Thank you very much for the excellent documentary film about the photography workshop in South Africa. It has been a pleasure working and discussing diversity and other matters with you. We have received many positive responses to the movie. It shows the development and cooperation, which took place at the workshop, in an impressive and successful way.
Furthermore the film excellently reflects the boundaries of diversity and the link between diversity as a driver for development.
Thanks again and I am looking forward to further cooperation.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH
Working with Francois Smit and his team at Quba was a productive and rewarding experience.
Francois took the time to engage deeply with our collaborative project, spending a lot of time observing the workshop part of our project and meeting the group of 17 HIV positive participants. having taken the time to really understand what we were trying to achieve he was able to produce designs which were totally appropriate to our brief and goals, while at the same time bringing in some of his own strong ideas and input.
His poster designs were exactly what we wanted: clean, simple and powerful. He got the balance of image and text just right, and to be honest our team was blown away by the quality of his work.
He also was able to work under our tight deadlines with speed, efficiency and great humour.
We would all choose to work with him again as our project develops.
photographer and (co-director of the Through Positive Eyes project
Artist's websites (not to mention artists themselves) are notoriously difficult when it comes to mediating between the artist and his/her public. When I commissioned QUBA to do my site, things happened quickly:
QUBA offered me advice that was:
- Sensible and understandable
- Specifically tailored to my profession
- Well adjusted to my budget
Within an impressively short time I had a proposed layout and template available for my scrutiny. And what impressed me most was the speed, functionality and user-friendliness of the preliminary site. Once we'd finalised the details, it was literally a matter of days before Francois and Debbie notified me that everything was up and running (accounts, hosting, administrative access, everything). Since the site has gone live online QUBA has gone the extra mile to ensure that I really do understand the full range of functions and options, something that makes a website like this a genuine pleasure to have.
QUBA is intelligent, practical and exceptionally helpful. What I really like about my new site is that its not pretentious or gimmicky, no flashy tricks, it's just very functional and contextualises my work in a clear and user-friendly way, but it nevertheless contains an incredible array of VERY useful behind-the-scenes functions.
Thank you Francois, Debbie and everyone else who has created an excellent website!
Vivian van der Merwe,
Stellenbosch University, vivian.co.za