GARTH WALKER CONTRIBUTES POSTER TO ICOGRADA FOUNDATION FUNDRAISING EFFORTS
This new poster builds on an initiative begun earlier in 2006 at Icograda Design Week in Seattle. Local Icograda members nominiate a designer to interpret the Icogada mission of 'leading creatively'.
"I have designed a simple poster using a theme 'Africa rises to lead'. The image is a direct interpretation of a Zulu 'praise poem' which forms part of isiZulu oral histrory. The poem tells of the rise of Dingiswayo, son of Jobe of the Mthethwa clan who went on the become a great leader of his people, mentor of Shaka, King of the Zulu nation. The parallel is apt for today, as I firmly believe that Africa (and particularly South Africa) will rise to become 'leader of the creative world'."
Design education is a long standing passion for Garth and he lectures widely on design issues and has facilitated workshops in South Africa, France, Croatia, Germany, Holland, United Kingdom, Korea, China, America and Brazil. In 2004, he was a speaker at Icograda Design Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Garth is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) and the St. Moritz Design Summit. He is also a member of British Design & Art Direction, The New York Type Directors Club and is a trustee of the South African Graphic Design Council (think).
In addition to donating his time and design, paper for the poster was donated by Sappi and printing was sponsored by Capture Press.
The posters are available for $50 USD, including shipping, from the Icograda Secretariat.
For further information please contact:Brenda Sanderson
455 Saint Antoine O, SS10
T: +1 514 448 4949, x 226
F: +1 514 448 4948
About the International Council of Graphic Design Associations
The International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda) is the world body for professional communication design. Founded in 1963, it is a voluntary assembly of associations concerned with graphic design, visual communication, design management, design promotion and design education. Icograda promotes communication designers' vital role in society and commerce and unifies the voices of graphic designers and visual communicators worldwide. The vision, mission and core values of the council are embodied in the statement 'leading creatively' and manifested through our members diverse activities to use design as a medium for progressive change.
About Garth Walker
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.