Sometimes I feel we, as South Africans, are very egocentric and unaware of the world beyond our borders. For example: what do we know about Chinese culture; what was life like for people in Eastern Europe before the ‘wall’ came down. We sometimes forget to ask questions like these, and that makes it hard for us to understand other people’s thinking, ideologies and culture.
Katerina Sonntagova was born four years before Czechoslovakia became The Czech Republic in eastern Europe, 26 years ago. Her thinking and culture is informed by those events, yet she has studied design in a modern, globalised world. She approached Design for development for an internship and brought with her a wealth of different perspectives and experience. It has been very interesting to have her in our office.
Colour Africa Proverbs, our colouring book, is now in stock at the Fab Things shop in Harfield Village in Cape Town! This is after Julia from Fab Things found us at the Design Indaba earlier this year. For those of you who live in the area, it is a wonderful place to buy fun and beautiful gifts. We took a few pictures of some of the products they stock. Tracy, the owner of Fab Things, showed me the Thelma and Louise paper doll cut-out set (see picture below) – very delightful!
At Design for development we aim to make complex information simple and clear. We believe that when people are given accurate, factual information about a subject such as health, it helps them make better life choices. Equal Treatment, the magazine published by TAC, has been providing information about HIV for more than a decade.
This is our fifth year designing this useful resource and we have created quite a few infographics from research data supplied by TAC. If you are working in the HIV treatment literacy field, we, together with TAC, would like to share some of these graphic resources with you. Download the HIV Life Cycle here and the Fight against HIV infographic here.
All resources are published under a creative commons license.
Equal Treatment magazine is freely available for download on the TAC website.
Equal Education is a great, young organisation lobbying for better education in South Africa. And it looks like they are building up to a big 2012. They recently started the process of taking the Minister of Basic Education to court for minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure. Check their website and follow the case. Continue reading »
Most of our blogs show the ‘glamorous’ part of the design process and the final products of what we have been up to! But late last night, driving through the dark, deserted streets of Epping Industria 2 towards Creda Communications, it occurred to me that we seldom acknowledge the hundreds of hours of ‘less glamorous’ work that go into the creation process.
Roughly two years ago we developed the logo for SECTION27, a public interest law centre that uses and develops the law to advance human rights in South Africa (previously known as the Aids Law Project). We were delighted when they asked us to design and produce their first Review Document.
Picador (an imprint under Pan Macmillan Publishing Company) are hosting 40 parties around the world to celebrate 40 years of publishing. One of the parties is at a favourite bookstore of ours. The Book Lounge on Roeland Street. To celebrate this milestone, Picador are re-issuing 12 of their classic fiction titles with beautifully redesigned black and white covers. The Book Lounge has asked local illustrators, including us at Design for development, to donate for auction, black and white drawings to celebrate the beauty of the printed book. Continue reading »
The latest edition of Equal Treatment is on patents, South African patent laws and how it affect the cost of medicines. There is an easy guide explaining what medicine patents are, and how they work. It also explains how our outdated patent laws in South Africa should change to allow continued access to affordable, essential medicines like antiretrovirals or cancer drugs.
We were very happy to hear that we won the tender to design and print Equal Treatment for the next two years! Working on Equal Treatment has been an amazing and rewarding experience. We feel very lucky to work with such a great editorial team and organisation. Thank you! Continue reading »
TAC produced 6 handy, pocketsize maps for each of their districts. These maps will help people find clinics and hospitals in their neighbourhood. The maps are of Khayelithsa, Lusikisiki area, Ermelo, Katlehong, Tzaneen area and Pietermaritzburg.
The Design Indaba Expo is in full swing! Hope you have plans to go down to the convention center this weekend. It is brimming with creativity and talent: graphic design, furniture, fashion, jewelery… You will not be disappointed. While you are there, visit our Colour Africa stall! It will be great to see you. Here are some pics we took this morning.
- Rest in peace Madiba. http://t.co/zVnqHj0ivH #,
- And another one! Welcome Kait! http://t.co/bPPvYepIyv #,
- RT @OpenStreetsCT: 2014 slogan! RT @greenpointclean: Get out of your car and onto your feet: good for your wellbeing, good for your street. @WDC2014 #,
- Very happy to have Meghan from @Hi_WalkieTalkie with us @d4d_design . http://t.co/qQusfd1jvy #,
- RT @charlysbakery: @creativenestlin @mak1one_ Here's an updated pic of #Madiba in #District6 http://t.co/73d1oVOp0m #,
- TAC celebrating its successes
- Better budgets for better health. NSP Review, Issue 2.
- Giles Griffin website is launched
- Equal treatment 32
- Colour Africa Proverbs give-away!
- Yakula Bush Blends
- Design for development is looking for a graphic designer
- Silent auction at the Book Lounge tonight
- Beautiful laptop bag
- Design Indaba 2011
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.