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!
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!
Every year the Adult Swim channel releases a number of singles in collaboration with up and coming indie bands and musicians. This year is no different, except they come with an awesome accompanying site.
With a number of 3D shapes that get more and more complex as you go further through the ‘desert’ of singles – this site offers a more engaging online music experience than many of the other projects we’ve looked at in the past.
If you love cool graphics, cool music and cool music – look no further!
You can visit the Adult Swim Singles 2017 website here.
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!
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!
Who doesn’t love an adventure? And who doesn’t love Bear Grylls, perhaps one of the most well-known adventurers in our modern times? He’s been all over the world showing us how to survive through a number of methods perhaps most of us would baulk at – sleeping inside animal carcasses for warmth, is just one example.
So, outside of us all having to rough it and filter water through our own socks, the next best thing we can do is learn about Bear Grylls through a website – from the comfort of our own computer chairs! That’s where this website comes in.
Designed by Outpost, this site makes use of a really smart timeline that allows you to learn more about Grylls’ life, along with some great design, which looks and feels like top-class editorial design. What a great way to deliver information in bitesize chunks so that the user doesn’t feel overwhelmed.
You can check out the site here. Have fun!
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.