Part 4 of our 2013 Highlights is a collection of the wild and wonderful from Michaella Janse van Vuuren’s 3D printed hybrid creatures to the Johannesburg Zoo’s social media badger, and everything in between. Please enjoy our selection of animal-related faves from last year.
Michaella Janse van Vuuren is an electrical engineer who designs intricate 3D printed sculptures and jewellery under the name, Nomili. Her work is both aesthetically beautiful and structurally complex, straddling the fascinating divide between art-meets-design.
Stephan van Wyk’s imaginative, childlike and charming imagery is hand-painted, which he prefers to working digitally.
Machine created this survival kit, melodramatically entitled The Quintessentially Metaphorical Field Guide to Humans on Business Safari, for Habari Media’s Tuongee Symposium attendees.
Our annual Young South Africa series showcases young local talent. One of the projects showcased was Punk & Ivy, the fashion, wardrobe, styling and bespoke consultancy boutique of Khaya Bhubesii and Bianca Miles.
Helen Sullivan and James King launched the first three editions of Prufrock, a magazine of writing, in 2013.
National Geographic Kids Magazine launched a new print campaign by FoxP2 with the pay-off line, “School can’t teach them everything.” The agency teamed up with award-winning illustrator and cartoonist Patrick Latimer.
Essie Letterpress commissioned 13 of South Africa’s most exciting creatives to each illustrate a month of their annual letterpress calendar.
A music/fashion film for Spoek Mathambo’s Zombie was released in November, directed by Kent Andreasen and assisted by Johno Mellish. It shows the collaborative endeavors of Spoek and SA clothing designer Floyd Avenue, featuring a host of birdlife and Spoek on a tropical expedition kitted out in Floyd Avenue’s designs.
Joburg ad industry freelancers Jeff Tyser and Kerryn-Lee Maggs left all the clients and deadlines behind and went on an epic 5 month adventure around Southern Africa. They travelled 22 500 kms and documented every kilometre of the way on their blog, Lost & Found.
Ideas company &Anonymous launched with this conceptual, collaborative short film, Tri-Circ-Circ.
Farm girl Nicoléne van der Walt graduated with a BA in Fine Arts in 2013, and even though she is now a city girl, her roots are clearly present in her graduate body of work. She made rubber moulds of stillborn piglets, and cast them in soap.
Based in Pretoria, Louis Minnaar has worked as a Designer, Animator, Illustrator, Director and ‘general picture-maker’.
Simone le Roux is an illustrator and graphic designer whose passion for character design lead her to create her project, Friends with Benefits, a series of conceptual soft sculptures based on a range of fascinating psychological disorders.
This animated short film was created by just six dedicated students at The Animation School in Cape Town. The project took the team eight sleepless months to complete from concept to vimeo upload, where it received tens of thousands of views in the first 24 hours.
Devised by Hellocomputer and constructed by tech wizard at BinarySpace, Tom van den Bon, Johannesburg Zoo launched a campaign featuring the world’s first live-tweeting badger. With the help of some innovative technology, BG the resident honey badger and the zoo’s mascot added ‘official Social Media spokesanimal’ to his repertoire.
WWF Rhino Raid is Flint Sky Interactive’s first mobile game and one of the best things we saw last year. The aim of the project is to create awareness of the ever-growing rhino poaching crisis in SA while also raising funds for WWF’s rhino initiatives.
While her minuscule, detailed paintings are some no bigger than a thumb nail, there’s nothing small about Lorraine Loots’ talent. And with her 2013 project, 365 Paintings for Ants, we got to see a bit of it every single day.
This graphic-rich game follows the journey of Snailboy, a charming little slugger with a big heart, after he’s ambushed by the evil Shadow Gang.