I have a belief that love and hard work go hand in hand! I strongly believe that if you don't love what you do then you'll be unable to dedicate yourself fully to it and it's unlikely you'll be able to produce great work! It may be hard work to get out of bed and drive to the office each morning. It may be hard work to get through each day, but that doesn't mean that your actually working hard at what you do! if you don't love what you do then how can you invest yourself t...
As an active member of the AIGA, I fully support the organisation and their initiatives. Below I have featured an article that outlines their design for good program, which is creating projects that have a positive social impact that benefits the world, our country and our communities. Please get involved and support the fantastic work that the AIGA are doing. Read more here.
After finishing his degree in architecture at Technische Universität in Berlin he chose to return to his home town of Gando in Burkina Faso and to use his education to help re build his community. Using the limited materials that were available in Gando, Kere worked with his communi...
This wonderful collection of vintage and
rare beer packaging from all over the world can be seen at the Wild Clover
micro Brewery. A veritable feast for any branding and packaging
designer/vintage packaging enthusiast like myself!
The owner Ampie Kruger kindly let me take these images of the full collection of labels whilst telling me the amazing story of how it was donated to him. Apparently the original collectors wife insisted that he give this incredible treasure away!!!
Wild Clover pro...
I’ve been living in South Africa for almost six years now and anyone that knows me will also know that I am an avid collector of anything of visual interest. In fairness most would think what I find visually interesting strange. It can be anything from a texture on a wall, aged billboard signs, street art, old architecture to vintage branding, signage and packaging design. The cell phone camera and large hard drives have saved my family home from a man cave cluttered with all the stuff. In ...
In another new series for the Design Life, I wanted to write about some of histories design icons. Everything around us has at some point been designed. The designers who produce the worlds most recognised symbols, branding and packaging, play a role in our daily lives, but the designers themselves seldom get the notoriety or the similar celebrity that is awarded to those who work in the world of music, film, sport, fashion, art or even product design (Jonathan Ive, Philip...
The World-renowned 'design Indaba'
conference takes place each year in February at Cape Town’s CTICC conference centre.
The event sits at the top of the design community’s calendar with the three-day
program including presentations and insight from both the worlds most
established and celebrated creative professionals along with local up and
Renowned graphic designer Michael Bierut has helped host the conference since 2010 and will be returned this year...
A huge thanks to my company CTTC Design and
Nedbank for the invitation to the premier of 'Refuse the Hour", a
chamber opera (performance art) by South Africa's most internationally
acclaimed artist, William Kenteridge.
The venue for the evenings performance was the Cape Town City Hall. It always feels like such an honour to be inside this important and beautiful building. The very same place that in February 11th 1990, Nelson Mandela, standing on the balcony, made his fi...
My family and I recently visited 'The Art
of the Brick' exhibition which is currently on show in Cape Town. The
exhibition by artist Nathan Sawaya is unique in that it's constructed
completely from Lego blocks!
There's a short film as you enter the exhibition, where Sawaya tells the compelling story of his journey from an unhappy lawyer to an inspired and celebrated artist with his work from Lego blocks. He speaks about believing in yourself and doing the things that you ...
This is my first post featuring my deep interest for vintage branding and packaging design. My fascination began whilst a student where we would often visit the Robert Opie museum of vintage packaging at the Gloucester Docks in England. From that point on I was hooked and it's since grown into a leisure pursuit (some might say obsession) of mine, with my poor wife and son often having our trips away interrupted with me snapping away at old boxes and signs. The invention of...
Welcome to The Design Life. I
have created this site to encourage topical discussion on creativity and
innovation, celebrating both the beauty and success of the finished
product, along with the journey and the processes involved.
I want us to talk about inspiration, ideas and where they come from, taking risks, failing and succeeding. The Design Life is a place where I wont be taking anything for granted. I'm going to be asking why a lot. There will be design resources,...