"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.
We love wedding invitations on Design Revolution. Designers who create their own always end up doing a remarkable job. New York based illustrator Elizabeth Baddeley designed her own wedding invitations for her wedding which took place last spring.
Angela Southern draws inspiration from words and phrases she hears daily, from the news, pop culture and music. For this project, This Is New York, Angela collaborated with photographer Spencer Heyfron to create a collection of portraits shot on the streets of NYC. This collection illustrates what Angela describes as real people and real quotes.
View all the shots from the collection here.
Integrating Refugees, Keeping Identities
Draftfcb is one of the largest global advertising agency networks. With an extensive client list which includes Sony, Nestle, Taco Bell & EA; Draftfcb have worked with over 100 companies in the Global Fortune 500. They currently have 150 offices in 90 countries.
After viewing their amazing portfolio it was Draftfcb Spain’s work for ACCEM that caught my attention.
More about Accem
“Accem is an N.G.O., a Non-profit Making Organisation that provides attention and reception to refugees and immigrants in Spain promoting its social and labour integration, as well as equal rights and duties of everyone regardless of its origin, sex, race, religion, opinions or social group.”
Enter Patricia’s World and you’ll meet The Girl Next Door; a very detailed illustration of Patricia Kleeberg's old neighbour.
Click here to delve further into Patricia’s world.
Crystal Brown decided to advocate for Women Empowerment as her contribution to her Senior Design Exhibition.
"First I wanted to introduce the history behind womens rights and to display all women of power alive/deceased who impacted the world for all women.[…] Second, I wanted to display how women empowerment began with the very first females of all cultural backgrounds and shades of color. In the end it will follow the continutaion of the next female generation which is "US". "
Crystal was featured on this blog earlier this year for her re-design of the Kenyan currency which you can see here.
Everyone has the right to be informed.
"Freedom of expression and of information will always be the world’s most important freedom. If journalists were not free to report the facts, denounce abuses and alert the public." Reporters Without Borders continuously monitor attacks on freedom of information worldwide and denounce any such attacks in the media
This campaign was created by McCann Erickson advertising agency who value truth as a central element to all communication.
Creative of the week: Hanson Akatti
Hanson lives, works and creates in Accra, Ghana.
Ten years ago the JALC identity was designed by Paula Scher at Pentagram who was also involved with the redesign.
In 2011, The Foundation of International Center for Women Artists (ICWA) invited all graphic designers around the world to take part in designing a logo. Here is an entry by Redkroft, an independent creative boutique based in Warsaw, Poland.
View Redkroft’s portfolio.
More about ICWA
Under the auspices of UNESCO, the International Center for Women Artists will be a museum and arts education project celebrating the genius of women artists from around the world. Scheduled to open in Amman Jordan in 2013, ICWA is the first such undertaking ever to have received the approval of all the UN’s Member States from its inception.
The mission of the Center is to promote peace through art by becoming a forum for intercultural dialogue, education and exchange in order to empower women and girls and preserve artistic and cultural traditions.
Read more here.
Photographer and motivational speaker Eunique Jones Gibson started the campaign BECAUSE OF THEM, WE CAN.
"For Black History Month, I wanted to create a campaign that would empower and excite young people about their history and their future in a creative and yet relatable way. I thought about my two sons and how they were both born during President Barack Obama’s election and re-election. How awesome is that?! From there, I began to think about all of the individuals, past and current, who have and/or continue to blaze new trails and pave the way for the future. Because of Them, We Can."
Eugene created a site to document all photos from the campaign. Click here to view the rest.