Jewellery designer Alex Monroe has hardly ever been out of the glossy magazine headlines, since winning Designer of the Year award in 2008. His delicate nature-inspired jewellery has won over the fashion crowd young and old – grabbing regular spots in Vogue, Elle, Harpars Bazaar, Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan.
Simplicity and natural beauty are the keynotes of his pieces, the bumble bee pendant perhaps being the most recognizable and the one to catch the imagination. Other themes we love are the feathers that are so lifelike, you’d swear they would blow away in the wind, and the daisies with their eternal charm.
One thing is for sure, these pieces all have exquisite craftsmanship and inspired design, so they make a great investment as well as a style statement.
You can find the pieces directly at the Alex Monroe website, or if you’re in South Africa find a selection of Alex Monroe pieces at ShopLabel the online designer fashion store.
Cape Town is celebrating its win today – winner of its bid to become World Design Capital 2014, against the other two capitals shortlisted, Bilbao and Dublin.
Our first reaction – a big rousing cheer for Cape Town. Yay!!!!
Our second, but what does this actually mean in real life terms? A great answer has already been provided by Fred Roed, explaining what we can expect for Cape Town over the next few years in the design and creative field.
Cape Town is already a prime destination for film productions, foodies, wine enthusiasts and holiday-makers, but this announcement gives it a new gravitas in the global creative community and we can expect a whole lot more attention coming our way. So here’s looking forward to a whole lot more great design concepts coming out of Cape Town over the next few years!
If you’re at the cutting edge of tech trends, QR codes are probably old news to you. Scannable codes that can be printed on business cards, marketing materials or anything at all, so that customers can access webpages instantly at one click of a smartphone camera, QR codes are a cool concept.
But till recently they weren’t so cool to look out. There’s nothing sexy about a barcode, and their more sophisticated cousins, the QR codes, still had that black and white checkerboard look until this year. But now design companies are getting clever and making a feature out of customizing codes to make them beautiful as well as functional.
Simple QR codes can simply have a logo embedded into them, or a simple design feature included in the code. Colour can be used, hard edges can be softened, or you can get really fancy…
While South Africa is catching up with the trend of QR codes on business cards (make things easier for your contacts by giving them a QR code to scan, so they can input your contact details in one simple click) there are only a few designers and printers currently offering this service. If you’re in Cape Town, contact Deep Design for more information about putting QR codes on business cards to make them really smartphone friendly.