mike - max design



From telex to fax, the moon landing and conscription, to tv and the birth of the interwebs – I started with a  pencil…

About Me

The creative adult is the child who survived.

Mike Barwood – I am older, maybe wiser, mostly calm and I listen. Experience and years and the journey which continues each day, every morning, I can say, “Yay, another day I’m alive”  

Operating from Gqeberha, South Africa, offers crisp, clean, clear design from logos, graphics, brochures, print media, and web development to posters or digital presentations.
Solid design based on pure principle works across all media and your visual presentation is your first line of communication, so make sure it’s clean, clear and bold – and says exactly what you want it to.

Max Design consists of Mike Barwood and a group of established affiliates. Whether you need a logo designed, a concept created, additional branding, adverts that work and more bang for your buck – contact me for a quote or to discuss what you have in mind – you get a wealth of experience and incredible design work.

“Be regular & ordinary in your life like a bourgeois
so that you may be ViolenT & oRiginaL in your work”

I’ve always said, “See with your eyes, shoot with your heart” 

My Services

I provide the best service for you.

From a concept to a design – layouts, a logo, anything you imagine – it can be done – and if I don’t know how to do it – I will find out how to, making sure you get what you imagined and wanted.

Graphic Design

Your first point of contact – what people see – your logo, your brand – make sure it works for you.


I am passionate about imagery. See with your eyes, shoot with your heart.

Web Design

Nowadays anyone can build a website. Make your website work for you, for bespoke applications – I work with an affiliate Black Alsatian 

Photo Manipulation

Anything is possible – imagine it … I can Photoshop, well. Come see … 

My Work

Projects I've been working on....

Projects currently underway or recently completed. 

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Use a Freelancer

Mike Barwood

Freelancers are a rogue breed, hungry and dedicated – with no assured paycheck at the end of each month, no benefits or paid leave, each job is precious,  big or small –  you get devoted commitment.


Feedback from my clients.

Clients are the lifeblood. Each one treasured and respected. Jobs come and go, people and relationships linger, the essence of sustainability….

I started using Mike’s services about 15 years ago, and always enjoy our creative interactions. He has designed numerous poetry book covers for me, and for the projects I work in. He has designed pull-up banners, the pages of children’s books, logos for small businesses I have mentored, and letterheads, as well as web pages. I value good work, and lasting relationships, and I have found both with MaxDesign.

Brian Walter Poet, Academic, Facilitator

Mike Barwood has completed several Web design and Photo projects for me over the last few years, and I can say with certainty that I would rather work with him than anyone else. He is honest, his fees are fair, his input is always well considered, and he has the skills and experience necessary to consistently deliver excellent service. I recommend him without hesitation.

Kevin Abraham Director - Honeybird Business Consulting


    Come say hi - drop an email

    Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth)

     59 Eastbourne Road, Mount Croix


    +27(0)82 486 5966