Its early days yet but we have managed to secure a prime property in the heart of Stellenbosch. It has always been our dream to have a coffee shop or pub or any space we could call our own and have a go at designing and developing our very own range of products. Well, the opportunity came knocking and pretty soon we will have a stake in our very own food and wine emporium. We are calling it “ De Warenhuis” (Don’t even think about it as the name has already been reserved) It’s Dutch for warehouse or emporium. Because Stellenbosch is of Dutch heritage we thought the name resonated with what we are trying to achieve.
We are in negotiation with a few of SA’s top chef’s and food personalities who will help bring this vision to fruition. Hopefully we will be able to announce the collaboration by the time our next newsletter hits the press. From a design perspective – we are hoping to achieve a unique language that truly reflects the cultural diversity that has made the Cape such a unique smorgasbord of who we are today. We are on an obsessive mission to bring a world class destination to our area. One that will truly reflect our heritage and our ability to mix it with the best.
A lot more news on this one to follow – thanks to all the players who have gotten us this far – you know who you are and we will be sure to make known who you are when the time comes. What a complete honour working with such professionals. Am I Collective will make you all proud.
It’s been a long time coming and hopefully it showcases our diverse offering and perhaps even serves to inspire some creatively. Looking at the mountain of work we have done over the years (Take a walk through our archives) has left us totally awed by the opportunities that have come our way from all over the world since our inception way back in 2006. Our Case Studies prove that we do more that just design pretty pictures. We take all our combined expertise and skills to deliver and create solutions for all our clients.
Our eternal quest for what’s next has seen us develop a world-class animation offering. One that has seen us go up against the best there is (We recently went to the wire with Elastic – they of Game of Thrones renown). We have done title sequences for Universal pictures – yet to be released, so watch this space. Partner Ruan Vermeulen drives this department through his unique ability to direct animation with a credo of “Let’s pitch the impossible and we’ll find a way of doing it later.”
We recently signed with Los Muertos and will be represented by them in animation locally. They are going to be helping us get our creative vision out there in the marketplace. We are looking forward to a long and successful journey with these guys.
Our latest offering is still in its infancy, but we believe by forcing collaboration between the freedom illustration offers and the more disciplined approach of graphic design, we can offer clients a powerful solution with what we term Value Added Packaging design. This team is headed up by the astute Chris Moore. We have also been invited to judge design at the local Loerie Awards – a big honour for us and one we can’t wait to participate in.
It’s been a busy last few months but we believe that with the launch of our new site new horizons lie ahead and we can’t wait to rise up to the challenge. Please join us on this journey by checking into this section of the website now and again, where we will keep you updated on news, views and sometimes a bit of wackiness. We hope you enjoy.