Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Graphic design at David Krut

Drawing Show, opens on Wednesday, 10 September at 18:00 at David Krut Projects in Johannesburg.

Drawing Show is an exhibition of works produced by South African graphic designers, which blur the line between contemporary visual art, graphic design and illustration. Participants include:

Johnny Kotze and Scott Robertson (aka: Dirty Sanchez)
Jason Bronkhorst of Infiltrate
Joh Del
Richard Hart, Roger Jardine and designers of Disturbance
Olivier Schildt of Rex
Peet Pienaar at The President
Garth Walker at Orange Juice
am I collective
Carina Comrie of Bon-Bon
Givan Lotz

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The President hosts typography workshop by well-known Dutch designer

Publishing and design consultancy, The President is presenting a typography workshop by well-known Dutch designer, Richard Niessen. The two day typography course, that will be hosted on 19 and 22 September, will include an overview of Niessen’s own work, as well as a detailed presentation on his personal methods of creating typography. On day two, delegates will receive a practical assignment that will be completed under the guidance of the speaker. During the workshop Niessen will focus on editing content, translating that content into type, making characters for a typeface, producing a simple poster and then translating that into another medium. Richard Niessen graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 1996. His work is systematic, grid-like, readable and usable, as much as it is rich in form, shape and colour. Niessen gives projects a distinct language, a secret vocabulary that makes each piece stand out. His consistent oeuvre echoes the seamless integration of typography, calligraphy, imagery and text found in Byzantine and Medieval illuminated manuscripts. “There are very few courses in South Africa for designers and we would like to expose young local talent to top international designers like Richard Niessen,” says creative director of The President, Peet Pienaar. “We are very excited about hosting this talented typographic artist here in South Africa. Typography is an art that requires a very sensitive and skillful approach and Richard is one of the best there is out there.” Delegates can contact The President at hannerie@thepresident.co.za to book one of the limited spaces. The fee is R1750 for both days and includes lunch and a booklet featuring a selection of Niessen’s work. Link to Richard Niessen’s website: www.niessendevries.nl For queries: Hannerie Visser on 021 462 6099 or 082 782 6707 or hannerie@thepresident.co.za

20+10+X Architecture Awards 2nd Cycle

20+10+X Architecture Awards 2nd Cycle Deadline for submissions: 24 October 2008 World’s largest directory and information sharing portal for contemporary architecture highlights the most remarkable examples of architectural imagination from all countries. The shortlist for the 1st Cycle of the “20+10+X” Awards can be viewed now, and 200+ Honorary Members have started voting for the 20 projects they consider worth promoting. Results of the 1st Cycle will be announced on 20 September 2008. Architects from all countries are invited to register free to join the WA Community and submit their projects to be appreciated and reviewed worldwide. Click to see the SHORTLIST of the 1st Cycle Click to see the brief for the 2nd Cycle Visitors can use the “Rating Machine” to see all citations in succession: +10 Awards in each Cycle are determined by the ratings of all visitors. Choose a project and start rating to participate. All architectural scholars are invited to write and submit comments and articles for shortlisted projects: “Most Mind-provoking +X” projects in each Cycle are determined by the wealth of commentaries submitted to these pages by other members. For further information please contact: Céline Duprét or Ophelia Fletcher WA Community Portal www.worldarchitecture.org info@worldarchitecture.org

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Spot the difference

I know you're thinking I've posted this flyer before. For those unobservant types, I've circled the difference in red.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Exhibition by our cover boy!

…of bugchasers and watussi faghags

A solo exhibition by Athi-Patra Ruga
20 August – 20 September 2008
Please join us for the opening on Wednesday 20 August 2008 at 6pm

…of bugchasers and watussi faghags is the first solo exhibition of Athi-Patra Ruga’s to be held in Johannesburg. The exhibition revolves around the principal character of the "bugchaser", Beiruth, and his ‘tales of counter-penetration’, realized through craft-mediations and performances undertaken in various urban centers around South Africa and abroad.

This exhibition features collaborative photographic performance stills by Ruga with Swiss photographer Oliver Neubert; and Ruga with South African photographer Chris Saunders.

Will Bruder at UCT on Friday

Due to the overwhelming response received for this lecture, they have been forced to move the event to a larger venue. The lecture will now be held in Lecture Theatre 2 in the PD Hahn Building at the University of Cape Town.

Monday, August 18, 2008

The Society of A.P.E.S presents (seriously)

presents a slide show entitled
JAPANORAMA by Justin Fiske
On August 21 at 5.30 for 6pm
At the Cape Institute for Architecture, 71 Hout Street
RSVP with Soraya Tel 021-424 7128 Fax 021-424 3620 or email: admin@cifa.org.za

Enter the Makhulu Polane design competition

The annual Makhulu Polane t-shirt design competition has become a firm favourite on the annual SA design calendar and attracts entries from aspiring and professional graphic, illustration and fashion designers.

The 2008 Big Blue Makhulu Polane opens for entries on 18 August, closing date for submissions is the 1 September 2008. This year’s design theme is ‘Funny-Galore’ - the funniest, smartest, coolest design will win R20 000 in cash and will be sold in all Big Blue and Kitsch & Kool stores nationwide for two months. The competition is not limited to submissions from registered students or designers but is open to anyone who feels they have a unique t-shirt design. Designs do not need to be digitally created – they do need to be submitted via the Big Blue website www.bigblue.co.za - hand drawn illustrations can be scanned and uploaded.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Design Indaba's Winning Streak


Design Indaba Conference will run from February 25 to 27, 2009, and the Design Indaba Expo will follow, opening on Friday February 27 and running until March 1, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.


Design Indaba has been nominated in the Good Hope FM Best of Cape Town Awards. The more nominations we get the more chance of going through to the finals. Go to the website and nominate us in the Creative Cape Town category.


Design Indaba magazine received three awards at this year’s Tabbies, the biggest international competition recognising excellence in business-to-business magazines. Fighting off 700 competitors, Design Indaba magazine received a silver in the Front Cover Digital Imagery category for the “Fanfest 2010” edition, done in collaboration with Grid; a bronze in the Front Cover Photograph category for "Green Living: The Burning Issue", photographed by Paul Hofman; and a bronze in the Best Feature Design category for the "Waste Not, Want Not" story, designed by our resident design director Richard Quintal.


The Jupiter Drawing Room picked up eight awards in the recent Loeries for the Design Indaba Creativity Can campaign, including three silvers in the Mixed Media Campaign, Through-the-Line Communication and Radio categories.


Winner of Design Indaba’s 2008 Most Beautiful Object in South Africa award for his nested bunkbeds, Tsai is on an upwards trajectory. Most recently he was elected to be the South African finalist in the 2008 International Young Design Entrepreneur of the Year award, presented by the British Council.

Tsai will join the other 10 finalists from around the world for a 12-day tour of the British design industry in September, culminating in a visit to 100% Design and the announcement of the overall winner. The winner will receive a financial prize, as well as their own stand at 100% Design 2009.

Also winner of a Red Dot Design Award in 2007, Tsai says: ''South Africa has a lot of need for design-orientated solutions in the low-cost housing area for example, and designers therefore need to come up with design solutions on a mass scale, but there are a lot of entrepreneurial elements that need to go into it as well.''


Sue Kingma of Nuno reports that after five years of consistently being “in the business”, since this year’s Design Indaba Expo, she has come to the position where her orders are more than her capacity to deliver! A large clothing store spotted her at the expo and made an order to supply the UK and California. “All this effort has proved worthwhile – I have assured work for my crafters, and we already have an order to deliver in August!" says Kingma.

Grandt Mason, owner of g-mo, also reports that he met an investor through the Design Indaba Expo. Helping to fund the factory setup, the investment will provide jobs for six households. “It’s an awesome thing you guys are doing - keep up the sterling work,” says Mason.


The Emerging Creatives Programme, sponsored by the Department of Arts and Culture, gives young or up-and-coming designers the opportunity to exhibit at the Design Indaba Expo. The emerging creative can either be a tertiary student or a designer who is in the process of establishing their own design business. Participation in the Design Indaba Expo gives these participants a public platform where they have access and exposure to local and international media, agencies and companies. Participants are also invited to attend the first day of the Young Designers Simulcast.

For more information please contact Beverley Cupido on (021)465 9966 or bev@interactiveafrica.com


Don’t miss the opportunity to enter SOUTH, a traveling exhibition sponsored by the SABC and launched by Design Indaba in collaboration with the Creative Circle and the Loerie Awards. SOUTH is a celebration of the gloriously positive, ridiculously naïve and relentlessly spontaneous creativity inherent in our country.

Prizes to the value of R175 000 are up for grabs. Submissions for SOUTH are open to creative practitioners of any genre over 21 years of age. Selected centres will be receiving work in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth between November 13 and 15, 2008.

For entry forms and more information please visit www.designindaba.com/south.


It’s time for the next installment of the Creative Cape Town Cluster meeting (a networking and development forum for creative industries in the Western Cape), brought to you by Cape Town Partnership in association with Woolworths through the Creative Cape Town programme. Taking forward the theme for the year "Imagining Cape Town," speakers for the next session include: architect Luyanda Mpahlwa speaking about his low-cost housing solution for Design Indaba’s 10x10 project; trend analyst Jonathan Cherry suggesting ways to turn the city centre into a playground using new technology; and entrepreneur Iain Harris proposing that human capital is the new gold of the cultural economy. Listen to these stimulating presentations, ask questions and add your own voices. The session will be rounded off by a networking session including delicious Woolies snacks and a re-launch of Cape Flats Details, a collection of photos by Chris Ledochowski.

  Where:   Woolworths House, 93 Longmarket Street, Cape Town, behind the City Hall
  When:   28 August, 17h00 for 17h30
  RSVP:   seton@showcaseonline.co.za, 082 929 1899

Sunday, August 03, 2008