Herman Martinus is a top game developer and interaction designer. He escaped the city of Johannesburg for the greener pastures of Cape Town, where you’ll find him hiking, surfing, longboarding or otherwise outdoors whenever he’s not at his computer. After working in eCommerce, Herman found his passion in interactive experiences and went on to build games ranging from board games and 2D mobile games, to VR training simulators for commercial pilots. His enthusiasm for creating incredible experiences drives him to excel in development and design.
It gives me great pleasure to attest to Herman Martinus’ work ethics, his reliability, and his ingenuity. In our three-year association, I am pleased to say that he has consistently exceeded my expectations.
He has earned my recommendation.
Evelyn Allen Harper – Writer of the Accidental Mystery series
…he is very efficient at getting to the core of the problem. His enthusiasm and knowledge on a broad range of topics make him ideally suited to tackle tasks that require a mixture of creativity and logic. He has the innate ability to not only break down complex ideas into their most basic form, but also verbalize and explain these concepts wherever necessary.
Hong Sing – Lead developer at Snapt
I’m enjoying this course immensely. The instructor is clear, concise and engaged with the material and with his teaching. His enthusiasm shines through and I feel much more comfortable with the trickier aspects of the content.
Riko Swartz – Tax consultant for Deloitte
Herman has excellent communication skills. In addition, he is organized, reliable and well versed in all areas of the project, enabling him to participate with the entire team. He has a proven ability to work independently and is able to follow through to ensure that the job gets done.
Simon-Kai Garvie – Video game developer
Video Game Designer / Developer for Sea Monster Entertainment
2+ years: User experience and interaction design, programming and development for interactive experiences ranging from simple 2D mobile games to Virtual Reality training simulators.
eCommerce Systems Developer for Vaimo, Core of Commerce
1+ year: Design, development and maintenance of Magento (PHP framework) eCommerce systems for high profile clients.
Web developer for Campus Connextion
1+ year: Lead a small team of developers and participated in the design, development and implementation of an academic social network.
Web Designer and Developer for Heroic Designs
1+ year: Freelance development of websites for clients as Heroic Designs.
RideWith – An open ride-sharing network
RideWith is a Django-based web application that connects people who driving to festivals or cities with people looking for lifts. It integrates with Facebook and Google Maps’ APIs.
I created it as a private initiative to help get people to and from festivals, and it turned into so much more. I did both the design and development of the application.
JustSketch.Me – Interactive 3D models for figure drawing
JustSketchMe is a little, Unity WebGL-based application that allows artists to set a mannequin or humanoid figure to their desired pose as a reference for figure sketching.
Education and Training
Bachelor of Information Sciences in Multimedia at the University of Pretoria
Core modules in Computer Science and Interaction Design
Matric Certificate at Hartbeespoort High School
Core subjects in Science, Maths, Technical Drawing, English
Skills and Competences
I am an experienced public speaker and have been involved in client-facing roles in each organisation I have worked for. English is my home language, but I am also fluent in Afrikaans.
I work well in teams and enjoy interacting with people from various backgrounds. I’ve written an article on the importance of listening in communication.
I have a strong visual eye and can design easy-to-use and aesthetically pleasing interfaces. I am also a proficient 2D artist. Here is some of my more recent artwork. I am also running a webcomic called Why Pictures.
I am a fast learner and pick up new programming languages and frameworks with ease. Here is a list of languages, frameworks and other useful tools in which I am already competent:
- Linux / Windows / Mac
- Unity 3D game engine
- Source Control (Git, Mercurial, Perforce)
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Illustrator
- HTML 5
- CSS 3
- PHP frameworks
- Responsive websites
- Human-computer interaction
- Visual design
- Bad-ass flapjack making skills
- Net-centric computer systems
- Data structures and algorithms
- Android development (Google certified)
- iOS development
- Agile software development
Awards and Achievements
- Google Android development certificate
- Springbok scout
- “Most Entertaining” award for a rendition of Grease, the musical
- “Best Technical Innovation” award, Global Game Jam 2016, Cape Town
- “Most Fun Game” award, Global Game Jam 2017, Cape Town