Phoenix Fire – illustrator and designer

It is time to meet Ida van Os, our illustrator and designer. She has assisted me with a few different projects over the years and, again, she jumped right in when I realised that we need help.

Phoenix Fire - illustrator and designer

Ida van Os – Graphic designer extraordinaire!

She came up with a design that was so close to what I had envisioned, I could hardly believe she had done it from scratch in less than three days. We fixed a few small design elements (and several typos *cough cough* – those were my fault) and voilá! Behold the cover for Phoenix Fire!

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About Ida

She is an experienced graphic design all-rounder, focusing on User Interface (UI)

Phoenix Fire - illustrator and designer

Watercolour – Ida van Os

and User Experience (UX) design. She is a strong arts and design professional with a BA (BK) Information Design, focused in Graphic Design from the University of Pretoria. Ida loves everything that has to do with the fluid process of creating mobile first solutions and apps. She strives to design solutions that answer to the users’ needs in the most intuitive form, packaged in elegant user interfaces.

Phoenix Fire - illustrator and designer

Pencil sketch – Ida van Os

Ida has over 20 years’ design experience with 18 years as an in-house designer and brand guardian in an engineering environment, working closely with business analysts and development teams, to create elegant, effective mobile and web solutions for consumer, government and corporate clients.

Ida’s hobbies

Ida likes to spend her free time on side-quests, doing any creative challenges or

Phoenix Fire - illustrator and designer

Ceramic art – Ida van Os

outdoor activities that inspire and expand the boundaries of her imagination. She believes that one should never stop dreaming, because without dreaming freely and without boundaries one cannot create with something of significant impact. One should also not just commit to one single hobby. Try everything once and try as many things as possible! For example, this year, Ida kept herself busy painting ceramic mugs and salad

bowls for friends, she learned how to brew and bottle beer, made a doodle series in pen and ink and is now venturing into needle point, making table cloths.

 

Phoenix Fire - illustrator and designer

Beer – Ida van Os

Greatest inspirations

Ida finds her greatest inspiration in traveling and experiencing new and interesting places. It doesn’t have to be an expensive overseas trip, just leave your comfort zone and travel through our country (South Africa, for those who assume some other country) and see how different and amazing life can be.

In the words of Mark Twain “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.”
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The Flight of the Phoenix – Artist

The original art Elsabé VIljoen supplied for the cover of The Flight of the Phoenix

The original art Elsabé Viljoen supplied for the cover of The Flight of the Phoenix

Elsabé Viljoen and I have come a long way since we met in our awkward teens. We both love art but she definitely took that love further than I have ever dared. And, when I approached her about the art for The Flight of the Phoenix, she didn’t hesitate to say yes.

Here’s what she had to say:

What kind of art projects do you typically get involved in?
I generally work in New Media and digital installation, but have also involved myself in a variety of community (art) upliftment programmes such as SANParks’ educational outreach and the ReVive community outreach programme. I have also taken part in quite a few group exhibitions at various levels.

What and who has influenced your style the most?
Presently I am influenced by the work of Bill Viola and Tony Oursler. Both of these artists integrate technology and art, creating an alternative ‘reality’ through the use of digital media.

What projects are you currently working on?
Presently I am exploring Afrikaner genealogy and the familial through digital media. I am also moving back into the field of stop motion photography and video by exploring the relationship between the body and parasitism.

Elsabé Viljoen

Elsabé Viljoen