Design Annotator: SA’s best photographers, child illustrations and Soweto’s renegade masters

by Uno de Waal (@Unodewaal) This week in Design Annotator: Kope | Figgings, Toy Kingdom ‘It’s Great To Be A Kid’ Print, Ross Garrett, Prudential TVC by Lowe Cape Town, Gerhard van Wyk, latest art gallery openings, Wessa Annual Review/Solar Lamp, WDC 2014 Postage Stamps by Si Maclennan, Friend Within’s ‘The Renegade’ music video, and Kit-Kat ‘Internet’ & ‘Gravity’ TVCs.

Design Annotator: Art and Entrepreneurs

Design Annotator with Uno de Waal is a new column featuring the top design work from South Africa’s biggest online creative showcase, Between 10 and 5, curated by Publisher Uno de Waal @Unodewaal.

I have no doubt in my mind that anyone who is interested in running a successful creative business would find inspiration and resources from our series of Creative Entrepreneurs. Last week our focus was on fashion start-ups and today we’re bringing you some of the coolest start-ups and projects in the art world. If you are interested in starting your own creative business, or any business at all really, have a look at the course from StartupCherry, a very insightful course on how to start a sure-fire business success.

We also chat to Nick Ferguson, partners with Barry and Jody who are behind some of Cape Town’s most interesting rejuvenation projects. Lastly, we are incredibly excited to see the roll out of the 21 Icons project from photographer and filmmaker Adrian Steirn. His first portrait is of Nelson Mandela and if it’s anything to go by, the next 20 icons will be just as captivating.

Design Indaba 2013: John Maeda on the dissipating disconnect between art and technology

by Herman Manson (@marklives) John Maeda (@johnmaeda) describes himself as a “humanist technologist.” Through his love for art and technology, and his belief that together they can advance technology that acknowledges our humanity, Maeda has emerged as an important thinker in our approach to both.

Currently president of Rhode Island School of Design, Maeda is a leading proponent for expanding our focus from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to STEAM (by adding Art).

Formerly a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology he has published five books including The Laws of Simplicity (2006) and is an acknowledged artist and graphic designer. Maeda also sits on the board of ad agency Wieden+Kennedy amongst others.

Maeda is visiting South Africa as a speaker at the annual Design Indaba conference taking place Feb 27 – March 1. MarkLives spoke to him prior to his arrival in South Africa.

Lewd, crude, screwed

Cameron Platter is a relatively young (read 32) artist who lives and works in Ballito, the little holiday town just north of Durban that is equal parts Bible belt and surfers’ paradise. Platter has worked steadily at his art for over a decade and his dedication and effort are starting to pay big dividends. His …

AfrikaBurn, Coconut-Prawn Curry & frozen Tequila

Andrew Whitehouse, Executive Creative Director at FoxP2, attended the AfrikaBurn (a South African take on the famous Burning Man) event held in the Karoo in April. He took some pictures and jotted down some words exclusively for MarkLives.

Tom of Finlands heads down South…

Tom of Finland, one of the newest perfumes by Etat Libre d’Orange, is making its debut in South Africa. Ogilvy Johannesburg is the appointed agency. The Tom of Finland perfume pays tribute to the fetish artist of the same name notable for his stylized homoerotic art and his influence on late twentieth century gay culture.

Sheshwe shoes for Bokkie

Over the next couple of days MarkLives will be featuring the work of Alistair Palmer. His work revolves around design and art. Bokkie makes footwear, the first range predominantly uses sheshwe prints and fun casual footwear styles. I wanted to convey the feeling, attitude and the positive attitude of the people who inspire the brand.

Richard Hart’s debut solo exhibition opens at Whatiftheworld

Kind Pockets, Richard Hart’s debut solo exhibition opens at Whatiftheworld in Cape Town this February during the week of Design Indaba. Hart is best known as the creative force behind Disturbance, the highly acclaimed Durban based design studio that was recently featured on the cover of the international design journal, I.D Magazine.

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