Monthly Archives: February 2015

Freedom Tattoos

This initiative by ISOBAR Poland (they have local offices too, so do check them out here) is really one of the most innovative uses of design to tangibly help people’s lives we have seen.

The idea is so simple and yet so powerful: Helping people with crude, stigmatising tattoos that they got in juvenile detention centres or prisons to get new, better-designed (and much higher quality) tattoos to cover them up, so they can be better accepted into society. We all know that prison tattoos can mark people for life and seeing an idea like this is really heart-warming. What a great, great idea!

To learn more about the initiative, check out this link right over here.


Alessandro Gottardo – Illustrations

Alessandro Gottardo is an illustrator based in Milan who’s minimalist, meaningful style is just so appealing. His ‘children’s story book-esque’ (is that a term? It is now) illustrations are very smart and very well thought out.

To see more of his work, check out his website over here.

Bieke Depoorter – Ou Menya

Bieke Depoorter is a Belgian photographer with a unique technique she uses to achieve candid, beautifully honest photographs – she travels across the world and couch surfs with strangers, taking photos along the way.

For her original project using this method, she travelled across Russia – visiting tiny forgotten villages with a piece of paper explaining her request. The resulting photographs became Ou Menya – the pictures we have highlighted here.

To see more of Depoorter’s work, have a look at her website over here.

Sholim – Animated Gifs

Milos Rajkovic, aka Sholim is a Serbian designer, illustrator and artist whose eye-catching gifs blur the lines between art, illustration and memes. With a focus on modern ills and their effects on society, Sholim’s work is at once socially cutting and incredibly immediate and of the now. Rather than static images on a gallery wall, these are vital pieces of moving art that can be shared at the speed of thought.

What an amazing way to get your work out there for the entire world to see. We’ve said before that we are keeping an eye on gifs as a form of branding and self-expression and to see the medium taken to this level really is incredible.

Check them out below!

How professional designers do their work

Here at the Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography, we’re a little bit obsessed with logos. Not ‘crazy guy standing outside at your window’ obsessed, but pretty close… So where the average person sees a simple icon or logotype that they associate with a brand, we spend ages picking them apart and understanding them. Most importantly – we understand just how much work goes into a logo to make it what it is. We always say: It takes a lot of work to make something look like it was easy – and logos are a great example of this. The final design that you see on a shelf or on TV is one of many, many iterations and hours and hours of work. Here, we are sharing a video from Aaron Draplin (of Draplin Design Co.) where he explains his process and gives a few pointers when it comes to logo design. This video was originally posted on – an amazing resource for how-to videos and tutorials – don’t forget to check them out!