CD cover for a legend Afrikaans musician.
The cover artwork on Randall Wicomb’s newly released CD reflects the craftsmanship and intricate detail that went into each song.
Êrens is jy, is the title of a collection of 13 published love poems by renowned South African poets. As a tribute, each poet is honoured with a postage-stamp artwork and a paragraph about their life in the cover booklet.
View the design.
Website we did for Stellenbrau, a micro-brewery in Stellenbosch.
And our favourite page, an animated gif of the brewing process:
“What is behind the Swartland Independent Producers organisation? It represents the coming together of a group of like-minded wine-growers in the Swartland region of the Western Cape. What they share most of all, these producers, is a wish to make wines that are a true expression of their origin - of the broad landscape of the Swartland. Wines that, though coming from different cellars and sometimes different areas, will all speak of the greater landscape - wines that will, in a sense, bear the DNA of the region.”
Check their website: http://www.swartlandindependent.co.za/
The Flying winemaker, he’s just that, simply because there aren’t any vines in Belgium from which to make wine, yet! Shaun Crombé with his infectious passion for rugby, great tunes, fun times & crafting wines.
We did a label with Shaun’s history in layers of earth, added some random objects and a hints of tasting notes.
View his website: http://www.shauncrombewines.com/home/
Very stoked to be in the September issue of House and Leisure.
“You’ve probably encountered the work of Fanakalo, formed by this young Stellenbosch design trio, without even realising it (though you would certainly have admired it), most likely while picking out a bottle of wine at the local liquor outlet. Founded in 2009, one of Fanakalo’s first clients was Boer & Brit, and it has gone on to design eye-catching labels for several other wineries.”
VISI has new logo… and also featured the letterpressed label we did for Porseleinberg which is situated in the Swartland.
Check it: http://visi.co.za/content/article/1741/index-web.html
This was new to us; an interview via Facebook. Free-Run Friday, Platter’s new social media feature, entered its second week with a fascinating and informative conversation with Fanakalo, about the state of the art of wine label design.
Here is how it turned out: http://www.wineonaplatter.com/blog/post/8470
We did the logo and website design for Natte Valleij Farm.
“Natte Valleij oozes a sense of history with its homestead, old wine cellars, brandy stills, magnificent mature gardens with ancient trees, pergolas and ponds, all surrounded by whitewashed walls.”
“What inspires you to design the labels?”
We first test-drive the wine…. hehe! Personally, music and visual culture. Old cigarette papers and matchbook designs from the 1920’s, interesting signage, etchings, hand typography, retro surf culture, good coffee, etc. But in general we take on each brief for what it entails or requires, and then go off in search of visual inspiration that fit the concept.
Read the full interview here:
The new 2012 Sequillo labels found it’s way on the Dieline: http://www.thedieline.com/blog/2012/5/9/sequillo-wine.html
Some pics from our exhibition at the Slee Gallery.
This Gourmet Wors-Rol is specially designed by chef Bertus Basson. According to him there is nothing as lekker as a GREAT hotdog…
“Betsie” the Wors-Rol pin-up girl is their good-luck mascot and goes wherever the yellow caravan rolls.
View the website we did for them: www.dieworsrol.co.za
Inspired by acorn-induced headaches, slumbering students and slowtown camaraderie, City of Oaks is an exhibition where Fanakalo, a design and illustration studio just up the road from the Slee Gallery in Dorp Street, pays homage to their humble, yet historic surroundings with limited edition prints, lasercuts and designs. With the aid of some hyperactive squirrels, caffeine from the various local coffee shops….. and hopefully some aircon by the time that you read this, Fanakalo will let you see the Eikestad through their never-too-serious eyes.
Join us at 18:30 on the 1st of March at 101 Dorp Street for a glass of wine (…duh) and some nuts… Ends 14 March.
The great wines help — many of them on a par with top international labels. Over the years I’ve seen how South African wine-making has changed; for a while, some of the more earthy vintages lost a bit of character as they chased international markets, but they are back to producing really interesting wines. It’s well worth dropping in to some of the boutique wineries for a tasting. I’m a particular fan of what is happening with the chenin blanc grape at Badenhorst in Swartland. I also like the distinctive and characterful labels coming from Eben Sadie’s winery in Swartland, and those of Boekenhoutskloof.
Read it here.
The challenge was to create a logo that can print very small and still be legible. For the website we used a large amount of copy to become part of the layout/design, we ended up doing a newspaper vibe with big text and halftone sepia images.
Cool wine labels coming soon in 2012…
Check it out: http://www.alheitvineyards.co.za/
The De Kleine Wijn Koöp is a circle of friends, made up of sommeliers and graphic artists. As we deal with wine on a daily basis, every now and then we stumble upon a wine too small to fit into a particular winemaker’s series or simply too strange and unique to suit the commercial market. We then buy in these wines and dress it in a more ‘flip-flops and boardshorts’ than ‘black-tie’ fashion.
De Kleine Wijn Koöp is a playground for our creative expression, outside of the conventions of the wine-shop’s shelf. Unique and once-off wine offerings…
Website and label design we did for the good guys from Eric Todd - Homemade Sauces: http://www.erictodd.co.za/
Cool products page: http://www.erictodd.co.za/products/
Featured on the Fatpack blog: http://fatpack.co.za/?p=575
“Eric Todd’s products are produced in the picturesque Elgin Valley by a passionate food lover and farmer, using only the best fruit and chillies from his own crop. The idea for the manufacturing of these sauces was inspired by dear friends and great food connoisseurs, Eric and Winsome Todd from Nelspruit.”
The Bollinger Exceptional Wine Service Award has been established to bring focus and recognition of achievement to the growing group of professional wine waiters in South Africa.
View website: http://www.wineserviceaward.co.za/
Just after 12pm on 31 June 2011, Sequillo launched its site with new ‘look’ for the year: http://www.sequillo.com/
And the labels came out sweet: http://www.fanakalo.co.za/sequillo/
How much do wine bottle labels really influence which wines you buy?
“So how do you choose wine when faced with a wall of bottles in your supermarket or liquor outlet? If you’re not simply grabbing the cheapest bottle you can find (or, conversely, the most expensive, with the misconception that price equals quality), do you go with the tried-and-tested brands, perhaps even the ones your parents drank? Or the brands that advertise widely?”
Read the post.
A good friend’s family owns Yonder Hill wine farm. He took the pics and we built the site: http://www.yonderhill.co.za/
“The cellar was built in 1993, but greatly modernised four years later. The barrels, of French oak, are kept underground to allow for gravity-feeding and the cellar can house up to 800 of these containers, each with a capacity of 225 litres. All three red wines produced at Yonder Hill - the Inanda and Merlot - are matured here.”
After going on for 2 years, our studio would have never imagined that we’d be here by now. We really attribute a lot of our success to being featured on The Dieline.
Keep reading →
We created an online store for Boer & Brit (only in SA) via the guys from Thisarmy who also owns Withtank. They’re online app store is called Ammo.
Have a look at the Boer & Brit online store: http://store.boerandbrit.com/ and buy some wine.
“Nestled in the “Long Street of Kayamandi”, AmaZink Eatery and the iKhaya Trust are housed in fresh, modest buildings that give hope to this Stellenbosch community.”
Click here to read the post.
WORDS: Remy Raitt | PHOTOS: Jac De Villiers
Domain Gayda in the South of France asked us to re-design a label for them. It was so un-French that they decided it works! Figure Libre means Freestyle. Pack-shots coming soon…
The Dieline featured Trans-Karoo! Very happy indeed…
Fanakalo Visual Communication Studio in Stellenbosch took to task and came up with a wraparound label that serves its purpose well. The label had to be visually striking, as well as tactile.
The Dieline featured Helderberg Wijnmakerij:
We designed a complete “wrap-around” label for Helderberg Wijnmakerij. Everything flows out of the barcode and creates this wood-cut feel. Check their website for a nice intro.
Bob got featured on the Lovely Package site:
We did some changes to the site, all the images are bigger and crisper and ideal for a big screen, enjoy!
New book coming out soon that we created with Neil Pendock.
Check the website for a preview…
2 new labels will be showing up sum-time in March.
Keep watching their website for news and updates.
There are 3 forest designs to choose from, pricing at R699 each.
Check them out.
All the way from Hybrid and looking shhhiny. The scratch-off ink came out nicely and works 100%.
Go try it out for yourself or check it here.
Funny and quirky wine label that’s linked with South African heritage.
Pack-shots coming soon…
With the body of a Boer and the nose of an Englishman – you can’t go wrong.
Nearly done with a nice corporate ID and interesting business card for a new deli opening in Stellenbosch.
We’re busy with a new CD design for Zinkplaat and definitely sure that nothing like this has been done in SA or the world for that matter!
Watch this space to see how it all comes together.
Check it out - we recently got our visual diary featured on this website.
Very cool marketing campaign for Allan Gray. 7 campusses nation wide.
Check it out in our portfolio section.