What makes an exceptional designer?

IN TODAY’S FIERCELY COMPETITIVE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT CLIMATE, BEING A GOOD DESIGNER ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH. HERE’S HOW TO BE GREAT. According to FastCompany,these are the 3 Key Traits Of An Exceptional Designer: 1. Empathetic with a twist of business-savvy Traditionally, designers advocate for user experience, and product managers lobby for business requirements. Exceptional designers take an […]

Interviews: Xolisa Dyeshana – Working Toward an Ad Industry Reflective of our Nation

Between 10 and 5 have a series of interviews with some of South Africa’s foremost artist/creatives who are taking their respective industries by storm.   Have a look at one of the featured interviews with Xolisa Dyeshana a leader in the local ad industry here: http://10and5.com/2015/07/16/xolisa-dyeshana-working-toward-an-ad-industry-reflective-of-our-nation/   Xolisa Dyeshana is the Executive Creative Director at Joe […]

“Polyglot” Web Series On Young Creatives Of Colour

  “Polyglot, which was launched in April by the Rwandan-born, Berlin-based sisters, explores the multi-hyphenate identities of young creatives of colour in Berlin.”- OkayAfrica According to OkayAfrica: In the third episode of Polyglot, viewers will journey from the scripted web series’ original locale of Berlin to another European metropolis. “My Own” centers on Roger Jean Nsengiyumva, an artist struggling with the challenges […]

Watch: TED Talk – How to build your Creative Confidence

TED Talks: David Kelley on how to build your creative confidence Why you should watch: “People divide themselves into ‘creative’ types and ‘not creative’ – often discouraged by being judged in their childhood. It’s not that they can’t be creative, just that they’re afraid to try. David talks of phobias, and a treatment for fear […]

Women in Design – Mpho Ncube

For this week’s “Women in Design” we feature Mpho Ncube, currently an intern at GRD. Here’s her unique interpretation of our brief:   Billboard or Magazine Ad or cover– Create your own billboard or magazine ad or cover for something you personally want to achieve.     Identify a female designer or illustrator whose work […]

10 Ways to become a Creative Leader

Running a business means having to take on numerous responsibilities. Being a leader means having the ability to apply certain qualities to get the best from employees. Here’s a great article from SmallBizTrends that highlights 10 qualities to adopt to become a Creative Leader: David Ogilvy, one of the original Mad Men, a real ad […]

12 Ways to Expand your Market and Brand Awareness creatively

As a small business owner one of your main objectives should include ensuring that your business is at the forefront of your audience/ customers’ minds. There are numerous ways you can market your business. Here are a few creative ideas from SmallbizTrends on how to expand your market and brand awareness: Push Your Handles Use […]

Romz Deluxe talks “Design Africa Film” and creativity

We caught up with Senior Graphic Designer, Art Director, Photographer and Videographer and Founder of Respek Studio – Romz Deluxe. He tells us about some of his experiences as a designer and an exciting documentary he’s working on called “Design Africa Film.” CRE8: How did you get into design? Was there a defining point in your […]

The Future Creative

David Tlale, Jonathan Ive, Ravi Naidoo, Nkhensani Nkosi to name but a few all have one thing in common and it is not that they are all incredibly gifted creatives, but that they each managed to create something that will live far beyond themselves and have in their own way changed how we see the […]

The Age of the Millennial in Africa (Part 2): You need The Chopsticks Approach

Inspired by The Chopsticks Diet by Kimiko Barber, I figured I should take you to Japan for a moment as Part One is centered on Africa Rising. “The essence of The Chopsticks Diet lies in the Japanese way of food – what they eat and how they eat – exemplified in chopsticks.” In search of […]

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