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Tracy Lynn Chemaly on Business of Design and other things

Business of Design is really for everyone from retailers and trend analysts to marketing and brand executives, and other industry entrepreneurs; even people from law and financial backgrounds...

By Jessica Tennant 18 Jul 2016

The retro revival
The retro revival

While advertisers are debating whether augmented reality will pip virtual reality at the post, some marketers are heeding the consumers' desire to go back to basics with a retro revival...

By Sheila McGillivray 14 Jun 2016

Images all courtesy of Design Partnership & ABSA.
ABSA, by Design Partnership

If you have ventured to the brand new Mall of Africa you may have seen the new ABSA bank branch. Creating a stir with the images and video that are doing the rounds on social media, it's an ongoing project by Design Partnership...

By Dave Nemeth 7 Jun 2016

Catterbox
#TRENDING: Best new products this year

I think I've discovered my Best New Product of the Year for 2016 already: a cat collar that makes your cat 'talk' back...

By Louise Marsland 23 May 2016

Instagram "modernises" their logo
Instagram "modernises" their logo

I'll make a confession, one of the first things I do in the morning is check Instagram. But this morning I couldn't find it. Why? Because they've "modernised" their logo...

By Beverley Klein 12 May 2016

My design methodology
My design methodology

Over the years I have come to develop my own methodology when it comes to design. Of course, every piece of work is different, but I have found that there are some general principles that I keep in mind each time...

By Tahier Variawa 9 Mar 2016

#DesignMonth: Trevyn McGowan on the new Work Shop New Town
#DesignMonth: Trevyn McGowan on the new Work Shop New Town

Johannesburg's Work Shop New Town, an innovative new retail concept, houses over 100 fashion, design and lifestyle brands in the 1911 potato sheds at Newtown Junction.

By Jessica Tennant 25 Feb 2016

#DesignMonth: What survived after Flash went nuclear?
#DesignMonth: What survived after Flash went nuclear?

Flash is dead. It's not a rumour. If you haven't heard the news here it is...

By Alessandro Bonora 19 Feb 2016

#DesignMonth: Design industry in a critical place of opportunity
#DesignMonth: Design industry in a critical place of opportunity

Design, whether built form, industrial, visual or utilitarian, is a construct of place and time, hence society. Context, herein referred to as place, defines and informs design, while design in turn changes the dynamics, structures and perceptions of society. Design therefore has an implicit ethical duty to society...

By Yashaen Luckan 16 Feb 2016

#DesignMonth: It's not about passing trends, but a lasting visual language - Q&A with Trevyn McGowan
#DesignMonth: It's not about passing trends, but a lasting visual language - Q&A with Trevyn McGowan

As founders and directors of Source and Southern Guild, curators of Watershed and Work Shop New Town, and programme directors of Design Network Africa, it suffices to say that Trevyn and Julian McGowan are doing extraordinary things in support of local design...

By Jessica Tennant 15 Feb 2016

#DesignMonth: From the air with flair
#DesignMonth: From the air with flair

Design is all about seeing something ordinary and making it extraordinary, and that's just what the guys at Sky Decor do. They transform old and abandoned aircraft parts and turn them into beautiful furniture displays...

By Beverley Klein 9 Feb 2016

#DesignMonth: Louis Minnaar, creative maverick
#DesignMonth: Louis Minnaar, creative maverick

Chances are that you have encountered Louis Minnaar's outstanding work at one time or another, be it a music video or flyer for your favourite band or a catchy ad for a well-loved brand.

By Ruth Cooper 1 Feb 2016

BoredPanda
[TrendTalk] 2015 was a hairy year

From manbuns to nutscaping, political meltdowns and economic downturns, The Donald Trump reality show, global terrorism and war, 2015 was a challenging year, to put it mildly...

By Louise Marsland 12 Jan 2016

Graphic the hell outta that info!
Graphic the hell outta that info!

Why are infographics such a great way to convey information? It's simple, really. Our brains are much better at processing visual content...

By Sarah Heuer 7 Dec 2015

Design thinking
Design thinking: Trend or revolution?

With the increasing notoriety of designer practices since the 1970s, the term "design thinking" was born in the early 2000s and became a mysterious, sacred tool for innovation...

By Amandine Robin 24 Nov 2015

Five simple and powerful website building tools
Five simple and powerful website building tools

The introduction of your personalised website brings customer faith and trust in your brand. It also makes shopping and online sales easier for buyers and tracking the stats easier for sellers...

By Jyoti Wadhwa 10 Nov 2015

Image via Pixabay
Is it really that arduous to create compelling website design?

According to a research, the number of internet users has increased tenfold to a count of 3.1 billion users worldwide. And the reason for such a major statistic growth is technological advancement...

By David Meyer 22 Oct 2015

What the future holds
What the future holds

A wander through the possibilities of new creative expression...

By Byron Phillipson 19 Oct 2015

Cape Town by night © Herr Bullermann –
Cape Town is the next design Mecca

In days gone by, when people said 'design', cities like Copenhagen, Milan and New York may have sprung to mind but the global spotlight has shifted to South Africa, with Cape Town as the driving hub...

By Christo Maritz 14 Oct 2015

Image via Pixabay
From creative to business owner - eight tips on how to get there

What if the highly creative pictured themselves as successful business owners? Why is it that so many artistic people have a reputation for being bad with money and have an inability to achieve long-term financial success?..

By Nokwazi Mzobe 13 Oct 2015

Image via Lycs Architecture
[TrendTalk] Mirror, mirror on the wall

One of the best things about living in this fast-changing new digital-enabled time of ours is the incredible new products being invented. One of my favourites is an intelligent mirror that can diagnose what's wrong with you...

By Louise Marsland 25 Sep 2015

Six ultimate tips for hiring a professional logo designer
Six ultimate tips for hiring a professional logo designer

The world is flooded with logos from thousands of companies offering all kinds of products and services. Therefore, to stand out from the competition, you need to have an eye-catching and professionally-designed logo...

By Charles Mburugu 22 Sep 2015

[NewsMaker] Claude Hanan
[NewsMaker] Claude Hanan

Claude Hanan is the co-founder of Superbalist.com along with Luke Jedeiken. Superbalist, formerly Citymob, is an online shopping style destination which was acquired by Takealot.com a year ago...

By Louise Marsland 2 Sep 2015

Five things about CMS websites you only learn the hard way
Five things about CMS websites you only learn the hard way

Content managed system or CMS websites like Wordpress and Joomla have become very popular over the last few years. This makes perfect sense...

By Chemory Gunko 31 Aug 2015

How to build an effective newsletter signup page
How to build an effective newsletter signup page

One of the most effective ways of connecting with your customers and prospects online is by creating a newsletter. Engaging with them on a regular basis will help you build strong relationships, and subsequently enhance your sales...

By Charles Mburugu 28 Aug 2015

The craft of customer experience (CX) design
The craft of customer experience (CX) design

To an outsider who does not understand the work it may look like we draw lots of pictures, talk too much, ask people invasive repetitive questions and then play back the answers...

By Chantel Botha 27 Aug 2015

[SA Innovation Summit] Reimagining the future
[SA Innovation Summit] Reimagining the future

"It ain't about us, it's about creating a space for our children to flourish. We have a responsibility to the future," says Gavin Mageni, Head of the SABS Design Institute...

By Nicci Botha 27 Aug 2015

Bringing #TheFutureByDesign to the present
Bringing #TheFutureByDesign to the present

Last week, #TheFutureByDesign magazine was launched at the MTN Solution Space at the UCT Graduate School of Business in Cape Town. Hosted by the hilarious comedian and advertiser Mum-Z, the night was set for a quirky and insightful event...

By Beverley Klein 24 Jul 2015

The death of the annual report... As we know it
The death of the annual report... As we know it

We all want a greener, more sustainable world, yet the process of going green still seems to instil fear in some people. Good designers, on the other hand, embrace the move towards sustainability. Not only does green thinking lead to creativity and innovation, ultimately it's good for business, which to us means happy clients...

By Sam Bainbridge 2 Jul 2015

Nobody cares about you - they care about themselves, their problems and their dreams
Nobody cares about you - they care about themselves, their problems and their dreams

Show people how you can solve their problems and help them reach their dreams, and you'll capture their hearts and minds.

By James Hurford 25 Jun 2015

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