July 29, 2014

CreativeMornings Johannesburg: Failure | Terry Behan

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Hello there! Today has been a magical day of exciting CreativeMornings news – here’s one more nugget for all of you. We are amped to announce that our speaker for this month’s talk at 100% Design South Africa will be Terry Behan: creative thinker, social entrepreneur, author and brand builder across the African Continent.

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Terry spends most of his time commuting across the continent where he has worked extensively with many of Africa’s best-loved brands. He is the CEO of VWV across Africa & The Middle East. He is also a fellow of The Africa Leadership Initiative, and is a director of the Southern Guild Design Foundation.

He is a published author, speaker and often appears in various online and print media. His book “connect with the continent helps brands to understand key consumer trends and social movements across the African continent. You can connect with him on Facebook.


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July 29, 2014

CreativeMornings Johannesburg: Failure

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Good afternoon, and happy Tuesday!

By now you should be sharing our excitement at the fact that August’s CreativeMornings talk will be taking place at 100% Design South Africa next month. If you’re not, pull yourself together. Come on now.

The talk is on the theme of Failure - being totally amazing ourselves, we’re not very familiar with the concept, but apparently it’s quite common. The theme was selected by the Singapore chapter, and is accompanied this fantastic image by photographer Bill Wadman.

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100% Design South Africa runs 6th to 10th of August, in Hall 1, Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg. Tickets for our talk with Terry Behan will go live the Monday before the talk (the 4th), and a ticket to CreativeMornings also gets you into the show that day. Get ready to grow your brain and save some sweet bucks!

Further details on the exhibition and the team behind the show can be found on the website: www.100percentdesign.co.za - you can also catch up with them on Facebook and Twitter.


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July 29, 2014

CreativeMornings + 100% Design South Africa = Love

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Good news, everyone! Acclaimed international design exhibition 100% Design is finally launching on the African continent.

It gets even better – CreativeMornings Johannesburg will happening at the exhibition, on Friday the 8th of August. Tickets for our talk with Terry Behan on the theme of Failure will go live the Monday before the talk (the 4th), and a ticket to CreativeMornings also gets you into the show that day. Get ready to grow your brain and save some sweet bucks!

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100% Design South Africa will be running alongside Decorex SA, the largest home show on the continent, which last year was visited by over 54,000 people. There is a burgeoning design scene in Africa, driven by a hunger for design-lead products and an increasing number of young designers with fresh new ideas. To cater for the growing demands of the country and the continent at large, 100% Design South Africa will focus on residential, hospitality, office and product design – areas of massive growth potential for the industry.

Much to our excitement, many exhibitors will also host interactive activities – from wood turning to 3D printing.  The exhibition also promises a few collaborative ventures, including 100% Office by Dokter and Misses in association with Visi Magazine; The Mr Price Home Colab Café, and a large ceramic exhibition in association with Art in The Forest and House & Leisure.

The show runs 6th to 10th of August, in Hall 1, Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg.

Further details on the exhibition and the team behind the show can be found on the website: www.100percentdesign.co.za – you can also catch up with them on Facebook and Twitter.

100% Design South Africa is presented by Dauphin Human Design Group, Conde Nast House & Garden and The Home Channel.


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July 25, 2014

Redesigning your website

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As organisations grow, key messages are refined, market share is won, new products are introduced, staff complement grows and an endless number of changes take place. Inevitable questions arise around how the organisation is positioned in the online space.

The reasons for undertaking a website redesign are many – perhaps a rebrand, merger or acquisition, technological change (eg: a content management system) or new product created the need. Maybe the design looks dated or the content is not effectively communicating with your audience. Whatever your reason, if this is a project that is on your plate, this blog post is for you. It shows off our favorite “Before” and “After” designs to help inspire you to take the next step and smash your website redesign! Enjoy!

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2. Headspace

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3. Wacom

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4. Flowmail

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5. And one of our very own projects: Affectv

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Website projects are complex. There are many moving parts. Often the process is hampered by lack of planning, unforeseen roadblocks or stakeholders that derail the process.


 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve put together this handy worksheet to help you manage this risk and capture your vision for the project. Think of this document as a business plan for your website. The more clearly you articulate the scope, the better the end result will be. Any web design agency will be able to use this document to understand what your project requires. This means they know what you expect and can give you a clear idea of what they need in terms of inputs, budget and time.

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July 24, 2014

The Wanted Zin Advertisement

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Swedish based production and animation studio Brikk have created this throwback Clint Eastwood western movie style advertisement. The advertisement is for The Wanted Zin, this summers best red barbeque/braai wine. All the elements, illustration, animation, music, and voice over work together to create the wild west feeling created in this advertisement. The next time you are briefing an agency, or perhaps designing something yourself, consider the feeling you are trying to create, and let that be the focus of all the design decisions you need to make. A clear vision of what you are trying to achieve will help you pin point the feeling you are trying to create. What about if you have something in mind, but don’t quite have a clear vision? We would love to help you craft your vision.

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Director: BRIKK
Producer: BRIKK
Illustration: Gustaf Öhrnell
Animation: BRIKK
Sound design: Joel Andersson

 

Via: Behance

 

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July 23, 2014

Loopdaloop

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Loopdaloop is an animation challenge. Each month, animators from around the world create looping animations based on a given topic and submit them to the site. Their archives are overflowing with loopy treasures. December’s ‘light’ theme definitely sparked a particular interest in me. I have always been fascinated how different artists capture the light’s energy in different and unique ways, just take a look!

 

Eran Hilleli

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Lucia Howell Vargas

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Alexander Gellner

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Andrew Bowler

 

But don’t take my word for it. Go find something that strikes your fancy!

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July 21, 2014

CreativeMornings Johannesburg: Heritage | Tickets now available

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Happy Monday, err’body! It’s almost noon. so you’d better be awake by now.

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Seat bookings are open for Friday’s talk with Deon Maas, at the Nicework offices. He’ll be speaking on the the subject of Heritage, and you can read a little more about him right here. The talk is happening from 8.30 to 10.00 on Friday morning, and you can grab tickets here. As always, the tickets are free (lucky you!) but in high demand, so get ‘em while they’re hot.

We’ll see you on Friday!


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July 17, 2014

Mapei Interior Design Illustration

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Italian illustrator Carlo Stanga has created these beautiful illustrations of interiors for Mapei. The use of perspective and detail particularly make these illustrations worthwhile looking at for longer periods of time. Consider designing an interior or getting an interior designed. It is an industry standard to get drawings and then at a later stage computer generated renders. These illustrations leave nothing to imagination and gives you or your client a detailed view of what your ideas will look like. This can save lots of time and money in the design process by understanding visually what an interior space may look like more accurately.

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Via: Behance

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July 16, 2014

Kid Art Grows Up

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Telmo Pieper teamed up with his younger self, to illustrate what his young mind was yearning to express while he still needed to brush up on his Photoshop skills. Finally his series called Kiddie Arts is revealed. It’s nice to see people digging up childhood treasures and breathing new life into them! We all grow up so fast… (via Colossal).

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July 15, 2014

CreativeMornings Johannesburg: Heritage | Deon Maas

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Happy Tuesday, everyone! We are pleased to announce that our next CreativeMornings speaker is documentary filmmaker Deon Maas. The talk will be taking place on Friday the 25th of July at our offices – you can check out the Facebook event for more details.

Deon Maas is an ex-journalist, ex-photographer, ex-radio show host, ex-TV talk show host, ex-Idols judge, ex-record company executive and ex-husband.

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Over the past few years he has established himself as a documentary filmmaker.  His latest film, Punk in Africa, has shown at more than 60 international film festivals including Rio, Rotterdam and Durban.  NME has voted it as one of the ten most important documentaries on Netflix and it’s been favourably reviewed by the Village Voice, Huffington Post and USA Today.  Jam Sandwich, his television show, has won four SAFTAS, one for Best Concept/Script, one for Best Reality Show and two for Best Music Show.  He created the hip-hop platform HipHopKop and used money from Norwegian taxpayers to do distance learning about the music industry in South Africa.  He is a social commentator and author.  His book, Witboy in Africa, was a best seller and serialized on radio.

He is curently finishing up three documentaries:  One on Oppikoppi’s 20 years, one on Shangaan disco and one on the Bacardi House scene in Attredigeville.  He is also doing a programme on the history of South African rock music on Radio Sonder Grense.

He firmly believes that South Africans don’t give a shit about their heritage. He is also on Facebook, where he accepts all friend requests except those with no pictures or pictures of the old South African flag.


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