About us

DevCanvas is a black economic empowerment (BEE) dev & design studio, serving clients around the globe, from Cape Town, South Africa. We specialise in e-commerce and informational websites, optimizing them for search engines, email & web hosting. In addition, we provide web-branding solutions - incorporating social networking Blogger, Twitter etc. to your website.

At DevCanvas, we have a holistic approach to design. Our designs are creative, functional, user friendly, W3C validated, and cross browser compatible. We aren't fans of generators, and our clients can be sure they will receive a quality, handcoded, custom product. Having a holistic design philosophy, it follows that we focus on all major elements of web development, and this includes implementation and use.

Most importantly, our easy to use full-featured content manage system CMS, means our sites can be maintained by our clients themselves.  No HTML knowledge or past website experience is necessary. Our clients can easily add, edit and delete all the pages, categories, and products of their sites.  This ensures that the corporate image created initially, is always projected perfectly and accurately.

Mission

We design and host good-looking websites that work.

We believe merely having a web presence is not enough and by providing the right mix of strategy and a reflection of your business, we ensure that your corporate image is succesfully portrayed to visitors of your site. Every website we create is custom designed to suit this image.

Company info

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Executive

Amien Phillips

Founder & Technical Director

Amien PhillipsWith over 12 years of technical, development, marketing and business expertise, Amien Phillips officially hit off his career in 1998 by developing a warranty system for 1 of the leading sunglass outlets in South Africa, Occhiali. In 2000, he & 8 friends from UCT founded a web & software development company 9degrees business solutions where the skills obtained and transfered has been invaluable. In 2006 he was head hunted by an online payments provider (Ukash) in the UK  and joined as an integration specialist for 2 years. Upon his return to South Africa, Amien founded DevCanvas Web Solutions where he manages all aspects of business development, technology, product management and operations.

Drawing upon his technical experience as a ‘hands-on’ developer, Amien is highly skilled in a diverse arena of programming languages, including: Microsoft Technologies (C#, VB, VB.NET, SQL), PHP, MySQL, ActionScript and proficient with both Linux and Windows operating systems. Amien maintains and expands the DevCanvas infrastructure for hosting and system operations, while also sourcing and evaluating new technologies for use within our operation.

Beyond the studio, Amien continues to focus a large portion of his time mastering his rollerskating skills and furthering his passion for photography. Creatively, he is one of the studio’s more prolific photographers and he has a strong fascination with sunsets. He also enjoys travelling, dinning out, nature, sport, the beach, cycling, latest movies, midnight sushi and spending time with friends, in other words, he never sleeps.

Nico Paulse

Creative Director

Nico Paulse As Creative Director, Nico Paulse is largely responsible for endto-end creative direction behind several notable studio clients. With every professional project, Nico strives to combine our client's vision and goals with his own unique mixture of passion, experience and creative expression. Taking much from his experience, Nico still today takes great pride in participating actively in a "hands-on" roll on nearly every DevCanvas project that he delivers. In addition to his strong business acumen and industry knowledge, Nico is reputed for his impeccable creative experience as a seasoned musician and accomplished audio producer.

Nico Paulse, the creative visionary behind DevCanvas Studios, leverages his extensive background in motion graphics and cutting-edge new media technologies to create high impact solutions for our clientele. Having delivered on over 680 studio projects, Nico’s creative direction and inspiration drive home the company vision for “Progressive Design Technology.” Today, Nico continues to receive wide industry acclaim for his mastery of a wide array of tools, including Adobe Flash, Cinema 4D, After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, Combustion, and a host of other products.

In Nico’s spare time, he is pursues his passion for audio and music as he frequently performs as a DJ at events throughout Cape Town. When not reclined in front of the computer, Nico enjoys mixed marshall arts, basketball and rollerskating.


Tasqeen Akoo

Communications Director

Tasqeen Akoo As Communications Director, Tasqeen Akoo is duly credited for leading DevCanvas into the International Business Market with its recent successful expansion efforts in UAE. Originally from South Africa herself, Tasqeen moved to the UAE 5 years ago, and has actively leveraged her diverse mastery of business knowledge and international culture with concentration in the areas of Operations Management, Strategic Development, and Marketing. In addition, Tasqeen holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of KZN majoring in Marketing & Information Systems and is fluent in 5 languages, English, Afrikaans, French, Mandarin and Arabic

Tasqeen Akoo, in her role as Communications Director for DevCanvas, is tasked with ongoing management of the company's worldwide client services business and sales team personnel. Prior to her tenure with DevCanvas, Tasqeen largely rounded her experience in several prior fields from procuring IT resources for industrial factories & real estate to sourcing skilled labour, but at DevCanvas she has had the unique opportunity to combine and leverage her strength in both of her passions: communication and design.

Off hours, Tasqeen is also a keen amateur photographer, a hobby that stemmed from her love of travel. She spends her free time hunting down the best strawberry tart in Dubai and searching for the handbag of her dreams.

Schalk Burger

Development Director

Schalk Burger With many years of experience in the planning, development, and implementation of complex software applications and network solutions, Schalk manages all projects under development from information architecture to final integration and delivery. Following a short break from studio life to try Corporate South Africa, Schalk Burger has most recently returned to DevCanvas Web Solutions in the capacity of Director of Development. Under the direction of Schalk, our development team draws from "best of breed" methodologies in order to build and deploy superior cutting-edge backend solutions for our clients.

Today, he is actively involved in both the programming and direction for nearly every project and employs a wide array of technologies, such as: PHP, ASP.net, Perl, Coldfusion and Actionscript. Schalk is also a Wordpress and Joomla specialist.

In his limited hours away from the daily technology demands of the company, Schalk can most likely be found engrossed in his consummate passion for all forms of Science Fiction, rugby and infinite hours of internet surfing. However, beyond the more stereotypical aspects of his free time, he also enjoys home improvement.

Every website we create is custom designed to suit this image.    

Most importantly, our easy to use full-featured content manage system CMS, means our sites can be maintained by our clients themselves.  No HTML knowledge or past website experience is necessary. Our clients can easily add, edit and delete all the pages, categories, and products of their sites.  This ensures that the corporate image created initially, is always projected perfectly and accurately.

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