Following more than a decade of agency experience, international recognition and an armful of awards, graphic designer and illustrator Brandt Botes has founded his own enterprise in Cape Town, South Africa. This is Studio Botes - a boutique design shop that specialises in corporate identities, packaging design and illustration.
Brandt wouldn’t want to be anything other than a graphic designer. He loves what he does and believes that his calling isn’t a nine-to-five job. He’s as happy illustrating as he is behind a Mac, and he never stops flexing his creative muscles. Whether it’s walking into a store and seeing a beautifully crafted piece of packaging which makes him decide to buy shoe polish he will never use, being forced to stop his car to photograph amazing hand-drawn folk typography he’s spotted, or keeping a flyer he’s been given that commits numerous artistic crimes, Brandt never stops thinking about design. He is passionate about what he does and brings that passion to each job and client. It’s a quality that’s been there from the very beginning.
After graduating with a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Stellenbosch, Brandt worked at both Orange Juice Design and Lowe Bull in Cape Town before taking up his most recent position at the Jupiter Drawing Room, where he ultimately served as Head of Design until February 2011.
Brandt prides himself in creating communication that is conceptually driven, visually bold and impactful. He has a keen eye for detail and strives to create effective work that remains faithful to the brief while capturing the imagination. His work process involves entrenching himself in the client's business - understanding as much as possible about what they do as what they need - thereby solving the problem at hand while considering the bigger picture.
Brandt’s work is informed by his sense of humour and his love of South Africa, typography and travel. His partner in this venture and in life is his wife Katherine Botes.
2001 Loerie Grand Prix & Gold, South Africa 100 Show Annual, USA
2002 D&AD Annual, United Kingdom 100 Show Annual, USA
2005 Loerie Gold, South Africa
2007 100 Show Gold Pencil, USA
2008 Cannes Design Awards Annual, France
2009 100 Show Annual, USA Clio Annual, USA Cannes Design Award Annual, France Loerie Gold & Silver, South Africa
2010 D&AD Silver Nomination, United Kingdom Loerie Silver, South Africa
1999 i-jusi group exhibition, Picto-Ifas Gallery, Cape Town
2001 i-jusi group exhibition, NSA Gallery, Durban
2001 i-jusi & Pro-Helvetia group exhibition, Zurich, Switzerland
2004 40 Years’ group exhibition, University of Stellenbosch, Sasol Art Museum
2006 All Creatures Great and Small exhibition, What If The World Gallery, Cape Town
2007 ABSA Atelier finalist, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg
2008 Bigwood II group exhibition, NSA Gallery, Durban 2036 group exhibition, Saint-Etienne International Design Biennial, France
2009 ABSA Atelier finalist, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg
2010 Toffie group exhibition, Toffie Pop Culture Festival, Cape Town Them & Us group exhibition, Toffie Pop Culture Festival, Cape Town
Creative Review IdN Design Indaba Magazine Communication Arts Etapes Graphiques Print Magazine
The Design of Dissent: Socially and Politically Driven Graphics by Milton Glaser and Mirko Ilic, 2005, Rockport
A Decade of South African Design Excellence by the Think Council, 2006
Handwritten: Expressive Lettering in the Digital Age by Steven Heller and Mirko Ilic, 2006, Thames & Hudson
30 Essential Typefaces for a Lifetime by Imin Pao & Joshua Berger, 2006, Rockport
The Best of Brochure Design 10 by Perry Chua, 2008, Rockport
Them-and-Us by Richard Hart and Noel Pretorius, 2010
2008 Art Directors Club of New York 87th Annual Awards Judge
2009 Loerie Annual Awards Judge Pendoring Annual Awards Judge