Slabber Designs was founded July 2018
when a lifelong passion & hobby turned into a business
We strive to create eye-catching, attention-grabbing, user-friendly visual concepts to help clients communicate any information. The designed product will achieve the purpose for which this information is intended.
Our ultimate goal is to ensure happy, well pleased clients.
FREELANCE GRAPHIC DESIGN
We serve clients by creating products that captures viewers’ interest and inspire them to act.
A word from founder, Berna Slabber:
How We Started
“Hi! My name is Berna. I was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa. I immigrated to the United States at the end of 2007 with my husband, Werner, and our 3 kids, Marguerite, Carla & Francois. We currently live in the beautiful town of Signal Mountain just outside of Chattanooga, TN.
Even though I was coming from an accounting/auditing background (I even taught auditing for 10 years at the University of South Africa), I always had this crazy love to turn any ordinary document into a ‘masterpiece’ of perfect lined up columns, well balanced font sizes, well thought through spaces and the placing of just the right size pictures, graphics, icons….
Which started with ‘perfect’ layout designs of company accounting records and statements, and later auditing students’ study guides, test- and exam papers, turned into a free time passion. I learned anything I could lay my hands on about any designing software and started making scrapbooks (for which some of my pages won prizes from our local scrapbook store), birthday cards, wedding invitations and designed the website for my husband’s first business.
Over the years I looked at thousands of YouTube videos, Googled hundreds of software techniques, taken numerous online courses on skills, graphic design theory and principles, typography, color, etc. I started helping friends with startup businesses and took more focused online courses on all relevant software programs, branding, user interface (UI), user experience (UX) design, the basics of HTML, print and web design, etc.
I created a profile on Upwork (a global freelancing platform) and as my client base increased the idea for Slabber Designs was born.
I enjoy working with clients and coming up with the best creative solutions that will exceed the clients' expectations.
If you need help on a project/s, have any questions, or comments, please drop us a line!
We have expert knowledge, skills, and experience working with the following software:
ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD:
CLOUD STORAGE & SHARING:
MJB FINANCIAL PLANNING
"Berna was fantastic in helping us create a fillable PDF form. I knew we hired the right person when we received her initial proposal, which was detailed, very specific, and included samples. Once we hired her, Berna led the effort and provided plenty of opportunity for us to provide feedback. She suggested a schedule and met our proposed deadline ahead of plan. The document layout was very good and selection of colors and fonts matched perfectly with our brand. I highly recommend Berna to others seeking her assistance with the creation of a fillable PDF."
Founder & CEO
"Great job! Thanks for your help!"
AMERICAN TARGET NETWORK
"Berna was easy to work & communicate with. She understood what I needed and turned around the project very quickly. I enjoyed working with Berna and will reach out to her in the future for any needs."
DARKROAST CREATIVE DESIGN
"Thank you so much for all your hard work! It was worth the wait. These look awesome! We'll definitely be in touch."
COLLEGE OF LAW PRACTICE
"A successful freelance job depends on the freelancer's technical skills of course, but almost equally on their ability and willingness to engage with the buyer to understand the real goals (we buyers don't always know, even when we think we do), to cope with changing direction and timelines, and to communicate clearly and promptly. Berna is tops on all counts."
CITY OF WATERTOWN, MN
"Berna completed our job exactly how I had envisioned. All of our forms are now consistent and professional. She provided samples and feedback early in the process and completed everything on time!"
Director of Consulting Services
"So easy to work with on a short deadline!"
Co-Chair, Telecom Product
VIDEO SERVICES FORUM
"Very pleasant experience on a quick-turn brochure layout project. Berna kept me posted on her progress and produced a great-looking document. I would definitely use her services again."
"We had SO many revisions (on our end, not due to the work done) and Berna was prompt to respond and make all of the changes we requested. She was lovely to work with an put up with us without complaint and delivered a great project."
DR. JONI JOHNSTON
"Better than I've ever dreamed!"
Registered Architect, keynote
"Berna is an excellent freelancer. She very quickly understood my project and was able to hit the ground running quickly. She is an excellent at communicating when she could get the work done. We went back and forth many times revising the project until it was perfect. Berna was very patient with me, when I know I can be a very picky client sometimes. I will hire her again for future projects and will highly recommend her to my friends when they need a graphic designer."
Regional Sales Director
THE MINER CORPORATION
"Berna was prompt, professional and skilled. I needed a creative flashy graphic design document to promote a sales contest. Berna created a wonderful design that was perfect to get the attention of my sales team. This was a great success. I highly recommend hiring her."
CRAIG EVANS CREATIVE CO
"Good communication and delivered exactly what was asked in the timing it was asked for. Would recommend!"
RISE AGAINST THE ODDS
"Berna is very great at what she does. Always available for questions or to provide updates through the process, and does a great job with putting information together in a simplified way"
"Great work, fast delivery, attention to detail."
Senior Director of Protein
"It was an absolute pleasure to work with Berna. She was very friendly, highly professional, and maintained clear and responsive communication throughout the project. After our initial meeting to discuss the project expectations, Berna was off to the races independently completing the project with close attention to detail and adherence to instructions. Moreover, Berna has an incredible combination of talents. Specifically her expertise in both graphic design and data entry made her uniquely suited for my project. I look forward to working with Berna again in the future and I highly suggest you work with her too."
CEO & Founder
"Excellent work. Highly recommend!"
PIZZITOLA DESIGN CO.
"Berna is a professional: her project execution is excellent, her communication is clear, her desire and effort to make the project a success is evident through completion!"