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We all want a greener, more sustainable world, yet the process of going green still seems to instil fear in some people. Good designers, on the other hand, embrace the move towards sustainability. Not only does green thinking lead to creativity and innovation, ultimately it’s good for business, which to us means happy clients.

Take annual reports, for instance, which are both a legal requirement and an eco-nightmare. After all the work, money, paper and ink that go into printing them (not to mention all the printing of proof copies prior to the actual print run), they mostly end up in the bin. They have served nobody – neither client nor recipient nor environment. Continue Reading →

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Infestation in collaboration with Tsai Design Studio have been selected as a top sixteen finalist for the Public Art Competition launched by the Western Cape Government. The artwork will be installed on the newly established plaza, corner of Dorp and Long streets, within the WCG precinct.

To mark the 20 year anniversary of living in democratic South Africa, the Western Cape Government (WCG) launched this competition for an exceptional, permanent artwork that embodies, celebrates and reminds us of the 20 years of Freedom in our City and in our Country.

The concept of our work is rooted in the memory of the first democratic elections and the journey of casting our vote. Visuals of long winding queues and the symbolism of broken shackles is combined in a seemingly weightless column with a curved bench that offer seating on the plaza.

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Visitors are welcomed into the space to reflect on their own journey and experience since 1994.

If you would like to see our work on permanent display e-mail the Western Cape Government at  westerncape.events@westerncape.gov.za and let them know your thoughts!

 

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It’s pitching season and we’re all invited!

Over the next seven months, the World Design Capital will be hosting project pitching sessions to expose recognised WDC 2014 projects to potential funders, mentors and collaborators. And we’re rather excited because we’ll be pitching our own shortlisted project – The Official Cape Town Design Guide. But more on that later.

The first pitching session will be taking place TODAY at 17:30 at The German Club (6 Roodehek Terrace, off Hope Street, Gardens) with 23 WDC 2014 projects hoping their pitches will seal the deal. If you can’t make it today, don’t fret, you have another seven pitches to choose from: 25 February, 25 March, 28 April, 27 May, 24 June, 29 July and 26 August.

You can buy your tickets through Quicket. They cost R50 ticket, and it also gets you one free craft beer and free popcorn. There is a cash bar and food for sale.

 

The WDC 2014 projects pitching tonight are:

1. Safe Township Lighting (#WDC608)

This project supplies individually charged, modular and multifunctional
LED task-lights (NURU lights) and the world’s first commercially available
pedal generator, the NURU POWERCycle. The cycle provides reliable
clean, sustainable power that is more efficient than current solar
solutions.

Vijay Mitha: vijay@shaktienergy.net

2. Mzansi Store (#WDC516)

An e-marketplace that enables small-scale handcrafts producers to
design their own e-commerce platform. This provides easy access to
online selling as a sales channel, where they promote their own brand,
sell and ship directly to buyers.

Deidre Luzmore:  dluzmore@gmail.com

3. Shopstar (#WDC290)

Shopstar enables anyone to create and manage an online shop with little
technical expertise. Developed in Cape Town by a team of industry
professionals, it’s a homegrown solution for South Africa’s entrepreneurs.

Jens Herf: jens@shopstar.co.za

4. The Business Bridge (#WDC280)

The Business Bridge Initiative is an enterprise development organization,
which enables the sharing of core business skills between the formal and
informal economies.

Thomas Parry: tparry@thebusinessbridge.org

5. The Motion Project (#WDC559)

This film and photography project uses the City as a backdrop to
showcase the diversity of talent in the dance industry. All dance styles
are photographed within the City’s beautiful urban spaces. The project
culminates in a photo exhibition, a dance film and a performance event.

Louise Coetzer: louise@darkroomcontemporary.com

6. Ceramics United South Africa 2014 Competition (#WDC345)

Working with some of South Africa’s most prominent ceramicists,
Ceramics United ZA will hold a ceramics design competition among
students, potters, and artists to unlock the country’s rich and dynamic
ceramics history and share it with the world.

Ceramics United South Africa: ceramicsunitedza@gmail.com

7. Youth Design Studio (#WDC640)

In Youth Design Studio, secondary school learners will collaborate with
university students, educators, local elected officials, and city staff to
create a practical, implementable design project that will have a
demonstrable benefit for their particular Cape Town neighborhood.

Katie Hawkes: katiehawkes@gmail.com

8. City of Rainbows (#WDC518)

The City of Rainbows is a public art installation project. Real rainbows
appear magically in public spaces, glass crystals hang from lampposts
creating flashes of color in the sky. Pedestrian crossings become
rainbow crossings; coloured heart stickers stuck to lampposts.

Michael Elion: elion888@gmail.com

9. Live Eco Remade Design (#WDC547)

Live Eco Remade Design is an upcycled design competition comprising of
dress (fashion design) & objects (interior design). This project requires
students to upcycle old clothing & used materials into eco chic garments
& objects.

Nikki Seegers: nikki@liveeco.co.za

10. Learning Innovation Design Lab (#WDC251)

The Learning Innovation Design Lab will comprise of a design studio,
usability test lab, model classroom, think tank and showroom that will
foster and showcase African innovation in education.

Marco Rosa: marco@formula-d.com

11. Open Streets (#WDC207)

Open Streets is a citizen-driven initiative. It is both an organization and a
philosophy for public life, working to design and promote streets that
embed and generate respect for people, regardless of who they are, and
how they move. It was founded in 2012 by a group of volunteers.

Marcela Guerrero Casas: marcela@openstreets.co.za

12. Nino’s Bereavement Toolbox (#WDC335)

A friendly and attractive set of tools to help parents and children
overcome the loss of a loved one. It encourages the users to pay
attention to their senses and sentiments, discuss different aspects of
death and express their feelings.

Mathilde de Blois: deblois.mathilde@gmail.com

13. Too Good To Waste (#WDC274)

A collective group of 14 Western Cape Upcycle Designers all with similar
visions, recycling a variety of would-be waste items into beautiful
consumer products. This future design ethos reduces the impact on our
stressed landfill sites and demonstrates new creative possibilities in the
the consumer market.

Jenee Rosse: jenerosse@hotmail.com

14. 100 Bicycles (#WDC421)

Bicycles are not only functional by design; they have tremendous socioeconomic
and environmental benefits too. This project aims to use 100
Bicycles, each with a unique word on the yellow frame to harness mass
awareness about the benefits of non-motorized transport.

Warren Lodge: warren@LIFEbrand.co.za

15. The Migration #WDC537

Teaming up with The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and turning the
musical experience into an audiovisual one. A spectacle combining
traditional with cutting-edge projection techniques to bring original music,
story and animation to life.

Bernard Kotze: bernardkotze@gmail.com

16. Creative Edge #WDC353

Creativedge SA is an extra mural educational programme designed to
expose Grade 10-12 learners to multiple creative career disciplines,
through practical learning experiences. The aim is to overcome ignorance
about these industries, promote new developing sectors and augment
divergent thinking skills.

Mariechen Du Plesis: info@creativedge.co.za

17. Brainstorm the City #WDC570

An awareness campaign run throughout the year, showcasing the human
brain: the ultimate design story. Through a variety of activities, this
interactive journey will inform, inspire and educate communities about
the wonders and fragility of this miraculous organ.

Ross Balchin: balchinm@telkomsa.net

18. 1000 Drawings #WDC530

1000 Drawings – Doodle for a Difference is a community driven project
where everyone is invited to be an artist for a good cause. This nonprofit
initiative builds bridges across class, gender, age and race divides with
the simple message that we are all inherently creative.

Shani Judes: shani@shanijudes.co.za

19. Zamani, the past #WDC552

ZAMANI, “the past” in Swahili, is a documentary series project produced
in Cape Town. The ZAMANI series will highlight some of the most secret
and sacred archeological sites of Africa, some never seen before on
television, awakening worldwide consciousness for the conservation of
African heritage.

Joanna Tomkins: joanna@manmakesapicture.co.za

20. Community led spatial design for informal settlements (#WDC236)

The spatial reconfiguration of informal settlements to those that are more
rationalized leads to social cohesion, shelter upgrade and infrastructural
improvements. It builds community, acknowledges the positive aspects of
informality and helps bridge the urban divide, including not removing the
poor.

Siyavuya Nobaza: siyavuya@ikhayalami.org

21. Re-blocking Mtshini Wam (#WDC238)

Re-blocking Mtshini Wam showcases the co-production value in
upgrading informal settlements. Once threatened through evictions, the
community initiated a self-design process that re-organised shacks into
“clusters” with safer and more dignified public spaces. The City can now
install basic services.

Linda Gondo: linda@ikhayalami.org

22. Lentegeur Spring Project (#WDC331)

Bridging the divide between a mental health institution and deeply
scarred surrounding community by designing a mental health centre of
the future. This project utilizes permaculture design principles that will
engender an environmental regeneration. In essence the concept of
spring is brought to life through healing people and the environment.

John Parker: John.parker@westerncape.gov.za

23. Pecha Kucha (#WDC676)

Taking place every other month during 2014, PechaKucha – Japanese for
chit chat – brings together Capetonians to hear from, engage with, and
be inspired by 9 speakers who present on interesting projects or passions
using 20 slides, each displayed for just 20 seconds.

Andrew Cole: awayfromtheoffice@gmail.com

For more information on the World Design Capital Pitching Sessions and WDC 2014 Projects, visit www.wdccapetown2014.com

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There’s nothing like starting off a morning by being taken completely out of your comfort zone…

And by a clown nonetheless. But we have come to expect the unexpected of Creative Mornings Cape Town, and with the first session of the year taking place Thursday, 30 January 2014 under the theme of CHILDHOOD, we were charged with embracing our inner child.

Professional clown and founder of non-profit Clowns without Borders, Jamie McLaren took the stage with a banjo and led the crowd through a series of songs, dances and interactions that quickly found everyone out of breath, laughing and silently cringing at the crazy antics going on.

It’s not easy singing “A ram sam sam, A ram sam sam, Guli guli guli ram sam sam” while jigging to the sides without feeling a little self-conscious. It’s a popular children’s song and game originating in Morocco, by the way.

 

Who Are Clowns Without Borders?

Clowns without Borders are a non-profit organisation with the very simple mission: help children be children again. The team, which consists of clowns, actors, jugglers and anyone willing to give of their time, go into communities affected by crisis, and through arts-based interventions enable children and families to play, laugh, and create, providing psychosocial support and well being.

McLaren’s performance touched on the ideas that by embracing a sense of play, providing love, and giving structure, you are tapping into the potential of a child’s imagination and giving them permission to embrace the spirit of childhood, to dream and to help them get through their current situation.

So next time things are getting tough, stress levels are high or you simply feel like you need to decompress, get up, take a deep breath and start singing this popular Clowns Without Borders ditty:

A ram sam sam, a ram sam sam
Guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam
A ram sam sam, a ram sam sam
Guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam

A rafiq, a rafiq
Guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam
A rafiq, a rafiq
Guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam

You may get stares, but only before everyone joins you, embracing their inner child with a good laugh and some silly actions.

If you want to donate your time or money to Clowns without Borders, you can visit www.cwbsa.org where you can find out more about the organisation and find out how to get involved.

Be part of Creative Mornings Cape Town by joining their newsletter, liking them on Facebook (Creative Morning Cape Town) and following them on Twitter (@CapeTown_CM). The theme for their February session is REBEL.

 

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“What are you doing for 2014?”

It’s the question everyone is asking, particularly with the spotlight on Cape Town as World Design Capital. This year is brewing and bubbling with anticipation and expectation. With everyone either waiting for things to happen or scrambling to make things happen, we believe there is only one way to see the change you want; lead the way.

So with the Happy New Year wishes fading fast, let me tell you what Infestation will be doing in 2014…

We plan on turning all those exciting new projects into visual reality. Many of the jobs we started last year are beginning to see the light. They excite us because they have challenged us. Keep an eye out for them as they emerge. Some – like the new website for CapeNature and Skybound rebrand – are visible already. Others like the “Better Living Challenge”  from the Cape Craft and Design Institute and the Greater Tygerberg Partnership rebrand are still taking shape. Whatever the project, we are looking forward to sharing our ideas with you.

Internally, it’s very much in with the new, and chances are you’ll be meeting and working with many new names and faces. What that means is some new exotic spices being added to the mix. And who doesn’t like an added kick of flavour? For our clients, it means we can now offer more services in-house, like PR and direct-mail strategy.

Since 2001, infestation has hosted many interns and this year will be no exception. The only difference is, with the focus of WDC2014, we are getting a lot of enquiries from abroad. In early February we are welcoming an international intern from Holland and graduate from the highly acclaimed design school Willem de Koning Academie in Rotterdam. If you know of anyone wanting to intern or take up residency, let us know – this is THE year!

Thanks to our collaborative and creative space, our hot-desks have also taken off. This is the second year we are sharing our studio with like minded entrepeneurs and industry experts. So if you or anyone you know wants one of the hottest desks in Cape Town, let us know and we’ll be in touch.

 

Infestation’s Official Cape Town Design Guide

Now, we can’t talk WDC2014 without mentioning our yellow plans for the year. We have been privileged to be part of this incredible journey since bidding in 2010, and we continue to stay involved whether it’s through the Creative Sessions or Cape Town Design Network. We even have our very own officially approved WDC project, the Official Cape Town Design Guide. Sign up to get news the minute we go live!

If you want a flavour of what the different projects are all about, I can recommend attending one of the eight pitching sessions: 30 short entertaining inspiring pitches per night.

Please stay connected, either through Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to our newsletter and take look at what we’re doing – our website has it all. We’re really happy to say our experience in digital has given us a competitive edge, but we’ll let our work speak for itself.

Wishing everyone one hell of a yellow year!

Christo

P.S: Take a moment to read this article by Business Day on the rise in tourism Cape Town is experiencing. We’re hoping to give those visiting our shores an insight into Cape Town design with our Official Cape Town Design Guide.

 

New-Staff-Large

Stepping into our offices, you’ll be met with some stalwarts, and a speckling of fresh faces all ready to take Infestation to the next level.

For those that have had the pleasure of working with the Infestation team, you will quickly notice that there are a few new names in the mix. And for those who we have yet to have the pleasure of engaging with, our team is more dynamic – and inspired – than ever and this could only mean one thing – we’re moving up!

But we don’t just want to tell you about them or get you to read about them, which you can do here. In fact, we’re going to go one step further. Every month, we’re going to catch up with one of the members and ask them a few questions and share this with you.

Then, we’re going to ask the ones that can to design something especially for you and show just what they are capable of and show you their inner passion, because at Infestation, it’s the passion of the team that fuels the creativity.

So make sure you get your friends to sign up to our newsletter, join in on the conversation on Facebook and Twitter, we’d hate for you to miss out on the exciting things our team will be doing this year.

 

Meet the new recruits in the Infestation team!

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There’s always something happening at Infestation, even right up to the end of the year. Besides our work, we have other news to share with you before we turn off our computers, shut the doors and head into the silly season.

INTERN FACE-OFF

Providing interns with real agency experience is Infestation’s way of giving back – a big part of our germination campaign. We pick our interns based on their portfolios, their application letters as well as their place of study.

Over the past five weeks, Infestation has been…well…infested with a bunch of eager interns, looking to learn the tricks of the trade and provide industry insight before they graduate and head off into the real world.

This time round we decided to get a little competition going by taking on four interns from two of the top tertiary design schools in South Africa – Michelle Berger and Charlette Hepworth from Vega, School of Brand Leadership in Johannesburg and Carmen Ter Burg and Ashleigh Huntley from AAA School of Advertising.

The interns were put through their paces, working on real client jobs with the kind of timelines that would ensure they knew what to expect when they found themselves permanently employed. The various projects included working on branding and publishing, where the outcomes would be presented back to the client for feedback – meaning the work had to be of the highest quality.

What did they learn?

“I learned that I have a lot to learn,” said Vega intern Michelle, while AAA intern Carmen found the broad nature of the design work to be informative and ultimately providing a good overview of working in an agency.

Ashleigh was grateful to get insight into what the design industry has to offer having worked on a few logo designs for the Warehouse and Charlette is determined to move to Cape Town, reiterating what we at Infestation truly believe; that the Mother City is definitely a design capital.

INFESTATION INTERNSHIPS 2014

If you’re interested in pursuing Infestation internships in 2014, get in touch with us on design@infestation.co.za or on (021) 461 8601. You never know – you too might be infesting the Mother City with your design savvy.

OPEN STUDIO HOT DESKING

In the last year, Infestation has found itself renting out desk space to a number of freelancers in the creative field who are gradually growing their business and would prefer to be around like-minded people, as opposed to staring at a wall at home.

We’ve found that our hot desking has been hugely successful, both for us as an agency always looking to collaborate and grow our network, and for the individuals who have the benefit of tapping into the expertise Infestation offers.

So with it being 2014 and a big year for design, we are looking to grow our desk space and provide more opportunities for hot desking to professionals within the creative field. We’ll be looking at new desk layouts and how best to create an energy where everyone benefits and gets the most out of providing an open studio.

If you’re interested in renting desk space at Infestation, please get in touch with us at either design@infestation.co.za or on (021) 461 8601. For more information about Infestation, you can visit www.infestation.co.za or pop into our offices located at Entrance B, 149 Upper Canterbury Street, Gardens.

WE’RE TAKING A BREAK

It’s that time of the year when us creatives shut down our computers, put away our notepads, and take a moment or two to venture into the outside world. While we love working with our clients and creating concepts to showcase their initiatives, businesses and campaigns; our inspiration and creativity need a little top up every now and again.

So, in light of this, we’ll be closing our creative doors for three weeks, from 20 December 2013 until 13 January 2014.

On our return, expect a bunch of people ready and willing to make your creative dreams come true, excited with the prospects of a new year and new ideas.

Don’t think of it as an “Out of Office”, but rather “We’ve just stepped out to find ourselves more ideas, creativity and inspiration” – see you soon.