As the C1 group at Cape Town’s German Language Centre, partner of the Goethe Institute, we were given the task to design a poster about Munich as part of a competition among the different groups. The winning poster would be selected for display in one of the Language centre’s lecture rooms which is appropriately titled ‘München’. Our poster communicates how much we dig the Bavarian Capital and even contains a little Bauhaus influence. We of course decided to create an animated video of the design brainstorm. It was super-fun ! Check it out below, along with images of the final poster design. Special thanks to Douw Kruger, Marlan Perumal, Ulrich Grobler and the German Language Centre. Camera and sound by Carl Booysen, and music production by Grenville Daniel WIlliams.
PROJECT / WIR BRAUCHEN DICH, MÜNCHEN ! / CLIENT / CULTURAL
Creating the poster :
Kinetic typography music video for the track ‘ Cape Crusader ‘ by South Africa’s pivotal hip hop group Prophets of da City. The animation was created as part of a series of live visuals which I performed with the group during their reunion show at the 2015 Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Lyrics and production by Shaheen Ariefdien.
PROJECT / CAPE CRUSADER / CLIENT / PROPHETS OF DA CITY
As its pretty thrilling working on type projects, I had major fun producing this typographically-illustrated artwork for close personal friends who wanted to have their own customised world map. The concept was to represent each country of the world with a unique type style or illustration, but to completely mix up the positioning of the world’s countries within the global map. As we are all citizens of this world, we all share certain things in common, regardless of background and culture. And we all deserve the same respect and human dignity.
PROJECT / BORDERLINE WORLD MAP ILLUSTRATION / CLIENT / PRIVATE COMMISSION
Always on top of their game, Ready D and Azuhl form two thirds of the Beatbangaz and are among the best in the business when it comes to all things turntablism, hip hop and eclectic music production. Below are three single sleeve designs for their latest releases, ‘B-boy Toolkit’ , ‘African Trappazoid’ and ‘ Ek is Joe Barber’, released under Platform 7 Productions.
PROJECT / SINGLE SLEEVE DESIGN / CLIENT / AZUHL & DJ READY D
2015 Saw the release of Opel’s new Adam in South Africa. A sporty, tech-savvy city-slicker aimed at young, free-thinking, individual ” game-changers “, it was decided to market it by aligning the brand with a personality whom Opel believes displays these qualities and way of life. I was commissioned to create 10 large scale artworks that were exhibited in different high-traffic public venues in South Africa, to market the Adam. The highlight was creating a customised Roger Williams Adam by using different panels of the car as illustration canvasses. This emphasizes the fact that the Adam is fully customizable with the owner being able to select the colours of different elements of the car, to suit their individual style, taste and personality. Apart from working with the highly energetic, super-creative and award-winning team from 360 Degrees, what made the project a true creative pleasure was the fact that I could work within some of my favourite fields of art and design : illustration, graphics, mural art and live visuals / digital drawing at the Adam’s launch event, the Opel / LISOF Fashion Collab in Johannesburg. View the animated video below as well as detailed images of the artwork and the customised Opel Adam.
PROJECT / OPEL ADAM / CLIENT / 360 DEGREES / OPEL ( GM South Africa )
Customizing the Opel Adam
Selected Exhibition / Activation Artworks
Custom Adam and Artwork Detail
“Safety first, Dude” is a custom skate deck that was created as a birthday gift / going-away present for Fabrizio Minutolo, the Italian-Spanish-African-Australian-German founder of “Chill Mode 2000″ and master of the “Maximum Chill” ! Illustrating Fab’s passion for the ocean, diving, photography, skating, surfing, animals, fauna and flora, the design was somewhat inspired by the oldskool typography-filled surf & skate designs of Jim Phillips, especially in the bold colour usage and image-heavy layout. This in turn highlights Fab’s colourful, permanently happy & super-chilled personality. As the ultimate hombre and one of the coolest humans alive to all who know him, we say maximum respect to the original Von Dudenstein ! Big thanks go out to Siraaj Petersen and Shannon Loxton for assisting to get this one out in under 4 days.
PROJECT / SAFETY FIRST, DUDE / CLIENT / PERSONAL
Safety First Dude ‘making of’ Video
During April and June 2014 I had the privilege to exhibit my latest work entitled ‘Crossroad’ to an international audience ; in Cape Town with one of my creative partners and friends from Bremen, Dirk Mertin ( Dee One ) and in Amsterdam a collection of my solo works. Both exhibitions were strongly supported by core German partner Each One Teach One, with the Amsterdam show being led by Dutch partners Manage Your Art. Crossroad led to groundbreaking successes, locally and internationally. View the highlights video below and click on any of the images to view all the photos, as well as images of the Crossroad Exhibition art collection.
PROJECT / CROSSROAD AMSTERDAM & CAPE TOWN / INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION
Crossroad Cape Town Review Video
June 20th 2014 sees the opening of Crossroad in Amsterdam. Following the very successful debut of Crossroad in Cape Town, I have teamed up with Dutch organisation Manage Your Art, to present a solo exhibition of some of my music posters. Poster art is one of my favourite design disciplines, and because music has played such a strong role in the Crossroad project, it was the natural choice of theme to use in the project’s Amsterdam showcase. Crossroad Amsterdam opens on 20 June 2014 at 21:00 at De Duivel, 87 Reguliersdwarsstraat, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. View the official Crossroad Exhibition site at www.crossroad2014.org.
PROJECT / CROSSROAD AMSTERDAM / MUSIC POSTER ART SOLO EXHIBITION
Crossroad Amsterdam Promo Video and Poster Art Preview
My latest exhibition entitled “Crossroad”, is a collaboration with German artist Dirk Mertin, also known as Dee One. It is an honour to share this occasion with the highly accomplished Bremen-based artist. Inspired by the vast amount of choices all people face in life and how these influence our realities, the exhibition serves as a platform for creating crossroads on many different levels. All proceeds will be donated to Capetonian NGO’s Funimfundo Preschool and Young In Prison. The musical crossroad will be provided by South Africa’s DJ Azuhl and Germany’s DJ Phax Mulder at the event’s afterparty at True Italic, 15 Bree Street, Cape Town. Crossroad opens on 3 April 2014 at 17:30 at the Black Box gallery, 52 Church Street, Cape Town, South Africa. View the official Crossroad Exhibition site at www.crossroad2014.org.
PROJECT / CROSSROAD CAPE TOWN / ART EXHIBITION by DEE ONE and ROGER WILLIAMS
Crossroad Cape Town Promo Video and Art Preview
When tasked with the rebranding of a well known event technical company from rock and roll to corporate, a fine balance must be maintained to keep the spirit of the brand, while creating a slick and powerful identity. This was exactly the goal with the branding of Golden Circle, formerly known as Hellfire Sound and Lighting. The company is one of South Africa’s leaders when it comes to the highest quality sound, lighting and related AV requirements for festivals, corporate and music industry events. The flame from the original identity was kept, while the overall look and feel was polished to reflect the company’s unmatched level of production and service. View their work at www.goldencircle.co.za.
PROJECT / GOLDEN CIRCLE IDENTITY / CLIENT / GOLDEN CIRCLE EVENT TECHNICAL PRODUCTION
Cape Town VJ crew Reel to Real was formed by South African hip hop pioneer DJ Azuhl and long-time friend and collaborator DJ B-side. When I teamed up with them as their VJ and designer, our first mission was to produce to freshest live shows when it comes to beats and visuals alike. Inspired by oldskool music videos, each show is a unique and eclectic blend of music, videomixes and energetic performances. Have a look at the Reel to Real logo, EPK video, and check out the brand new website www.reeltoreal.co.za via one of the link images below. Last but not least, keep your eyes peeled and your ear to the ground to not miss the next live gig !
PROJECT / REEL TO REAL / VEEJAYING, LOGO & WEBSITE DESIGN ( HTML5 & CSS3 )
Reel to Real EPK video
During April and May 2012, I launched my latest series of solo works entitled Alles Roger, at exhibitions in North and South Germany ( Bremerhaven and Ladenburg ), as well as in Europe’s capital of art and culture – Vienna, Austria. Art sales, rave reviews and the large amount of people in attendance all contributed to the success of the exhibitions. Worldwide support came in the form of friends, art enthusiasts and fellow creative professionals sending their wishes via email and social media platforms. Some photos from the art shows are featured below, along with the highlights video containing some footage from the events. Click on any image for press reviews, more photographs and of course the full collection of art !
PROJECT / ALLES ROGER / SOLO EXHIBITION
Alles Roger Highlight Video and featured photographs
Retro, sporty and old school were the key words during the creation of a custom helmet for French sports personality Marguerite (Margot) Laffite. Margot, the daughter of famous F1 driver Jacques Laffite, is not only an experienced competition driver, but also works as a journalist and television presenter for Eurosport/Sunday F1, amongst other shows. The helmet had to suit Margot’s fashionable yet simple style, but at the same time express the racy nature of her personality. A logo consisting of an M and a daisy (“marguerite” in French ) was created, and incorporated in the back of the design. With a slick green, grey and red colour combination, Laffite’s helmet has a classic finish and launches her into the pole position of style. Margot Laffite Facebook page
PROJECT / MARGOT LAFFITE CUSTOM BELL HELMET / CLIENT / BELL HELMETS EUROPE / MARGOT LAFFITE
The fun-loving nature of my little nephews Luke and Aaron, inspired this animated and quirky illustration of them. I depicted them in a colourful world consisting of orange trees, green grass and blue skies. For Luke and Aaron, having some serious fun is nothing more than business as usual!
PROJECT / LUKE AND AARON
Delight Rental Services (DRS), a Berlin based company, offers professional photography and lighting equipment for productions world-wide. They regularly host a networking event where photographers and other creatives come together and exchange ideas in a social environment. I was commissioned by Diazo (Berlin) to design the September 2011 event poster with an urban wall art look and feel. www.diazo.de / www.delight-rent.com
PROJECT / DRS MEET AND GREET / CLIENT / DIAZO FASHION ADVERTISING AGENCY
As a premium espresso bar, Vida E Caffe offers coffee, food and an energetic atmosphere second to none. The instore espresso machines provided the perfect opportunity to tell the story of coffee by physically illustrating how it came to be what we know and love today. Using a very specific line-art and colour combination, I illustrated the historic timeline with a style treatment reminiscent of old textbook drawings. Click on any of the images to view the full artwork, or view the instore photos in the design section. ( This work was created while working for the Jupiter Drawing Room Cape Town. ) www.vidaecaffe.com
PROJECT / THE HISTORY OF COFFEE / CLIENT / VIDA E CAFFE
The Sanlam Cancer Challenge is a golf tournament aimed at raising funds for cancer treatment. One of the prizes is a day on the green with South African Golfing legend Ernie Els. The event poster was inspired by propaganda art from the early 1900′s, as it illustrates the call to action to support the cause. ( This work was created while working for the Jupiter Drawing Room Cape Town. )
PROJECT / SANLAM DRIVE FOR HOPE / CLIENT / SANLAM
Exhibition piece created by combining vectors, ink, pencils, paint and digital media.
PROJECT / STRANGE GAZE
Exhibition piece combining pen, ink and digital media.
PROJECT / RETURN OF THE COWBOY
One of the many summer concerts organized by Blossom Strike Entertainment featured EJ von LYRIK at the Cape Farmhouse in Scarborough, Cape Town. The artwork had to capture each band member’s unique personality, as well as the band’s collective soul, funky vibe and contagious energy.
PROJECT / SCARBOROUGH CHAMPS / CLIENT / BLOSSOM STRIKE ENTERTAINMENT
Austrian record label Affine approached me for a poster design to promote the debut South African concert of the Vienna-based electro artist The Clonious. Accompanied by fellow Austrian musicians Lehrl and Cid-Rim, the trio were joined by South Africa’s Mr Sakitumi for the Cape Town event.
PROJECT / THE CLONIOUS / CLIENT / AFFINE RECORDS AUSTRIA
Illustration of Carlo Thompson, guitar player for South African band EJ von LYRIK and The Champions, regular guests at the Paleo Festival in Switzerland.
PROJECT / CARLITO’S WAY / CLIENT / HIGH VOLTAGE ENTERTAINMENT
Poster design advertising the wide range of music available at Musica, a leading South African lifestyle retail outlet. Thousands of music notes were used to create the image of Jimi Hendrix, in order to illustrate how one store houses all the music one could desire. 2006 GOLD LOERIE WINNER. ( This work was created while working for the Jupiter Drawing Room Cape Town. )
PROJECT / JIMI HENDRIX / CLIENT / MUSICA
The Jimi Hendrix concept was branched out to advertise Musica’s impressive dvd collection, this time by physically building the popular image of King Kong with strips from old film reels. ( This work was created while working for the Jupiter Drawing Room Cape Town. )
PROJECT / KING KONG / CLIENT / MUSICA
One of a series of personal illustrations inspired by the music of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
PROJECT / TERROR BIRD
Poster design for well-known South African stand-up comedian Ndumiso Lindi, nicknamed “The Roosta”. www.ndumisolindi.wordpress.com
PROJECT / THE ROOSTA / CLIENT / NDUMISO LINDI
Illustration inspired by Cape Town’s late 90′s music scene.
PROJECT / JAMMING
Illustrations created for an Austrian / South African music project entitled “Majoni”. The illustrations are of the different musicians who collaborated to create the music. Created partly in Cape Town, and partly in Vienna, the music was published by independent U.S. label Percepts Recordings.
PROJECT / MAJONI / CLIENT / PERCEPTS RECORDINGS
Portrait of Anthony Kiedis, from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
PROJECT / ANTHONY KIEDIS
Custom surfboards and skate decks designed for a street culture exhibition hosted by Alpha Longboards.
PROJECT / SURF AND TURF / CLIENT / ALPHA LONGBOARDS
Selected layouts from the illustrated cd cover of EJ von LYRIK’s 2010 album entitled “The Human Condition” (Click here to see the full cd cover design). www.ejvonlyrik.com
PROJECT / HUMAN CONDITION / CLIENT / EJ VON LYRIK
The band known simply as “The Champions” consists of some of South-Africa’s most sought-after musicians, and backs the artists EJ von LYRIK and Teba the Original Social Worker.
PROJECT / THE CHAMPIONS
A visit to Japan during 2007 inspired this artwork themed around Tokyo’s techno overload. At the end it became the birthday gift for a close personal friend.
PROJECT / ULLA-WAZA
Originally intended as a t-shirt design, this hand-drawn illustration became one of many pieces depicting the techniques used in Japanese Martial Art systems.
PROJECT / IPPON
Illustrations inspired by Cape Town’s relaxed surf culture and lifestyle. The artwork originated from a concept for a surf-themed comic to be realized in the future.
PROJECT / SERIOUSLY CHILLED
Personal Illustration themed around ever-changing urban fashion trends.
PROJECT / CITY STYLE
Character design for an animation for 8 Ink Media’s Hip 2 be Square website. During the site’s upgrade I was requested to design a bunny character that gets beamed up into a flying saucer, and gets released as an upgraded, superhero version of himself. Instead of a normal upgrade message, the animation would appear when the user logs on to www.hip2be2.com. Click here for the full storyboard.
PROJECT / ROCKET RABBIT / CLIENT / 8 INK MEDIA
PROJECT / IMPOSTER
PROJECT / THREE CLOUDS
Characters created for an on-line tennis game concept.
PROJECT / GAME SET MATCH
Acrylic painting set created for an exhibition entitled “My Imaginary Friend”, hosted by Mischif, a South African street wear label.
PROJECT / ICHI
Comic style illustrations about superheroes from outer space.
PROJECT / OUTERGALACTIC
Music poster design for EJ von LYRIK and The Champions.
PROJECT / EJ AND THE CHAMPIONS / CLIENT / HIGH VOLTAGE ENTERTAINMENT
Poster design for an EJ von LYRIK and Meri Kenaz concert.
PROJECT / EJ VON LYRIK FEAT. MERI KENAZ / CLIENT / HIGH VOLTAGE ENTERTAINMENT
“Where’s Wally” style illustration to advertise the Hyundai Santa Fe’s ability to allow one to escape to the world of nature, to be tucked away deep in a jungle, far from the hustle and bustle of daily city life. 2006 SILVER EAGLE WINNER (X2) / 2007 ONE SHOW FINALIST / 2007 CANNES FINALIST
PROJECT / WHERE’S WALLY / CLIENT / HYUNDAI
T-shirt design of Larry McDonald, legendary Jamaican percussionist of Bob Marley and the Wailers. The design was done for the release of McDonald’s 2009 album “Drumquestra”. McDonald is regarded by many as a premier reggae percussionist and has worked with music legends such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bad Brains and Lee Scratch Perry.
PROJECT / LARRY MCDONALD / CLIENT / MEDIA CPR
PROJECT / ELLICK WILLIAMS
Music Poster for a concert by the African Ska band The Rudimentals.
PROJECT / THE RUDIMENTALS / CLIENT / THE RUDIMENTALS
During 2010, the Cape Town band EJ von LYRIK and The Champions embarked on a colossal European tour, playing on major global stages such as the Paleo Festival in Switzerland, alongside acts like as Jamiroquai and Gentleman. Upon their return to Africa, they played a legendary show to their hometown audience.
PROJECT / HOMECOMING / CLIENT / HIGH VOLTAGE ENTERTAINMENT