 Years, and the place where fruits and wine had been distilled for centuries. I have created a contemporary packaging design with an Art Deco and African twist for the brand ‘Triple3Three Gin’. I believe that my design reflects the long history of this brand and the beautiful Western Cape location. It has a bright, energetic palette to match the vibrant colours of the ingredients used in the gin, and reflects the vibrant and colourful African culture.

Department of Typography & Graphic Communication, University of Reading
BA Graphic Communication Flux degree show 2023