Mandela Poster Project (update 2)

The international creative community has embraced the Mandela Poster Project as a way to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s lifelong contribution to humanity and his pursuit of social justice, peace and caring, especially for the most fragile – children. The International Council for Communication Design (Icograda) has endorsed this initiative as part of its own 50th celebrations and are calling on its members to contribute. Designers from more than 35 countries have thus far committed to contribute poster submissions to support the fundraising efforts to realise Madiba’s wish to establish the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Mandela Poster Project

You are invited to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday and his
life’s contribution to humanity by creating a poster or series of
posters. The project aims to collect 95 exceptional posters from
around the world and collate them into an online publication and
travelling exhibition.

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Popular culture, education and ubuntu in Kenya

By Lilac Osanjo, School of the Arts and Design, University of Nairobi

This article is a reflection of our world today, what we see, how we see it and how it affects our development and ability to lead sustainable lives.

Popular culture is found everywhere around us. Pop culture evolves over time and is influenced by many things that we experience, see and are taught. Popular culture is synonymous with youth culture because the youth are most often the drivers of pop culture. In Kenya over 65% of the population (estimated at 38 million) is made up of the youth aged between 15 and 35 years. Many of these young people are in school and or in training and it is everyone’s desire to nurture and stimulate the young minds to reach their full potential in their chosen firlds in order to create a new generation of responsible leaders who are able to redesign a sustainable world and a better life for all.

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The man who put green and red together

Abstract Composition I | 1959 | 41cm x 51cm | Oil on Board

By Judith Mason

At the end of the Second World War many people emigrated from war-torn Europe, and a great many found their way to the United States where they invigorated America with their Continental sensibility and flair for innovation. The great influx of European artists to America is part of the story of contemporary art and how New York supplanted the traditional sites of visual artistic energy such as Paris in the 1930s. Continue reading

Andile Dyalvane: Artists get all fired up

Andile Dyalvane at Ngwenya Glass, Swaziland, July 2011

By Megan Diener

“The journey is never easy, pitfalls are sure,” says 33 year old ceramicist, Majolandile (Andile) Dyalvane. This innovative artist/designer has been on a long difficult road to become a successful entrepreneur in the South African art and design sector. This is his story. Continue reading

Nothing can be reasonable or beautiful unless it’s made by one central idea, and the idea sets every detail

Robert Sertic (left) & Jason Kempen (right)

Fountainhead Design, a Cape Town-based design agency, took its name from a 1943 classic novel written by Ayn Rand, based upon the life of protagonist Howard Roark, an individualistic young architect who chose to struggle in obscurity rather than compromise his artistic and personal vision. Robert Sertic, technical director and co-owner of Fountainhead Design, was motivated by the novel’s inspiring business principles and decided to align his entrepreneurial vision with that of Roark.

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Perfection is the dullest form of expression

Jackson Mahr

By Dr Jackson Mahr

Philippe Starck once declared that: design is a dreadful form of expression. Heʼs right, of course. As great as it is, design is a discipline hemmed in by precision, aesthetics, symmetry and modernity. It necessarily occupies itself with function, style and wit, rather than substance and meaning. While design can do wonderful things, innovative things, it usually just settles for popular things, and itʼs our own fault. We love shiny new trinkets, great colours, big ideas and products that can help us feel young, interesting and cool – even if were middle aged, greying and fat. Continue reading

Julia Day: Pioneering a new contemporary design aesthetic

Julia Day

With a passion for international contemporary design and an inherent desire to bring to South Africa cutting-edge design inspired by forward-thinking global trends, Julia Day has long been a force to be reckoned with in the local interior design fraternity.

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Leanne Shakenovsky’s Unification and Rebellion

Works waiting excitedly in preparation of exhibition

Leanne Shakenovsky’s first solo exhibition, Unification and Rebellion, opens on the 6 September 2012 at Vélo in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The title of the exhibition, Unification and Rebellion, was inspired by the Pierneef family’s story during the second Anglo-Boer War (1899 – 1902).  Shakenovsky’s  says: “I have unified the Oros man and other local branded commodities with Pierneef’s landscapes and have rebelled against many ideas about the monetary value of both old master and contemporary works of art.”

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