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10 Percent – Design with the other 90


10% is the college’s institution-wide community engagement project. Our students across all levels of study and all disciplines, come together to form new multidisciplinary teams, and apply their design expertise to work with a real community. The project is four weeks long (equating to roughly 10% of the curriculum) and subscribes to the ideal that designers should engage with ‘the other 90%’ that have typically not enjoyed the benefits of design interventions.
The types of communities GDC works with and the design solutions produced vary enormously, from designing prototypes of products for local communities to manufacture for new business, to creating promotional material for street artists, to re-designing exhibition spaces at the Origins Museum, to information graphics for mental health, to educational material for schools and street children.


Our 10% Achievements

  • Awarded the Design For All Award from the International Federation of Interior Designers/Architects
  • Endorsed by the Philadelphia University and the Royall Melbourne Institute of Technology
  • Selected as the focus of the 2014 international Cumulus Conference hosted by Greenside Design Center and The University of Johannesburg
  • Finalist in the SA Innovation Awards



DATE: Friday 30th July ‘21
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  • 08:30 – 08:45 – Please Logon
  • 08:45 – 09:00 – Welcome (15 min)
  • 09:00 – 09:40 – Vaccines (40 min)


The Vaccines group addresses the UN Sustainability Development Goal three “Good Health and Wellbeing”, by focusing on how design might assist in a speedier and more effective way of administering Covid 19 vaccinations to the broadest possible crosses section of South African society.

  • Break 10 min
  • 09:50 – 10:30 – Bloom (40 min)


Bloom incorporates the UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 “Quality Education”, by focusing on studio-based learning to develop inclusive, equitable and innovative education solutions through design.

  • Break 10 min
  • 10:40 – 11:20 – Thuthuzela (40 min) 


The Thuthuzela project aims to interrogate, define, create, and protect safe spaces for South Africa's LGBTQIA+ communities. Using a series of intervention pillars (TAKE-care, TAKE-over, under-TAKE, and TAKE-away) which are built on the foundation of taking care of one's community; aiding in the transition of mindsets from the status quo to that of imagined possibilities.

  •  Break 10 min
  •  11:30 – 12:10 – End of Life Care (40 min)


Design Thinking for End-of-Life Care is part of the 10% initiative; the project aims to address how palliative care can shift focus from ill-health, as the center of healthcare, to people as its core.

  •  Break 10 min
  •  12:20 – 13:00 – Water for the Future (40 min)


Water for the Future is an initiative led by Romy Stander & Hannelie Coetzee, and focuses on the Jukskei river, which “daylights” at the start of the Maker’s Valley, near the Nando’s head office. Through cleaning and flood solutions, they hope to begin to change the neighbouring community’s view of the river. Our project addresses SD6: Clean water & sanitation.

  • 13:00 – 13:10 - Closing



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