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This Is Film launched today as an online space for all things film photography in South Africa. ...

The new Visi website was launched at the Visi Designer of the Year awards last week. Concept by Net#work BBDO Cape Town, produced by NATIVE. Click here to view the site....

"Leather Gallery was formed in March 2005 with its members having 60 years combined experience in the furniture industry, both locally and internationally. The members and associates have been involved in manufacturing, distributing and exporting furniture for 22...

“What will creativity hold for the future?” is the new campaign for Design Indaba 14, conceptualised by The Jupiter Drawing Room Cape Town, and evolved in collaboration with Gloo, to create an integrated campaign....

HelloComputer have recently launched a new flash site for Turbovite. It includes quite a nice mechanic that calls on people to upload their TURBOFACE (after having a Turbovite obviously) and has led to some pretty funny (and some very odd) pics being entered so far.
Work by Life is Awesome Life is Awesome hails from the far land of Stellenbosch.  Between majestic mountains, a shady patch of moss birthed a graphic design collaboration some time ago. Life is Awesome has been around since  Attila the Hun died of a nose bleed (caused by eating too much Danish blue cheese). You can even spot us in the backgrounds of some classical paintings pulling gangster poses. In other words, we have been around for ever. Breathing life into design and corporate companies is our particular speciality.  We offer services extending from very convincing corporate ids to sleek websites and outstanding print design. We also happen to make some serious sandwiches and potent coffee. And you're always invited. For more info visit our website www.lifeisawesome.co.za

MTV Staying Alive is the world’s largest HIV/AIDS mass media campaign. Launched in 1998, Staying Alive, is a partnership driven campaign that is spearheaded by MTV. MTV asked Stonewall+ to create a website for the new TV series of the project....

Stonewall+ recently relaunched their website, themed "Tribute To Click". The new site is an amazingly crafted flash site, specifically have a look at the vinyl player inside the site. The tracks for the player was created by local sound agency Say Thank You....

I recently found the new Nando's website and was quite disappointed. For many years Nando's has been a progressive and ground breaking brand that pushes the boundaries. It seems that online they are still lacking some strong strategy and conceptual continuation of their offline strengths. Just following through on the brand elements doesn't constitute a strong brand experience online. Their new site has an overcomplicated navigation system (with very weird flash hit areas which means sometimes you can't open the navigation at all), and way too much animation on each page. This means that every time you are going from section to section you need to sit through a very irritating loading bar. The interface is confusing and there is no consistency in the User Experience Design with regards to sub navigation. Much too easy to get lost on the pages. Another small problem is that if you go to http://nandos.co.za it doesn't auto redirect you, and you land on an annoying brand page of their hosting provider, a bad oversight indeed. The Fan Club section doesn't open at all. Some of the other sections had server time outs.  All these small missed items shows some lack of digital knowledge and understanding when this site was created. Online is not just an extension of your offline campaigns, the key difference is that with online you are not just creating a brand message but a user experience. The new Nando's website is just not very hot. What are your thoughts? More images below the fold.
fly-web1 We first spotted Fly School Design because of the awesome characters and illustrations that they have. We've since come to love the rest of their design as well. They recently went on a redesign of their site, saying the following about it:
Our redesign focuses more on the user experience. Our home page, in the recent news section, has direct links to the jobs mentioned. The home page also has a featured illustration, changed regularly. We've also added some more illustrations to our portfolio section. The overall look and feel of the original site remains, but these added features enhance the experience and creates a more 'creative' and less corporate vibe.
Check out some more pics after the link, or go to their site directly.

It seems as if Directory sites are a dime a dozen these days (heck, we might even be thought of as one!). Every now and again something catches your eye though, the South African Design directory is one of those sites. They keep things fresh and...

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