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eFFed Up! will hold its 2nd annual Pixel Up! User Experience (UX) and Design conference May 8 through May 10 at Cape Town’s Cavalli Wine and Stud Farm in Stellenbosch. At this year’s three-day conference, user experience and user interface designers from South Africa and around the world will learn about the latest tools and […]
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JOHANNESBURG—January 7, 2017—Farai Madzima today announced that eFFed Up! will hold its 2nd annual Pixel Up! User Experience (UX) and Design conference May 8 through May 10 at Cape Town’s Cavalli Wine and Stud Farm in Stellenbosch.
At this year’s three-day conference, user experience and user interface designers from South Africa and around the world will learn about the latest tools and processes to create the most innovative apps and websites for customers in South Africa and the rest of the world.
Pixel Up! 2017 will feature 14 inspiring and practical talks by speakers who’ve worked at Apple, Google, IDEO, Airbnb and more. Four master-grade hands-on workshops to help designers skill up in new techniques will be delivered by world renowned authors and facilitators.
This year’s conference includes a notable lineup of featured speakers from the UX and design industry, including:
- Andy Clarke – one of the best known UK web designers (Wales)
- Austin Knight – Senior UX designer at Hubspot, speaker, and author (Brazil)
- Brad Frost – Web designer, speaker, author, and consultant (Pittsburgh)
- Emma Craig – UX researcher at Shopify (Canada)
- Kevin Hoffman – Information architect and design strategist and author (Philadelphia)
- Josh Clark – Designer and author (New York)
- Michael Sui – Senior designer at Airbnb (San Francisco)
- Mindy Gold – UX content strategist at Capital One (New York)
- Nancy Douyon – User experience lead at Google (San Francisco)
- Ron Bronson – User experience etrategist at Practical Starship
- Sebastiaan de With – ex-Apple designer (San Francisco)
- Dr. Tendayi Viki – Innovation consultant (UK)
- Val Head – Web animation expert and author (Pittsburgh)
Designers and other professionals looking to learn and improve their user experience and design skills can apply for tickets via the Pixel Up! website (pixelup.co.za) now until Sunday, May 7 at 22:00 SAST. Tickets are limited to 150, last year was sold out.
“South Africa has a growing design community in need of learning opportunities and we have a great 3 days planned for them,” said Farai Madzima, Pixel Up! organiser. “We’ve invited global industry user experience design leaders who’ve worked on apps and websites that you probably use on your smartphone every day. We look forward to them sharing with our local designers and businesses so we can create the next generation of great apps and websites.”
Pixel Up! 2017 activities include:
- 14 talks and keynotes presented by experts on a wide range of topics for design and business including, running lean experiments in startups and corporates, researching users at scale, building design cultures within business, case studies on building design systems, and content led design;
- 4 hands-on, master-grade workshops to provide attendees with detailed practical skills and insight into optimal design techniques and practices that they can immediately implement in their day to day design practice and businesses;
- A social evening to connect with fellow designers and developers from around South Africa and around the world;
a get together for attendees focused on interacting with guest speakers;
- Engaging and inspirational lunchtime sessions with leading minds and influencers from the worlds of user experience and user interface design;
- Pixel Up! Future Labs, where attendees can experience upcoming software and hardware technologies including Virtual Reality, Amazon Alexa, and Google Home; and
- Pixel Up! Kids Lab, a workshop to give inner city teenage kids a chance to learn about design and it’s power influence their community and the world.
All 14 talks will be live streamed via the Pixel Up! website giving more designers around the South Africa and the world access to the latest information in real time.
Please go to the Pixel Up! 2017 website (pixelup.co.za) to apply for a ticket, as well as for updates and more information.
ABOUT Pixel Up!
Pixel Up! in the only African UX conference that features an all-international lineup with world leading designers who’ve worked at companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Airbnb, IDEO among others. It is the ultimate place for industry professionals to get hands-on learning and networking opportunities.
Pixel Up!’s goal is to create events that improve how people in Africa think about and design digital products for the greater good.
eFFEd Up! creates Pixel Up! and other events that give South African designers and developers direct access to insights and skills from leading minds and influencers around the world and is defining the future of UX and Design conferences on the African continent.
Pixel Up! online
- Twitter – https://twitter.com/letspixelup
- Website – https://pixelup.co.za/
- Join and follow the conversation: #PixelUp
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Renowned wildlife and portrait photographer Veronica Coetzer and her daughter Monique Blofield, will be opening The Photographer Design Studio in the new Menlyn Park Shopping Centre on 24 November.
Combining over 40 years of experience and passion, Veronica and Monique’s new store will offer art, design and photography services, while also hosting workshops and exhibitions in the beautiful new space.
Throughout their lives, Veronica and Monique have faced numerous hurdles. Survivors of abuse and serious illness, the pair have used art and photography to heal the wounds of the past.
“After becoming very ill, I wasn’t able to work at all for three years,” explains Veronica. “I felt that I had lost everything as photography and art are a very important part of my being and are my way of expressing my emotions, my hopes, my fears; they really are my mechanisms of healing.”
Monique rushed to her mother’s side when she fell ill, and after Veronica recovered, Monique was confronted with more emotional strain.
“2016 has been the most challenging year of my life,” says Monique, whose husband has just been cleared of stage four cancer. “But, The Photographer Design Studio has been a mutual dream of mine and Veronica’s, and we think that it is so awesome that opening the new studio is the way we will be ending 2016. It’s our beacon of light for a new and brighter future.”
She says the new studio will provide new and returning customers with a plethora of exciting services. “We can finally offer our clients not only the best studio and environmental portraits on canvas, but a vast range of new exciting products printed on mediums such as wood, Plexiglas, glass and steel.”
The studio will also serve as a gallery space for Veronica’s artworks. Her photographic collages, which have been exhibited internationally, will be on rotational display, plus customers can commission works of their own.
“I have always dreamt about having my own studio and gallery from where I could photograph people, exhibit my art and be in a position to help people to see their own beauty and to heal through art,” says Veronica. “Since I started creating art that reflects peoples’ dreams in France, I’ve had a yearning to create art that tells not only peoples’ life stories but also to create art that speaks of their aspirations, ambitions and life dreams. I will now be creating these as motivational artworks for the home or office.”
Besides commissioning dream-based artworks or picture-perfect portraits, customers will also be spoilt for choice when it comes to design services. The Photographer Design Studio will offer services that range from creating corporate identities to dreaming up whimsical textile and surface designs. Larger design pieces, from furniture to fashion, will also be on display in the new store, and everything will be available for purchase.
Opening on Thursday, 24 November, The Photographer Design Studio is offering an opening promotion to all customers. For their first two weeks of business there will be no charge for family portrait shoots, and customers will only pay for their photo enlargements. At least one enlargement has to be ordered.
They are also running a competition on Facebook, where you can win a family photo shoot and framed canvas worth R10,000. For more information, and to enter, visit their Facebook page: @The Photographer Design Studio.
In support of 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, which runs from 25 November to 10 December, the Studio will hold a special exhibition. In future, healing art workshops will also be held in the store.
For more information, contact Veronica Coetzer on 0721956058 or Monique Blofield on 0712889415.
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Samsung Electronics South Africa announced the launch of the Digital Variable Multi (DVM S) Eco 14 HP, a new side discharge variable refrigerant flow (VRF) air conditioner that is engineered to deliver a single outdoor unit solution for apartments and office buildings.
The improved performance of the Samsung DVM S Eco 14 HP ensures that it meets the increasing market need for a specialised single outdoor unit to reduce the cost of previous multiple loading and sub-duct installation in multi-room buildings.
The innovative design of the DVM S Eco 14 HP features a robust Inverter Scroll Compressor and corrugate fin, which improves heating performance by 20 percent and increases air flow by 10 percent compared to standard side discharge VRF units.
“Research and development (R&D), as well as design, play key roles in how we develop our products as we’re always focused on delivering cutting-edge technology and ensuring the products we deliver are highly efficient,” said Michael McKechnie, Director Digital Appliances Group at Samsung Electronics SA. “The DVM S Eco 14 HP delivers unbeatable performance among the side discharge VRF units and does so with the greatest energy efficiency, as well as the best use of space, with its unique compact design.”
Single Solution for Multi-room Buildings
The increased horse power of the DVM S Eco (maximum 14 HP) means that only one single outdoor unit is needed to manage the air conditioning requirements for an apartment or office building, in place of multiple costly units. All areas of the building are covered as the new unit also provides an extended piping length of up to 160 meters and an installation height of up to 50 meters. The width of the new DVM S Eco 14 HP is less than one meter (940 mm), maximising capacity and using space more efficiently, while the four-way piping enables convenient installation.
Greater Energy Efficiency
The design of the Inverter Scroll Compressor in the DVM S Eco 14 HP has improved displacement and velocity due to its asymmetric design that reduces loss of friction. The use of robust materials means the unit is reliable even at a high speed of operation and ensures optimal oil supply and control. These key factors also contribute to the device’s efficiency.
Operating Temperature Range
The unit also has the advantage of new Flash Injection Technology which increases refrigerant flow by 32 percent under cold ambient temperature and extends the heating operation range to -25 °C. In addition, the cooling range of the unit is widened to 52 °C.
“Samsung continues to provide customers with superior products using our ground-breaking technology and leading innovations. We believe our new range of air conditioning solutions will greatly benefit them and increase their comfort levels through offering an ideal temperature both in the home or workplace,” concludes McKechnie.
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Now in its third year, the Plascon Colour Design Awards promote creative thinking and making the world better using colour. This year's competition called for South African students of architecture and interior design to create a design that would uplift an existing school or educational institution building using Plascon's Inspired Colour range, under the theme #ColourCan.
Insightful, inspired and creative – coupled with enthusiasm and a healthy dose of hard work. That’s the best way to describe the Vega School of Brand Leadership entries submitted in the Graffiti charity wallpaper competition. With varied ideas and clever interpretations of the theme: “African Pride: Conservation in Action” the process of determining a winner was incredibly tough. But in the end the judge’s decision was unanimous and the top three places in the 2016 competition go to: Polo Mohlomi (1st place), Kyla Gibbs (2nd place) and Mpho Moshikaro and Teboho Hlatshwayo’s (3rd place – joint submission).
The competition – targeted at the first year students at Vega’s Randburg campus – invited the young creative minds to conceptualise and design an inspired wall paper for the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT). According to Graffiti National Retail Solutions Manager Richard Wood, the calibre of the 43 unique entries received, was surprisingly high. “Considering these students are first years and that the wall paper had to reflect the organisation’s comprehensive mandate in the artwork – we were very impressed with the quality of the submissions.”
Mohlomi receives a cash prize, the opportunity to take up an internship at Graffiti, publicity and of course it’s a significant achievement to include in his portfolio. Perhaps the biggest accolade though is the winning design will be produced and printed by Graffiti and installed at the EWT’s head office. Wood says that the winning design is well thought out, eye catching, and the accompanying text ‘If this feels incomplete imagine the reality…’ is thought provoking and impactful.
The second and the third prize winners also receive cash, exposure to the workings of the world of mobile and fixed branding, and publicity.
EWT graphic designer and project spokesperson, Marion Burger says, “We were thrilled to be the beneficiary of this competition and the winning wall paper will bring alive a wall in our office that has traditionally been dark and flat. Mohlomi’s design – a thought provoking interpretation of the impact of extinction of our endangered species, will provide visitors to our office with real food for thought. Clever creative!”
Adding to this, Burger explains that the EWT has a cohesive and integrated approach to the conservation of species, habitats and ecosystem processes. The non-profit organisation believes successful conservation must include protecting the habitats that support species – and human beings – and in this way entire ecosystems, communities and socio-economic structures reap the benefits. One of the organisation’s key themes is extinction and the reversal of the decline of endangered species. With this being such a big focus for the organisation – the winning wallpaper design quickly found a niche with the EWT.
Special mention should also be given to Moshikaro and Hlatshwayo’s whose Heartbeat of Africa, which although placed third, was immediately recognised as more suited to an outdoor campaign. So it was that when the EWT was given billboard space at no cost by Ad Outpost that the artwork was made ready for the OOH space and today can be seen in various locations around Gauteng.
Mohlomi’s winning design will be digitized by Graffiti and incorporated into Graffiti’s wall paper design catalogue. Going forward, should any other customer choose the wall paper design or a version thereof, a percentage of the sale will be donated to the Endangered Wildlife Trust.
A pilot competition – Graffiti hopes to make this an annual collaboration on its marketing calendar. The competition was launched to mark the introduction of the company’s new wallpaper offering.
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The official inquiry into a 2015 fatal bridge collapse in South Africa has called out potential causes ranging from material quality and workmanship to a gust of wind. The Oct. 14 accident left two people dead and another 19 injured when a temporary bridge at a Johannesburg construction site collapsed onto the M1 highway, the city's busiest roadway.
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Can my workplace improve my health and wellbeing? Absolutely. “Healthy employees mean healthy companies,” begins the Discovery Healthy Company Index Report which presents survey findings of employee wellness within 151 South African companies. “Employers have a unique opportunity to improve the lives of employees and their families by measuring, managing, and improving employee health.” Employee […]
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