Talking joys and challenges of creative diversity with Shari Akal

Creativity often comes part and parcel with a good dose of curiosity. And, as anyone pursuing multiple interests will know, this is both a blessing and a curse.

When thinking about creative diversity, Shari Akal immediately pops to mind. I first got to know her in 2016 as one half of the Bouwer Flowers duo and found her exuberant passion for floral design compelling and inspiring.

As our paths crossed more often, it soon became evident that her enthusiasm wasn’t limited to flowers. In fact, it isn’t unusual for Shari to stay up into the early morning hours, waiting for trays of delicious vegan baked goodies to come out of the oven. Or, to spend hours creating intricated costumes for film projects and styled shoots. More recently, she’s taken up piano- and ukulele lessons and also squeezes flamenco dancing into her free time.

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Talking Deliberate Fun with Tanija Botha

We seem to be living in an era that is not particularly conducive to relaxation, let alone having fun. An average day is often spent rushing from one commitment to the next, leaving us to fall into bed both stressed and exhausted at night… just to start all over again in the morning. It’s pretty crazy.

While this is bad enough for adults, the scary part is – in most cases – we have no choice but to rope our children into the mad rush too.

Fortunately, we also seem to be living in an era where an increasing number people are seeking a slower and more mindful approach to life – returning to mode of sometimes just BEING instead of constantly DOING.

The benefits of this lifestyle change are obvious and manifold, especially for children who may be craving more relationship and less training, more wildness and less taming.

We chatted to Cape Town-based educational psychologist and entrepreneur, Tanija Botha about the importance of play in a child’s development and how her fledgling business, Deliberate Fun, can bring these benefits right to your doorstep in a neatly-packaged busy box.

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Surf video lettering

Some laid back surfing and hand drawn lettering, a perfect combination.

I came across these two unrelated videos. Well, I guess they’re not completely unrelated because both feature some laid back surfing and hand drawn lettering, a perfect combination.

T.C.S.S. Presents: A Doc-umentary

Graphics by Chris Nixon, animated by Zander Van Oldenborgh.
Click here to watch on Vimeo
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Rockwood Charcoal packaging

Just the other day I found myself thinking charcoal packaging would be a pretty cool design opportunity…

I was looking at the small selection of charcoal brands in our local store just the other day thinking charcoal packaging would be a pretty cool design opportunity since it’s a product without pretence. What I mean is you can probably go as bold and colourful as you want without the risk of sacrificing preconceived ideas of style or elegance – it is what it is!

Well, looks like Atomicdust embraced that exact opportunity with their rebrand of Rockwood Charcoal (nice website design too):

Rockwood Charcoal packaging

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IBM “smarter” billboards

I love the idea of billboards doubling up as seats, shelters and ramps…

I love the idea of billboards doubling up as seats, shelters and ramps. The classic (maybe even retro?) colour and typeface combinations are minimal and striking. Nice work by Ogilvy & Mather France, I’m sure Paul Rand would have approved.

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Vintage travel posters

Russell Johnston and Megan Jones have been collecting vintage Travel and Ski posters since 1979. The collection was started by Russell’s father Robert W Johnston, a Royal Air Force navigator after the Second World War…

Russell Johnston, a lawyer from Essex, and his partner Megan Jones have been collecting vintage Travel and Ski posters since 1979. The collection was started by Russell’s father Robert W Johnston, a Royal Air Force navigator after the Second World War. Russell and Megan are now building an online catalog of these posters by photographing each to museum-reference digital standard. Some of these are being revealed for the first time in over 50 years and as you can imagine, many of them have become a rather valuable investment as collector’s items. Here are a few examples:

Vintage Travel Posters

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