CityPress - - Trend­ing - PHUM­LANI SITHEBE LANGA phum­lani.sithebe@city­

Sindiso Ny­oni is a Joburg-based graphic de­signer whose work has fea­tured in these pages be­fore. His il­lus­tra­tions are edgy, ur­ban and in­spired by Africa, and he is not shy to use his po­lit­i­cal voice. He has de­signed anti-xeno­pho­bia posters, mag­a­zine cov­ers and even al­bum art­work for lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional bands, in­clud­ing young soul rebels The Brother Moves On.

If you were at the 2010 Fifa World Cup Kick­off Cel­e­bra­tion, you may have no­ticed his strik­ing poster of a man wear­ing a makarapa with the names of the mu­si­cal acts of that night stream­ing out the top of this iconic head­gear.

He makes De­sign of the Week again, this time for his de­li­cious pack­ag­ing de­sign for Mother­land Cof­fee Com­pany’s lim­ited edi­tion Golden Cherry blend of Ethiopian and Rwan­dan beans, which just went on sale.

It fea­tures a hand hold­ing up a bean, in turn held up by a group of work­ers, neatly ref­er­enc­ing the earth of the con­ti­nent and its po­lit­i­cal will, while wink­ing at com­mu­nist-era de­sign and it’s fu­ture-for­ward styles. His in­spi­ra­tion? “I was told to aim to cap­ture the char­ac­ter­is­tic en­ergy and com­po­si­tional vi­brancy syn­ony­mous with most of my poster art to com­mu­ni­cate the pack­age con­tents,” Ny­oni told #Trend­ing this week.

“The pack­age art­work im­agery is rem­i­nis­cent of rev­o­lu­tion­ary posters of the past, par­tic­u­larly the poster move­ment in­spired by the Medu Art Ensem­ble in South Africa from the late 70s, which fu­elled the grass roots and pro­duced anti-apartheid posters of the 80s.”

The cof­fee packet looks so good you may not want to open it.

And his favourite il­lus­tra­tion of all the work he’s done so far?

“Choos­ing a favourite is dif­fi­cult, but if I had to choose one, it would be the poster print ti­tled The Boxer of a young Madiba, in­spired by an iconic char­ac­ter from Spike Lee’s crit­i­cally ac­claimed clas­sic, Do the Right Thing.”

The Man­dela print is on show as part of the Mak­ing Africa: A Con­ti­nent of Con­tem­po­rary De­sign ex­hi­bi­tion at the Guggen­heim Mu­seum in Bil­bao in Spain.

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