A selection of our work made with / involving Illustrator:

Insititute for Mindfulness // Web design & development

The Institute for Mindfulness South Africa (IMISA) is a non-profit organisation committed to the development and application of mindfulness in South Africa.

IMISA approached us to design & develop a unique website to more accurately reflect their mission and activities. The WordPress powered website had become unwieldy after multiple themes had been used and oversight of the content and its function had been lost over the years. We helped design a clearer hierarchy of information, which has resulted in a very clean & user-friendly website, both on the front & back end of the website.

 

RDG Engineering // Web design & development for Netherlands based Engineering company

New website for Netherlands based RDG-engineering. The initial website had been developed in 2006 when RDG Engineering just started out. As they were nearing their 10-year anniversary, and celebrated their successful growth, they approached us for a website to reflect this.

To create a familiarity for the website’s main target audience the main design elements are taken from the visual language of technical drawings & 3d drawing software. Combined with a Dutch design aesthetic, the design has become a grown-up version of its predecessor, .

In addition to design & development we have been tasked with monitoring & improving SEO & running Google AdWords campaigns to assist with personnel recruitment.

Michaelis School of Fine Art // School website

Michaelis website responsive showcase

Redesign of the School’s website.

Founded in 1925, the Fine Arts department of the University of Cape Town is better known as the Michaelis School of Fine Art, and has a long and proud tradition of producing outstanding graduates. Today Michaelis is staffed by some of South Africa’s leading fine artists, curators and art academics. Internationally the school is recognised as one of South Africa’s foremost institutions for the study of fine art and new media at an advanced level.

Thomas Cartwright // Exhibition catalogue

Catalogue design for Thomas Cartwright’s solo exhibition at the Everard Read Gallery in Cape Town.

In a homage to Hokusai’s 36 views of Mount Fuji, which showed Mount Fuji from a wide array of perspectives, 36 views of Table Mountain marks Thomas Cartwright’s solo exhibition at the Everard Read Gallery in Cape Town.

From thomascartwright.co.za:

Juxtaposing this natural wonder of the world and the urban infrastructures of Cape Town, Cartwright references this feature of the Mother City rendering 36 unique moments with simplicity and elegance. From far-away viewpoints to close up, within the city centre and out into the more obscure outskirts of the peninsula, none of the paintings are the perfect postcard image we have come to expect of this beautiful city. Instead the artist investigates angles and toys with perspectives from the rooftops of the more affluent suburbs through to gritty motorways. This showcases an ever-so-slightly familiar Table Mountain and awakens in his audience new stories about what we thought we already knew.

Whilst this mountain acts as a constant visual beacon engrained in the fabric of the city, each of the 36 views of Table Mountain serves to draw our attention to another’s story; other possible narratives of domestic and urban lives. This remarkably beautiful body of work then, despite being devoid of human beings, serves as a metaphor for the varied peoples that live under its shadow, while ironically hinting at what was here before the Cape peninsula was settled, and what will remain long after we are all gone.’

The full exhibition was bought by an international collector.

Magnet Theatre // Theatre website design & development

New website for Cape Town based Magnet Theatre, an independent South African physical theatre company that has operated for the past 27 years regionally, nationally and internationally.

The Magnet Theatre website was in need of a redesign, allowing the theatre to effectively showcase their productions, training activities, community projects, as well as integrate a events calendar. We are proud to have have launched the new website in September 2014; with advanced scheduling of events, easy to use interface & focus on the theatrical and visual beauty of the theatre’s productions & projects.

Jacana Media // Book covers

Two recent book cover designs, commissioned by Jacana.

Some images of Niek’s design process were posted on Dribbble.

Centre for Curating the Archive, University of Cape Town // Online archives & catalogues

SEQUINS, SELF & STRUGGLE

Sequins, self & struggle

This project has been built on two platforms, WordPress and Omeka, to enable the Centre for Curating the Archive to build an online repository (Omeka), as well have an easy to update, in line with other projects, ‘showcase’ site (WordPress).

It is a collaboration among the Departments of Drama at Royal Holloway and Queen Mary, University of London (UK), The Centre for Curating the Archive and the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), Africana Studies at Brown University (US) and the District 6 Museum. The primary aims of this project are to research, document and disseminate archives of the Spring Queen and Miss Gay Western Cape pageants performed by disparate ‘coloured’ communities in greater Cape Town.

The website is a showcase of both events, as well as an archive of footage, documents and photographs.

Martyrs, Saints and Sellouts

This is the first in a series of four websites for projects by Siona O’Connell at the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Curating the Archive. It features a full-width image slider, and is made to look great on any device, of course!

For the first time, the photographs of anti-apartheid photographers Benny Gool, Zubeida Vallie and Adil Bradlow are brought together in a group exhibition. From the early 1980s, these young photographers and friends were to be found with their cameras documenting apartheid South Africa, dodging security police, taking part in protests and being detained on several occasions. Their impressive collections show us now, some nineteen years after the first democratic elections in South Africa, a vivid narrative of violence, loss and injuries, the reverberations of which are subdued in the rhetoric of the post-apartheid landscape.

Sophia Klaase

Extraordinary lives: portraits from a divided land. Photographs by Sophia Klaaste was held at the District Six Museum, Cape Town, March 19 – May 10, 2013 and was associated with the conference Land divided: land and South African society in 2013, in comparative perspective, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 24–27 March 2013. A selection of Klaase’s images are online here.

Shared Legacies

This exhibition (2009, CAS Gallery, UCT, curated by Dr Siona O’Connell & Dale Washkansky)  brought together the works by two renowned photographers, Alfred Duggan-Cronin and Edward S. Curtis, who were respectively photographing in southern Africa and northern America during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The website features all the works which were included.

 

Rajend Mesthrie // Personal site for Professor

Personal website for Rajend Mesthrie, Professor of Linguistics and research chair in the School of African & Gender Studies, Anthropology & Linguistics at the University of Cape Town.

Cecil Skotnes // Portfolio & Archive artist websites

Portfolio & archive websites for the late South African artist, Cecil Skotnes. The online repository holds the start of the vast Skotnes family archive, which includes letters, telegrams, documents, news clippings and photographs.

Cape Union Mart // Playing cards

South Africa’s leading outdoor store, Cape Union Mart, required a customised pack of cards in celebration of their 80th year in business, highlighting their product range and brand ambassadors. The artwork itself involved layout for all cards in the deck, including illustrations for the picture cards.

Flora Force // Product packaging & icon design

Flora Force is a family-owned natural health company focused on providing natural health and wellness products of the highest quality to the public. In 2011, Caro was assigned the task of giving their product packaging the new look that is in stores today.

David Brown // Artist’s Portfolio Website

David’s website, built with WordPress, is fully responsive and like a good artist’s portfolio should be, is about the artwork, not about unnecessary bells and whistles.

Cape Union Mart, K-Way // Product Illustrations

Cape Union Mart’s technical gear brand, K-Way, often requires illustrations of new products, for use in brochures and on packaging.

Rael Salley // Invite, Poster & Pamphlet – Exhibition: Vistas

Vistas is a project about landscape. The project focuses on land, farm, territory and ways of seeing contemporary South Africa. The projects works with the Native’s Land Act of 1913 in mind, and is interested in land’s relationship to culture. ‘To landscape,’ the active process of making space into place involves intersections between historical, aesthetic and concrete forms. Vistas looks to chart boundaries and possibilities of and for landscape. The project includes an exhibition and public discussion to be held at the Centre for African Studies Gallery, the University of Cape Town. The exhibition was open from 18 September – 11 October 2013.

Niek’s involvement included design of an invite, poster and pamphlet.