Garth Walker is a graphic designer, photographer, publisher and archivist based in Durban, South Africa.
This website shows selected examples of his personal work exploring the idea “what makes me South African – and what does that look like?”

Around the late 1980s he started documenting vernacular design as found on the streets and townships of South Africa’s
cities and small towns. Today, the collection is likely the largest extant.
See more below…

In 1994 he published the first issue of his experimental graphics magazine ijusi
See more here: www.ijusi.com

Graphic Design

A smattering of personal graphic design projects for varied clients in the creative and cultural sectors
This work differs substantially from my commercial work as a professional graphic designer (www.misterwalker.net)

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ijusi #29 : Nelson Mandela Issue

Cover illustration

Goat

Goat 10×12@SA Contemporary Artists from South Africa

Luciano Beneton Collection Italy

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 Celebrate Paris

du Fete Graphisme Exhibition France

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Porsche 911 – poster for Dutchmann

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Cover and spreads: Vernacular Visual Language from the Streets and Townships of South Africa

magazine insert into SEGD (Society of Experiental Graphic Design) USA

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Spreads: Vernacular Visual Language from the Streets and Townships of South Africa

magazine insert into SEGD (Society of Experiental Graphic Design) USA

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Spreads: Vernacular Visual Language from the Streets and Townships of South Africa

magazine insert into SEGD (Society of Experiental Graphic Design) USA

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Spreads: Vernacular Visual Language from the Streets and Townships of South Africa

magazine insert into SEGD (Society of Experiental Graphic Design) USA

Failure

Unpublished Self Portrait

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Vuvuzela poster celebrating football chants

Glory Glory exhibition London UK

Contact

Illustration based on historical South African cultural imagery

ijusi website Contact page

 

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DDP (Dongdaemun Design Plaza) poster celebrating the opening of the Design Museum

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Design of Culture : Culture of Design

Editorial design and essay on South African graphic design

Studio Andrew Howard Porto Portugal

AIDS-icons

Cock and Pussy detail for HIV/AIDS installation

Saint Etienne International Design Biennale


Photography

At art school I developed an unhealthy obsession with photography. For some thirty years I been photographing Œwhatever is in front of me on every format from 4×5 to iPhone
This online collection shows a selection of personal work, around the theme of portraiture. The selection will change periodically

Sandown

Sandown Village

Pinetown Durban

Rudy-Keili Katzen

Rudi Katzen with his adopted daughter Keili

Durban beachfront

Harry Bernard

Harry Bernard

Intersection of Moore and Hunt Roads Durban

hairy

South Beach Durban

Gijimani Vezi

Gijimani Vezi in town for the Durban July

South Beach Durban

Freckles

Skater

Durban beachfront skate park

despair

North Beach Durban

chickenpox

Self portrait with Chicken Pox

car crash

Lois after her car crash

body builder

K G Kgosetsile – LONMIN Body Building Team

North Beach Durban

two men

North Beach Durban


Vernacular Design

A tiny fraction of my archive of images covering the ‘streets and townships of South Africa’
The archive covers graphic design, signage, typography, architecture, structures, and anything related to human creativity

shoes

Hair and Beauty Salon

R22 northern KZN

penis

A4 street pole flyer

Solomon Mahlangu Drive Durban

rainbow print flyers

A5 street flyers offering passing commuters a solution for ‘everything’

Durban CBD

OMO

Memorial headstone

Chatsworth Cemetery Durban

lettering

KwaZulu-Natal Public Works signage

R612 near Ixopo

koffie

Entrance sign and ‘fish pond’

Koffiefontein Northern Cape

islamic

Hand lettered mosque signage

Clocolan Free Sate

hair salon

Men’s hair salon hand-painted banner by Hammer

The Point Durban

furniture

Furniture store facade

Ventersdorp North West

beauty

Beauty and Hair Salon

Wepener Free State

ukhozi

Radio station ‘billboard’

R102 KwaZulu-Natal

toubas

Tarkastad R61 Eastern Cape


Contact Garth

 

garth@garthwalker.com
+27 83 637 3636

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