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SPAN Corporate Identity

Recently, the Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust changed their name and thus were looking for a new corporate identity. They approached our Graphic Design department at the Academy for help with rebranding. With a new name: The Stellenbosch Public Art Network (SPAN), our Graphic Design 3rd year students were given the task of defining their new corporate ID.

In the end, Lauren Riley’s work was chosen. Her work can be applied well to all of the different outputs and platforms in which which SPAN operates. This rollout did not just include the logo though, students also had to design a new front end for the website as well as an app which could be used by SPAN to guide the public through their exhibitions. The final part of the task was to design a wayfinding system for SPAN’s public art exhibitions, making the design not only decorative but highly functional too.

Well done Lauren – we are so proud of your work!

Check out more below.

 

 

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Maxwell Granger – Photography

Maxwell Granger is a young photographer in London who created the following set of images by arriving pretty much unannounced at his friends’ houses and telling them he was going to take photos. This allows for some interesting insights into just how young people are living in London right now. Cramped spaces, typified by small rooms and possessions all over the place (most people in these images are probably living in house shares) show how people are getting by in London, before they’re really making it.

We love the honesty and realness in these photos. And if you love being a little bit nosey like we do, pictures like these are just perfect!

Check out more of Granger’s work on his website here.

Hailun Ma – Photography

Hailun Ma is a Chinese photographer from Xinjiang, who now divides her time between New York and Shanghai. After studying fashion photography in New York, she was inspired to return to the place where she grew up to document the fashion and style of the local people – Uyghurs. The Uyghur are a mostly Muslim Turkic ethnic group who live in East and Central Asia.

When you see their incredible use of colour and flamboyant dress sense, you’ll see exactly why taking photographs of them is something Hailun Ma just couldn’t turn down.

Take a look at more of Hailun Ma’s photography on her website here.

BMW British Touring Car Championship – Print Campaign

FCB Inferno created this awesome campaign for the BMW British Touring Car Championship, which celebrates 60 years of the competition. To do so, they enlisted a number of illustrators and designers to bring to life the different eras in which the competition has taken place. Each execution shows the cars of the time and most importantly to us design fans – nods to the design trends of the time – from the 60s all the way through to the about ten years ago.

Check them out below!

Playland Print Campaign

This campaign by Rethink Vancouver for Playland, a local amusement park, is so much fun! By taking advantage of the rampant use of emojis we see everywhere, they’ve taken usual human responses to amusement parks (like crying and even… throwing up…) and turned them into streams and streams of emojis.

It sounds a bit out there – but it works! Check out the rest of the campaign below.

Matthew Connors – Photography

Matthew Connors is a New York based photographer who works both as a photographer and a professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, where he teaches photography as well.

Today, we’re sharing his work entitled Unanimous Desire, a series of photographs of North Korean life which dig a little deeper and tell a more emotional, almost poetic story of the country, rather than the images we might expect to see of propaganda and soldiers marching in perfect unison. This work was also displayed at MoMA for it’s exhibition Being: New Photography 2018.

You can visit Connors’ site to see more of his work here.

Charles Russell speaking at the Academy.

We recently had Academy graduate Charles Russell, a commercial photographer who focuses on lifestyle, food and wine photography speak to our students.

He chatted to those enrolled in the Higher Certificate in Photography and the BA Degree in Photography second and third years, with a focus on the skills and equipment needed to photograph ‘splash’ set ups. This is all about multiple exposures and combining them together to create one composite image.

You can visit Charles’ site here.