by 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
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.
New work by Cape Town-based illustrator Ninjabreadboy
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.
Graphic design and art direction by Aldo Pulella
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.
Furniture, products and interiors 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.
BestRand | A photography project by Hanro Havenga
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.
Staff Riding | A documentary on train surfing in SA
STAFF RIDING SUB ENG from MARCO CASINO on Vimeo.
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.
Cloudy with a Chance of Pixels | Creative Symposium
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.
Case study: Russian Bear #UrbanExpressions campaign
Russian Bear Urban Expressions Case Study from Platinum Seed Digital Marketing on Vimeo.
Ten artists were chosen, and their designs were put to public vote before a final winner was chosen from the three finalists.
SA’s 2014 Cannes Young Lions winners
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.
Let Them Talk vs #LookingForwardTo | The 2014 elections TVCs for the ANC and DA
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?”
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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