November 14, 2019

Solid Stuff brochure design in global Top 10

We're excited to announce that our Cape Canopy Tour brochure design came out number one in Africa and among the top ten overall at the Global 2019 Visitor International Best Brochure Awards. It was one of altogether 19 000 entries from across the globe competing for honours.

Just to refresh your memory: in our last newsletter, we mentioned that the Cape Canopy Tour brochure designed by Solid Stuff Creative had won first place in the 2019 Brochure Management South Africa (BMSA) Best Brochure Awards.

Well, it was subsequently entered by BMSA into the Global 2019 Visitor International Best Brochure Awards competition that was judged by professionals representing visitor information brochure display and distribution companies and organizations from across the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, and South Africa.

The results were announced at the Visitor International annual conference that was held in Athens, Greece in late October this year

The selection criteria used to both short-list the best brochures, and to select the overall winners, included:

  • the visual appeal of the brochure
  • its effectiveness in communicating to visitors
  • the brochure’s content
  • the quality of the print materials used

The judges had all been industry professionals from BMSA franchise regions from across the country.

In the international awards, which as mentioned were made out of a possible 19,000 brochures, our South African entries were ranked as follows out of the 72 worldwide finalists:

  • 8th overall - Elgin Valley Zipline (our design);
  • 36th - De Hoop; and
  • 38th - Buffelsdrift Game Lodge.

So there you have it: Solid Stuff is not only on track with our design efforts locally, but among the leaders globally!

September 20, 2019

Solid Stuff brochure design voted best in South Africa

Solid Stuff is proud to announce that one of our brochure designs has won first place in the 2019 Brochure Management South Africa (BMSA) Best Brochure Awards!

The Cape Canopy Tour brochure was nominated as one of the top 3 finalists and ended up placing first in the competition.

Every year BMSA displays over 750 different brochures on 3,500 brochure display boards around South Africa.

These brochures play an important role in promoting various businesses nationally. They both inform and influence visitors and can guide them to wonderful new experiences.

During the 2019 BMSA annual conference in Stellenbosch, from a possible field of over 750 brochures, representing the collective client base of BMSA’s 19 franchise regions, brochures were nominated for consideration for the awards.

The selection criteria used to both short-list the best brochures, and to select the overall winners, included:

  • the visual appeal of the brochure
  • its effectiveness in communicating to visitors
  • the brochure’s content
  • the quality of the print materials used

The judges were all industry professionals from BMSA franchise regions from across the country.

The Cape Canopy Tour brochure has since been entered by BMSA into the Global 2019 Visitor International Best Brochure Awards.

These awards will be judged by professionals representing visitor information brochure display and distribution companies and organizations from across the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, and South Africa.

The results will be announced at the Visitor International annual conference being held in Athens, Greece in late October 2019. 

September 13, 2019

An exciting foray into t-shirt design

Original t-shirt designs by Imar Krige

Earlier this year, Solid Stuff made its foray into the fashion scene with an array of quirky and cool t-shirt designs by Imar.

Sparked by curiosity around Cotton Bureau – an online store which allows you to sell original t-shirt designs on-demand without having to deal with the admin of printing, shipping etc – and a desire to indulge in some good old creative fun, Imar set about producing a rather impressive portfolio.

More than just a fun new project, it has also been something of a trip down memory lane for Imar.

"In high school, I was often asked to design t-shirts for events and sports teams," he says. "I guess that essentially set me on my career path, so there is definitely a nostalgic aspect in returning to t-shirt design."

Starting out with a tentative upload of two t-shirts – Overland and Penguin & Protea – his offering has expanded to include a whopping 16 original designs.

Among these, you will find the super cool (and highly underrated) Viking Side Hustles range:

Imar's blurb for the range sums it up pretty well:

"Vikings are cool, but let’s face it, being a badass Northman doesn’t exactly pay the bills, so how exactly did our Norse heroes make ends meet? Viking side-hustles of course! Here’s imagining what Ragnar, Björn, Floki and Lagertha do for extra cash. And King Aella? Well, let's just say he gives "tourist trap" a whole new meaning."

A few other favourites include Bad Coffee, Sloth and Broke.

Be sure to check out more of Imar's t-shirts on Cotton Bureau!

The downside for South Africans, is that the hefty customs duty makes ordering from Cotton Bureau super expensive! Like, seriously – we were quite shocked at the exorbitant taxes we had to pay the Post Office on our order of five t-shirts recently.

So, if you do see something you really like and want to order (from South Africa), let us know and perhaps we can figure something out.

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