The Watershed logo is simple yet memorable. The design is a multi-layered, conceptual expression of “watershed”. The holding shape echoes the profile of the building in which the market is situated, duplicated as a reflection to introduce the idea of water. The dividing line represents “a moment of change” which ties into the ethos of the space. The line becomes a dynamic aspect of the identity and is used creatively in branded collateral.
City of Cape Town
This fun annual report was designed for the City of Cape Town. It captures the vibrancy and excitement of the Soccer World Cup, which was hosted by South Africa in 2010. The report is filled with beautiful photography, complimented by colourful infographics that creatively convey informative statistics.
Every book cover needs to tell the story of a story, drawing you in without giving too much away. A good cover design captures the essence of the book and provides a glimpse of the world within. Here is a selection of book cover design work done for a variety of publishers, including Pan Macmillan, Penguin Random House and Wits University Press.
The Economic Contribution Report, designed for the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, included a series beautifully illustrated infographics that presented data in an original and relevant way. Recognisable landmarks and features were photographed and then translated into detailed line drawings, including a full architectural panorama of the Waterfront for the cover spread.
The stylish branding designed for Fynbos etc. is inspired by the Western Cape flora. This richly illustrated and playful identity is applied as a homeware product range.
Designing a wedding identity is endlessly romantic and personal. The identity for my own country wedding was more than just an invitation and a menu. It extended to the event, with custom-made bunting, handmade cocktail flags, place cards and curated table settings. Each guest was gifted a limited edition, illustrated poetry book that was created with love for this magical day.
Dance of the Dung Beetles
The intricate beauty of a dung beetle is in full focus on this book cover. The page design is classic yet modern, using a combination of serif and sans-serif fonts. A graphic illustration of a scarab beetle, inspired by an Egyptian carving, is used as a decorative element on chapter page openers. Published by Wits University Press.
A richly photographic and informative book about the grasslands of South Africa. The pages include a combination of beautifully presented data, illustrated elements and crafted typography.
Wits University Press published this third edition of PR Kirby’s original research of the unique music of the indigenous people of southern Africa. It was a privilege to work on this fascinating book, which is the only one of its kind.
The aesthetic of this book references design of the 1930’s, when the book was first published, while simultaneously incorporating contemporary typographic styling and page layout.
Original archival photography was re-scanned and carefully retouched. Musical notations were transcribed and are included throughout the book. A wealth of knowledge is now accessible to the public again in this beautiful, case-bound book.
Research ICT Africa
This beautifully designed annual report is more than just a report. It is a crafted book.
The plain red cover incorporates a simple die-cut that reveals selective letters printed on the first page to spell out the book title, “How Ordinary Poeple got Connected”.
The page design incorporates creative typography, with content designed to read as an engaging narrative alongside more data-heavy information. Dense text is punctuated by bold, full-page pull quotes. A series of detailed illustrations were created, using photographic reference, and are used throughout the report to support the text.
Macmillan Series Design
Series cover design means crafting each individual title within specified design parameters, which need to be carefully considered. Every cover needs to be strong enough to stand on its own while still visually in keeping with the rest of the series. This is a unique design challenge.
Stitch works in conjunction with Bethany Home to provide a platform for women to educate themselves and thereby earn an income making beautifully crafted picnic blankets. The design is friendly and feminine, perfectly capturing the brand. The brochure includes product photography illustrating the beautiful shwe-shwe blankets, and a swing tag with folding instructions on the reverse accompanies each blanket to reinforce the branding.
A bold report design including lovely photography and statistical information represented visually as styled infographics.
This brand does exactly what its name implies: a motivation company that facilitates inspiring business-coaching workshops and presentations. The identity is bold, simple and most importantly, happy. The simple, curved smile-line is applied as a graphic device across all collateral.
Finding the Thread
This autobiographical book details the story of wool in the Western Cape of South Africa. It showcases resilient, creative people who are contributing to livelihoods in places where decent work is hard to find.
Finding the Thread is a self-published book that includes beautiful photography and a sensitively feminine typographic design treatment.
The cover design of this psychological thriller illustrates the main subject of the story, with a sense of foreboding introduced by the empty swing and acidic colours. The personal style of the writing is communicated through the use of a handwritten font.
The cover aesthetic is carried through to the interior page design, with a classic serif font used for the main text and the handwritten font again applied to express the personal notes that feature throughout the text. A park-bench icon was designed as a text divider, to continue the theme and add visual interest.
The integrity of the crafted paper-page design is retained in the digital format with flexible, classically simple text and the park-bench text divider.
Published by Pan Macmillan. Typesetting and ePub production by EBW using a single master, digital first workflow.