Promoting school books to teachers

Nasou Via Afrika published a series of school books for the Outcomes Based Education curriculum. An aspect of this curriculum that was very daunting to teachers was the method of student assessment. This series of ads was published in “The Teacher” newspaper to help the teachers to understand assessment and to demonstrate how these handbooks aid teachers in the process.

HSRC Press stand at Cape Town book fair

Farm Design designed and produced this stand for HSRC Press at the cape Town International Book Fair. HSRC Press is one of the largest social science publishers in Africa and the client wanted to emphasize this point.

The backdrop for the stand had a big cutout with bookshelves carrying stock that was for sale at the fair.

South Africa’s Suspended Revolution

Farm Design designed the cover for “South Africa’s Suspended Revolution” written by the prominent political commentator, Adam Habib. The cover had to be strong and convey a sense of urgency and promise.

The book was also translated into three different languages and once again, Farm Design designed the covers.

The book was published by Wits University Press.

An African story of the Mother City exhibition

Farm Design was asked to design and build an exhibition telling the story of the struggle for housing for black people in the Western Cape. Groups of women from Modderdam, Crossroads, Nyanga Bush and KTC won the right for African women and men to live with their families and work freely in the Western Cape. They did this with political ingenuity in the face of an apartheid Government whose officials used the law, the police, the army and finally vigilantes to fight them.

The exhibition had to be self-standing, portable and durable. Farm Design designed interlocking card board panels onto which the graphics were printed. This material also referred to the flimsy impermanent nature of the shelters that was “home” for so many people.

The exhibition opened in St. Georges Cathedral in Cape Town, then travelled to the Slave Lodge and Guga S’thebe Hetitage Project in Langa.

This story, fore-grounded by the group from Nyanga Bush that fasted in the Cathedral, reveals the deep pain, suffering, and structural violence African women and men experience at a particular moment in the history of the City of Cape Town. The telling of this story, thirty years after the event, evokes a much larger narrative that lies behind and beneath the fast – how thousands of black women and men, classified as African, eventually broke the back of influx control in the western part of the Cape Province.

Some of the possessions of the original group of people that came to fast in the Cathedral were displayed in the “shack” at the centre of the exhibition.

Shepherd’s Prayer

Shepherd’s Prayer is a dark atmospheric novel with two storylines: a gripping crusade to save a young boy’s life, and the grim struggle of two siblings to confront their family shame.

Published by Katja Willemsen.

Shakespeare and the Coconuts

In this book Natasha Distiller explores historic and contemporary uses of Shakespeare in South African society which illustrate the complexities of colonial and post-colonial realities as they relate to iconic Englishness.

Published by Wits University Press.

School text books in eight languages

Nasou Via Afrika, one of South Africa’s largest schoolbook publishers, commissioned Farm Design to redesign and update their existing range of school books. The previous brands had to be strengthened and differentiated.

Working in eight different languages was a challenge, as was inheriting some “bad” design elements. Farm Design designed and produced a cover for every grade and in every subject. A marathon project that was very rewarding, in hindsight.

Published by Nasou Via Africa.

Exhibition stand for future shopping centre

Farm Design was asked by one of South Africa’s largest property developers to design and build an exhibition stand at a retail conference. the purpose of the stand was to attract retailers to a new shopping centre that was being built. We incorporated elements of the design of the new centre into the stand.