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29 Apr 2019  


18 May 2019
09:00 - 13:30
118 Greenway, Greenside, 2193 Johannesburg, South Africa

Use gdcTHiNK to create a fresh and innovative entrepreneurial idea. When life throws you a lemon, make lemonade: Identify the lemons that life throws at you every day and create lemonade. Use the design thinking process to create a fresh and innovative entrepreneurial idea (an invention, interventio [...]

29 Apr 2019  


18 May 2019
09:00 - 13:30
118 Greenway, Greenside, 2193 Johannesburg, South Africa

Use gdcTHiNK to create a fresh and innovative entrepreneurial idea. When life throws you a lemon, make lemonade: Identify the lemons that life throws at you every day and create lemonade. Use the design thinking process to create a fresh and innovative entrepreneurial idea (an invention, interventio [...]

29 Apr 2019  

Blood Drive May 2019

24 May 2019
00:00 - 00:00
118 Greenway, Greenside, 2193 Johannesburg, South Africa

Greenside Design Center is partnering with Rainbows and Smiles and SANBS to raise awareness and Blood Donations for Kids with Cancer. May is Brain cancer awareness month. THE REALITY ABOUT CHILD HOOD CANCER IN SA... Every year in South Africa, almost 1000 children are diagnosed with cancer. Our soci [...]

03 Apr 2019  

Open Day in July

27 Jul 2019
09:00 - 13:00
118 Greenway, Greenside, 2193 Johannesburg, South Africa

Come and join us on our open day. Get to see our students work and see our amazing facilities. Chat to a staff member about starting your world class career in design. Contact: 011 646 1984 | |

02 Apr 2019  

Behance Portfolio Day

11 May 2019
10:00 - 15:00
118 Greenway, Greenside, 2193 Johannesburg, South Africa

GDC, UJ, Open Window and Vega will be hosting a Behance Portfolio Review on the 11 May 2019 from 9am to 3pm.This event is for all exit level students at these institutions.This year Gdc is hosting the event at their premises.Key industry players will be attending and giving their valuable feedback t [...]

02 Apr 2019  


17 Jul 2019
18:30 - 22:00
118 Greenway, Greenside, 2193 Johannesburg, South Africa

Greenside Design Center holds your creativity in very high regard. And it is with this in mind that we have chosen to beg of you (from a rather extensive shortlist), a couple of hours of your time. We humbly request your creative genius on: Wednesday the 17 July from around 6:30pm – to crit our st [...]

19 Feb 2019  


02 Jul 2019 - 03 Jul 2019
09:00 - 16:00
118 Greenway, Greenside, 2193 Johannesburg, South Africa

Experience two days of innovative design thinking - BLOW YOUR MIND!Day 1: Tuesday, 2 July 2019, 09:00 - 15:00Look to get your creative juices flowing as you complete a gdcTHINK design thinking challenge and see what GDC has to offer.Day 2: Wednesday, 3 July 2019, 09:00 - 16:00Visit some of the top [...]

02 Nov 2018   webgap

Gold Pendoring Award 2018

A big Congratulations to our very own Chiedza Kehle from honours 2017. Her project African Folklore stories, Paivepo Dzefunde, IsiNdebele Won a gold at the 2018 Pendoring awards. 

09 Oct 2018   webgap

Matric Students Feedback from our Matric Workshops

Student #1 This workshop was a great experience and was very insightful. I definitely learned a lot in a sense of interpreting examination questions, how to understand certain questions and concepts and it was definitely a huge help in preparation for matric exams. I look forward to applying the knowledge and techniques I learned in my studying for not only Life science but also applying it in my [...]

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 mul [...]

03 Aug 2018   webgap

Design Thinking for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Innovation is part of our DNA and exciting things are always on the brew at GDC. On Saturday 28 July Greenside Design Center hosted a gdcTHiNK design thinking workshop to foster innovation and entrepreneurial thinking skills. Innovation Brew: How Might We Reinvent Coffee challenged participants working in teams to identify and solve a customer pain point in order to serve up the perfect cup of j [...]

01 Aug 2018   webgap

The Pan Afrikan Design Institute (PADI)

The institute represents the interests of design professionals, design protagonists and design educators from numerous design disciplines including Visual Communication, Multi Media, Product, Fashion and Interior Design, but not confined to these. The central aim of the institute is to stand as a unified body to empower design professionals and facilitate growth in the Afrikan design industries as [...]

24 Jul 2018   webgap

Educate to Fabricate

High-tech education for the 21st CenturyGreenside Design Center and Made In Workshop are proud to announce a new and exclusive partnership where world class education meets the future of fabrication. Whether you are an inventor, creator, innovator or experimenter, GDC and Made In Workshop have joined forces to catapult design and manufacture into the 21st Century.Under the banner of Educate to Fab [...]

24 Jul 2018   webgap

Adobe Design Achievers

GDC is proud to announce we have 21 Semi-finalist projects in the Adobe Design Achievers this year. Out of the 56 Semi-finalists is South Africa we have 21 of them which is amazing. Well done to all the students and lecturers who helped craft these projects and please congratulate these students if you have them in your groups.  

20 Jul 2018   webgap

Designing by Algorithm

Minding the Digital, a current design exhibition at the Art and Design museum in Shenzhen, China, clearly portrays the excitement and fascination that current designers and artists have with the creative possibilities of the digital medium.

22 Feb 2018   webgap

Prof. Des Laubscher elected onto the International Council of Design Executive Board

At the recent 27th General Assembly of the International Council of Design, ico-D, held in Montréal, Canada, Prof Des Laubscher from South Africa was elected onto the Executive Board of this prestigious council as a Vice President. Ico-D represents the interests of Professional, Promotional and Educational members on design matters in 68 countries around the world.Co-founder of the South African [...]

01 Aug 2017   webgap

Rooms on View

Greenside Design Center college of design exhibited their alumni and student work recently at the Prestigious DESIGN JOBURG, Rooms of View at the Sandton Convention Centre.This events boats thousands of people and media coming through to see the exhibition stands.See for more info.

11 Apr 2017   webgap

GDC’s Fatima Bahm showcases at Design Indaba 2017

Graphic Design student Fatima Mohammed Bahm recently exhibited her work at this year’s Design Indaba, held in Cape Town from 1 – 4 March 2017. As part of the Design Indaba’s Emerging Creatives programme, Fatima had the opportunity to present her work to thousands of festival goers alongside the Conference, FilmFest and Nightscape.

11 Apr 2017   webgap

GDC’s Ssanyu Sematimba to Participate in Emerging Creatives Programme

Congratulations to 3rd Year GDC student, now Honours student, Ssanyu Sematimba who has been selected to take part in the second tier of the Emerging Creatives programme. She will be taking part in the Jo-burg exhibition at the simulcast.

22 Feb 2017   webgap

Editorial design in a crisis

2017 is already shaping up to be a seismic year in world politics. Publishing has already endured its own crisis, with the all-conquering e-book turning the industry on its head. Cometh the hour, cometh the independent publishing house to the rescue, with multiple innovations. But what is their role – and ours as readers – in these turbulent times? Surely we need to do much more than just pape [...]

15 Feb 2017   webgap

Can Businesses Design For Success?

Studies show that design-led companies can outperform their rivals by up to 228%. This has led to some of the best creative minds in business applying themselves to considering just what a design-led business should look like, how it should work – and, crucially, how it should interact with its customers. Design has come in from the cold and is becoming an integrated function.

08 Feb 2017   webgap

Off the charts

Our planet can seem to be a pretty immutable place. Oceans, mountains, countries – they’re just, well, there. Which means that maps of the world haven’t changed much since the so-called Golden Age of exploration – until, that is, Japanese architect Hajime Narukawa’s earth-shattering Authagraph, which won him a Good Design Grand Award and could change the way you see the world forever.

01 Feb 2017   webgap

More than just a smiley face

Emojis have become so much a part of the way we communicate that some linguists have mused that they may one day replace words entirely – taking language full circle, back to the days of hieroglyphics. Like many ubiquitous objects we almost take for granted, there is far more to the design of emojis than meets the eye. Meet some of the people designing the way we express ourselves today.

25 Jan 2017   webgap

How One Design Studio Is Keeping Traditional Craft Techniques Alive

Significant sections of human history – the Bronze Age, the Iron Age – were defined by the principal materials used to create things at that time. Now that we live in the Information Age, one Brooklyn design studio is making amends.

18 Jan 2017   webgap

Architecture that’s built to heal

While some specific buildings, like hospitals, are built as places of healing, architects are increasingly asking why it is that more buildings don’t have a restorative effect on human health, and designing structures and building processes to achieve this.

11 Jan 2017   webgap

The Harvard Library That Protects the World’s Rarest Colours

Today we live in a very colourful world, and we can change many of the ones around us at the click of mouse button. Colour is how we express and identify ourselves, and stand out from the crowd. But who determines which of all these shades are real, and which are phantoms?

04 Jan 2017   webgap

A Worldwide Scavenger Hunt For Type Nerds

The internet has enabled collectors of many obscure things to bond over their shared interests, and now one website has become a “font of all knowledge” and repository for found examples of the innovative and seemingly ubiquitous Futura typeface.

04 Jan 2017   webgap

To Think or Not to Think

Who would have thought that within five years most traditional industries would be disrupted? Already Airbnb is the biggest hotel group in the world, but they don’t own one hotel room! Uber are the biggest taxi company in the world but they don’t own any taxis. The way we think about our world is changing rapidly and traditional thinking is no longer the norm.

28 Dec 2016   webgap

Design and Discovery

In his ted Talk "Design and discovery", David showcases a few of his favorite works and how typography in his everyday life inspires him and shaped his career. Exploring how the message of a piece of Typography conveys visually, before the words are even read and how it can be altered through subtle (or not so subtle) design dissensions.

21 Dec 2016   webgap

Design for all 5 senses

An interesting TED Talk by Designer Jinsop Lee: “Design for the 5 senses,” talks about how incorporating the five senses: touch, sight, sound, taste and smell into designs allows users to have a better experience.

14 Dec 2016   webgap

Logo Design Fails: Avoid These 10 Pitfalls!

Logo design is not just a matter of combining typography, a touch of colour and some photoshop skill. There is a whole lot more to it. A great logo should be simple, authentic and timeless.

07 Dec 2016   webgap

Norman Doors: Don’t Know Whether to Push or Pull? Blame Design.

Ever wondered why you can never get it right at a push or pull door... it’s not you, this result has been created from the design of bad doors everywhere.

29 Nov 2016   webgap


Today the aids ribbon is a widely recognised symbol of hope, support and awareness, but do you know how the ribbon came to be? In support of World Aids day here is a brief history on the creation of the ribbon.

25 Nov 2016   webgap

2016 Student Exhibition

GDC students impress at opening of the annual student exhibition! The event was attended by industry professionals, alumni, scholars and of course parents; and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

24 Nov 2016   webgap

7 Things To Know About Designing For Virtual And Augmented Reality

Virtual reality is fast becoming a craze phenomenon at home, and is innovating immersive experiences in the world around us.

17 Nov 2016   webgap

Essential Skills To Become A Great UI/UX Designer

With the increase of digital applications and the devices we use to interact with them, the role of a designer involved in creating these has become dual focused, and to be a great UI/UX designer you’ll need a thorough understanding of both worlds.

14 Nov 2016   webgap

Date Night 2016

The night of 21 October was abuzz with excitement and nerves as GDC students were invited to pitch their portfolios to prospective employers.

14 Nov 2016   webgap

Where to study? Some tips for choosing a higher education provider.

Deciding which higher education provider is the best for you is as important as deciding what to study. In this article we highlight a few factors to consider, from accreditation to staffing to international comparability. First we being with a checklist of important questions to ask, followed by some pointers about why these issues are relevant.

10 Nov 2016   webgap

How Full-Scale Floor Plans Help Architects Walk Clients Through Designs

One of the hardest tasks for a designer is getting the client to buy into your vision. Architects in Norway have come up with an innovative way to bridge this gap.

08 Nov 2016   webgap

Justin Catto

GDC gets a facelift after Justin Catto completes a graffiti art project on campus. Justin is a current Design Plus student at GDC.

03 Nov 2016   webgap

Biohazard: Iconic Symbol Designed to be “Memorable but Meaningless”

Creation of an internationally recognized symbol is no mean feat. Find out how the "memorable but meaningless" Biohazard symbol was created.

27 Oct 2016   webgap

Interview: The Rules of Human Design in the Digital World

There are a great deal of design trends being utilized across all devices, and they change from year to year. Rules of Human Design in the Digital World

25 Oct 2016   webgap

The Future Is Near: 13 Design Predictions for 2017

"The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have". We simply love this quote from Steve Jobs and it just seems so on point as we look ahead to the latest trends in the world of design.

21 Oct 2016   webgap

Are These Graphic Design Trends Going Out of Style?

Looking back at the evolution of graphic design is like browsing through old photo albums. Are These Graphic Design Trends Going Out of Style?

19 Oct 2016   webgap

Multimedia Setting New Trends In Website Design

Technology is influencing almost all our daily activities and as we move further into the digital age multimedia is starting to impact trends in website design. A website was many first foray into the digital world but the use and the expectations of the tech savvy end user have evolved and now the user experience is essential.

18 Oct 2016   webgap

Why all the fuss about design thinking?

An emerging hot-topic is that of design thinking. But what is it and why does it matter? Members of the IDEA collective argue that design-thinking offers a unique, fruitful and fun way to enhance teaching and learning, across all different subjects.

15 Oct 2016   webgap

7 TED Talks Every Designer Should Watch

Inspiration may come in many forms and it depends on what drives you creatively. In the hustle and bustle of life we are bombarded with stimulation and distractions constantly in the digital age. So sometimes it is good to take a step back and appreciate the moment.

14 Oct 2016   webgap

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.

15 Sep 2016   webgap

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 va [...]

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