Technical illustration

DIY flooring manual

Example of technical illustration

I often draw instruction manual illustrations.

The above example was for a DIY flooring manual. I "drew" loads of vector illustrations explaining the installation steps.

This project was a commission by Steinhaus Flooring.

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Vector art

Illustrations for brochure

Example of vector art

This project was a commission by Altech.

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Technical illustration

Pregnancy seatbelt instructions

Example of technical illustration

The client needed me to draw a series of instructional panels for their packaging, explaining how to use their special seatbelt, designed for pregnant women.

I get a certain kick out of these types of instruction manual line drawings ā€“ I'm a vector art enthusiast.

Commissioned by Gekko pregnancy seatbelts.

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Map design / illustration

Property map

Example of mapYes, I even do maps.

My vector art is much neater and easier to read than your average re-photocopied map or hand-drawn diagram. I have an obsessive streak in me which means he actually enjoys doing this kind of thing.

These building plans were part of a series consisting of a few hundred property valuation maps Rode & Associates Property Consultants used in a presentation to a client.

When stylising presentations I distinguish my clients from the average Joe. In the competitive world of business you need leave a good impression to prevent your company from disappearing into the abyss of "just another business."

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Vector art

Property types icon

Example of vector art

This 2D illustration was created for a series of online property economics publications.

The challenge with this kind of design is to keep the objects simple and recognisable at small display sizes.

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Diagram design / illustration

Linux operating system tutorial

Example of diagram

The Shuttleworth Foundation has a keen interest in advocating the use of Open Source software, the term used to describe software that is not copyrighted, but instead is the collective effort of volunteer developers around the world, on a quest to improve human living standards by providing these products free of charge. This benefits especially Third World countries.

I was commissioned by TSF to provide information graphics in aid of a Linux tutorial for their website - basically to draw diagrams ā€“ no real feat. The diagram simply had to be clear and pleasant to the eye.

The only challenge was to create the diagrams in such a way that the final PNG files would be really, really small, considering South Africa's painfully slow internet at the time, i.e. no complex graphics or gradients, and relatively monochrome.

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Sole proprietor, Hermit on the Hill wines

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Zeki Hilmi
Sole proprietor, Chelsea Village Framers and Antique Shoppe

"Konrad has this exceptional ability to develop illustrations.

"We were so thrilled by the work he undertook for us that we employed Konrad to design our wedding invitation, which, through collaboration and Konrad's outstanding knowledge of graphic design, he designed for us exactly what we were looking for. All our guests commented and said, "what an amazing wedding invitation!"

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Marketing manager, Colliers International

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Blue Sky Towers

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