Michael Stallenberg graduated from Port Elizabeth Technikon at the end of 1994. He started as junior designer at Bates Cape Town in 1995, but was recruited a year later (March 1996) to work on new corporate identity for South African Airways. He then went independent as CreativNativ and attended the Central St Martin's Summer School in 1997. He then held the position of art director on Sans Fibres & Tactel for two years, before joining Interactive Africa in 2000. Here he started Design Indaba magazine in January 2001. He has been design director at Woolworths South Africa since 2012.