At Graphic Magic we help small businesses with Graphic & Web Design.
Hi, I’m Justin
I started working on weekends for an Internet Café while I was in high school. I use the term “working” loosely, because I don’t remember getting paid to work there, but I did enjoy it. All I wanted to do was surf the internet, learn everything I could, and assist customers in “getting online” by teaching them how to use it.
After high school, I did a lot of night classes in I.T courses while teaching other courses I had completed during the day. It was a weird time in my life of constantly learning at night and teaching during the day, but to this day I’m just glad I had that opportunity.
After getting a bunch of Microsoft-certified qualifications in networking and programming, I realized that it wasn’t what I wanted to do with my life. I wasn’t interested in setting up networks and I realized that constantly sitting in front of a coding screen was boring. What I did enjoy though was doing graphic design and websites for friends and family and thought of it back then as more of a side hustle instead of a career.
I focussed more on the graphic design part for years, as that was most of the business coming to my door. To this day I still love making logos, business cards, email signatures, letterheads, banners, etc for clients.
I’m going to jump to another topic really quick as I feel it’s important for you to know another important thing about me and that is that I am obsessed with movies. I don’t mean that in the sense as everyone else does, I mean I am obsessed. Like I have thousands of DVDs Blu-Rays in my collection, I watch ALL the special features and I love learning how movies are made and how directors direct, writers write, and editors edit. Ok… let’s continue…
One Sunday morning I got a call from one of my parents’ friends saying invested in a company in the film industry and asked if I would be willing to move 250km to Pretoria and bring my graphic and web design skills so that I can be a part of this company.
Needless to say, I was the first one there the following morning.
I worked on more movies than I can count, mostly local South African movies, but now and again we got to work on international films that were shot locally. I did a wide variety of things, from video editing & effects, poster designs, websites for the movies, marketing proposals, and design strategies. I learned a lot about how the industry worked and the do’s and don’ts of marketing, which is why I saw an opportunity and started a product placement company (a short description of that is when a brand advertises to be in the movie as part of the story, like Aston Martin in James Bond).
Even during all of this, I still kept going back to doing design work and websites, as it was just something I really love doing and people kept asking me to help them with their websites through word of mouth. I slowly started to gravitate more to design work and let the product placement side of things just fade away, since it wasn’t what I enjoyed doing. The industry wasn’t fulfilling me, and I’ve always much preferred helping people to large companies.
Even during the 2020 pandemic, in that first week of lockdown, I planned to take some time off work and just relax by catching up on some gaming, but I read in the first week of lockdown that there was a serious shortage of PPE for hospital workers, which was a crisis that could lead to strikes, luckily one of my hobbies is 3D printing, and I first thought I could print a “Face Visors,” and thought, other people can too, so I and created a website so that anyone with a 3D printer could help print, and health care workers and essential workers could list their needs on the site and our community could send it to them. It was a huge success and I even got featured on the news a couple of times.
3D printing isn’t my only hobby, as far back as I can remember, I loved to show people magic tricks, chances are if you’ve met me, I’ve probably bent you a coin, or a spoon or showed you non-stop card tricks. I find it to be a great ice breaker and I just love giving adults that feeling of childlike wonder and amazement. That’s why I named my company “GraphicMagic”. Because I love to “Wow” people, whether it’s with magic or design.
Here’s where it all comes together….
So, if you’re wondering why I should design your website. It’s because, like Liam Neeson, I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Networking and programming skills taught me how to use the internet and code a website. Misdirection skills taught me how to get your audience to look in the direction you want them to. Graphic design skills that can make your website look appealing and engaging. And my marketing skills will help your brand have a clear marketing message to customers.
Visit my site here: www.justinwiggins.co.za
“I can’t begin to express my gratitude. Justin made my website absolutely perfect. My clients comment all the time on what an awesome website I have! Justin takes the extra time to make sure you understand what he’s doing for you, which was huge for someone like myself (someone that doesn’t know a thing about website stuff!). Take comfort in knowing, working with Justin is like having a friend who has your back. Thanks for going above & beyond for me, Justin!!”
THE WEB DESIGNER YOU CAN TRUST
I understand that a website can be a significant investment and you don’t want to squander it. You need someone you can rely on.
- ZI promise to be honest and open with you.
- ZI promise to be straightforward and transparent with you.
- ZI will never try to sell you something you don't need, and will never lock you into proprietary software that only I can update or service.
- ZThere will be no hidden expenses or surprise billed-hours