Our Full-Stack Designer

Henri attributes his initial spark of interest in design and modelling to his dad’s involvement in the metal industry, including equipment for braai cooking. Every Saturday, the Fourie family are keen participants in the Afrikaans braai culture, in which steak, chicken, or lamb, as well as sides such as potato bakes and corn on the cob, are cooked over a roaring fire and a warm, social atmosphere.

At a young age, Henri fell in love with 3D modelling and spent much of his social time with friends making 3D models, as well as developing an interest in the making and playing of video games. At this point, it was a natural transition to move into graphic design and animation, learning the ropes of Adobe, Autodesk Maya, 3ds Max, and Photoshop as he went.

When the time came to formalise these skills and interests, Henri began studying at CTU Training Solutions, a South African tertiary education provider that has been developing industry professionals in business, design, and IT for over 30 years. Shortly into his two-year course in graphic design, it became clear to Henri that this is where he was meant to be. Due to the skills and experience he had already accumulated, he shot to the top of the class, and passed the course with flying colours – with a high result of 93% under his belt.

Halfway through his final year, when in the middle of taking a vacation, he received a call looking for a graphic designer, and his journey with 1.3 Creative began. Henri was first taken onboard to work on a logo redesign, which led to an offer of more regular and permanent work. Due to the market for design in his home country not being particularly strong, Henri jumped at the opportunity to have his abilities and passions recognised by an international company.

As well as the benefit of being paid in British pounds, thereby earning significantly more than he would otherwise, Henri appreciates having the space to experiment.

“The best thing about working with 1.3 Creative is the creative freedom. I like being in control of my own destiny. Generally, South Africa and the UK have very different ways of working, and I enjoy being part of a team that is very forward-thinking.”

Additionally, one of his favourite parts of the job is the opportunity to experiment with different platforms, and he is proud to have been involved in the Finastra Solution App project, one of the most exciting projects that 1.3 Creative has worked on so far. Over time, Henri feels that he has evolved into more of a User Experience/User Interface designer, and continues to expand his horizons in terms of what can be learned and achieved.

“I’m fairly quiet and reserved, and so learning how to communicate and collaborate effectively, as well as how to take the lead, is an ongoing process for me. There are many tools, and a lot of support, available to help me do that.”

When not working, Henri continues the creative theme with drawing, painting, and working on his own design projects. Also important to him are making time for jogging and keeping fit, as well as helping out at a local church. He is interested to see what the impact of 1.3 Creative’s current charity programme will be, and hopes that the flames of his own charity project will soon be reignited.

Despite enjoying working in a diverse, international team, Henri will not be relocating anytime soon. His sense of humour comes out as he assures us that he is happy where he is.

“I love the South African weather. The UK is just too cold and rainy for me!”