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It seems like just yesterday when I first arrived as a 19-year-old guy at Brisbane Airport (Australia) hailing from Harare, Zimbabwe. I can still remember when the flight touched the ground feeling extremely excited and even more anxious about what the future held for me.

All I knew is I was going to do whatever it took to make my parents proud and in a few years, I would be living life like in an episode of Neighbours (my mama’s favourite show at the time) – no wukkas.

Of course, my story starts many years before this; but this was a critical point in my life because I did not know exactly what I wanted to do with myself other than the fact that I would go to university and figure it out whilst I was there.

Well, at least that’s what I told my parents and everyone around me anyway. The truth is, at the back of my mind I knew I wanted to do something creative but also wanted it to be sustainable.

The Humble Beginning

From a very young age I have always been a creative at heart and if I wasn’t writing a poem or rapping; I would be doodling, drawing or using software to make a beat.

The first job I had was deejaying at a nightclub every Thursday, Friday, and the odd Saturday. The gig did not pay much but kept me sane at a time when I was almost homeless and living in a garage because I could not find a job and couldn’t afford to pay rent. Things got so bad I remember fleeing from the garage I was hiding in and leaving the landlord a letter saying I would pay him the arrears when I got back (which I eventually did).

I had to sell my clothes (…including my favourite Sean Jean denim suit…haha) and a TDK speaker I bought for my CD player – my prized possession at the time.  With the funds, I bought a one-way coach ticket to a farm near Toowoomba, Queensland so I could pick fruit over the uni holidays. This would allow me to pay my rent arrears, have enough money for bond and rent for a new place, and something left over to keep me going whilst I looked for a job… “Ballin!”…as the kids would say.

When I got back I managed to do just that. I also managed to secure my first stable job as a casual labourer and met a girl (who is now my wife). Having an entrepreneurial spirit; it wasn’t long till I started selling mobile phones, authentic luxury handbags, jewellery, men’s shoes, exclusive edition baseball caps and involved myself with several startup projects…you name it, I had tried it.

Sharpening The Blade

It was also around about this time when I created my first website for one of my uni subjects that I became fascinated with “all things web”, and started creating websites using Adobe Flash …not at all SEF (search engine friendly) but let me not get off topic here.

Before I knew it – I had people asking me to build them websites, and naturally the graphics and often logos associated with them. I fell even more in love with the graphic design aspect and even more so logo design so I started focusing my efforts on brand identity and decided this is the path I would take.

The Passion For Design + Digital

In what felt like the blink of an eye I had worked on thousands of websites implementing and executing search engine optimisation strategies as a Senior Technical SEO Specialist. I excelled at this role, but not being able to utilise all skills and talents left me wanting more. I yearned for the freedom of using my full suite of skills to help clients convey their messages with consistency, simplicity, and personality.

The entrepreneur in me had a burning desire to make a difference, live out and share my passion by using my experience, knowledge, and skills to help other entrepreneurs equip themselves with what they need to effectively reach their audience with a message that resonates with their beliefs, needs, and desires.

Now, I run Tutai Dot Name full time. I work on some amazing projects and love every opportunity I get to transform ideas into beautiful & evocative brands. As this service evolves I’m able to infuse it with things I’ve learned on my journey as a digital marketer, designer, and entrepreneur, which truly makes it something I’m proud to offer to Australian businesses.

If you’re looking to turn your idea or concept into a reality get in touch see if we would be a good fit.

Signing out,

Tutai Marongere

M: 0422 656 478

E: [email protected]

Story

It seems like just yesterday when I first arrived as a 19-year-old guy at Brisbane Airport (Australia) hailing from Harare, Zimbabwe. I can still remember when the flight touched the ground feeling extremely excited and even more anxious about what the future held for me.

All I knew is I was going to do whatever it took to make my parents proud and in a few years, I would be living life like in an episode of Neighbours (my mama’s favourite show at the time) – no wukkas.

Of course, my story starts many years before this; but this was a critical point in my life because I did not know exactly what I wanted to do with myself other than the fact that I would go to university and figure it out whilst I was there.

Well, at least that’s what I told my parents and everyone around me anyway. The truth is, at the back of my mind I knew I wanted to do something creative but also wanted it to be sustainable.

The Humble Beginning

From a very young age I have always been a creative at heart and if I wasn’t writing a poem or rapping; I would be doodling, drawing or using software to make a beat.

The first job I had was deejaying at a nightclub every Thursday, Friday, and the odd Saturday. The gig did not pay much but kept me sane at a time when I was almost homeless and living in a garage because I could not find a job and couldn’t afford to pay rent. Things got so bad I remember fleeing from the garage I was hiding in and leaving the landlord a letter saying I would pay him the arrears when I got back (which I eventually did).

I had to sell my clothes (…including my favourite Sean Jean denim suit…haha) and a TDK speaker I bought for my CD player – my prized possession at the time.  With the funds, I bought a one-way coach ticket to a farm near Toowoomba, Queensland so I could pick fruit over the uni holidays. This would allow me to pay my rent arrears, have enough money for bond and rent for a new place, and something left over to keep me going whilst I looked for a job… “Ballin!”…as the kids would say.

When I got back I managed to do just that. I also managed to secure my first stable job as a casual labourer and met a girl (who is now my wife). Having an entrepreneurial spirit; it wasn’t long till I started selling mobile phones, authentic luxury handbags, jewellery, men’s shoes, exclusive edition baseball caps and involved myself with several startup projects…you name it, I had tried it.

Sharpening The Blade

It was also around about this time when I created my first website for one of my uni subjects that I became fascinated with “all things web”, and started creating websites using Adobe Flash …not at all SEF (search engine friendly) but let me not get off topic here.

Before I knew it – I had people asking me to build them websites, and naturally the graphics and often logos associated with them. I fell even more in love with the graphic design aspect and even more so logo design so I started focusing my efforts on brand identity and decided this is the path I would take.

The Passion For Design + Digital

In what felt like the blink of an eye I had worked on thousands of websites implementing and executing search engine optimisation strategies as a Senior Technical SEO Specialist. I excelled at this role, but not being able to utilise all skills and talents left me wanting more. I yearned for the freedom of using my full suite of skills to help clients convey their messages with consistency, simplicity, and personality.

The entrepreneur in me had a burning desire to make a difference, live out and share my passion by using my experience, knowledge, and skills to help other entrepreneurs equip themselves with what they need to effectively reach their audience with a message that resonates with their beliefs, needs, and desires.

Now, I run Tutai Dot Name full time. I work on some amazing projects and love every opportunity I get to transform ideas into beautiful & evocative brands. As this service evolves I’m able to infuse it with things I’ve learned on my journey as a digital marketer, designer, and entrepreneur, which truly makes it something I’m proud to offer to Australian businesses.

If you’re looking to turn your idea or concept into a reality get in touch see if we would be a good fit.

Signing out,

Tutai Marongere

M: 0422 656 478

E: [email protected]

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

T. E. Lawrence

...Tutai took the time to understand what we were really after and the outcome was nothing short of perfection! Rachel Oakley

Working with Tutai has been an absolute breeze. He’s a professional guy with a quality product that doesn’t disappoint. Conor Doyle

He came up with a fantastic, creative logo that I realised was exactly what I wanted, needless to say I’ve never looked at another designer. Thanks again and keep up the good work. Chenai Dodzo

Tutai is a master designer. He has the touch that many others would die for. Ask for results and he delivers them. Luke Brown

...Tutai effortlessly put everything together for me. He was a total professional and always got back to me on time... I would recommend Tutai to anyone who wants a good quality design. 🙂 Chanel Asiata

Thanks so much for doing our logo for the Postgraduate Student Council and in record time too. In fact, the logo inspired the other Student Council bodies at the University of Cape town to rebrand 🙂 Good job we’ll be calling on you again. Dominique Alves

... his attention to detail and quality is exceptional. That is why we are able to consistently produce world class material at ZimStay. Nyarai Mwamuka

...He brought my brand concept to life, meticulously attending to every little detail a luxury brand needs to stand out. He exuded creativity at its finest... Rougie Faal