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The Urban Jungle Plays Backdrop to Part 1 of Our 2013 Highlights



An ode to cities; big and small, near and far, real and imagined.


Selecting the very best work we featured in 2013, we’ve put together 5 visually stunning posts to showcase all of it – one for every day of this working week. For the first edition we take a look at work that investigates or somehow relates to the idea of a City. Go explore.


All Those Born With Wings for Under the Influence Magazine’s ‘The Africa Issue’


All Those Born With Wings for Under the Influence Magazine Misha Taylor


Photographer Misha Taylor and stylist Louw Kotze collaborated on an incredible fashion story titled All Those Born With Wings. The shoot for ‘The Africa Issue’ of Under the Influence Magazine features adidas Originals by Jeremy Scott and adidas Originals x Opening Ceremony, alongside local independent label MaXhosa by Laduma Ngxokolo. The series was shot in Johannesburg and contextual urban scenes are strung throughout the editorial.

See the full editorial here.


Friend Within’s ‘The Renegade’ music video




Ministry of Sound DJ Friend Within visit South Africa to shoot the music video for his track ‘The Renegade.’ Filmed in Soweto, the video features local dance talent Pantsula Crew, Shaker and Movers and the 021 B Boys.

Learn more and see the credits here.


Cover illustration by Joey Hi-Fi


Joey Hi-Fi


Joey Hi-Fi is the alter-ego of award-winning illustrator and designer, Dale Halvorsen. His speciality is book cover design, which allows him to indulge his two passions – design and illustration – at the same time. He grew up on a steady diet of comic books, the remnants of which still influence his work at times.

See more work by Joey over here.


LAyers of NYC by Josh Hayman




Art director/graphic designer/filmmaker – Josh Hayman took a trip to New York City and Los Angeles with the exciting prospect of documenting his travels. This is what he created.

Read more about the film here.


New York City by Mieke van der Merwe


New York City by Mieke van der Merwe


Before she returned home to Cape Town to pursue a freelance career, Mieke van der Merwe filled the pages of many journals with hand drawn snapshots of her travels through Asia, the UK, Europe and America. Drawing in her loose and expressive style, Mieke captured the essence and spirit of the places she visited and the things she saw.

See more drawings of Mieke’s travels here.


Nedgroup ‘Hudson’ TVC




Shot in New York, Nedgroup Investment’s ‘Hudson’ TVC by Brandlab and Giant films follows the remarkable story of US Airlines Flight 1549. After a bird strike lead to the loss of both engines, pilot Captain Chelsey B. Sullenburger managed to land the plane safely on the Hudson River – saving the lives of all the passengers on board.

Find more information and the credits here.


Trippy drawings by Linsey Levendall


Linsey Levendall


Linsey Levendall is a self-developed multidisciplinary creative. Driven by a need to be in sync with his subconscious thoughts and dreams, Linsey “doodles” obsessively and almost constantly on anything that is near at hand – from napkins to newspapers. The incredible and intricate drawings that result depict surreal realms often filled with otherworldly characters.

For more of Linsey’s drawings, see his feature here.


A ‘city’ straight from the mind of Inus Pretorius


Inus Pretorius


Inus Pretorius majored in illustration and communication design at The Open Window. His surreal illustrations depict strange new worlds, and the imaginative characters he dreams up often stem from his ongoing fascination with people, their quirks and their idiosyncrasies.

Read about Inus and see more of his work here.


Halls ‘Breathe Deep, Make Your Move’ TVC featuring Klein Kimmie




One of the most genuinely delightful ads of 2013 was the Halls Breathe Deep, Make Your Move TVC featuring ‘Klein Kimmie’. Brought to life by Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town and Fringe/Bouffant director Chloe Coetsee, this extended version introduces Kimmie: a part-time admin assistant and full time rapper.

Find out more and see the credits here.


Angus MacKinnon investigates the phenomenon of ‘Skurreling’


Angus Mackinnon


Angus MacKinnon graduated last year from Michaelis School of Fine Art, majoring in Photography. “For as long as I can remember, there has always been a camera or 5 around our house, so I guess my interest stems from familiarity,” he says. In his final project, Angus explored the phenomenon of Skurreling (also known as waste-picking) in a series of formal portraits.

Angus discusses his project investigating ‘Skurreling’ in an interview for our graduate series here.


Filming the adidas Originals RUN THRU TIME campaign




RUN THRU TIME, an internationally celebrated campaign by adidas Originals, launched 3 decades of running inspired footwear. The 80s, 90s and 00s were introduced through three short films by Chris Saunders, which were shot in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban respectively. We found out more about the “making of” from the director himself.

Read our interview with Chris Saunders (and see behind the scenes pics) here.


‘Bookshop’, an intervention by r1


Interventions by R1

‘Bookshop’, an unoccupied city shop renovated using magazine papers


With a background in fine arts, the work of r1 ranges from sculpture to street art murals to installations which can usually be found in public spaces. For his urban interventions, r1 works with found materials and transforms city spaces to create new visual alternatives. “The local is critical…I explore the city, I see familiar places and objects we take for granted,” he says, “I like to play with familiarity and imagine different alternatives to the reality we see on a daily basis.”

See more of r1’s interventions here.


Loom x iKineo Integrated Campaign




In an exciting integrated campaign for local menswear store Loom, iKineo completed 3 interactive window displays at the Loom multi-brand fashion shop in Parkhurst, Johannesburg. Customers were able to interact with the products displayed in the windows using their NFC-enabled smartphones, and could even make purchases by scanning over a specific area on the window.

See pictures of the interactive window display, Loom-O-Vision, Loom-Locker till slips and illustrated posters here.


Character illustrations by Khayalethu Mtshali


Khayalethu Mtshali


Born in Ga-Rankuwa near Tswane, Khayalethu Mtshali now calls Potchefstroom his home and teaches graphic design, illustration and animation at the North-West University. Growing up, Khayalethu would often draw with his brother and cousins, saying, “everybody around me drew and did it well.” His series of character illustrations are what he calls ‘obviously South African characters’ which capture the attributes unique to the colourful range of people in this place we call home.

View more illustrations by Khayalethu here.


Lovers Plus ‘It’s Playtime’ TVC




This entertaining TV commercial for condom brand Lovers Plus shows a couple on a date while mini versions of themselves play out their choreographed fantasy on the table top. The playful ad is by Joe Public, Johannesburg and Bouffant.

See the credits here.


Illustration for Woodstock Times by Ello


Woodstock Times


Ello (the pseudonym for Eloise de Klerk) is an artist, illustrator and designer. Her work is often characterised by her use of symbols and geometric shapes, to which she attaches a more complex narrative.

Read more about her in the interview here.


War photographer Ryan Heughn Jacobs


Ryan Heughn Jacobs


Ryan Heughn Jacobs is a freelance photojournalist working for news outlets across the country and abroad. Although based in Cape Town most of the time, Ryan travels to conflict areas to cover world news and social issues, returning with bold imagery captured in the midst of civil wars and uprisings. Ryan’s work is also concerned with the effects of war on a country, its cities and its people.

Read our interview with him for our Young South Africa series here.


FNB ‘You Can Help’ Live Broadcast




In the beginning of last year, FNB launched their 2013 brand campaign, ‘You Can Help’, with a commercial that was broadcast live across various channels and streamed online in real time. A nationwide survey was conducted in the four months leading up to the broadcast in an effort to understand how or youth feel about our country and our future. This ad is presented as a message from the children of South Africa, spoken by a then 17 year old Kelly Baloyi.

Read more about the controversial campaign here.


The Vicious Cycle




Facilitated by Dutchmann, The Vicious Cycle is a collaboration on the cusp between form and function between retired frame-builder Duncan MacIntyre and composite specialist Anton Dekker. The special limited edition of 10 are hand built using original MacIntyre frames, Dekker Tri-spoke wheels and select contemporary components.

Read more about the project here.


Amstel ‘The Chef’ TVC




Following on from their award-winning ad The Boxer Amstel released another TVC, The Chef,  in July last year. The story follows aspiring chef Simphiwe Nzima, highlighting through his journey the value of taking your time to do something the right way. The commercial was shot entirely on location in the kitchen of the iconic Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town.

Read more about the film and see the credits here.


Refractive Dust collection by Situ


Situ architectural jewellery


Situ is a collaboration between jewellery designers Philippa Green and Ida Elsje, and architect/diamantaire Gregory Katz. Situ creates unconventionally beautiful jewellery with an architectural twist by encasing diamonds in resin. Their Refractive Dust Collection is inspired by intergalactic storms.

See more of the Refractive Dust Collection here.


J&B ‘Made Different’ TVC with DJ Sbu




J&B’s ‘Made Different’ TVC stars the multi-talented Sibusisio Leope, better known as DJ Sbu. The beautifully crafted film – made by JWT Cape Town and shot by Velocity Films – tells the story of DJ Sbu’s unique journey from a rough Johannesburg neighbourhood to become an acclaimed hip hop artist and music business mogul, breaking musical boundaries in South Africa.

Learn more and see the credits here.




Ateljee Wits Art Museum


Ateljee is the Joburg based brainchild of Fred Swart, Jaco Burger and Helene Botha who have become known for typographic design, as well as signage and packaging design, publication design and illustration. True to their philosophy of moving away from cluttered design, they created the impressively simplistic Wits Art Museum logo – as well as the internal and external signage of the museum.

Read about Ateljee and see more of their work here.


Coca-Cola ‘Share a Coke with Bobby’ TVC




Coca-Cola got personal with their summer campaign, Share a Coke, which launched in South Africa in November last year. To mark the launch, the “Share a Coke with Bobby” TVC was released. The film, make by Draftfcb and Velocity Films follows the story of a loveable dog and his interactions with people during his search for his own name up in lights. Instead of using local actors, the commercial taps into the local urban youth culture front and features well-known collectives like I See a Different YouThe Sartists and many more South African “it” kids.

Find out more and see the “making of” video here.


Chappies edible street art




To thank South Africa for the massive response and support of their Did You Know campaign, Chappies and Ogilvy Cape Town embarked on a week-long, two city, edible street art campaign that made use of tens of thousands of Chappies. Six edible murals were created and went up in Woodstock, Khayelitsha, Parkhurst, the Maboneng Precinct, at the Cape Town Station and at Greenside Design College.

See the rest of the edible street murals here.



Stay tuned for our 2013 Highlights Parts 2 – 5!


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