Design Annotator: Face Cake, a WDC Instagram watchlist and our picks from Guild Design Fair
by Uno de Waal (@Unodewaal) From 110 cakes for Machine’s birthday to a collaborative clothing range, this week’s Design Annotator includes:
- Whom to follow on Instagram during Cape Town’s reign as World Design Capital 2014
- Celebrating everyday African innovation through Yenza — Make It!
- Lorraine Loots’ second run at 365 Postcards for Ants celebrates the Mother City
- The Better Living Challenge and the Plascon Design Awards
- Some of the things that caught our eye at Guild Design Fair
- Volume 1 of Black History March by Anthony Bila
- A food-inspired clothing range by Daniel Ting Chong for RVCA
- Machine celebrates its second birthday in a brilliant (and delicious) way
- MTN responds to Cell C saying “We’re Guilty”
- Saatchi & Saatchi give a Tuffy garbage truck a sweet makeover
WORLD DESIGN CAPITAL
WDC 2014 | Whom to follow on Instagram
Cape Town’s reign as World Design Capital 2014 is well underway, and one of our favourite places to stay in the loop is Instagram.
Whether it’s by following recognised WDC Projects, independent designers giving us a peek into their worlds, or those that do a great job at showcasing all things art and design in the Mother City — these are some of the Instagram accounts we’ve got our eye on this year.
YENZA — Make it! | Celebrating everyday African innovation
Yenza is a recognised World Design Capital 2014 project that aims to broaden the context of South African design through the showcasing of self-made objects fashioned, mostly out of necessity, from items found in self-made South African homes.
365 Postcards for Ants by Lorraine Loots
This year, Lorraine Loots has decided to redo her 365 Postcards for Ants project in celebration of Cape Town being the World Design Capital of 2014.
Her project will illustrate the natural beauty, landscapes and people that live in Cape Town. In addition to the original painting, there will also be a chance to purchase a limited range of five postcards.
Better Living Challenge | A search for design ideas to improve quality of life
As part of the World Design Capital — but extending beyond 2014 — the Cape Craft & Design Institute has launch a social innovation competition called the Better Living Challenge.
The open competition is a search for affordable and effective design ideas from around the world to improve the quality of life for people who live in South Africa’s informal settlements, backyard shacks and RDP housing.
Plascon Colour Design Awards
Plascon has announced an exciting new design competition all about colour. The search is on for uplifting projects that demonstrate how creative thinkers have the ability to make a positive impact on the built environment, and show how colour can make a real difference in people’s lives.
The Plascon Colour Design Awards is an official part of the World Design Capital 2014 programme and both professional and budding architects, interior decorators and designers are invited to enter.
GOOD TO KNOW
Spotted at Guild Design Fair 2014
This year, in celebration of World Design Capital 2014, Guild exhibited in Cape Town for the very first time, showcasing local and international high-end design products from Africa, the US, South America, Britain and Europe at the V&A Waterfront.
All the products exhibited were hand-crafted in limited editions or once-offs, all of them exploring this year’s Guild theme: ‘Making’.
Black History March Vol 1 by Anthony Bila
Anthony Bila is a Johannesburg-based photographer and blogger who captures the vibrant, creative scene around him with the aim of “bringing Africa to the world and the world to Africa”.
His latest offering is an ongoing project for which he has just completed Volume 1. Called ‘Black History March’, the commemorative work was made by Bila as an ode to black history.
Daniel Ting Chong x RVCA
One of our favourite local designers, Daniel Ting Chong, has teamed up with RVCA to create a new range featuring some seriously fun food iconography and lettering.
The simplistic, bold illustrations are a combination of fast food and locally grown produce such as bacon, grapes, watermelon and hot dogs.
Face Cake | Machine’s second birthday celebration
Ad agency Machine recently turned two and, like the proud parents of two-year-olds do, it went to town!
Besides being delicious, its zany cake campaign (for lack of a better word) celebrates each individual employee who makes up the team while being an excellent ad for the agency by showing off its energetic agency culture and crazy skills.
MTN “We’re Guilty” | A Response to Cell C
If you read this past weekend’s Sunday Times, you’d have seen the giant, yellow double-page-spread ad taken out by MTN.
The ad is a letter to fellow cellular network Cell C after it called MTN out in a radio ad in late February.
Tuffy Ice-Cream Truck by Saatchi & Saatchi
Impersonating an ice-cream truck, the candy-striped garbage truck rolled into Sea Point, Cape Town, and along the promenade on Saturday, 22 Feb 2014. With a giant melted ice cream sculpture on the roof of the truck elevating its height to over 5.3m and traditional ice-cream truck music serenading passers-by, it could hardly go unnoticed.
Design Annotator is a regular column on MarkLives featuring the top design work from South Africa’s biggest online creative showcase, Between 10 and 5, which is curated by publisher Uno de Waal (@Unodewaal), inaugural South African winner of the British Council South Africa‘s Young Creative Entrepreneur (#YCE) Digital Publishing Award in March 2014.
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