This article contextualises the typographic project, chronicles the type design process and offers some observations and comments on the design outcome. To this end it briefly considers the thinking underpinning the notion of Constitution Hill and the Constitutional Court. It goes on to track the design of the typeface from inception to application and relates both the design process and the typeface to broader streams of typographic thinking and activity. The article draws heavily from conversations with the designer Garth Walker and from Walker's personal notes, his photographic documentation of the Constitution Hill precinct, and the working drafts that mark the development of the final type design. The underlying intention of the article is to make a contribution to initiatives that endeavour to compile a local archive that serves as an historical record of South African design and, at the same time, provides a means for reflection on current design practice in the country.
During April 2005 visual communication designers took part in an International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) Interdesign that addressed the topic of sustainable rural transport in the North West Province, South Africa. This article contextualises the activities of the visual communication design team during this two-week workshop. The question posed is whether the inclusion of this team contributed to Interdesign 2005, and the nature and possible value of this contribution are discussed.
Examining the viability of rural manufacturing, the existing structures of rural manufacturing practices reflect the prevailing conditions under which production takes place and therefore contain features which are fundamentally appropriate to their context. An approach to intervention is therefore proposed which capitalizes on existing skills, practices and social relationships, and it is shown that by working with existing structures and skills rather than undermining them, the sustainability of the enterprises which are developed is greatly enhanced (Poston 1994:xi).