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What does being African look like?

Posted by rod - 11.12.2014

 

Renowned South African graphic designer Garth Walker asked himself “What does being African look like?” in 1994 when he started his magazine “ijusi”.

“Ijusi is an experimental magazine first published in the early years following South Africa’s first democratic elections circa 1994. From the beginning ijusi posed an important question: “What makes me South African, and what does that ‘look’ like?”, gradually piecing together the various cultural dichotomies and social potentialities that have evolved following Apartheid’s demise.”

via: designweek

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Cape Town illustrations – Wish You Were Here Calendar

Posted by rod - 10.03.2014

Cape Town illustrations - Wish You Were Here Calendar

I definitely wish I was in Cape Town, South Africa. Ask Alice Stationery in Australia invited 12 artists from around the world to illustrate their hometown. Cape Town resident Muti was one of the invited artists who did these illustrations which highlight some of the cities iconic places such as the Table Mountain, the St. Martini Curch or the Bo Kaap. The 12 illustrations were used for Ask Alice Stationery’s third Annual charity Calendar project which donates 100% of the profits to Melbourne’s Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

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9 unique letterpresses South Africa coasters

Posted by rod - 12.02.2014

9 unique letterpressed South Africa coasters

South African designer Ben Grib created 9 unique coasters for South Africa’s 9 provinces. Each beermat was letterpressed and is waterproof.

Which province coster is your favourit?

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South African Bhuti beer packaging design

Posted by rod - 04.12.2013

South African Bhuti Beer packaging design

South African student Judy Kriel created these South African inspired beer packaging designs called Bhuti beer. 

“Traditionally Zulu women make their own beer that the men drink at festivals or weddings. A Zulu festival beer was created, making use of traditional colours and symbols. The beer named “Bhuti” refers to a brother, bro, or guy friend. The masks on each of the bottles refer to the traditional masks that were used at Zulu festivals, also inspired by the wood-carved Zulu masks that can be bought in KwaZulu-Natal. A triangle was used in the logo. A zigzag pattern was also used in the design. This is depicted from the traditional beer baskets and means masculinity. Each colour used has a specific meaning within the Zulu culture. When a colour is used next to white it gives it a positive meaning. White represents spiritual love. Black indicates rebirth, and yellow wealth. Lastly red indicates love and strong emotion. Traditionally two types of beer are made, namely a darker sorghum beer and a lighter maize beer, thus the reason for making a series of two types of beer. Promotional items include a cap, T-shirt, bottle opener, as well as coasters.

via packagingoftheworld

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South African knitwear – Laduma ngxokolo

Posted by rod - 18.06.2013

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Homegrown fashion designer Laduma Ngxokolo graduated in in 2010. After graduating the design indaba conference in Cape Town, South Africa invited  Laduma to present his fist collection. Even before the conference kicked off the collection acclaimed widespread attention across Africa and Europe. Laduma Ngxokolo menswear idea was influenced by the South Africa’s eastern cape xhosa communities, where each year hundreds of boys aged between eighteen and twenty-three attend the xhosa circumcision schools for a manhood initiation ritual. After the ritual the boys return back home where they have undergo a six month protocol traditionally called Amakrwala.

As soon as they arrive home the old clothes are given away as a sign of the end of their boyhood. This also meant that the parents had to buy new clothes which include high quality men’s knitwear. Laduma experienced himself and felt that there were no South African knitwear brands that had any resemblance to xhosa traditions. Therefore he decided to create his own label that resemble the traditional style of xhosa people wearing their beadwork.

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South African wine packaging – WYN

Posted by rod - 15.05.2013

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Graphic Design student Brittany Albertson created a fictional South African wine packaging label called Wyn, meaning wine in Afrikaans.

“I was inspired by the bold and striking colours that are used throughout South African art and architecture. I was also influenced by the amazing use of pattern in South African culture and the intricacy of those patterns.”

Check out more of here work here.

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South African colours

Posted by rod - 10.05.2013

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This is quite an interesting project by Alejandro Ribadeneira who explores the South African colours. Sometimes all you need are recognisable colours such as the ones from South Africa. One can apply them onto almost anything and still get an association of South Africa. Countries such as England, the USA and Norway, who share the same colours aren’t as lucky/unique. Alejandro took the colours which are represented on the South African flag and included them on different geometric shapes and African animals. It would be interesting to see other country colours applied onto stuff, to see if one still can link it back to the country.

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24 hours in Johannesburg

Posted by rod - 18.02.2013

24 hours in Johannesburg, South Africa, illustration by Patrick Hruby

What would you do if you had 24 hours in Johannesburg? Qatar Inflight Magazine Oryx gives you some useful suggestions how to explore the city, and how to get the best experience out of your time in the South African capital. Patrick Hruby created the lovely illustration which features some of the cities iconic landmarks such as the Nelson Mandela Bridge, Hillbrown Tower and Museum Afrika

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African Pride

Posted by rod - 26.11.2012

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Transforming  African Pride into a national Brand

With trends indicating that South African consumers are celebrating their heritage with their choices of trusted local brands, our client needed to react and take advantage of this trend.

Nothing makes us feel more rooted to our heritage than carving a slice of biltong or sharing a stick of droewors. It was based on this that we created a brand that links to our culture and the unique South African social outlook. We developed a name, logo , packaging and point of purchase stands for the brand. Soon after the launch of the brand, customer curiosity peaked and sales have been soaring along with national pride. Created by strategyadvertising.co.za

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New South African banknotes

Posted by rod - 05.10.2012

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The South African National Reserve Bank has revealed its new South African banknotes. Each banknote features an image of South Africa‘s first democratically elected president Nelson Mandela aka “Madiba” on the front. On the back of the South African Rand the notes kept the “Big Five” animal images that appear on the current notes. Each banknote also received its individual pattern and colour.

“The concept is moments of Nelson Mandela’s life etched onto paper. Each etch represents a key moment in Madiba’s life. The illustrations was done to interpret these scenes based on the new bank notes.”

The Jupiter Drawing Room created a TVC to precent South Africa’s new banknotes. Cape Town design agency Am I Collective designed the artwork for the project.

The South African National Reserve bank will brink the new banknotes into circulation before the end of 2012.

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African street art by Roa for I Art Joburg

Posted by rod - 02.10.2012

Bringing some wildlife back into the city

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Belgium street artist Roa has completed this awesome African street art mural for the “I art Joburg” project which is presented by Adidas Original in Johannesburg, South Africa. The mural which took approximately one month to paint features six massive sleeping african animals, the Giraffe, Rhino, Elephant, Hippo, Gazelle and Sable Antelope. Each animal is perfectly integrated into the buildings environment placing them each on a new level. I agree with the I art Joburg site, “Roa has done a brilliant job of bringing some wildlife back into the city.” If you are in Joburg I recommend you to head to the Maboneng Precinct to see Roa’s and other artists street art.

Roa is famous for painting animals around the world. One of the project which he participated in and which you should check out is the awesome “Wide open walls, Gambia – Turning villages into living art

Photographer Martha Cooper took the above pictures of street artist Roa in action.

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Diamonds inside – Cape Town

Posted by rod - 24.04.2012

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Diamonds inside is a street art project in South Africa by the Spanish artist collective Boa Mistura. The collective created a series of African inspired murals which was part of the Art Woodstock event. The idea was to paint large icons which incorporated african patterns with constructive message that should inspire the quickly changing South African society.

If you love these murals you should also look at Fath47’s massive painting in Cape Town.

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South African poster designs for Tslops

Posted by rod - 30.11.2011

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Tsonga Tslops – “Have fun on foot” is a South African company 100% owned by members of South Africa’s local community. Durban based illustrator and Graphic Designer Hylton Warburton created these awesome African inspired illustrations, designed the identity, posters, and container graphics. via africandigitalart

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Fable Wine South Africa

Posted by rod - 29.09.2011

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US design agency Adam+Company designed the wine label for the South African Fable Wines. The wine is produced by Tulbaugh Mountain Vineyards, who say that wine is about storytelling. Each of the three wines is inspired by a different South African fable, The Jackal Bird, The Lion’s Whisker and the Bobbaajean.

“Our design takes a minimal, journalistic approach, featuring illustrations of each protagonist accompanied by their respective tale.”

The illustrations where created by Gregory Titus.

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24 hours in Cape town South Africa

Posted by rod - 27.09.2011

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24 hours in Cape Town, South Africa is part of a series designed by Fernando Volken Togni for the Oryx Magazine, Qatar Airways. If you like this illustration check out India, Switzerland, Egypt, Montreal, London, Paris Moscow, Ho chi Minh City, Shanghai, Barcelona, Casablanca, Beirut, New York and Phuket

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Provinces of South Africa

Posted by rod - 09.09.2011

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Here are the first three illustrative maps of the 9 provinces of South Africa. The other 6 are still in the making and I am really looking forward to them. The set are meant to be self promotional postcards created by Cape Town design agency Radio.

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Boer & Brit wine packaging

Posted by rod - 02.06.2011

 

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The Boer & Brit wine labels and visual identity was designed by the South African designed and illustrated by South African design agency Fanakalo.

“The Boer & Brit Range
The top-tier Boer & Brit wines are meant to inspire conversation, illicit debate and be enjoyed to the utmost with generous fare and equally ample helpings of friends. These wines are limited volume productions and structured for either early-consumption or careful cellaring.”

I don’t know if you know but I didn’t until a few minutes ago was that “Boer” is the Dutch and Afrikaans word for farmer, which came to denote the desendants of the Dutch-speaking settlers of the eastern Cape frontier in South Africa during the 18th century.

Have you tasted one of these wines?

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South African Township Barbershops & Salons

Posted by rod - 05.05.2011

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British photographer Simon Weller captured some amazing images for his lates book “South African Township Barbershops & Salons” South African barbershops and salons are more than just places where you would get your hair cut. They are places which serve as community hubs and therefore are also called “informal barbershops”.  Before I spill out all the secrets I recommend you to buy the book. If you lover you barbershop art and design you should check out the Adidas Barbershop artwork

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