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The Alchemy Creative is a dynamic, independent digital design studio based in Durban, South Africa. The studio is a multimedia freelance practice with a diverse portfolio of both digital and print projects. The brainchild of owner and seasoned designer, Nicole Barratt, The Alchemy Creative welcomes collaboration with experts in the field of design, web development and social media management to provide value added services that go hand-in-hand with graphic design to a local and international client base.

Alchemy was founded with a rebellious spirit and a modest ambition: to offer engaging, high quality digital design to like-minded entrepreneurs and small businesses.

My ultimate aim is to create better visual experiences to enrich and enhance your brand and to offer hands-on consultations in person or via Skype to get to know our clients and build mutually beneficial relationships. With over 13 years’ experience in many facets of design, my portfolio includes but is not limited to:-

  • Digital: Web Development & Design, Design for Social Media, Design for Email and Newsletters.
  • Print: Brand Development and Logo Design, Marketing and Promotional Material, Signage, Menus, Invitations.
  • Value Added: SEO, Social Media Advertising and Retainers, Copywriting & Domain Registration / Hosting.
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Get to know Nix Barratt

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I like to think of myself as a multi-faceted designer with a passion for web design and digital functionality. I love the instant gratification of it. Although my initial experience and love for design was born out of print, I have enjoyed exploring other mediums that enrich people and brands visually.

Born and bred in sunny Durban, South Africa, I have a degree in Philosophy and Media and Communication and qualifications in Business Management and Graphic Design. My experience has grown from varying industries and clients over the past 13 years, both full time and freelance-based.

I am a wife to a successful restaurant executive and mom to a bubbly, boisterous boy and his sidekick beagle who keep us all on our toes. I also indulge in a rather obscure hobby: I breed and show Oriental, Siamese and Peterbald cats. A challenging outlet for my animal-loving side, our cats are a part of our family and I have learned a tremendous amount from them over the last 11 years. Cats are truly intuitive creatures and have a big role to play in my creative journey. I have a relatively new love of gardening and find that tending to my plants is therapeutic and creative in a different way. Giving back to the creative powers of the earth is important to nurturing a creative mindset at work.


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