eNanda Online’s logo was designed by Lisa Meintjies, a 3rd year Graphic Design student at the Durban University of Technology (DUT), who emerged as the winner of a design competition held among 20 students in her class. While many participants had put a lot of thought and effort into their designs, Lisa’s immediately struck a chord with me, because it is simple, yet full of relevant references. For example, the www clearly refers to the internet, but is also reminiscent of the chevron pattern that is so often found in traditional African craft designs and extensively utilized in the tourism context. Together with the dots, these patterns could even be read as a very abstracted suggestion of people, the essence of community. We adapted the colour scheme of her original design a bit to mimic the one in the University of KwaZulu-Natal logo. This illustrates that eNanda Online is part of UKZN’s commitment to community outreach and community engaged scholarship.
Sabine Marschall, June 2013
This is what Lisa writes about herself:
I was born and raised in Durban. My interest in graphic design started in high school when I wanted to do web design, a friend told me about DUT’s Graphic Design Course and said that, that’s the best thing to study if you want to go into web design. Along the way I slowly discovered what you could potentially do through studying Graphic design. My usual style is cute, usually something inspired by Japanese pop culture, so by doing a project like this I had to break away from what I’m used to. What I see myself doing in the future is hopefully children’s book illustration but for now I guess I’ll see where life takes me. Here’s a link, to my behance account: http://be.net/SparkleBunny
Lisa Meintjies, August 2013
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