Student Projects

Passion Challenge

For some, design means making things beautiful. At Vega, design is a way to solve complex problems - a crucial skill in the context of the Global South. IIE Graphic Design and Digital Design third year students were briefed to design solutions to the challenges affecting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) in relation to COVID-19. Although most of the world is focussing on combatting the pandemic, Veganites regarded the changes brought about by the pandemic as an opportunity to re-think the way we do things and to concentrate on meeting people’s basic needs, saving the planet and building a fairer, more resilient world.

The core steps of the project were to

  1. Pick an SDG that the student felt passionate about
  2. Investigate how COVID-19 had impacted this
  3. Analyse the problem in the context of their community (ranging from the global village to the microcosm of their class)
  4. Conduct in-depth primary and secondary research
  5. Design a conceptual solution
Veganites found the experience gruelling with a steep learning curve but ultimately, they fostered a deeper sense of awareness of global social issues. Student feedback centred around developing profound empathy and understanding how their privilege (or lack thereof) determined their proximity to these worldwide problems. Navigators (Lecturers) were blown away by the quality of the solutions presented and said the Vega students had stayed true to the ethos of creative solution-seekers.

 

Refl3ct

Access to cancer treatments became very challengiing for many patients in 2020 due to COVID-19. This has put additional strain on the health and well-being of many cancer patients. Relfl3ct is a mobile application to support cancer patients on their journey by allowing them to track and celebrate progress, share feelings and access information about treatment and connect with an online community of cancer sufferers and survivors.

  • Student: Andrea de Freitas
  • Discipline: Digital Design
  • Navigator: Farrell West
  • Campus: Bordeaux
 

Object

Gender-based violence escalated during the first COVID19 lockdown in South Africa. Object is a range of protest-clothing demanding change, equality and respect. The range aims to raise awareness for the need for women to be able to wear whatever they want without being accused of "asking for it" and takes a stand against gender-based violence. Clothes can be purchased online and profits are donated to the rape crisis trust.

  • Student: Carla Ehlers
  • Discipline: Digital Design
  • Navigator: Anka Joubert
  • Campus: Cape Town
 

Flourish

Flourish is a mobile app to support victims of gender-based violence. The application provides access to support for women who wants to make a freshs tart. It includes a notice board with job opportunities, access to information about finding accommodation and accessing support from a community of victims and survivors of GBV.

  • Student: Chantal Jonker
  • Discipline: Digital Design
  • Navigator: Jody Simpson
  • Campus: Durban
 

Urban Shift

Urban-shift is a concept to addressg the impact of COVID19 on the homeless by raising awareness and through a mobile application to support the establishment of urban community gardens - providing work, food and dignity to the homeless in Cape Town.

  • Student: Amber Liebenberg
  • Discipline: Digital Design
  • Navigator: Anka Joubert
  • Campus: Cape Town
 

Skill-it

Skill-it is a mobile application that helps people dealwith the economic impact of COVID-19 by creating an online platform where they can "sell" their skills. The platform provides a platform that connects people looking to learn a new skill such as cooking or playing music, with individuals who offer online classes. The application creates a potential income stream for unemployed people while also offering a means for people to connect and learn new things, dealing with the impact of social isolation.

  • Student: Kyle Sartor
  • Discipline: Digital Design
  • Navigator: Farrell West
  • Campus: Bordeaux
 

Rag Tag

Rag tag is a mobile app that addresses the economic impact of COVID-1 9 by providing a platform to connect SME start-ups in need of design skills with young and upcoming designers.

  • Student: Karen Le Roux
  • Discipline: Digital Design
  • Navigator: Anka Joubert
  • Campus: Cape Town
 

SA Hospital Patient Tracker

SAHPT is a mobile app that allows family-members of COVID19 patients admitted to hospital to track and access information about their loved-ones.

  • Student: Mi'celle Moodley
  • Discipline: Digital Design
  • Navigator: Farrell West
  • Campus: Bordeaux
 

Paint it red

An activation campaign to raise awareness about the impact of period poverty on gender equality.

  • Student: Jenna Rivera
  • Discipline: Digital Design
  • Navigator: Anka Joubert
  • Campus: Cape Town