27 February 2004
Brussels (Belgium) - In celebration of the first 10 years of democracy, The New Constitutional Court of South Africa will open to the public in Johannesburg in April 2004, with a new unique typeface exclusively for the Court.
Brussels (Belgium) - Graffiti, 'awaiting trial prisoners cell block' Constitution Hill. In 1994 South Africa became a democracy and gained a new Constitution. In celebration of the first 10 years of our democracy, The New Constitutional Court of South Africa will open to the public in Johannesburg in April 2004. The 11 Constitutional Court judges commissioned the design of a unique typeface to be used exclusively by the Court. This is the story of how historical apartheid lettering, jail cell graffiti and street type were visually mixed to create letterforms - and then a complete font. The result is a unique typeface interpretation that reflects the spirit of our new democracy, the architecture and art that surrounds it.

Garth Walker trained as a graphic designer in the 70's. He started Orange Juice Design in Durban in 1995. OJ designs for many of South Africa's blue chip corporations in the fields of identity, literature, packaging and new media. Garth publishes OJ's studio magazine 'i-jusi', which aims to promote and encourage a local design language rooted in the South African experience.

For the last 10 years Garth has documented South African street and township vernacular design. His unique collection now numbers some 3000 images - ranging from gravestones to hair salon signage and street typography. He has been widely featured in numerous design publications and has been recognised with over 60 international awards.

About 'Fronteiras' Icograda International Design Conference
29-30 April 2004
Memorial da America Latina, Auditorio Simon Bolivar, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Graphic designers and visual communicators often work at the frontiers of socio-economical, industrial, environmental and business development. As the design profession matures, so does its influence and impact on society.
- How can the visual communication industry contribute to the social and economic development of a rapidly changing world?
- How can visual communicators assist trade and industry in developing sound and sustainable corporate strategies?
- How can visual communication contribute towards a sustainable future for all life on earth?

This Icograda conference will explore the ways in which graphic designers from around the world address and adapt to societal challenges, economic change and industrial development.

About Icograda Design Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Icograda and ADG-Brazil invite you to celebrate Latin American and International design in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 23-30 April 2004. Experience the 7th ADG Biennial Exhibition, 'Fronteiras' Icograda International Design Conference, 'Design in Latin America' Icograda Regional Design Seminar, as well as Symposia, Workshops and Displays. For more information about Icograda Design Week in Sao Paulo, visit:

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