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AXE Illustration

UX/UI, Illustrator, Graphic & Web Designer


Mario Nobrega is a talented and experienced designer and developer, whose love for creative arts and clean design is evident in his work. With a degree in Visual Communications from Vega: School of Brand Leadership, Mario has honed his skills to become a sought-after expert in his field. He has also completed a higher certificate in web design and interactive media at Friends of Design (Academy of Digital Arts), expanding his knowledge base to stay ahead of the curve.


With over seven years of experience in the creative industry, Mario has established himself as a professional who consistently delivers quality work. He is a quick learner and always keeps up with the latest trends in design and technology to give his clients the best possible results.

Mario’s work has been recognized in various industry events and publications. In 2017, he was featured in the Design Indaba Emerging Creatives, showcasing his talent and innovation. He was also highlighted by Culture Trip as one of the “Artists to Look Out for” in Africa, a testament to his exceptional work and growing reputation.

Mario’s diverse portfolio showcases his expertise in designing for various platforms, including web, mobile, and interactive media. He takes a strategic approach to design, meticulously analyzing user needs and business goals to craft solutions that are not only visually stunning but also functional and effective. With keen attention to detail and a focus on delivering exceptional results, Mario consistently exceeds expectations and delivers projects that drive tangible results for his clients.

If you’re looking for a talented designer and developer with a passion for clean design and creative arts, look no further than Mario Nobrega. With his expertise and dedication, he can help you take your project to the next level. You can read up about the services, I offer here.

Recent Works


Third Space Africa
Lead UI Designer & Graphic Designer, 2023-Present

  • Collaborated effectively with cross-functional teams, including developers and product managers.
  • Demonstrated leadership by guiding the design direction and ensuring project timelines were met.
  • Produced high-quality visual designs that met both aesthetic and functional requirements.

Pull the Pin

Head UX/UI Lead & Graphic Designer, 2021-2023

  • Successfully designed and developed user interfaces for multiple clients, delivering engaging and effective user experiences.
  • Collaborated with cross-functional teams to ensure project requirements were met and exceeded.
  • Led the team from a UX/UI perspective to deliver high-quality design work that met project timelines and client expectations.
  • Received positive feedback from clients on the quality of design work and level of customer service.

Lincoln Collective
UX/UI // Graphic & Web Designer // Developer, 2015 – Present

  • Collaborated with various clients to provide comprehensive design services, including visual identity creation, full web builds, UX/UI design, and illustration.
  • Improved click-through rates and conversions for various companies, such as Flags Software, by building high-quality websites and providing effective UX/UI design solutions.
  • Delivered UX/UI suggestions and implemented changes for various clients to help them improve sales and click-through rates.

Graphic Designer // Web Designer // Illustrator, 2017-2021

  • Successfully designed, developed & launched numerous WordPress sites for wine farms and international companies, including Red Flag, Tokara & Raats.
  • Consistently met or exceeded project deadlines while delivering high-quality work.
  • Received positive feedback from clients on the quality of design work and level of customer service.

The 80/20 Mindset (Old School Group)
Head Designer // Creative Director, 2016-2017

  • Collaborated with the client to create a comprehensive brand identity from scratch, including brand guidelines, imagery, and messaging.
  • Developed a brand that effectively conveyed the desired message to younger millennials and captured their attention.
  • Delivered a social media deck complete with templates for future use, as well as all brand assets and illustrations to ensure consistent branding across all channels.

Poison City Brewing
Freelance Illustrator, 2016

  • Created hand-drawn illustrations for the labels of various beer bottles for Poison City Brewing.
  • Delivered illustrations for all the packaging on a tight deadline.
  • Stayed flexible and adapted to new ideas that arose throughout the project.
  • Helped Poison City Brewing stand out in a crowded market by providing unique and eye-catching illustrations for their packaging.

Tedx Youth @SnellParade
Head Designer // Creative Director, 2016

  • Conceptualized and designed a comprehensive campaign for the TedX Talks hosted in Durban. The campaign was crucial to the event’s success, driving visitors virtually and in person.
  • Executed the campaign on a tight budget and with limited resources, relying on social media and print as the primary forms of media to ensure maximum reach and impact.


Adobe Photoshop


Adobe Illustrator


Adobe XD


User Interface Design


User Experience Design


Brand Development






Shopify Design


Wordpress Design


Wordpress Development









Marist College (Durban)
Matric Certificate

Vega: School of brand leadership
BA in Creative Brand Communications ( Visual Communications )

Vega: School of brand leadership
Basic Photography Course

Friends of Design
Higher certificate in web design and interactive media.


Adobe Achievement Awards 2016
Semi-finalist, 2016

Design Indaba Emerging Creative
Emerging Creative, 2017

Links & Porti

Freelance Portfolio
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Linkedin Profile
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