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Natasha Viljoen was featured on the blog a few months ago for the promotional posters she designed for a monthly music event in Cape Town, South Africa called Natural Selection. Since the post Natasha was selected as an Emerging Creative for Design Indaba Expo 2014.
The latest of the poster series features Lauryn Hill and Amy Winehouse. Natasha combines an artists image with a collage of ‘natural selection’. Her handmade process is completed with a digital finish. This is a process Natasha calls ‘magical’. Click this link to see the project from start to finish.
Ryan Honeyball is a freelance designer and art director living and working in Johannesburg, South Africa.
This poster was designed for an event/lecture, titled Do Men Who Kick Dogs Punch Women?
“The lecture draws the connection between animal abuse and human abuse. Often perpetrators of violent crimes against humans are also found to abuse animals. Animal abuse is considered an early sign of psychopathic behavior. We should not distinguish between acts of violence towards human and non-human animals, as perpetators of violence are often incapable of doing so.
A violent act is always a violent act. This is the idea behind the poster. The act of tearing paper is destructive and therefore violent and that is what the poster attempts to portray. The poster is able to bear the signs of abuses perpetrated, just as its animate subjects are.
Each poster is divided into four perforated segments which can be torn of as fliers. This serves to quadruple the amount of posters, but also serves to highlight the concept. When a perforated segment is violently torn from the poster it reveals a wound. The interaction forces an awareness of the violence. However, when the segment is gently removed and the poster is shown respect, the perforation functions correctly and the tear is smooth.”
University of Johannesburg Animals in Law
Cora Bailey: Do Men Who Kick Dogs Punch Women?
It’s Not Very Nice That - Politics in Contemporary Graphic Design
21 February – 27 April 2014
With new ways of being political along with new media and modes of production at their disposal, contemporary designers navigate a space of increasing social unrest which has seen the eruption of civil insurrection in the UK, the revolutionary fervour of the Arab Spring and the furore following the Wikileaks revelations. The exhibition will examine the resurgence of political practice among designers since the mid 2000s and will consider their motifs and motivations, exploring the potential problems and possibilities of this diverse set of experiments.
The exhibition will be augmented with a number of talks and workshops, examining, through direct action and open discussion, some of these pertinent topics.
#itsnotverynicethat / #INVNT
Project by: KWY / Design: ProjectProjects
"For this piece, about how the use of DNA technology has allowed the military to identify the remains of each of the unknown soldiers from Vietnam forward, we created a paper flower wreath to memorialize the death of the soldiers that died in each war. The size of each flower is (roughly) proportional to the total number of soldiers lost in each war."
Design: Holly Gressley and Rumors
Art director: Aviva Michaelov
Alan Watts was a Zen Buddhist philosopher best known for popularising Eastern philosophies to the Western audience.
In Laura Wilusz's senior thesis for her BFA in Graphic Design; she explored ideas concerning the philosophy of living mindfully and being present as opposed to being clouded with worry about the past and future by creating an Alan Watts poster series.
"Every piece was executed in a way that required my mind and body to be completely engaged with the task at hand. It was, in a sense, a form of meditation. The original pieces are ephemeral, made with media chosen specifically to illuminate the content of the words, without regard to physical permanence or stability. I chose to present them in photographic poster form, with a designer’s hope that viewers will resonate with the words, as I did, and can imagine using the posters as a daily reminder to stay present, or as a starter of meaningful conversation in one’s home. "
"Our vision for Evolution Fresh was to create a vibrant and expressive brand that would feel alive on shelf and hold true to its brand heritage. Through visual cues from the rich colors and textures of ingredients and inspiration from local farmers markets, the element of personal touch and human quality shines. Every aspect of the brand connects back to nature.
The Evolution Fresh brand is not just a juice company but a lifestyle. It is a seed for change and health awareness in the world. It is the layers and the mixing of our cultures, our food, and our environments. It is a symbol of the purest and freshest ingredients that we all are able to share.”
This Illustration explores the visionary of the 21th century Diverse thinkers influenced by political and artistic movement of the same name Black- conscious — coined by the Bikonscious that examines the history, impact, and transmutations of Biko’s cultural movement.
Stephen Bantu Biko (18 December 1946 – 12 September 1977) was an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa in the 1960s and 1970s. He founded the Black Consciousness Movement. For further reading about the life of Steve Biko, please read so-treu’s post here.
Time for Action is a 2014 calendar designed by James Yang for National Association of Women. The calendar is aimed at mothers with young children and focuses on nutrition and exercise information. There is a nutritional theme for each month and exercises/fitness games which engage both mother and child.
James Yang is a Brooklyn based Illustrator and his clients have included Time Magazine, New York TImes and Wall Street Journal.
For more inspiring calendar designs, please visit The Designer Wall for their extensive post of unique and interesting calendars.
Signs For The Homeless is an exchange project for homeless people developed by Kenji Nakayama & Christopher Hope.
The mission of Signs For The Homeless is to raise awareness and help for the homeless through exchanging hand painted signs and sharing the narratives of the homeless around the world.
Read interviews/narratives and learn more about the project here: http://homelesssigns.tumblr.com/
Introducing Andrea Bowers
I recently became familiar with Andrea’s work - Educate, Agitate, Organize which was shown at the Andrew Kreps Gallery’s Art Basel Miami Beach in 2010. This lead to a curiosity and eagerness to find her online portfolio.
Andrea Bowers has explored individual expression within society at large, including sports and rock fans as well as political activists. Her work offers a uniquely feminist critique, eliding dogma for dissent and exploding simple notions of radicality. Her artwork includes photorealist drawing, video and sound installations and sculpture.
"Kuduro (literally ‘hard ass’) is an urban cultural movement that was born in Angola in the last decade of the Civil War.
Created in the discos and raves in downtown Luanda through a fusion between House and Techno beats and traditional Angolan rhythms, Kuduro spilled over from the centre of the city to the suburbs. It rapidly spread throughout Angola, Africa and now all over the world.
Kuduro mixes dance, music and lifestyle, its lyrics take inspiration from the simple day-to-day things in life, and its culture is present a little here, there and everywhere - be that on a street corner, in a school, in a taxi or even a football stadium.
‘I LOVE KUDURO’ follows the most idolised stars of this urban phenomenon that today influences scores of young Africans, namely Bruno de Castro, Eduardo Paim,Sebém, Nagrelha, Hochi Fu, Namayer, Tchobari, Titica, Francis Boy and Cabo Snoop, offering a unique view on the new generation of Angolan talent.”
I Love Kuduro's branding and promotional material was designed by GOMA; a multidisciplinary visual communication studio based in Portugal
"This print deals with the tokolosh, a fabled African creature not unlike a Brownie, that is widely known as mischievous and often the scapegoat for the ills of rural community life. Some believe it is responsible for cancer to women, but this is obviously wrong. The poster was placed within the community not only to uplift but also educate."
Natasha Viljoen was asked to create a promotional poster for a monthly music event in Cape Town, South Africa.
Natasha combines an artists image with a collage of ‘natural selection’. Her handmade process is completed with a digital finish. This is a process Natasha calls ‘magical’. Click this link to see the project from start to finish.