My name is Dala. I’m a freelance graphic designer. I started out my career at fast paced design/ad agencies in Johannesburg. We lived in Johannesburg for about 7 years and then we moved to Oregon in the United States 3 years ago.
My husband is an epic superhero that got hold of the Dala Manual. I adore him with everything in me, or at least the times that we’re not passionately fighting about something we usually can’t remember afterwards.
I always thought kid oriented people (the ones that couldn’t stop speaking about their kids) are immensely uncool and should remove themselves from the design world. Then we adopted a baby and shortly thereafter I fell pregnant and then I realized the only thing cooler than great design are my kids. I sometimes dress them exactly the same… (I also thought that was uncool once.)
My first language is Afrikaans, derived from Dutch. I’m a musician and back in South Africa I was in an Afrikaans folk rock band, one of our songs became a single on the Afrikaans music TV channel. I wrote the songs and played piano. I still play and write songs, though the creative high I get from designing is really similar to the one I get in music.
I ADORE animals and I love second hand collectors furniture. Most of all I love hanging out with people and getting to know new friends.