Wits University Press exhibition stand

For the 2012 Cape Town International Book Fair, Wits University Press asked Farm Design to design, build and set up their exhibition stand. Though the floor space was only 12m x 3m, the stand had to display more that 200 books, be able to hold more stock (in the back), have a sales area and also a meeting area. The stand also had to be self-standing. We achieved this by designing a triangular frame that supported all other elements and that also effectively created the different areas that the client required.

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.

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.

South African Social Attitudes

South African Social Attitudes: Reflections on the Age of Hope is the second in a series that aims to monitor the evolving dynamics of South African social values in relation to broader societal developments.

Published by HSRC Press.

The Prize and the Price

Leading and emerging scholars disentangle the strands of particular sexual identities, and deepen the reader’s understanding of the multiple workings of heteronormativity in South African society in particular, and sexuality in general.

Published by HSRC Press.

Giving & Solidarity

For the first time in South Africa, a range of seasoned and new voices including development experts, economists, political analysts and sociologists, quantify and analyse answers to these intriguing questions. Presenting the results of a wide ranging and ground breaking study, these authors provide fresh insight into the contributions of non-governmental stakeholders to poverty alleviation and development in South Africa.

Published by HSRC Press.

Stealing Empire

This book explores arguments about copyright via peer-to-peer (P2P) platforms such as Napster, free speech struggles, debates about access to information and open content licences, and develops a politically incisive analysis of counter discourses produced by South African hip-hop artists.

Published by HSRC Press.