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Katherine Glenday Ceramics – Visit

Recently, our Second and Third Year students were invited to visit the celebrated ceramicist, Katherine Glenday, at her studio in Kalk Bay. Glenday specialises in porcelain; creating fragile, beautiful vessels that resonate with a quiet stillness. She went on to explain how she uses moulds to make her vessels as well as working on the wheel – creating objects which are so fine they are almost translucent in appearance. She went on to explain how different glazing techniques work and how important play and experimentation are to her creative process.

This was followed by a trip to the Kalk Bay Modern gallery, which sells her incredible work, amongst other gorgeous pieces.

Check out the pics from our visit below!


Secret 7″ X Squarespace

What a fun, interactive design/typography hybrid for Secret 7″. If you aren’t aware, Secret 7″ is a musical project once a year where artists release hard to find music on vinyl. It’s always accompanied by incredible feats of design and creativity and this multimedia project powered by Squarespace is one of the best we’ve seen.

Users on the site can choose from seven different emotions, then use an online tool to create their own one-off piece of typographic art. What a great way to combine design, typography and multimedia all in one space!

You can visit the site here.

We Won Six Loeries!

What an amazing weekend for the Academy! It’s always special to be rewarded for the hard work you do throughout the year and having it recognised on such a big stage is always so gratifying.

To all of our students who entered: Well done!

To all of those who were finalists: Well done!

And to our winners: Well done again!

Emma Haines, Katherine Joubert, Traver Prinsloo, Kim Turton, Jana Pellissier and Jessica James – we are so proud of you!

To see their work, check out our previous blog post highlighting all our finalists here.

Alena Gelen Wins an Adobe Design Achievement Award!

CONGRATULATIONS to Alena Gelen who has won the Adobe Design Achievement Award in the Fine Art Photography Category for her image ‘Afro Indy Dandy’

This is one of the most prestigious awards a photographer can win and we are so proud of her achievement!

Alena is also the only winner from South Africa!

Afro Indi Dandy is a creative collaboration with fashion designer Hunter Blue telling the story about romantic love and gentle masculinity. Genderfluid beings that express themselves as wearable art, allowing their emotions to flow like music through their dress. It draws inspiration from poetry, flowers, and the joining of countries via textiles, African and Indian fabrics.
Afro Indy Dandy:

“When I saw you, I fell in love, And you smiled Because you knew”

– William Shakespeare

Humbert & Poyet – Website

Humbert & Poyet is a high-end architectural firm based in Monaco. They specialise not only in luxury residences but also in restaurants, shops and offices. We love their site, which offers some beautiful photography of their work but also some really interesting scroll effects, menu animations and overall design.

You’ll have to visit the site to see for yourself!

You can check out Humbert & Poyet here.

16 Loerie Finalists for 2018

We’ve just heard the incredible news that we’ve received 16 finalists for this year’s Loerie Awards. We’ve got all the work to share with you below and as soon as the awards are handed out we’ll let you know how we did.

Wish us luck!

Out of Home:

Kim Turton – Now You See Me

Kim Roos Now You See Me OOH

Kim Turton – Now You See Me

Kim Roos OOH Now You See Me

Monet Lacock – The Longer You Leave It

Monet La Cock OOH The Longer You Leave It


Logos and Identity Programmes:

Alexandra Hanson – The Golden Triplicity

Alexandra Hanson Logos and Identity Programmes - The Golden Triplicity

Jana Pellissier – The Serial Perfectionist

Jana Pellissier - Logos and Identity Programmes - The Serial Perfectionist


Package Design:

Emma Haines – Learning With Ouma

Emma Haines - Learning With Ouma - Packaging


Print and Design Crafts – Photography

Jessica James – Be Bold

Jessica James - Be Bold - Print and Design Crafts Photography


Collateral Design:

Emma Haines – Pimp My Kitchen – Eat Kayamandi

Emma Haines - Pimp My Kitchen - Collateral Design


Indoor Posters:

Traver Prinsloo – Rethink Mental Health

Traver Prinsloo - Indoor Posters - Rethink Mental Health

Traver Prinsloo – Rethink Mental Health



Newspaper and Magazine Advertising:

Chante Olivier – Mac Nudes

Chante Olivier - Mac Nudes - Newspaper and Magazine Advertising

Katherine Joubert – Spotlight

Katherine Joubert - Spotlight - Newspaper and Magazine Advertising

Katherine Joubert – Spotlight

Kimberley Joubert - Spotlight - Newspaper and Magazine Advertising

Monique Bonthuys – Beer Pressure

Monique Bonthuys - Beer Pressure - Newspaper and Magazine Advertising

Monique Bonthuys – Beer Pressure

Monique Bonthuys - Beer Pressure - Newspaper and Magazine Advertising

Traver Prinsloo – If You’re New To Coffee

Traver Prinsloo - If you're new to coffee - Newspaper and Magazine Advertising

YOU Rice Wine and Rice Vinegar Packaging

Rice wine and rice vinegar are intricately intertwined in Chinese culture. Myths abound of their first invention, where both were discovered almost simultaneously. Interestingly enough, the Chinese characters for both wine and vinegar share a common root, the word YOU (酉), which is a wine vessel.

This character was in fact used as inspiration for this packaging work as the lid of these bottles is the first stroke one would make when writing YOU (酉). Further premium flourishes are brought through in both walnut and oak material on the packaging.

Well done Rong design – this is really exceptional!