Newsletter 6: If you’ve got it, flaunt it

COMPRESS.dsl: If you’ve got it, flaunt it – peacock showing off his feathers

Hellooooo there, I can almost smell the beach!

Just three weeks to go till South Africa’s endearing annual general collapse. This is something that surprised me hugely when I arrived from Europe 20-something years ago – that the entire nation (with the exception, of course, of those in the hospitality industry) downs tools and escapes to the sea/the mountains/the bush. Even Paris au mois d’août, where the French capital is hollowed out of locals heading to the Midi, has nothing on this country.

Actually, there’s a lot to be said for everyone taking holiday at the same time. Apart from the obvious issue of space (can there really be enough accommodation in the Western Cape for the entire population of Gauteng and North West?), it does mean that we are not clamouring for work to be done while other people take leave – because we are all on leave.

COMPRESS.dsl’s annual collapse will begin on 21 December, and we shall be back in the office (though perhaps in body only) on 4 January. If you have projects that need doing during that time, however, please let us know, and what we shall drag ourselves away from the sandcastles just for you.

COMPRESS.dsl: If you’ve got it, flaunt it – peacock showing off his feathers

Annual report season now closed

We have finally reached the end of our annual report season – and would like to show off what we’ve done for our clients.

We are incredibly fortunate that our clients are so varied. They range from small, educational NGOs to multinational corporations quoted on several stock exchanges. Our job is to target the end user that each organisation is trying to reach, and make sure we set the design with the correct tone that will speak to that end user. This gives us the opportunity to display, explore and grow our talents – while having a huge amount of fun.

Front cover of the JET Annual Report 2019     Front cover image of ABAGOLD Integrated Annual Report 2020     GEMFIELDS Annual Report 2019 Cover

JET Education Services is an independent, non-profit organisation that works with government, the private sector, international development agencies and education institutions to improve the quality of education and the relationship between education, skills development and the world of work.

JET’s annual report is a magazine-style, thinking out-of-the-box design, which emphasises the NGO’s many innovative ways of doing things, while also allowing people to relate to them. It’s funky, easy to read, and relatable.

Spread page of Jet Annual Report 2019

Abagold is a very special business, and close to our heart. Based in the beautiful town of Hermanus in the Overberg – famous for its land-based whale watching and stunning wine farms – Abagold is an adventurous, caring and innovative business. Abagold cultivates abalone, the world’s most desirable seafood, in close harmony with nature.

In designing Abagold’s report, beautiful scenery lends itself to beautiful photographs. This design allows us to use images that highlight the nature of the subject. Here, it is not so much about words and graphics, but about enabling the splendour of nature, and the wholesomeness of the farm, to shine through.

Spread pages 2 and 3 of the Abagold Integrated Annual Report 2020

Spread pages 2 and 3 of the Abagold Integrated Annual Report 2020

Gemfields is a world-leading supplier of responsibly sourced coloured gemstones. They have mining operations in Zambia for emeralds, and in Mozambique for ruby and pink sapphire.

The Gemfields annual report is all about quiet sophistication. Designing this report enables us to tap into an elegant, refined design, allowing the otherworldly gemstones and jewellery to speak for themselves.

Pages 22-23 of Gemfields Annual Report 2020

Pages 22-23 of Gemfields Annual Report 2020

For more information on planning and producing an annual report, < take a look at our blog on the matter >. We’d love to help you plan your 2021 report – with proper planning, writing and design, it can be the best marketing investment your organisation makes all year.


Finally …

We wish you strength for the final push into the holiday season, and plenty of humour and bubbly to see this ghastly year out in style.


How can we help you?

Please do < contact us > for a free quotation for assistance with translation, copy-editing, graphic design, layout or proofreading of any of your corporate publications. Have a look below to see how we can help you with your next project. We can work with any sensible budget or timeline, and are keen to reach out especially to those who need our help during these exceptional times.







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