the hive

This is where the skills and expertise converge to deliver excellence.

Giedrė

Founder & Creative Director

Having started Honeycomb over 15 years ago (then just as a rookie freelancer), Giedre has been at the forefront of growing the hive. Her skill set ranges from graphic design to web development, printing to digital advertising, business consulting to structured problem solving. She is involved in most projects and will gladly discuss the ins and outs of yours to understand it as well as you do (if that is possible), and then she will probably adopt you and invite you to all her family gatherings from that point on.

A fully licensed drone pilot (almost there!), classically trained pianist, avid runner and golfer who builds gardens and paints in her non-existent free time.

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Mark

Director – Tech & Systems

Mark has spent most of his time consulting to the big end of town – Rio Tinto, BHP, Alcoa, just to name a few. He is in charge of anything that is related to our servers, databases, complex systems and networks. What this means for our clients – he understands the technical integrity of the completed websites, backups, and other related processes. As with the other members of the team, he also is a web developer when required.

In his free time he brews beer, plays guitar, potters about his little farm, and spends a significant amount of time on a tennis court, where he and his Brother “Doc” recently won Gold at the SA Masters Games.

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Philippa

Graphic Designer

Philippa, or Pip as we call her, brings with her one thing you cannot learn – enthusiasm and effervescence. She is a proper country girl from the Riverland, now converted to the beauty of living in the Clare Valley, with more than awesome graphic design skills. Her sparkly personality and attention to detail we love and her creativity is something we cannot get enough of.

Pip is based in South Hummocks on a farm, and has a gorgeous illustration brand @philippakatedesigns

Oh yes, she also has the cutest sausage dog named Alfie, who occasionally gets to be the official studio dog.

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Perry

Collaborator
aka Perry Tech Godmother

Yes. She truly is. Perry is more than a member of the hive. She is a friend, a mentor, the master troubleshooter, the solver of unidentifiable problems, and one of the most accomplished people on our team (she is a published author, an artist, and a musician, amongst many things).

Perry became a part of the team thanks to a chance encounter with Giedre in the wild wild west called the internet, when she offered to help a complete stranger with a persistent website problem. Fast forward a little while, and the problem was solved, a friendship was established and an enormous admiration to her knowledge and skills has been growing ever since. 

Our Perry Godmother advises us on unusual tech questions, and handles time sensitive matters. We love having her on board and appreciate that all meetings have an extra half hour scheduled for chats and catch ups.

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Dominyka

Digital Marketing Intern
& doer of things

Dominyka has always had a strong interest in human behaviour and psychology, so when an opportunity to take her interests to the next level came up, she went for it. 

Certified by Google in Digital Marketing and by HubSpot in SEO, Dominyka enjoys a good digital challenge. She loves learning and researching user experience and interactions, we are really happy to have her fresh eyes and curiosity on the team.

A die hard fan of ABBA, dark woods on a rainy day, baked potatoes and bubble tea in every flavour.

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Mandy

Collaborator
Designer & Illustrator

Mandy is a bit of a legend*. If you are lucky to meet her, you will feel completely at ease, no matter how demanding your project may be… and also be thoroughly entertained. She has extensive experience working in various fields, however, environmental and conservation focussed projects are her specialty, such as Forest Products Commission, Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and Perth Zoo

She is based in Fremantle and spends most of her free time painting and drawing when not at the beach on our glorious Indian Ocean.

*Giedre owes her career path to Mandy.

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annabelle

Collaborator
Public Speaking Coach & Audio Creator

Annabelle Homer is known to many people by her voice. And those who meet her in person will remember her warmth and laughter. 

With well over a decade (? is that correct?) of ABC radio journalism under her belt, as well as countless public speaking events and podcast hours, Annabelle is all about the power of speaking. 

She first came to us looking for branding for her Voiceit.me business, and after a while it became beyond obvious that we really want to hang out with her a bit more! So whether you need to improve your public speaking skills, record a story, audio advert, or perhaps simple audio directions of how to do stuff (yes, we are that precise), Annabelle will make it outstanding. 

Living in the Clare Valley region with her young family she is a wonderful example of creating the world of professionalism that is often associated with city-based careers amidst simple pleasures of regional life. 

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Charmaine

Collaborator
Photographer

Charmaine is a Clare local who lives on one of the prettiest roads in town, which we envy to her every day. 

A brilliant photographer, she helps out when we need more than pretty product photos. 

Charmaine is a master light manipulator and we love that we can go “So Charmaine, I was thinking.. let’s make it cosy and warm, but not too warm to be like a family photo… more like a good friends after work with a touch of professional spin… “ and she rolls with it like it was the easiest description. 

If you are at one of local community events you may run into her walking around with her camera and capturing snaps of people, her kids having fun, and cute animals (her Yorkie amongst them). 

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Gavin

Collaborator
There is no word for what Gav does

At face value, you think Gav just knows a lot about hardware. But when you scratch the surface, you find he’s also worked extensively in Audio and Visual and Theatre and Stage Management. Decades of experience with Disney undertaking theatre stage management, corporate theatre, Blyth Cinema and countless smaller projects have made him into a most peculiar kind of specialist – he constantly improves, reinvents, improvises and finds a new way to do something.

He is a wonderful community member and always puts his hand up to help out. He’s also responsible for the “chips and beer” on Friday afternoons. Feel free to drop in, it’s Gav’s shout!!

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Les

Collaborator
Copywriter

Les is an award-winning journalist and former newspaper Editor based at Balaklava. He is experienced in professional writing services for all media, including press release preparation, event coverage including photography, award reports and general web content development.

A well known local character, dad of 3 and a passionate member of the local community. He is also famous for the unpaid product reviews backed by some good moustache action. He is currently taking suggestions of products to review (Squid in the Jar, Clare Indii Bowl of Chips already reviewed).

You got no words? Don’t worry he has plenty!

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drone ben

Collaborator
Eye in the Sky

Because one Ben is not enough!! Drone Ben has a story or 10 to tell. And a heart on his sleeve.

One of the most genuine and kind people you will ever meet, who absolutely puts a face to the saying “what you see is what you get”. He took up drone flying just to photograph his own property near Hallett, next thing you know, he is licensed to fly in national parks and various restricted spaces.

Ben has a huge social media following under @thedronway and we feel very lucky to have him as one of collaborators.

Ben donates a significant share of his earnings to school breakfast clubs and other causes that help people through tough times.

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Franky

Front of House
Meet & Greet Department

When you come to our Clare Studio you will most likely be met by our chief Meet & Greet officer Franky. 

He is a master of happiness and chill, which is evident if you were to call in during his nap time. 

Franky is well experienced in reducing creative block stress and approaching deadline tensions in our team, and reminding us that a regular walk during the day is essential to one’s health. Brilliant at sitting, laying down, and staying when appropriate rewards are in sight, Franky never fails to deliver the sense of lightness and fun in our studio. 

Master sniffer and hider of treats, and all around good boy. 

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Les

Collaborator
Copywriter

Les is an award-winning journalist and former newspaper Editor based at Balaklava. He is experienced in professional writing services for all media, including press release preparation, event coverage including photography, award reports and general web content development.

A well known local character, dad of 3 and a passionate member of the local community. He is also famous for the unpaid product reviews backed by some good moustache action. He is currently taking suggestions of products to review (Squid in the Jar, Clare Indii Bowl of Chips already reviewed).

You got no words? Don’t worry he has plenty!

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Ben

Designer & Developer

So Ben ran into Giedre quite a few years back, at a “Supergraph” event, they chatted and the rest is history.

Ben is a brilliant PHP Developer and Web/Graphic Designer, who is “it” when a project requires a completely custom solution. He is great at pushing boundaries and challenging the world of tech. And we love him for that.

Ben flies the Honeycomb flag on the East Coast for us. And when he doesn’t, he sits in random places and draws the most fabulous observations and interpretations of the world.

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drone ben

Collaborator
Eye in the Sky

Because one Ben is not enough!! Drone Ben has a story or 10 to tell. And a heart on his sleeve.

One of the most genuine and kind people you will ever meet, who absolutely puts a face to the saying “what you see is what you get”. He took up drone flying just to photograph his own property near Hallett, next thing you know, he is licensed to fly in national parks and various restricted spaces.

Ben has a huge social media following under @thedronway and we feel very lucky to have him as one of collaborators.

Ben donates a significant share of his earnings to school breakfast clubs and other causes that help people through tough times.

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Franky

Front of House
Meet & Greet Department

When you come to our Clare Studio you will most likely be met by our chief Meet & Greet officer Franky. 

He is a master of happiness and chill, which is evident if you were to call in during his nap time. 

Franky is well experienced in reducing creative block stress and approaching deadline tensions in our team, and reminding us that a regular walk during the day is essential to one’s health. Brilliant at sitting, laying down, and staying when appropriate rewards are in sight, Franky never fails to deliver the sense of lightness and fun in our studio. 

Master sniffer and hider of treats, and all around good boy. 

Our creative adventure story

(THE SHORT VERSION)

Long long time ago, in the land far away...

The tentative shoots of Honeycomb.Design started in Western Australia in 2003.

 
Starting out as a freelancer, Giedre found herself in the deep end, which turned out to be a brilliant learning experience. 
 
In 2010, the then named Honeycomb Consulting moved to the gorgeous Clare Valley in South Australia. We started by offering to the local business community what we know best – web design. 
 

In the last 15+ years, we have grown and evolved with the local communities and the global technologies that we utilize and today we are Honeycomb.Design – your creative and tech agency.

We do like a good laugh, but we are completely serious about loving living and working in a regional area.
 
We have learned about wonderful characters that live here, and what businesses need, what makes them tick. Understanding the community better also means that we tailor our services and approach to ensure you don’t need to drive to the city for something simple.
 
To keep you going we provide in-house support , and it only requires a simple call. You will never need to submit a support ticket with us. 
 
Over the decade here we have built relationships with local suppliers, businesses and government organisations.
This allows us to help our clients to get the resources they need. 
We regularly travel around regional South Australia visiting our clients in Pt Pirie, Kadina, Pt Augusta, Wallaroo, Barossa, and of course in Adelaide.
 
Mark on our technical side, consults for businesses all over the world, right here from the Clare Valley.
 
The few team members located interstate and internationally are people we have known and worked with for years and decades. So it is a tightly knit family here, and Thursday hot chips for lunch in the studio and random zoom dinners with those further away are a simple way we keep it real.
 
While our focus is local, we are well connected with the world wide community of designers and developers, keeping up to date with international trends,  information and idea sharing… and a bit of showing off what Honeycomb.Design can do!!

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