Friday, 05 August 2022

Students’ designs selected for collection

TALENTED: Malikah Rashaad is one of two Visual Communication Design students whose designs have been selected for the Halo Dish Covers 2023 Collection. TALENTED: Malikah Rashaad is one of two Visual Communication Design students whose designs have been selected for the Halo Dish Covers 2023 Collection.

The designs of two talented Visual Communication Design students have been selected for the Halo Dish Covers’ 2023 collection.

Lecturer Wayne Coughlan said Malikah Rashaad and Thaakira Isaacs’s impressive designs were selected by Halo from the second and third-year submissions made by the programme.

“We always seek ways to link students with industry and this was a perfect opportunity, not only for the students, but also to promote the CPUT brand. Overall, we were very impressed with what all the students produced, especially as it was during the lockdown periods.”

Malikah, who hails from Mitchells Plain, said that at first, she found the project daunting as she didn’t believe that drawing is her strongest attribute, but she decided to give it her best shot.

“We had daily feedback sessions and that helped a lot. I’m glad I pushed through and was very happy when I heard that my designs had been selected,” she said.

“The experience had been extremely valuable as it provided her with the opportunity to work with a client and to learn and improve from the feedback provided.“

Tess Wypkema Birch, Brand Manager for Halo Dish Covers said the CPUT students were enthusiastic and willing to tackle this project.

“We chose Malikah and Thaakira because we see great potential in the designs that they submitted. I asked the students a couple of questions about why they wanted to be part of this project and their excitement and enthusiasm is evident in their answers. These students are talented and willing to put in the work to create something really beautiful. I am working with them to have their designs ready for print.”

She said Halo had previously also worked with CPUT students and all had been a pleasure to work with.

“We would love to be able to continue our relationship with CPUT to create many new ranges going forward. The students are building eight designs which will be used as part of the 2023 Halo collection. “

“We will take a portrait of each artist which will be posted on our website along with a blog about each artist connecting them with their designs.”

Each of Halo’s prints is designed by a young South African artist, “bringing their creative visions to life through support, exposure and remuneration”.

The CPUT academics who worked on the project are: Wayne Coughlan, Tertius Heyns, Janet van Graan, Penny George and Banzi Damba.

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za