07 Aug 2018   webgap

10 Percent Concept Presentation

Congratulations to our students for their amazing 10% projects and their wonderful presentations on Friday. The 10% project is Greenside Design Center’s unique answer to the call for community engagement in higher education and is where the college dedicates 10 percent of its teaching and learning time to improve the life of communities through design. The initiative sees students working in multidisciplinary teams and across different yeas of study to tackle pressing issues for the greater good. We are very grateful for the participation of this year’s communities and thank them for collaborating with us during the past four weeks. In attendance at the final presentations were representatives from the Living Room and Temple Botanica, the Ilima Learning Centre, the IDEA Collective and the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation. We trust that our student work will make a positive contribution to your future endeavours. Keep an eye on our 10% website as we start uploading this year’s projects. They are free to use for all likeminded community engagement initiatives. See for more. 

Also worth mentioning is that the 2018 10% initiative marks another impressive milestone in our continued commitment to community engagement. Having already received the international Design for All Award from the International Federation of Interior Designers and Architects in 2009, this year’s project celebrates its tenth anniversary with a new accolade; endorsement from the International Council of Design (ico-D). This endorsement places the initiative alongside a “select group of international activities” that “promote the value of design” and “demonstrate that they enhance the standards of design, ethics and professional practice”.  See the for more.

15 Sep 2016   admin

10 Percent 2016

GDC’s vision is to be leaders in design higher education to nurture innovative and responsible designers for the greater good of humanity. Responsibility and sustainability (for the social, economic and environmental world) are core values that underpin all curricular. They are values we expect our graduates to embrace and further in their careers. One of the key strategies to cultivate these values is our Community Engagement Initiative, the 10Percent Initiative. For four weeks of the year (roughly 10Percent of the academic year), all undergraduate students from all programmes and levels fo ...

14 Oct 2016   admin

The Principles of Good Multimedia Design

It is often overlooked just how important design is when it comes to multimedia as not all multimedia is effective. Design plays a massive role in the user experience from navigation to seamless use across the multimedia activation. If the user can browse and navigate easily as well as enjoy the process, then the design has been effective.Often when it comes to multimedia it is not just about how the end product looks but also the ease of use and overall user experience. If the experience is seamless and fun that will keep them coming back for more.Similar to the software development life cycl ...

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