Turning pathways into journeys

Over the last 18 years, my mission was to tell stories of all kinds as a multi-disciplinary brand, content and creative director . To connect people together though various creative mediums to achieve great things. To use creativity to empower messages to achieve their full impact. Through content, to empower people and teams to better their lives and purpose.

That journey lead me into many different spaces, from non-profits, startups and humanitarian organizations, to large corporates, global brands and high-end creatives agencies. Each bringing a unique challenge to solve, and each with a lesson to learn. International awards proved a point when my own belief was unsure, but a loud message started coming through. “How might I use these skills, to help others better?”

A chance encounter with Human-Centered Design however changed the entire game. A mindset and methodology that not only lead to meaningful results but did so in a way that ensured everyone involved; users, teams, stakeholders, volunteers; had a voice in crafting the best outcome for all. It was a language that came naturally.

Transformational Coaching took that language and gave it a broader vocabulary, supporting great people get the most out of their lives, to change their own narratives and take great steps towards a life of their choosing, or a next step in their careers. We journeyed together towards their goals and in the process, created a space of transformation.

Today, I sit at the intersection of all these elements. All of these pathways spoken the same language.

Empathy, Curiosity, Growth.

Brand, Creative

+ Content

Developing world-class brands with user-centered approaches.

Human Centered Design

Ensuring people are at the heart of every solution, merging UX and BX together.

Catalyst

+ Journey Coaching

Supporting and growing people at every touch point to achieve great things.

Mindful + Meaningful Impact

Creating spaces for experimentation creates powerful creative results.

Explored and experienced,

Explored and experienced,

GROUP BRAND, CONTENT
& CREATIVE DIRECTOR

ALX ➜ THE ROOM 
SEP 2020 – PRESENT 

OVERVIEW
The Room is building a global, ‘offline’ community of top talent and we are challenging this talent to do hard things to change the world. 

ALX, a sister company to The Room is powerful community of young leaders seeking to make meaningful impact across the world through skill and professional development in digital transformation, business intelligence and entrepreneurship. 

ROLE SUMMARY
To drive and develop the brands into a world-class entity, through content, creative and strategic development. This included driving the brands from early startup stage into a 450k user strong community based in Africa ( ALX ) and 90k strong user base for The Room. 

Group Brand Strategy
Driving the alignment and ongoing development of The Room and ALX brand properties through various workshops with senior leadership.

Global Alignment and Rollout
As the brand strategy became more defined, the next stage was to implement a rollout strategy across various city hubs across Africa and beyond that all align to the core strategy.

Creative Direction and Strategy
Execution of brand through creative assets, brand guidelines alongside various collateral projects to create marketing materials.  

Human Centered Design Facilitation
All of these followed Human Centered Design approaches to ensure all parties are heard and represented within the final solution – ensuring all stakeholders find a solution. 

Iterative + Agile Process Development
In order to succeed, my role included building a robust workflow that facilitated ongoing creative execution and brand development whilst learning from data and user insights to iteratively grow and develop. 

Storytelling + Content Creation
One powerful modality my role included was to bring all these messages and strategies to life both internally and externally through storytelling of our users, members and staff. 

Creative Execution 
( Brand Design, Marketing Collateral Design, Animation, Landing Pages, Websites etc ) 

Leadership
Guiding 4 teams, multiple freelancers, and stakeholders across the world to meaningful impact. 

Managing Creative, Brand, Content and Web Development Teams with a total of 11 full time, and 12 freelancers. 

Consulting the organization through “Innovation” sessions – used as a modality that merges Coaching with Human Centered Design. 

 

SENIOR CONTENT CREATOR
& HCD LEAD STRATEGIST

SUN INTERNATIONAL
JUNE 2019 – MARCH 2020 ( CONTRACT )

OVERVIEW
Sun International is one of Africa’s largest tourism, leisure and gaming groups and operates in a total of 18 resorts, luxury hotels and casinos.

ROLE SUMMARY
My role was to create content and develop the creative studio across all 18 properties, alongside developing and expanding on our creative strategy to support business growth.  Whilst using HCD to tackle long-standing challenges within the business.

Creative Strategy
One of my primary duties was to not only optimize the creative process of Sun International’s internal creative agency : Fusion as well as facilitate and strategize around how each of Sun International’s properties market, brand and communicate with their audiences to get more revenue.

Human Centered Design Facilitation
Facilitating a Design Thinking Methodology for 20-30 member groups in Human Centered Design, a UX problem-solving methodology to optimize various creative teams within the organization.

Motion / Video Department and Process Development
Development of the Motion Graphics team within Sun International, its people as well as its process. This includes providing motion graphic production services across all the various properties.

Content Creation
Creating content via design / animation / video editing / presentations to properties, consumers and internal stakeholders. 

Creative Strategy
Content Strategy
Systems, Tools and Processes Development
Creative Team Workflows
Multi-Property Consultation
Human Centered Design

Team Management
Agile Project Management

Motion Graphics
Animation
Graphic / Digital Design

Consultation
Strategic Guidance across 19 Sun International Properties.

Leadership
5 Account Managers
15 Senior + Junior Creatives

CREATIVE DIRECTOR &
SENIOR PRODUCT OWNER

UMUZI
MAY 2017 – MAY 2019

OVERVIEW
Umuzi supports talented young people of Africa to develop the skills necessary to access high-value and high-growth careers. 

ROLE SUMMARY 
My role evolved from developing and educating young leaders in creative fields, to support their long term mental wellbeing, the internal creative agency serving external clients into the creative and brand development of the startup. 

Head: Multimedia
Head: Community & Social Media Management
Head: Wellness Development
Head: Creates + Experiences
( Creative BTL Production Services for External Clients )
Head: Creative Skills Development

Senior Product Owner ( Creative Division )

Creative and Brand Directior

Creative Direction
Brand Management and Storytelling of the Umuzi brand across various departments, managing cross-disciplined teams of creatives to deliver consistent learnings and growth.

This includes Print, Digital, BTL Activations of the Umuzi core brand as well as sub-brands.

Human Centered Design Facilitation
Facilitating a Design Thinking Methodology for 20-30 member groups in Human Centered Design, a UX problem-solving methodology. 

Creative Skills Development
Development of an online learning platform that facilitates self-learning and maximizes facilitators best usage of time and energy in high-value touch-points. 

Product Team Development
Facilitating and creating a process for Creative Departments to transition into Product Teams for better efficiency
 
Agile Methodology
Creating uniquely tailored and functional Agile Teams within various departments.

Community Management Process Development
Developing the online Social Media and Community Management Process with accurate engagement, iteration methodology along with team development.

Learning Design and Strategy
Creative Program Design and Development
Social Media Management
Product Development 
Client Relations and Partnerships 
Systems, Tools and Processes.

Human Centered Design
Team Management
Agile Project Mangement
Animation / Design
Film / Video

Leadership
5 Junior Managers and Product Owners
60+ Juniors Content Creators across 4 Product Teams

SENIOR MULTIMEDIA
DESIGNER

FEDGROUP
JANUARY 2016 – APRIL 2017

OVERVIEW
Fedgroup is a leading independent investment & insurance corporate in South Africa.

ROLE SUMMARY
My role was to guide and execute all creative media for internal, social and external purposes across brand, design, animation and print within the group. 

Corporate Animations
Explainer Videos
Launch Videos
Internal Explainer Videos
Event Imagery

Creative Direction
Senior Graphic Design
Print / Manufacturing


Animation ( After Effects + C4D )
Videography + Photography
Editing ( Premiere Pro )
Motion Design ( Photoshop )
Graphic Design ( Photoshop / Illustrator / InDesign )
Retouching ( Adobe Lightroom )

Leading a team of 5 creatives. 

MULTIMEDIA DESIGNER &
VIDEOGRAPHER / PHOTOGRAPHER

NICEWORK
MARCH 2014 – AUGUST 2015

OVERVIEW
Nicework helps leaders of companies, who want to make a dent in the world, build brands people care about.  

ROLE SUMMARY
My role was to manage and run the video and motion graphics department of Nicework, whilst supporting as an all-round creative through photography, design, videography and strategic support.

Corporate Animations

Explainer Videos

Launch Videos

Internal Explainer Videos

Event Imagery and Videography

Animation ( After Effects + C4D )
Videography + Photography 
Editing ( Premiere Pro )
Motion Design ( Photoshop )
Graphic Design ( Photoshop / Illustrator / InDesign )
Retouching ( Lightroom )

DESIGNER, EDITOR, ANIMATOR
& SHORT FORM PRODUCER

ORIJIN
MARCH 2008 – AUGUST 2012

OVERVIEW
A leading Broadcast Design group producing innovative quality productions across a variety of media platforms.

ROLE SUMMARY
As a junior, my role initially began as a video editor and designer but after winning my first international award within my internship, it evolved into motion graphics and short form producing leading into rebranding many local and international channel rebrands.

Channel Rebrands
( DSTV M-Net Stars, M-Net Action )

Short Form Production
(Promos, Bumpers, Idents)

TV / Online Show Broadcast Packages
(Intro’s, Idents, Lower Thirds etc ) 

Print Design

Presentation Design

Short Form Producing and Directing

Scriptwriting and Creative Direction

Animation (  After Effects + C4D )

Motion Design ( Photoshop + After Effects)

Graphic Design ( Illustrator /  InDesign )

Editing ( Premiere Pro )

Videography

Photography and Retouching ( Adobe Lightroom )

… and a range of freelance clients.

Told stories,
created impact.

Showreel

DESIGN AND MOTION GRAPHICS

The traditional showreel years of focusing on being a Multimedia Designer with 95% of this showreel being Designed, Animated, Filmed, and Produced in 3-day turn-around times and often as a one-man-band.

Cinematography Reel

CREATIVE BLOCK YOUTUBE SERIES

A personal project exploring the nature of creative block and other creative struggles. Bridging gaps between creativity, professionality, and human-ness, the series looks to have positive conversations.

Brand Storytelling

UMUZI IMPACT STORY : VERONA

Briefed to tell the story of Umuzi’s Impact, the project was tackled in the eyes of the real impact they created in their community. Verona Banda, an Umuzi Design Alumni talks about the impact Umuzi had whilst relating how the creative struggle and that of a runner are not as distant as it may seem.

Content Creation

THIS IS SOUTH AFRICA

This is South Africa dives into issues South Africans face with a parody of This Is America by Childish Gambino. Throughout the video, issues such as; femicide, taxi violence, soccer violence, fees must fall and the tragic marikana massacre, Listeria, and political voting make brief appearances.

Award Winning Short Film

THE CATALYST

Concrete is a metaphor for the rigidity and narrowness of extremist ideology in the award winning art-shortfilm The Catalyst. The film asks the important question: “How much more human suffering are we willing to endure in the name of pride before we find the catalyst for change?”

For more information, click here. 

Some people liked what I created,

2016

Film Category Winner
PPC Imaginarium 
The Catalyst: Short Film

2014

Channel Brand of the Year – Gold
Promax Global Excellence Awards
Crime and Investigation 

2014

Best On-Air Branding Design – Gold
Promax Global Excellence Awards
Crime and Investigation Channel Rebrand 

2014

Best On-Air Branding Design – Silver
Promax Global Excellence Awards
Crime and Investigation 
Ident : Cult

2011

Most Outstanding Design In Promotion – 
Gold Muse
Promax | BDA Africa Awards
M-Net Cares – Drive to Literacy

2011

Screen Africa Best Movie Promo 
Gold Muse
Promax | BDA Africa Awards
M-Net Action Thriller Horror Fest

2011

Best Public Service Announcement
Silver Isis
Promax | BDA Africa Awards
M-Net Cares – Drive to Literacy

2011

Best Integrated Social Media Campaign
Silver Isis
Promax | BDA Africa Awards
M-Net Action Social Media Campaign

2010

Best Sponsored Spot
Silver Muse
Promax | BDA Africa Awards
M-Net Action Swatch Villains Promo

2009

Best Sponsored Spot
Silver Muse
Promax | BDA Africa Awards
M-Net Action Godfather Game Promo
Interviews and Features

Pix Magazine 

BizCommunity

ScreenAfrica

Design Indaba

PPC Imaginarium

Lazy Gamer

Orms

Camera Stuff

Between 10 & 5

NAG

Critical Hit

House & Lesiure

Garden & Home

BASA

VISI

Business Live

Published Photography

Cosmopolitan Magazine

Destiny Magazine

Dossier Magazine

HEAT Magazine

Men’s Health Magazine

One.Small.Seed Magazine

Pix Photographic Magazine

Sandton Magazine

Exhibitions

The Catalyst 

Youngbloods

UJ Art Gallery

Turbine Art Fair

TV / Radio Interviews

SAFM

Ispani

Picked up a few skills,

Transformational Coaching

Mindful Talent:
Advanced Certificate in Coaching Practice
November 2019 – November 2020


Training and Courses

Behavioural Economics
Rory Sutherland ( Ogilvy ) + 42Courses

Storytelling for Change
Acumen+

Design Kit: The Course for Human-Centered Design
Acumen+

Social Media for Marketing 
Cerebra

Inbound Marketing
Hubspot

Workshops Hosted

2017 -2019.
Human Centered Design Fundamentals
Creative Literacy Training
Creative Process Development
Rapid Prototyping
Art Of The Presentation
Human-Centered Mentality
Umuzi 

2016.
“The Catalyst” Creative Process
Greenside Design Center

2015.
Creating Interactive Objects From Images
Photo & Film Expo

Video for the Photographer – 8 Week Short Course
Vega School

2014.
“Greenscreen Fundamentals
CameraStuff Stage, Photo & Film Expo

YOUR CAMERA, OUR LIGHTS –  Photography Lighting Modifier Basics
CameraStuff Stage, Photo and Film Expo

TTL vs. Manual Flash Dual Workshop
CameraStuff

2012
“How to Brief a Multimedia Team Properly ”
Intellilab

Some friends say...

Joel Siaga

Design & Innovation Lead
International Rescue Committee (IRC)

In the time that I worked with him, it struck me how thoughtful, enthusiastic, and extremely talented he is. His deep curiosity not only ensures that he uncovers the right questions to ask in every situation but also the best answers for those questions, all the while keeping him humble and eager to learn and do—all the most valuable qualities in a strategist, designer, and leader. One could not ask for a better teammate than Kyle.

Veronica Mulhall

VP of Marketing
Customer Acquisition Leader, Emerging Market and Startup Marketing

Kyle constantly questions what is best for the brand, product, and ultimately customers to optimize campaign growth, lower CAC, and secure market positioning. Constantly testing, researching, and revising, it is a joy to create with Kyle.

An expert on bringing people together, he builds thoughtful and empathic teams that solve problems holistically. He facilitates cross-team/department challenges with ease, reminding those around him of the unique value they each bring to the project. He is a multiplier.

Sydney Scott Sam

VP of Marketing
Customer Acquisition Leader, Emerging Market and Startup Marketing

Kyle possesses one of the most thorough minds for impactful brand-building that I have had the pleasure to work with. I applaud his knack for carefully curating multi-level brand detail from visuals, messaging, purpose, and positioning. Beyond branding, he exhibits a unique drive for leading teams and individuals towards purpose beyond themselves. Amidst the quirkiness and t-shirts, here lies an undeniable creative force to reckon with. He is truly an asset to any team or community looking to do something meaningful in the world.

Elizabeth Kitange

Learning Designer & Content Specialist

Kyle is nothing short of absolute magic. I’m so privileged to have briefly worked with him while at ALX and each time I spoke to him I ended the call energized and ready to take over the world. He was able to take my crazy ideas and turn them into reality and dismantle all my worries about what a successful and valuable project is. If I ever got the chance to work with him, I would within a heartbeat.

Shall we take a walk?