10and5logosmall1by Uno de Waal (@Unodewaal) This week on Design Annotator we’re highlighting:

  • An alphabet of Xhosa names in the form of illustrated GIFs by Thandiwe Tshabalala
  • Art and illustration by Cape Town-based illustrator Ninjabreadboy
  • Graphic design and art direction by Aldo Pulella
  • A look at the background of Greg and Roché Dry, founders of Egg Design
  • An ongoing photography project by Hanro Havenga, called BestRand
  • A documentary about train surfing in South Africa
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Pixels, an upcoming creative symposium
  • A case study of the Russian Bear #UrbanExpressions campaign
  • The South African winners of the 2014 Cinemark Cannes Young Lions Competition
  • This year’s election TVCs for the ANC and the DA


The “ABC’s of Xhosa Names”, a series of illustrated GIFs by Thandiwe Tshabalala

The “ABC’s of Xhosa Names” by Thandiwe Tshabalala

South African illustrator Thandiwe Tshabalala has created a series of GIFs which celebrate the beautiful and unusual names in Xhosa, her mother tongue.

The vibrant GIFs take us through the “ABC’s of Xhosa Names”, such as Gcobani, Yonela and Sikelela, and give us insight into their meanings.

See Tshabalala’s entire alphabet of Xhosa names.

New work by Cape Town-based illustrator Ninjabreadboy

Karate Water by Ninjabreadboy for the Lost and Found exhibition 2

Growing up, anything that involved creating something appealed to Ninjabreadboy, who always knew that he would do something involving drawing in one way or another.

Now a freelance illustrator, his line-based illustrations draw influence from the visual aspects of the skateboarding sub-culture, as well as from graffiti and tattooing.

Read our interview with Ninjabreadboy and see his latest work.

Graphic design and art direction by Aldo Pulella

Pulella Road Trip

Aldo Pulella is a graphic designer who comes from a line of creatives: his mother was a graphic designer, too, and his grandfather was a sculptor.

Pulella gets to explore his creativity in his own time with personal projects and as an art director at OgilvyOne in Johannesburg. His designs are eye-catching and beautiful, and combine features from both the digital and real world.

Here we ask Pulella a few questions to learn more.

Furniture, products and interiors by Egg Designs

Desert Rose Locker by Egg Designs

Founded by Greg and Roché Dry in 1996, Egg Designs specialises in creating carefully layered interior spaces, as well as bespoke furniture and products.

Their work itself is “unashamedly rooted in Africa” and each individual item is well-crafted, eclectic, and can easily find a home anywhere in the world.

See more by Egg Designs and read about its journey so far.

BestRand | A photography project by Hanro Havenga

BestRand by Hanro Havenga (32)

Hanro Havenga is a photographer based in Johannesburg. A while back, he began a new personal project called BestRand, which is a growing collection of photographs taken of the things he sees on, as he puts it, a daily-ish basis.

Having watched the development of this for some time now, we got in touch with Havenga to find out more about it. He hand-delivered his answers printed on the back of a collection of photographic postcards.

See the postcards, a selection of work from BestRand and read Havenga’s musings here.

Staff Riding | A documentary on train surfing in SA

Italian photographer Marco Casino and his team recently visited SA to make Staff Riding, a documentary on the dangerous sport of train surfing.

Part of a long-term project inspired by township lifestyle 20 years into democracy, Staff Riding was shot in Katlehong, a township outside of Johannesburg.

Find the credits and read more about Staff Riding.

Cloudy with a Chance of Pixels | Creative Symposium

Cloudy with a Chance of Pixels

Cloudy with a Chance of Pixels is a one-day creative symposium being hosted in Johannesburg and Cape Town, celebrating innovative design thinking. The symposium kicks off in Johannesburg on 10 April 2014, and travels down to Cape Town on 15 May.

The team behind it consists of Mohammed Jogie, Rehana Rajah, Sean Petersen and Avril Petersen. They’ve been working together for a while, and decided to go all-out on this one.

Check out all the details and the lineup of speakers.

Case study: Russian Bear #UrbanExpressions campaign

Russian Bear Urban Expressions Case Study from Platinum Seed Digital Marketing on Vimeo.
On 1 October 2013, Social Seed launched the Urban Expressions campaign for Russian Bear, for which 10 local artist were given the chance to express their understanding of urban culture by creating an artwork for a limited-edition black Russian Bear bottle.

Ten artists were chosen, and their designs were put to public vote before a final winner was chosen from the three finalists.

Read about creating the campaign, as well as the outcome, here.

SA’s 2014 Cannes Young Lions winners

The SA winners of the 2014 Cinemark Cannes Young Lions Competition have been revealed, and they are Joe Public’s Marina Andreoli and Sonia Dearling.

These two have earned themselves a trip to the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity to compete against some of the best and brightest young creatives in the world.

Find out more about the competition and the winning entry.

Let Them Talk vs #LookingForwardTo | The 2014 elections TVCs for the ANC and DA

During the run-up to the 2014 general elections on 7 May come the inevitable promises and ad campaigns. We’ve yet to find out what will happen at the polls but who has released the winning TV campaign?

SA’s leading party, the ANC, has launched one beautifully shot TV ad with the message “Together We Move South Africa Forward.”

The official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, has opted for a series of ads asking “What are you #LookingForwardTo under a DA government?”

See the DA’s series of adverts here.


Uno de WaalDesign 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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