Monthly Archives: January 2017

Cristina Daura – Illustration

Cristina Daura is an illustrator based in Barcelona. When we saw her bold, crisp work we fell in love with it immediately. Daura manages to bring together a number of strong colours that almost shouldn’t work together along with stark geometric shapes and detailed callouts.

Such strong, instantly identifiable work! We can’t get enough of it!

Antoine Maillard – Illustration

Antoine Maillard is a French illustrator who can often be found in the pages of The New Yorker  and the New York Times Sunday Review. We love the controlled used of colour and intense meaningfulness in all of this work.

Do yourself a favour and spend some time looking at more of Maillard’s work here.

Toyfight – Website

Toyfight is a creative agency in the UK that does really strong creative work and they needed a website to bring that creativity and thinking to life. This new site, which features bold colour backgrounds and a really smart scrolling technique (you’ll have to visit the site to see what we’re talking about) makes for a breath of fresh air in the world of agency sites. Usually we expect walls of text and a blog that is updated once in a blue moon when someone remembers it. This is bold, punchy and memorable.


Check out Toyfight’s site here.

BMW – Paris Motor Show Site

If you’re a car fan, this is the site for you. It was designed by 84.Paris for BMW, highlighting their cars at the Paris Motorshow. As a user you can have a full 360 degree experience in the showroom, move from area to area and get details and information about every single car there.

This is truly the future of advertising. Imagine the thousands of people who are able to access these cars and this experience who never would have had the chance to attend the Paris Motorshow. It’s incredible!

You can look around the virtual showroom and kick some virtual tyres over here.

Have fun!

Stellenbosch lecturer chosen as a judge for the One Show ‘Young Ones’ competition.

We’re definitely starting the year off with a bang! We’ve just heard that one of our lecturers, Wessie van der Westhuizen, will be part of the judging panel for this year’s One Show ‘Young Ones’ competition.

To explain further: The One Show is one of the most prestigious advertising and creativity awards shows, which is held annually. If you win one of these – you’re definitely on the right track! The ‘Young Ones’ is the One Show’s acknowledgement of students and young creatives still making their way in the world of branding and communication. To have Wessie chosen as a judge is truly incredible and we are so, so proud.


Wessie van der Westhuizen

You can learn more about the jury here.

And you can check out the brief for the ‘Young Ones’ here.

Well done Wessie!


Mr Mak’s Ginbao – Design

There’s just something about great packaging design that makes us excited. It’s what happens when you’re a self-confessed design nerd! This work by Werner Design Werks for Mr Mak’s Ginbao (a healthy Chinese ginger based drink) is something that got us excited.

Using bold geometric design and inspiration from traditional Chinese medicinal illustrations (indicating the healthy nature of the drink), Werner Design Werks created a brand that instantly recognisable and incredibly fun too!

We love it!

Ryosuke Takamura – Photography

Ryosuke Takamura is a Japanese photographer with a singular focus: Documenting life in the Fukui Prefecture where he lives. He sees it as his life’s mission – to represent the people there and show what life is like in this quiet, sleepy part of Japan.

There’s such an incredible contradiction in this work. The banal scenes of life in Fukui are somehow made poignant and meaningful, purely because Takamura focuses his lens on them. On one hand this photography could be called ‘hyper-documentary’ – there are multiple scenes of people simply waiting for things, on the other hand they are imbued with such meaning all at the same time.

Take a look at more of his work below!

CASIO G-SHOCK MR-G 20th Anniversary

What amazing work from McCann Erickson Tokyo for Casio G-Shock. Using bonsai trees, beautiful photography and styling and an incredible video, the agency was able to really bring an abstract idea like time to life. Stunning time-lapse photography is used to great effect here as we see blossoming plants all around the MR-G.

So clean, so crisp, so well art directed!


World Packaging Organisation’s WorldStar Student Awards

What a lovely way to start the year! We just heard that Lhente Strydom and Stephanie le Roux were award certificates for the World Packaging Organisation’s WorldStar Student Awards.

The details:

Lhente Strydom – WorldStar Student Certificate of Merit for her Expand your Potential with Futurelife.

Stephanie le Roux – WorldStar Student Certificate of Recognition for her The Pantie Line.

Well done!