Slabber Designs was founded July 2018
when a lifelong passion & hobby turned into a business
I am dedicated to crafting visually captivating and engaging concepts that effectively communicate my clients' information, while also fulfilling the intended purpose of each product
Ultimately, my mission lies in ensuring the satisfaction and delight of my clients.
FREELANCE GRAPHIC DESIGN
By combining information with strategically selected design elements such as typography, color combinations, images, dynamic graphics, and compelling icons, my goal is to craft visually captivating products that not only achieve their intended purposes but also resonate with the target audience on multiple levels — ensures that your products effectively engage, motivate the viewers, and leaving a lasting impact.
How We Started
A word from founder, Berna Slabber:
My name is Berna, and I'm originally from Pretoria, South Africa. In 2007, my husband, Werner, our three children, Marguerite, Carla, and Francois, and I made the exciting decision to immigrate to the United States. We now reside in the picturesque town of Signal Mountain, just outside of Chattanooga, TN.
Although I have a background in accounting and auditing, with a decade of experience teaching auditing at the University of South Africa, I've always had a passion for transforming ordinary documents into works of art. From perfectly aligned columns and thoughtfully chosen fonts, to strategically placed images and graphics, I find joy in creating visually appealing designs.
Initially, my design journey began with meticulously crafting layout designs for company accounting records and statements. Later, it extended to creating study guides, test papers, and exam papers for auditing students.
Soon enough, it became a hobby, and I eagerly delved into learning various design software programs. Over the years, my dedication to perfecting my craft led me to watch countless YouTube videos, research numerous software techniques, and complete various online courses. I have expanded my skills in graphic design theory and principles, typography, color theory, and more. I furthered my knowledge through specialized online courses on software programs, branding, user interface (UI), user experience (UX) design, and the basics of HTML, print, and web design.
This newfound knowledge allowed me to create scrapbooks, birthday cards, wedding invitations, and design websites for friends and family.
This wealth of knowledge and experience eventually led me to create a profile on Upwork, a global freelancing platform, where I started working with clients from around the globe. As my client base grew, I realized the potential to establish SlabberDesigns.
I take great pleasure in working closely with clients, understanding their unique needs, and delivering creative solutions that surpass their expectations.
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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!"