Durban South Africa
Garth Walker founded two of South Africa’s best-known graphic
design studios. Orange Juice Design in the early 1990s (acquired by
Ogilvy South Africa), and more recently in 2008, Mister Walker.
Both studio’s work in the corporate sector for many of SA’s best
known brands on both large and small projects across a wide range
But Garth’s real interest lies is in “what makes me African – and
what does that look like?” This forms the basis for much of his
personal work. Since 1995 he has published his experimental studio
graphics magazine ijusi, to world-wide
acclaim. The non-commercial magazine provides a platform for
creatives globally to explore their own personal views on the
Widely regarded as the pioneer of post 1994 ‘South African rooted
graphic design’, Garth has taken the gospel of African creativity
to conferences and workshops in more than 20 countries on all 5
continents. His image archive on South African vernacular street
and township design is the largest extant, and covers literally
everything from gravestones to type, signage and architecture.
He is represented or exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art, San
Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Minneapolis Art Institute,
International Center of Photography, National Portrait Gallery
(UK), Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, Biblioteque Nationale
de France, Victoria & Albert Museum (UK), The Smithsonian and
numerous university and academic collections worldwide. His has
been featured in well over 100 books and magazines.
Garth is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI),
British Design & Art Direction (D&AD), The Type Directors
Club (TDC NY) and The St Moritz Design Summit. He is a founding
Trustee of the South African Brand Design Council (BDC).
When not sitting behind a Mac, Garth is equally obsessed with
photography, red wine, cycling, old 911 Porsches and how to pay the
school fees for his 3 young daughters.