I was always fascinated by the Japanese tradition of woodblock printmaking and that made me visit the studio of the printmaking artist Alma Ita Vorster at Montebello Design Centre. Her work, and that of her students students, almost blew my mind and I decided to go every Monday evening for printing classes. As Alma masters almost all printing techniques you can possibly imagine, it was difficult for me to find my way. Finally I found myself in the Drypoint technique and combined with my passion for sustainable design, I used old CDs and DVDs as my playground. I am planning to work some more on them, so for now, you can have taste of what I have done.
In case you want to visit the printmaking studio, or get some more information about the classes, you can call Alma at 083 6569769 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Design for development has completed another publication for PLAAS called: ‘Smallholders and agro-food value chains in South Africa. Emerging practices, emerging challenges’. There was a lack of photos available for this publication so we decided to make black and white illustrations for the start of each chapter.
I used photographs taken by the researchers in the field as reference for each illustration to be as accurate and relevant as possible. Where there were no photographs, we researched other reference photos to use as the basis for the illustrations. It was the first time I used a drawing tablet for my drawings; it became a necessary hardware tool on my desk. It was fun working on this project; have a look at some of the spreads below.
For more information about the publication take a look at the PLAAS website.
Treatment Action Campaign held their AGM on the 18th-19th of April at Booysens Hotel in Johannesburg this year. 250 TAC members came together ro reflect on progress made over the last two and a half years. Key speakers at the meeting were Cde Steve Letsike (SANAC Deputy Chairperson), Dr Thobile Mbengashe (National Department of Health) and Cde Zwli Vavi (COSATU General Secretary)
Five important points were discussed
1. Health system strenghtening to deliver quality health care services for people living with HIV and TB
2. Prevention, treatment, care and support of HIV and TB
3. Gender based violence
4. Building local leadership and supporting community initiatives of holding government accountable
5. National secretariat
Please find a sumarry of the AGM resolutions here
At Design for development we created TAC’s AGM materials wich consists of name tags, invites, folders and an annual report.
PLAAS (Institute of Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies) wants to make statistics about land reform more readily available to researchers, journalists and policy makers. According to Dr Ben Cousins at PLAAS, statistics and numbers about land reform are often misunderstood or misquoted. This is why PLAAS is publishing accurate statistics available in the form of a range of fact sheets. The fact sheets will be informative and useful in debates, discussions and articles.
Design for development designs and prints many reports and books for the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies or PLAAS. PLAAS does research, policy engagement, teaching and training about the dynamics of chronic poverty and structural inequality in Southern Africa. Read more on their website, and very informative blog, Another Countryside.
The latest book we designed and printed is called Farm workers and farm dwellers in Limpopo, South Africa: struggles over tenure, livelihoods and justice. It is a study of four commercial farms in Limpopo province and examines how recent changes – economic restructuring, land reform and migration – are affecting people living there. The book is the result research done by Poul Wisborg, Ruth Hall, Shirhami Shirinda, and Phillan Zamchiya between 2007 and 2010. The research was done as part of a joint project between PLAAS and Noragric, part of the Norwegian Univertisity of Life Sciences. Continue reading »
Last year we were commissioned to do an illustration for Straight Access Technologies (SAT). SAT is based at the Christaan Barnard Heart Department at UCT and they are developing cost effective, artificial heart valves. At the moment they are focusing on the development of a small deployment device and synthetic heart valve for sufferers of Rheumatic Heart Disease in the developing world. Read more about their ground breaking work here.
When SAT needed an update for their corporate identity and a redesign of their website, we were very happy to work with them again. We developed a bold new logo (based on the concept of their old logo) and designed the structure and look and feel of their website. The website was developed with WordPress by Idea Catalyst.
Although we don’t speak french, we managed to work on the french translation of the MSF HIV guide for primary health care. After a couple of months full of concentration, corrections and coffee, we are proud to hold the book, which helps many health care workers around the African continent, in our hands. Thanks Eric and Catherine from MSF for working so long and hard on the publication with us.
We love the artwork of the South Africa street artist Faith47, from the Freedom Charter series. It seemed to be the perfect cover for the LRC Practical Guide For Refugees. LRC focuses its energy on the issues which often undermine the basic human rights of refugees and asylum seekers.
Asylum seekers entering South Africa face many obstacles; including the constant threat of deportation, government red tape, xenophobia, and lack of social and medical assistance. The booklet is a guide for refugees to help them through the steps they have to take.
The booklet has now also been translated into French to help French speaking refugees.
Medicines sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders (MSF) asked us to develop icons to use in their funding brochure. The icons also had to be usable electronically on their websites, blogs and other online publications. MSF identified a list of 19 concepts that needed to be represented visually.
First I sketched the nineteen icons in pencil and after approval, redrew the icons in Illustrator as two sets of colour icons. The first set had a square background for use as buttons on a website, or touchscreen device. The second set had no background for use in printed publications.
As an all women office, we have strong feelings about issues like rape and gender based violence. When Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) asked us to design a guide for women affected by violence, we were excited to work on a publication that will help and empower women. This is a book that gives practical information for survivors and speaks directly about a sensitive subject.
- New space for creatives. http://t.co/yexuGkSHzd #,
- Drypoint printing technique using old Cds and Dvds. http://t.co/DxGehVqwrZ #,
- Proud for @ColourAfrica be amongst these wonderful creative works! http://t.co/CBA3Gx2Ji5 #,
- In case you missed the TAC AGM resolutions last month - http://t.co/W1Ted7vWvN #,
- Drawing with a tablet! http://t.co/1Xn4HuNJRE #,
- Pink Protea lino-prints
- Bonita Barendse, Graphic designer and illustrator
- Department of Coffee – Khayelitsha Station
- Madonna tattoo by Morag Pringle
- Roulé le Roux – a talented creative and diverse illustrator
- Isabeau Joubert – Craft entrepreneur!
- Beautiful laptop bag
- We return to Tankwa town. Afrika Burn 2011.
- Key populations, Key solutions.
- Designing a set of icons for MSF
Colour Africa Proverbs
Colour Africa Proverbs is a colouring book of beautifully illustrated proverbs from all over Africa.
Read more on the Colour Africa Website.