• Welcome to 3Hounds. Our services include graphic design, web design, motion graphics and art direction.
  • What is design? Design is thinking made visual - Saul Bass.
  • What is animation? A simulation of movement created by displaying a series of pictures, or frames.
  • What is motion graphics? Motion graphics are graphics that use animation technology to create the illusion of motion.
  • What is art direction? An art director is someone who is responsible for the visual style.

About me

I am based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Having worked at Advertising Agencies and TV Production Houses over the past decade I have the knowledge and experience to take on almost any job. My love and passion for my craft began at school. I was fortunate enough to attend the National School of the Arts and it was here where my creativity flourished. I further studied graphic design & animation. My first job was as a 3D artist for a South African computer games company called "Celestial", having just finished their very successful game "Toxic Bunny" I joined them to make their next game, “The Tainted”. I then moved onto art directing and animating for various TV Production Houses and Advertising Agencies. I am mostly self-taught and believe in constantly improving my skills. Feel free to browse through my website, and drop me a line if you have any questions or would like to collaborate with me, Kirstin McKenzie @ 3Hounds.

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Services

3Hounds offers the following services

  • Motion Graphics
  • 2D & 3D Animation
  • Title Design
  • Compositing
  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design
  • Art Directing
  • Production Design
  • Set Design

Why 3Hounds?

3 is a magic number. It’s been a close and dear friend of designers for as long as anyone can remember. There’s just something about 3 that works across all mediums, all formats, all sizes. 3 is beauty, 3 is symmetry, 3 is design. I live and work from home, my complex is called Houndstooth and I wanted to always remember where I started so I took the "Hounds" from Houndstooth and so 3Hounds was born.

Meet us!

Showreel

Our skills

  • Graphic Design
    95%
  • Animation
    80%
  • Art Direction
    90%
  • Web Design
    85%
  • Compositing
    80%

Testimonials

  • 3Hounds has supported nVisionIT effectively and professionally over a number of years. It is rare to find the combination of creative excellence and professional execution and we value our relationship with 3Hounds.
    Graham van Zijl, nVisionIT - MD
  • I have known Kirstin for 16 years. She worked for me for the first 8 years. I have since used her on a freelance basis on numerous productions. She is incredibly talented as a designer and an art director, brimming with fresh new ideas and concepts. I could not do without her. From our biggest TV shoots [like Tsogo Sun] to smaller 1 day shoots, her input and enthusiasm is unique. Art Directors, like Kirstin do not get the credit they deserve. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anybody.
    Jo Horn, Creative Vision - Director
  • Kirstin has designed brochures, flyers for print and e-flyers for us and her work has been innovative, fresh, exciting and of a very high standard and quality. We have been very happy with the ideas she has presented and accepted them all without hesitation! You don’t get this sort of service, quality and value for money very often!
    David Wood, Air Holidays - Marketing & Product Development

Animation Showreel

in Animation

3Hounds offers animation, motion graphics and compositing services.

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Chemicals and Research

in Graphic Design

Manufacturers of Synthetic Resins

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Tsogo Sun

in Art Direction

Tsogo Sun Commercial

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nVisionIT

in Web Design

Software Development

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nVisionIT

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Software Development

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Web Banners

in Web Design

3Hounds also offers a web banner design service

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Graphanex

in Graphic Design

Institute of Professional Graphology

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Network Expos Africa

in Graphic Design

Network Expos Africa makes face-to-face contact with a range of people in a simple, professional atmosphere conducive to high-calibre business networking.

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Etude

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Specialized services to financial advisors in South Africa

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Tsogo Sun

in Art Direction

Tsogo Sun Commercial

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Just Logic

in Graphic Design

JUSTLOGIC is an owner managed IT company

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nVisionIT

in Graphic Design

Software Development

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RaceTracker

in Graphic Design

Event Entry App

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SOA Survey

in Graphic Design

Brochure Design

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Condor Medical Africa

in Graphic Design

Distributor of Medical Devices for Cardiology

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People Solutions

in Graphic Design

Recruitment Agency

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Overt

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Marketing Consultants

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Jotal Training Solutions

in Graphic Design

Corporate Sales Training Specialists

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Ubuntu

in Graphic Design

Accommodation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup

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TravelHub

in Graphic Design

Intranet for Travel Agents

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Amayeza Abantu Pharmaceutical

in Graphic Design

State-of-the-Art Medical Products

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Cloudfeed

in Graphic Design

Cloudfeed develops and assists with social media strategies and activties of business

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Caleidoscope Images

in Graphic Design

Expert in Relaxation, Guidance and Motivation

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Onyx

in Graphic Design

TV Station Pitch

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BladeRunner

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Importers of Speciality Knives

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Moneyfrog

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Marketing Consultants

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Notsi

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Infrastructure Solutions

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Our Blog

3Hounds latest work, inspiration, experiments and events.

Kirstin's Showreel 2011

This showreel is a compilation of work I produced while employed at various production houses and agencies.

The boy least likey to - Rock upon a porch with you

DIY Hand Carved-Stamps

This three part tutorial will take you through all the tools and steps you will need to make your own hand carved stamps. View Tutorial

A Paper Forest by Kelli Anderson

In 2014, Kelli drew 275+ body parts for Tinybop’s very first app, The Human Body. Today, Tinybop released their 2nd app, called PLANTS! It is basically a working forest in a box (the box, in this case, being an iPad.) It aims to help kids understand that the forest is a system—making nature’s cause-and-effect patterns discernible through interactive play. A true work of art and extremely inspirational to 3Hounds.

3D Gif Trick

A new trick has been circulating among gif creators that allows them to create animated images with a convincing 3D aspect. The trick is simple but deceptive – these gifs’ creators use white lines to split the images into 3 panels. Post curtesy of Bored Panda View 3D Gifs

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Get In Touch!

Contact us via email or connect with our social media channels.

Brayanston, Johannesburg, South Africa

+27 83 289 7859

kirstin@3hounds.co.za

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