Category Archives: Design

Luckies of London – Wild Tape

Calling all the stationery nerds! This one is for all of us! Luckies of London is a gifting sight by designers, which means not only do we get all the cool stuff us designer types need to get our juices flowing, but that the products are really smart and desirable too!

These Wild Tape dispensers use three different African animals as inspiration, with the smart idea for a dispenser we’ve seen in a while! How could you not want to stick up everything you find if you had tape like this in your office?

Check them out below!

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Samovar – Packaging

We love seeing design from other markets – looking at the cultural aesthetics and how they inform the way someone chooses to represent something. Here, we’ve got a Russian moonshine called Samovar, designed by Aleksey Poteychuk. There’s something especially exciting about how decorative the Cyrillic alphabet can become, precisely because we can’t understand it. It almost immediately becomes a visual element, rather than text, at least to our eyes.

Either way, this looks like something we’d love to have a bottle of at the Academy. Anyone want to send us one from Russia?

Check out the whole project below!

Zeitz MOCAA – Corporate Identity

This work by M&C Saatchi Abel is nothing short of inspiring! This is exactly the quality of corporate identity we’d expect for a museum as important as the Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town. Taking inspiration from the shape of the silos themselves, this corporate ID creates an entire visual language, including a typeface with just a number of circles. 42 silos, 42 dots, which function like pixels – to create endless applications.

So smart and so perfect – nothing short of art itself! Exactly what the museum needed!

Blitsem Witblits – Packaging

What a beautiful design! This package design for Blitsem Witblits by Fanakalo Studio is spot on. Between references to old money and print styles through to illustration that is just perfect – this design is top shelf. We’ve chosen that descriptor on purpose too – witblits has always been such an interesting spirit in South Africa – our own version of moonshine. This has made it something to be afraid of (perhaps rightly so!) but also something that was never really considered to be very premium or desirable. Somehow every household seems to have a bottle of witblits somewhere, but it’s always on the bottom shelf, out of sight and out of mind.

This design finally makes witblits something you could display along with your other premium liquor – well done!

Odell Brewing Company – Print Campaign

We’ve always loved the way craft beers are able to push the boundaries of design, illustration and branding. It’s something that’s expected from the category. The strictures of Big Beer are not felt in the same way when you’re a craft brewer.

Here, we’re sharing work from Cactus Denver, for the Odell Brewing Company. We love how the brand has allowed itself to be more creative here. Instead of the typical perfectly lit beer can shot, with just the right amount of (most often photoshopped) condensation on the side, this campaign just shows an illustration of the can. We see it in many potential scenarios, showing how versatile the brand can be and best of all – the illustrations look great!

Stellenbosch Academy secures 4 Student Goldpack Finalists

More good news! What a great few weeks this is turning out to be for us at the Stellenbosch Academy!

We’ve just heard that four of our students were named as finalists in the Student Gold Pack awards. A huge, “Well Done!” goes out to:

Alanis Engelbrecht: Ensure Yourself Dispenser
Alexandra Hanson: Nutri Build Food Power
Chiquita Williams: Ensure Nutrivigor / Let’s do the Twist
Bianca Pesch: Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Book Stand

 

This award show is presented by the Institute of Packaging South Africa, and the category and overall winners will be announced at the ceremony, which will be held at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town on 26 October.

You can learn more about the Student Gold Pack awards here.

Chanyin Millet Wine – Packaging

What a beautiful piece of packaging by Lingyun Creative! We love seeing how other cultures and countries can apply traditional craftsmanship, art and illustration to create designs that we otherwise wouldn’t see here in South Africa.

A product like millet wine is such a good example. It’s not something we’ve ever really encountered, and to see how a traditional drink in the East can be reimagined for a modern audience is incredibly exciting.

We just wish we could have a taste!