Cape Town’s reign as World Design Capital 2014 is well underway, and one of our favourite places to stay in the loop is Instagram. Whether it’s by following recognised WDC Projects, independent designers giving us a peek into their worlds, or those that do a great job at showcasing all things art and design in the Mother City – these are some of the Instagram accounts we’ve got our eye on this year.
Calendar of the Everyday
Calendar of the Everyday is a visual celebration of the ordinary in an extraordinary city. Created by Liani van der Westhuizen, the project records and shares the everyday experiences of urban life in the Mother City’s reign as World Design Capital, day by day, with the rest of the world for a full calendar year in 2014.
Charl Edwards is an art director and part of the team behind Yenza – a fantastic WDC Project that aims to broaden the context of South African design through the showcasing of self-made objects fashioned, mostly out of necessity, from items found in self-made South African homes. Charl’s Instagram is full of interesting behind the scenes snaps of the project and other design-related goodness.
Also part of the Yenza team, Renee Rossouw is an architect and artist who creates original, bold and geometric patterns as RR Studio which are applied to a variety of mediums. Her Instagram account gives some insight into the broad scope of her design endeavours.
Jeremy Puren is one of the core members of See Saw Do, a Cape Town based social enterprise using their design skills for good. Passionate about transforming the spaces where children in underprivileged communities develop and learn, they create bright, bold, engaging and visual-centred environments – many of which you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of on Jeremy’s Instagram.
With her project ‘365 Postcards from Ants‘, Lorraine Loots will paint one miniature inspired by Cape Town every day in 2014 – which she shares through Instagram. Once her project is complete, the originals and a limited edition of 5 personalized postcards will be for sale.
Future Cape Town
Future Cape Town is a non-profit think tank that was originally born as a means of stimulating a broader debate and questioning the future direction of the city’s progress, under the tagline “inspiring a more liveable city”. During WDC 2014, Future Cape Town are hosting a number of walking ‘Design Tours’ which, along with other WDC activities and occurences, are captured on their Instagram account.
Although Skinny laMinx isn’t involved in any of the official WDC2014 projects, they have a manifesto and are still getting involved by trumpeting #WDC2014 all their social media channels as well as ‘cross-pollinating’ with other designers (like the Skinny laMinx x Take Care collaboration). Heather Moore’s instagram account for Skinny laMinx provides a sneak peek of these, as well as their fantastic celebratory (and very yellow!) window displays.
Hello Pretty are an online marketplace for independent South African creatives and they also have a great blog. On their Instagram account, they’re are always scouting out fabulous pieces of design and in celeberation of World Design Capital they post something yellow each day.
Jacques Oosthuizen is part of the official World Design Capital 2014 team (and a photographer on the side). His Instagram account is full of the day-to-day runnings of WDC and everything that happens behind the scenes.
Spier Architectural Arts
Spier Architectural Arts specialises in collaborative work with fine artists, designers and architects in the conceptualising, and production of site specific artworks. Their Instagram account shows some of the processes behind these collaborations and will document some of their official WDC 2014 projects.
CT Type is dedicated to the love of Cape Town and typography. All photographs tagged #cttype (or submitted) are featured on their website and each week the best of these are rounded up and displayed on their Instagram account.
Cape Town Street Art
Cape Town Street Art, as the name suggests, scours the streets of Cape Town to find and photograph art.
And finally, we couldn’t create this article without including the official World Design Capital 2014 Instagram account.