Woolworths, together with the Western Cape Education Department, Sappi and Design Indaba, are making sure South African high school students are being exposed to the very best in local and international design with their Making the Difference Through Design programme. Late last year they introduced the second Design Resource Guide for high school Design and Visual Arts teachers featuring case studies on visual communication, surface, product and environmental design projects.
Pieter Twine, who heads up the Woolworths Educational Programmes, says, “While the first volume has a very South African flavour, this time we wanted to provide a global perspective with case studies from some of best design practices in the world, as well as some South African design projects which have received international recognition. In addition to giving insights into the design project itself, we also asked our contributors to provide insight into the commercial aspect of their projects, as well as the challenges they faced in bringing them to fruition.”
Since the implementation of Design as a subject in the FET Curriculum in 2006, Woolworths has helped with developing learning and teaching support materials and offering support in the form of workshops to teachers. The aim of the Design Resource Guides is to enrich the educational process by providing high school teachers with real life case studies from practising designers to help encourage and inspire the high school learners who are the designers and creative entrepreneurs of tomorrow. This volume will be sent to nearly 400 schools in the Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
The content includes local designers Peet Pienaar and Hannerie Visser of The President with a case study on the Toffie Pop Culture Festival; The Handspring Puppet Company, who created the puppets for the award-winning stage production of ‘War Horse’; Internationally recognized street artist, Faith47; Filmmaker Roger Horrocks on his documentary Into the Dragon’s Lair about swimming with crocodiles in the Okovango Delta; Top animation production company, Shy the Sun; and INK, creators of the beaded vine light.
The content from beyond our borders includes a case study on Massimo Vignelli & Beatriz Cifuentes-Caballero’s corporate ID for Woolworths; Vince Frost’s creations for Australia’s pavilion at the 11th International Venice Architectural Biennale; Michael Bierut with Pentagram’s solution for reinvigorating New York’s school libraries; an uplifting story from Francis Kéré, a young architect from Burkino Faso, about the design and construction of a village school; Kiran Bir Sethi with the success story of Design for Change from India; the remarkable design for a clock at Heathrow Airport by Troika; and Marc Shillum with the design of an interactive corporate ID for SoftKinetic.
Here are some shots of the guide: