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#59 Breaking into the Gaming and Product Management World with Joshua Weiss
Joshua Weiss is a Product Lead at Specno - who help businesses solve a variety of problems. Josh is also an avid gamer, and we chat about not only bridging the gap between the work you do and the things in life you enjoy doing, but also how valuable any type of job skills are and being able to transfer skills into your new role. Josh’s story into where he currently finds himself in life is an interesting one. Be sure to connect with Josh on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshua-weiss-91a023153?originalSubdomain=za 00:00 Intro 02:33 A quick recap of our live event 06:20 Who is Josh 11:12 Going into gaming to understand the industry 42:32 The thread between what you enjoy doing and what work you do
#58 Peership & Developing a personal information Architecture | Abby Covert
In this engaging episode, we sit down with Abby Covert, a renowned Author, Information Architect, and community organizer. Abby's expertise in Information Architecture (IA) has been transforming how we organize information, making it accessible to everyone. Join us as we delve into the fascinating world of IA and discover how sensemaking can be applied to our personal lives. Explore the profound impact of sensemaking on self-discovery and learn valuable insights on how to articulate your personal journey to colleagues and friends. Don't miss our discussion on Alfi & Abby's workshop series, where you can further explore these concepts and enhance your self-awareness. Alfi & Abby's Workshop series: Learn More: Explore Abby's work and The Sensemakers Club:
The Sensemakers Club https://abbycovert.com/ https://www.etsy.com/shop/AbbytheIA Join us on this transformative journey of understanding and articulating your personal narrative. Tune in now for inspiring insights and actionable tips!
#57 The System and UI Designers at Jack Studio with Dylan da Silva and Claudia Ferreira
In our final instalment of our Jack Studio trilogy series, we round out our time with the studio by chatting to Dylan da Silva and Claudia Ferreira, the UI and system design specialists. We explore how they work together and compliment each others skillset, similarly to Claire and Paul. One thing we’ve definitely learnt form these episodes is how highly functioning small design studio teams can be when everyone is on the same page, has seamless team efforts on the same projects, and the organisational structure has been ironed out. We also touched briefly on AI in design, and how it could possibly be used as a tool and starting block instead of simply replacing designers, before circling back to explore some of Dylan and Claudia’s past projects within the Studio.
Explore more of what Jack Studios has to offer here: https://www.jackstudios.co.za
02:30 Dylan’s journey to Jack Studio
05:43 Claudia’s journey to Jack Studio
17:09 Thoughts on AI design tools
23:22 Engaging with briefs
33:38 Specialising and career development
1:00:11 A moment of reflection
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#56 Inside Jack Studio with Brand and Product heads Claire and Paul
On this second episode of the Jack Studio series, we are joined by Claire Keet (Creative Director) and Paul Loots (Director of Operations). We continue on from our previous conversation with their CEO Sabeeha and delve more into working with clients and how the Studio managers projects in such a small team of people. Claire and Paul also each walk us through one of their favourite past projects and the unique challenges of each one. Explore more of what Jack Studios has to offer here: https://www.jackstudios.co.za Chapters: 00:00 Intro 01:48 Paul and Claire’s journey into a professional career 08:06 Executing projects with a small team 12:29 Adapting organisational structure 19:27 Growing the company by going deeper and giving more value 52:58 Finding the clients that you want to work with 1:00:30 A look at two past projects Music by https://pixabay.com/users/chillmore-25283030 from https://pixabay.com
#55 Leading the Jack Studios design team with Sabeeha Banubhai
Sabeeha Banubhai is our first ever returning guest, and we were so elated to talk to her once again. She is our first interview in a series of episodes with the team from Jack Studios, where Sabeeha is the founder and CEO. We spoke to Sabeeha about some of the ins and outs of running a design studio, from choosing clients and delegating a pipeline and tasks, to Alfi’s experience workshopping with the studio. Explore more of what Jack Studios has to offer here: https://www.jackstudios.co.za Chapters: 00:00 Intro 03:02 Mentorship 06:17 What does Sabeeha do 14:12 Alfi’s workshops with Jack Studio 33:00 Expanding the team and growing the business 47:05 The workflow in a design studio 55:36 Choosing clients to work with, and consulting decisions with the team 1:04:32 A moment of reflection Music by https://pixabay.com/users/chillmore-25283030 from https://pixabay.com
#54 Insights from a freelance visual artist with Adrian Owen
Adrian Owen is a fine artist and illustrator whose body of work speaks for itself. We had a very interesting conversation with him about marketing yourself and he provided some insight into his experience as a freelance creative. We explore the creative inclinations that arguably exist in everyone - wether it be inherit or something that’s developed through practise. We also discuss the value of art from the perspective of the creator and the viewer, and how emotional turmoil can impact - and often fuel - the creation and perception of visual art.
Be sure to go and see more of Adrian’s spectacular body of work on his website: https://adrianowen.co.za
03:04 Where did the creative journey begin
09:28 Exploring the creative process as a child
23:01 Art competitions
39:12 The value of art
49:23 The struggling artist and emotional turmoil
#53 From studio to freelance: an animator's journey with Jan Oberholzer
Jan Oberholzer is a freelance animator and illustrator. In this episode we once again dive into the world of freelancing and learn some valuable lessons from Jan’s experience from working for studios to eventually starting his freelance venture. We discuss a variety of topics related to freelancing, from choosing work that truly resonates with you, setting boundaries, working with international clients, and what a typical work week looks like as a freelancer. Find more of Jan’s work here: https://janoberholzer.com and follow his instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jan.oberholzer/
06:21 Strategy for going freelance and finding clients 07:38 The accident that led him to freelance 12:56 Motivation 17:14 Recovery period 22:06 What exactly does Jan do 32:12 The experience of working with people 37:30 Freelance time management Music by https://pixabay.com/users/chillmore-25283030 from https://pixabay.com
#52 Inspiring potential careers through innovative education with Carly Whitaker
Carly Whitaker is the Head of Culture and Branding at Umuzi - a NPO focussed on providing access to education that leads people to higher level careers. Carly also has a wide foray into lecturing and education including being a PHD candidate as well as a practising fine artist. We talk about a lot of the similarities and differences that exists in the digital and physical design world, take a deeper look into her research on making space for discourse within digital arts, and a closer view on what Umuzi does.
Find out more about Umuzi here: https://www.umuzi.org
05:44 Creative practises
09:35 Relationship between artist and curator
17:00 A deeper look into the research
33:13 Curating digital over physical spaces
34:41 Transition out of lecturing
41:09 A look at what Umuzi does
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#51 Public Art for conversation with BAZ-ART co-founder Alexandre Tilmans
In this episode we have an interesting conversation with Alexandre Tilmans, co-founder of the Baz-Art Organisation, who shifted into the art space after working in finance and construction before finding a love for craft beer and the creative challenges involved in it. After working closely with street artists, Alexandre started the International Public Art Festival that has soared over recent years. We also touch on other topics, like Alex’s involvement with First Thursdays, building personal and working relationships with the artists, and how to manage your expectations and the reality of doing business. Find out more about Baz-Art and the IPAF here: https://ipafest.co.za
00:00 Intro 04:19 Craft beer and street artists coming together 12:57 Popularising Cape Town’s First Thursdays event 15:05 Working with artists in public spaces and promoting positive social change 30:46 Interesting artist stories and past projects 37:39 Building relationships with artists 43:09 International Public Arts Festival 56:05 Expectations vs reality
#50 The Most Important Role In Your Design Organisation
In this episode we have another read through and discussion about a design-related article exploring all the roles within a design organisation and how it fits into the leadership hierarchy. Alfi and Steph give valuable insight into how organisations they’ve worked for in the past structured their teams and leadership roles, compared to where they find themselves today.
Find the original article here: https://orgdesignfordesignorgs.com/2018/10/16/the-most-important-role-in-your-design-org-team-lead/ Music by https://pixabay.com/users/chillmore-25283030 from https://pixabay.com
#49 Filmmaking and Freelancing with Fishcat Zombie
Fishcat Zombie is a freelance filmmaker and founder of Visual Jutsu, a production and animation agency. He shares his experience of how he went from studying to lecturing cinematography before going freelance, and everything he did to prepare himself for that. He also shares some tips on how he builds and maintain client relationships to give them the best possible outcome. Fish also shares a bit of the processes from a past video projection, as well as some of the work already going into his personal movie project.
01:19 Origin of the name
03:47 Studying film and building skills
09:04 Deciding to quit job and preparing to go freelance
22:49 Working under covid restrictions
30:52 Starting Visual Jutsu and building client relationships
48:57 Past and future projects
#48 Form and function in furniture design with Louw Roets
Loux Roets started his own furniture company over fifteen years ago after growing up with a love for working with wood. From doing all the physical, business, and ground work to eventually focussing on the design and prototyping side of things, his team creates pieces of furniture that walk the boundary between practical functionality and functional art. Louw also shares his origin story of how he ignored the risks and fears that would normally hinder you from pursuing your ideas and passions. Find out more about Louw’s furniture on his website: https://www.louwroets.co.za and on his instagram https://www.instagram.com/louwroets/
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#47 Design Trends for 2023 with co-hosts Alfi and Steph
In this episode we do something a little bit different to fully swing back into the new year - instead of a guest we give commentary and share our thoughts on an article. Anticipating the trends in user design for 2023, Diana Malewicz comments on a range of topics we should be looking out for including motion and typography, and how Alfi and Steph have incorporated some of these design considerations into their own projects. We also give our predictions on aspects of design that might come to evolve in the future, including modular UI.
Be sure to give the article a read here: https://medium.com/user-experience-design-1/2023-visual-design-trends-guide-82e84f09cbdf
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#46 Improving creative education by sharing and teaching from past experiences with Verusha Maharaj
Verusha is the Managing Director at Red & Yellow Creative School of Business, who originally started studying in a different field before finding her way into marketing and advertising on accident. Verusha shares her experiences of not necessarily knowing exactly what you want to do or study, and how simply allowing yourself not to be unhappy can lead to better opportunities. Verusha also gives some advice for people who may not not what the want to spend the rest of their lives doing, and how in South Africa especially many people feel pressured to study something - they don’t have practical knowledge about - just for the sake of it and because it’s become a social norm. Verusha’s natural passion for marketing and aims to share it and her life experiences to better the future for upcoming creatives. We also get Versusa’s insight into how industry can become more involved in education, and what Red & Yellow are doing to achieve that and produce graduates ready to step right into the workplace. Finally, we;; also chat a little bit about the metaverse and how it’s impacting the creative world.
Follow Verusha on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/verusha-maharaj-22096346/ and explore what Red & Yellow has to offer: https://www.redandyellow.co.za
#45 Turning experience into content and advancing the future of design with Eli Woolery
In our first episode of the year we get to talk to Eli Woolery who is the co-host of the Design Better podcast, a lecturer at Stanford University, and the Director of Design Education at InVision. Eli shares some parallels between practising and teaching design, and what it was like for him to move away from product design and into the realm education and content creation. We also explore the affordances of working within different mediums like physical products over software design, and how the processes can vastly differ the outcome of a product. Eli also shares how he balances his design and teaching roles, and the importance of real-world exposure through industry professionals and businesses teaching and passing valuable knowledge to better prepare aspiring designers for the future.
Be sure to check out the wide array of episodes on Eli's podcast: https://www.designbetter.co/podcast, find out more about how InVision can help your design: https://www.invisionapp.com, and connect with Eli on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elijahwoolery/
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UX South Africa: Bonus Ep. with Kayembe Illunga - Experience consulting
Kayembe Ilunga is an Associate Director in Experience Consulting at PwC South Africa. He joined us at the UX SA conference for a chat about the companies journey into design and the positive impacts it can have on the world.
UX South Africa: Day 3 with speaker Natalia Carvalho - Embracing A Multi-Disciplinary Design
Natalia Carvalho is a product designer, and also a guest speaker at the UX South Africa Conference. As a product designer, Natalia moves between UX and UI roles, and thus inspired her talk on working cohesively and integrating departments to better understand and deliver a superior product/service. Natalia also lectures, and talks about the importance of bringing real life experience and examples into the classroom, and how even as an introvert she knows the importance of pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.
UX South Africa: Day 2 with speaker Aalia Coovadia - Research & Service Design in The Dental Care Industry
Aalia Coovadia is a Researcher and Designer for Discovery, as well as a guest speaker at the UX South Africa Conference. She gave a talk that continues on from her masters thesis - focussing on service design in the dental care industry and increasing the frequency for patient checkups. Not only focused on the topic itself, Aalia also became interested in the art of research itself, and seeks to bring creative ideas back in the field of generic and analytical research. Aalia is also involved with Ladies That UX, and we get into the positive action that the non-profit has taken over the years.
UX South Africa: Day 2 with speaker Steyn Viljoen - Optimism and problem solving
Steyn Viljoen is the Lead Product Designer / Security at Luno, and one of the guest speakers at the UX South Africa Conference. In his talk he shares ideas about being an optimist when it comes to problem solving, and the three key points of being an optimist; problems are inevitable and necessary for progress, all problems are soluble within the laws of nature, and we can solve these due to the knowledge we’ve gained in the past. We also discuss Steyn’s view on the landscape of the relatively new technology that is cryptocurrency and virtual wallets, and all the challenges that come with creating a platform like that and building trust with your users.
UX South Africa: Day 2 with speaker Alex Oloo - Design Leadership in an ever-changing world
Alex Oloo, the Head of Design at Absa, was a guest speaker at the UX South Africa Conference. Coincidentally, his brother and our co-host Alfi sat down with him for a short chat about the contents of his talk on design leadership. Alex shares how he has adapted his style to suit the new norm of business and working from home in the post-covid era, as well as respecting employees as individuals outside of their job. Alex, a frequent speaker, also shares his unique way of how he plans for his presentations and how he uses his natural flow of speech to riff off of a rough idea. Alex also gives some advice for aspiring designers - to create a reading habit.
Alex’s book recommendations: “About Face: The essentials of Interaction Design” by Alan Cooper; and “The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You” by Julie Zhou.
UX South Africa: Day 2 with speaker Schalk Venter - Implementing design systems
Schalk Venter is a consultant for Front-end Development South Africa, as well as a guest speaker at the UX South Africa Conference wherein he gave his talk on implementing design systems and how they could go bad. As a frequent speaker on this topic, Schalk often revels in the feedback and discussion that he has with people who have attended his talks, and truly allows his talks to evolve and refine them to a unique experience with each talk that passes. We also revel in the comeback of in-person conferences that inspire conversations between like-minded people compared to online and virtual conferences.
UX South Africa: Day 1 with speaker Inez Patel - Accessibility design
Inez is a Design Director at ABSA, and also co-hosted a workshop together with Danielle Goosen at the UX South Africa Conference. Through her work on the accessibility of the ABSA banking app she became interested in designing for people with disabilities and learning how they interact with technology. For her talk at the conference, Inez and her colleague Danielle Goosen invited members of the Blind SA organisation to participate in the workshop and in live user testing. We also talk about Inez’s entrance into design through an internship and the importance of finding and working with a mentor.
UX South Africa: Day 1 with speaker Danielle Goosen - Accessibility design
Danielle Goosen is a designer at ABSA, and also co-hosted a workshop together with Inez Patel at the UX South Africa Conference. Danielle first met Inez at a SheCanDo workshop and ABSA graduate programme that involved them working together with developers on accessibility within the ABSA banking app, specifically towards blind people. As we continue on the accessibility discussion we had with Inez Patel, we realise how deep user issues can go and how many companies and applications have only just scratched the surface issues preventing people from using the product to its full extent. We also chat about her experience of the UX conference as a whole, and how the talks (like those on implementing design systems) are so relevant and helpful to her current situation.
#44 A journey from Film Director to Tech Entrepreneur & everything in between with Chaz Dunn
Chaz Dunn is an entrepreneur, director, and has a passion for everything tech and Web3 related. As a multi-faceted creative, we talk about Chaz’s experience in the film industries around the world, and how they’re able to pull their own audience. Chaz also enjoys playing a role in the music industry for developing artists and shares thoughts on how independent creatives can benefit from advisors/management. We also chat about tech startups, and some of his past projects. Currently Chaz works on Maduna Labs that seeks to aid businesses and artists immerse in the Web3 space.
Get in touch with Chaz here: https://www.instagram.com/chazdunn.io/ and https://www.linkedin.com/in/chaz-dunn-4b6b61175/ and see more about his currents projects here: https://www.instagram.com/maduna.nft/ and https://www.instagram.com/bba.io/
#43 How we see print media come back as a luxury service offering with Andrea Zambardi
Andrea is a graphic designer and co-founder of Atto, a graphic design studio based in Milan, Italy. With the studio focussing on producing a variety of projects including editorials, motion graphics, web design and illustrations, Andrea shares experiences from being open to taking any projects and clients in the beginning of your studio, and how this plays into time management as an independent creative. We also get into advertising your brand and portfolio, the current state of print media, and some retrospective thoughts from Andrea on challenges and lessons learnt along the way.
#42 Why coding is creative and how it's used as creative tool to solve complex problem with Herman Martinus
Herman is a developer and co-founder of the web app https://justsketch.me who strives to bridge the gap between the analytical process of programming and the creative endeavour. We talk about some of the misconceptions of developers, what makes a good developer, and the importance of intuition when adding user features. We also go into the problems of traditional learning in a lecture hall, and how hands-on learning and problem solving leads to better understanding. Finally, we explore the JustSketchMe interface and how Herman has implemented all of his into his programming.
#41 How we marry systems and emotions with UX methodologies even when you’re not a designer with Ighsaan Robinson
Ighsaan is a product manager and co-founder/organiser of the UX South Africa conference. We chat to him about how he’s worked his way into the digital/technology industry, as well as get his thoughts on the necessity of qualifications and finding a role suited to your skillset. Finally we chat about the upcoming UX South Africa conference and what to expect.
Find about more about the upcoming conference, and buy tickets here: https://uxsouthafrica.com and also check out some previous presentations: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmqeciquTteTnzuLwk_wbAg
#40 Expressing the intricate and complex layers of your surroundings through digital collage with Anthony Muisyo
Anthony Muisyo is a freelance multi-disciplinary designer based in Nairobi, Kenya. We take a deep dive into the creation of and meaning behind a few of Anthony’s art pieces, as well as the journey to finding your creative outlet and not being afraid to change up your medium and style. Anthony also gives us a sneak peek into some future projects, and where AI-generated art sits with creatives.
#39 The psychology that brings us magic and unveiling the career of a full time Mental Illusionist with Ilan Smith
Ilan Smith is a behaviouralist, illusionist, mentalist and motivational speaker whose passion for the craft and entertaining others is evident. We explore his journey into the world of magic which started as a kid, and how the passion for the art eventually grew into a career. Ilan details how him and his small team put together shows, as well as delve into some of the social engineering and psychology behind making people see what the want you want them to see. To end the show, Ilan blows our minds by putting on a virtual magic show.
Find out more about Ilan here: https://linktr.ee/ilansmith
#38 The collaboration in music and the path to female vocalist and rapper with Sandrahhh
Sandrahhh is an independent musician whose vocal range and style speaks for itself. Deciding to turn her childhood dreams intro reality, we chat to Sandrahhh about the benefits of studying when you surround yourself with like-minded people, and how these people can impact your future career. We also chat about Sandrahhh’s vocal style, how she would experiment with different styles and learn from other vocalist.
Be sure to check out all of Sandrahhh music including her latest release here
#37 The art of feedback, relationships and design leadership in the field of User Experience with Sarah Aylmer
Sarah Aylmer is the Product Design Lead at Superbalist. We chat about what it’s like to be a working mother, as well as the different working environments over the years, and how receiving and giving feedback changes between individual contributors and managers.
Connect with Sarah on Linkedin
#36 Dawn to Dusk: How we built a sustainable fashion brand from the ground up with Shan & Kirst
Be sure to check out their whole collection at www.dawntoduskcollections.com and follow them on instagram www.instagram.com/dawntodusk_collections/?hl=en
#35 Bringing dreams it into realitywith 3D art & balancing client work vs artistic expression with Manuel Camino
#34 Publishing, marketing & building your audience as an independent author with Rachel Morgan
Rachel Morgan is a self-published bestselling author of young adult fantasy and romance novels. We explore the dedication it took for Rachel to be able to write full time, as well as the world of self-publishing, including all the freedoms and struggles that come with handling your own work.
#33 Creating a global curated sustainable fashion boutique business, and how they built it. Ft. Madison Rouse & Ellie Richards
By Maverix is a curated fashion boutique stocking only designers from around the world who consciously practise ethically and sustainably. Ellie and Madi’s main goal is to educate and advocate for sustainability and ethical practises rather than to make people feel alienated by climate change and clothing choices. We chat about some of the issues in the industry, including “fast fashion” and how detrimental it can be not just to the smaller players in fashion, but to the creativity of the individual doing the grunt work.
#32 Behind the myth of innovation, and how to do it right with Tjaart Bester
Tjaart Bester began his career as an Electronic Design Engineer before eventually transitioning into a role as Innovation Lead at IoT.nxt. Tjaart takes us on a journey through his past projects, some of which saw him creating products for the likes of the restaurant and military defence industries. We also discuss Tjaart’s strategy for driving innovation in a business by identifying problems, gaining knowledge on said problem, and finding solutions for new ideas.
Find Tjaart on linkedin
#31 How we organise information in design and in the world around us with Jason Hobbs
Jason Hobbs is a part-time lecturer and academic researcher at the University of Johannesburg while also practising in the field of information architecture, UX, and service design. We chat with Jason about the intricate world of IA and how it relates to the design industry, and then dig deeper into the ideas of sense and meaning making.
#30 The opportunities that come from being adaptive and open minded with Takunda Chiweza
Takunda is a marketing and multi-media strategist, as well as a social entrepreneur and radio presenter. We chat about his journey and his work as the founder of The Young Africa Network whose focus is to propel Africa and its people into the future through young entrepreneurs collaborating and developing solutions for African environments.
#29 - Exploring the many layers of detail in 3D design with International Freelance Artist Katt Phatt
Katt Pratt is a South African digital artist with an affinity for finer details, neon colours, and unique typography. Katt takes us on the journey of how he found himself being a freelance graphic designer for internationally recognised brands.
Be sure to view more of Katt's works here: https://kattphatt.com/projects & https://www.behance.net/kattphatt
#28 - Evolution of Design: From artistry to ethnography with Terence Fenn
You can find out more about Terence on the UJ website and also contact him through LinkedIn
#27 - Self awareness, social awareness & a learning mindset with Carrie Pratt
In this episode we get to chat to Carrie Pratt who currently runs the Nexus Leadership Programme at GIBS Business School. She was first involved in bringing awareness of the anti-apartheid struggle to oversees organisations, and since then continues to work towards helping people better their perspective of, and interactions with, the world and people around them.
You can reach out to Carrie and start a dialogue via email; email@example.com
#26 - Our take on being innovative and creative within the banking sector with hosts Alfi & Steph
In this episode, Alfi and Steph take a different approach to the conversation by answering a listener’s question regarding big and small corporates competing in a fast moving world of design and innovation.
#25 - A look behind the lens of landscape photography with Kyle Goetsch
Kyle Goetsch is a professional photographer based in Cape Town who captures landscapes across Southern Africa in some of the most visually striking ways imaginable. We engage in a heap of topics relating to the creative process of photography, how he conducts his tours and workshops, and of course some of the shots he chasing (and the importance of having your secret locations too!).
#24 - Becoming a tech entrepreneur after varsity with Kimberley Taylor
Kimberley Taylor is an entrepreneur whose software led her to the creation of Loop, a delivery-management software, where she has slowly grown her team over the last five years. Kim’s shares some inspiring stories she has from along the way.
Find out more about Loop here https://www.loop.co.za
#23 - Story, Start-up and Service Design with Frank Ogagba
#22 - Building cakes and baking brands with Nikki Symons
Nikki Symons is a designer turned creative entrepreneur. After enjoying some time in the design and advertising world, Nikki now runs a Cape Town online-based cake shop where she and her team design aesthetically appealing cakes far beyond the scope of a conventional bakery. We talk about an array of topics: the importance of branding, creative expression as a business owner, and growing out of feedback.
#21 - Making a play for sports journalism in South Africa with Manyehlisa Lehohla
Manyehlisa is a sport journalist who focuses on basketball throughout the African continent. Steeped in passion for the craft of writing, Manyehlisa shares the story of what inspired him to start his own website and publish his articles, as well as how to maintain journalistic integrity and cope with negative feedback. Be sure to keep up with Manyehlisa’s latest pieces on his website https://thebigtipoff.co.za
#20 - What if education was driven by curiosity? with Irene Porres
Irene Porres is an edrepreneur - someone in the business of education - and Principal of Mitra Academy, a learning institute whose vision is to implement a new way of learning/teaching that strides far away from the characteristics of traditional schooling. Irene explains why this type of institute is essential, some of the challenges the academy has faced, and how they are constantly improving the system.
Find out more about Mitra Academy on their website
#19 - Can you succeed in advertising without work-life balance? with Lauren Coetzee
Lauren is currently a Design Director for Superside, and also the Owner and Creative Director of her own agency Soap + Stone. We get to chat to Lauren about everything from working in an Advertising agency compared to freelancing, just how intense agency life can get and how to balance the other aspects of your lifestyle. We also get Lauren first-hand take on gender disparity in the workplace, how she's overcome it, and how the playfield is levelling for future generations. Lauren also leaves us with a look into her leadership style and some advice for anyone interested in joining an agency.
Find out more about Lauren and Soap + Stone on linkedin
#18 - Typefaces: Behind the scenes with Ivo Gabrowitsch
Ivo works in the typeface industry, specifically focussing on the marketing and creative side of producing fonts as the Managing Director for Fontwerk. We chat to him about his journey through the font industry at various companies, what it's like to compete in an industry with tech giants, as well as a closer view on some of the critical and creative decisions that have to be made when producing a font. Ivo also shares some tips and tricks he's learnt along the way.
Explore all the of the amazing typefaces Fontwerk have to offer on their website