Flags of Peace is an ongoing initiative by Trapped in Suburbia, where one designer or artist from each country is invited to submit their interpretation of what a Universal Peace Flag might look like.
I was incredibly flattered and more than a little daunted at the prospect of exhibiting alongside some of my personal heroes.
The design itself was inspired by a bird taking off. This was divided into essentially three stacked icons - the first, a horizontal line representing calmness, the second, a stylised bird the way a child might draw it and lastly the upraised wings signifying victory.
The colour was divided into equal parts black and white.
Check out Flags of Peace for more detail on the project.Graphic Design2016
Some really good friends of mine held an exhibition in Johannesburg called The Bright Night Project. It was 'an exhibition in the dark' I was lucky enough to be asked to take part alongside some of the top photographers and illustrators in South Africa.
The pieces were lit by Little Sun, solar powered lamps with the mission to get clean, reliable, affordable light to the 1.1 billion people worldwide without access to electricity.
The theme for the exhibition was 'Light', and my piece was loosely based on The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out and features some elements like the Salford Lad's Club - the location the original 1986 music video is centred around.
Event Photos © Photo LingoFine Arts, Illustration2016
InnovationsCampus Saar is a campus intended for innovative, high-tech companies and start-ups in Saarland.
The concept for the identity was simple. The idea at the heart of innovation is to take something that already exists and look at it from a different perspective. The campus consists of 10 sections with the communal area, the BCC forming its 'green middle'. By changing the way we looked at the footprint of the campus, the perception suddenly changed.
To give the logo its depth, we extruded the 10 sections and allocated each with its own colour. The individual shapes and colours of each area was used to inform the orientation system. The combination of all areas made up the final logo.
By keeping the proportions consistent, it gave us a system whereby the elements could be combined to represent the entire campus or scaled down to dictate the size of the internal signage within a building.Art Direction, Branding, Graphic Design2016
A 4-colour silkscreen print to announce my daughter's birth. Printed by Shining Labor in Berlin, they did a great job with the registration.Graphic Design, Illustration2015
I was invited to contribute a piece for the Paper Planes Exhibition at the Design Indaba Expo curated by Alexander's Band. 44 South African illustrators took part, each providing their take on one of 22 South African folktales. I got 'Jakkals trou me wolf se vrou', the legend of what happens when it rains but the sun is still shining.
http://www.alexandersband.com/paperplanesGraphic Design, Illustration2015
We asked a few of our really talented friends and family to illustrate something that would be glazed onto plates and used as table gifts for our wedding. The plates were handmade for us, and a limited run of 7 of each design was produced. Among them are illustrations by illustrators, designers, fine artists and one by my father-in-law, a retired architect. They came out so great.Graphic Design, Illustration2014
Corporate Identity for Frida von Fuchs - a Berlin-based design agency who deal mainly with freelancers on smaller, more carefully crafted jobs.
Frida is a character who nobody ever sees, but she's always looking out for your best interests. Like the name and logo suggests, she's a bit a spectre - a hybrid of woman and fox.Branding, Illustration, Print Design2014
Since my wife and I met, whenever either one of us was away from home we sent a postcard.
About two years ago we left South Africa and moved to Germany, leaving our friends and families behind, and having to rely on texts emails and Skype calls to keep in touch.
We wanted our invitations to reflect something really honest about us, but also make the people receiving them feel important. We thought sending a pack of postcards documenting a timeline of our relationship (from songs we love to places we've travelled) to be the best solution. There was also the hope that, if we made them cool enough, they might end up framed as opposed to being stuck on the fridge. For the most part, I think it worked out - but maybe that was just the gold spot.Graphic Design, Illustration, Print Design2014
Illustration, packaging design and art direction. In collaboration with Jono Garrett. Based on the idea that a good padlock keeps hardened criminals from stealing your stuff. By die-cutting the packaging and only allowing the top part of the lock to come through, it gives all the criminals an unhappy face.Illustration, Packaging2013
I was asked to design an identity for a food styling company owned by two friends.
They basically spend their days cooking amazing food and making it look beautiful, and still somehow find time to lead functional lives outside of work. To me they seem like the quintessential modern-day versions of 1950s housewives, minus the chauvinism. So that's what I did for their stationery, little illustrations based on their daily work, without showing the typical 'portfolio-style' food photography.
Branding, Graphic Design, Illustration2013
Nando’s, already synonymous with great quality chicken, teamed up with vida to give their customers the same amazing experience in their after-meal coffee.
These two brands with a passionately Portuguese heritage needed to come together under an identity that was equally representative of both. It turned out that besides their respective passions for their industries, they shared a brand colour. The idea was simple. Red.
In store, there is already a lot of collateral, many things going on at once, each demanding its own attention, so we had to devise a look & feel that would cut through everything else. We settled on a stark red and white graphic device comprising of Nando’s and vida elements.
The result was an eye-catching, graphic representation of the fiery passion shared by these two brands, own able by one as much as the other.Graphic Design2012
We were asked to design a magazine explicitly for the Nando's staff members. we wanted to differentiate it from all the other internal communication, like newsletters and such.
We settled on a fairly small format as most staff members take public transport, so ease of use was very important. Nando's doesn't use much photography in their communication, so we approached the magazine from a very illustrative perspective. We decided on creating a custom typeface for each issue, that would be used to link the cover feature to the layout of the rest of the magazine.
It was a great project to work on.
Designed with Simone Rossum while at Black River F.C.Editorial Design, Illustration, Graphic Design2012
We were invited to exhibit an "Inspiration Table" at Peet Pienaar's Toffi Pop Culture Festival.
Being an agency named after a football club, we thought it would be cool to produce a customized foosball table.
Each player was painstakingly hand-painted. The characters were designed to represent a cross-section of South African personalities.
Designed and illustrated by myself, Simone Rossum, Sindiso Nyoni and Marli Heunis.Illustration, Character Design, Exhibition Design2012
We were invited enter a contest to design a cover for spring issue the Arch Magazine, an upmarket publication for a shopping centre in Johannesburg. It also happened to be their 1st anniversary issue.
We won the contest, and somehow got away with representing Spring using mainly black.
Designed with Simone Rossum while at Black River F.C.Graphic Design, Editorial Design, Illustration2012
We were approached by Virgin Mobile to design a certificate to commemorate staff members' 5th anniversary with the company. The certificate wasn't to be framed.Graphic Design, Illustration2012
We were tasked to design a Christmas gift for Virgin Mobile South Africa. We were briefed to do a pretty straightforward card to go along with Richard Branson's new book.
The cool thing was, the entire proceeds of the purchase of the book went to the Virgin Unite Charity, which essentially meant you were giving away one present, but it was actually two.
We chose basic wrapping paper, all "Christmassy" and cheap, silkscreened it with the message,"One for you."
Then wrapped it again with another message, "One for someone else."Graphic Design2012
These are posters designed to be hung up in Virgin Mobile's Customer Call Centre.
The staff share a call centre with other companies, and the offices can be quite dull, so we designed these posters to represent the various brand values in a really basic, straightforward way.Illustration, Graphic Design2012
Black River F.C. is an ad agency, named after a football club. We needed an identity that reflected both what we are named after, but also what we do.
We used the analogy of creativity in football - that it is game millions of people play, but only few are remembered. The people who stand out are renowned for their skill, but maybe more importantly, their flair.
Advertising is similar in many ways.
We researched the various famous South African soccer tricks and moves that have made people like Jomo Sono and Ace Ntsolengoe famous and matched them with their relevant piece of stationery.Illustration, Branding2012
This was the second book that got sent out to Nando's creative agencies around the world.
Much like the first, it was a "Choose your own ending" book, but this time, it was about a different couple.
It's a pretty left-filed story of 2 ice skaters, one born to skate, the other, not so much.
In the bad ending, he becomes a Wrestler, and she fights Milli Vanilli on stage at the Jerry Springer show.
A good evening read.Graphic Design, Illustration2012
Nando's Chicken Restaurants are a global brand, and their account is worked on by numerous agencies all over the world. we were tasked to design a CD pack to outline what was expected from the various agencies in the different territories.Illustration, Graphic Design2012
Folder designed for MINI Financial ServicesGraphic Design, Typography2012
LogosGraphic Design, Typography2012