About the studio

About the studio

A thoughtful & caring digital design studio run by Meg Hodson.

What it’s like working with me – I’m a listener. I love listening to people’s stories, learning about their businesses and discovering the meaning, purpose and passion behind what they do.

I believe that every business is unique and has a compelling story to tell, but sometimes they need an outsider’s perspective to help them see that or help them communicate their story. So this is a big part of the service Ruby Design offers – helping businesses communicate their stories through beautiful, on-brand web design.

I also believe in keeping things simple. Just like that Steve Jobs quote says, simple doesn’t mean easy. Achieving simplicity requires deep thinking. You have to sort through all the noise and clutter, removing the unnecessary, to create a clear and consistent message.

The story – Towards the end of 2015, I fell pregnant. It was unplanned and, as with all major life shake-ups, it caused me to start thinking deeply about the future and what sort of life I really wanted.

Up until this point, I’d felt satisfied working for someone else. I’d been an employee for over 10 years; working in publishing, communications and digital marketing in South Africa and the UK.

 

But when my little girl, Emma, arrived in August 2016, I knew there was no way I could return to a traditional  9 – 5 agency job.

I wanted flexibility. I wanted to build my own little empire. I wanted to create a life on my own terms. So in 2017, I quietly started Ruby Design from our little cottage in Lion’s River.

Ruby is Emma’s second name. To me, the word feels like adventure, passion, being alive, taking a risk – all the things that starting a new business entails. It also reminds me of my greatest love – Emma.

We have since moved to Hilton, Ruby Design has grown and I have started to build a loyal client base, working with both local and national clients. It’s been a crazy exciting journey so far and I’m excited for where Ruby Design is headed.

What I do when I’m not designing websites – I love photography and rarely leave the house without my camera. Here’s a link to my photography portfolio and blog,  called dear Emma.

“Meg has been an absolute pleasure to work with. She has been understanding and responsive to all of my requests and definitely someone that I would absolutely love to work with again!”

Kiara Nirghin 

“Meg has been an absolute pleasure to work with. She has been understanding and responsive to all of my requests and definitely someone that I would absolutely love to work with again!”

Kiara Nirghin 

Every business has a compelling story to tell. What's yours?

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A boutique web design studio based in Hilton, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Working worldwide.