The World Cup of Design


Skills, speed, power… they all mean nothing unless you’ve got a good team behind you. As the popular saying goes: “Teamwork makes the dream work.”

Meet Ngaka Marman and Themba Tswai, Umuzi Academy alumni who joined creative forces to illustrate stars featuring in the Fifa World Cup.  Both graphic designers with roots in Kagiso near Krugersdorp, the duo of half introvert, half extrovert brought their expertise together to create magic. They put themselves under pressure to illustrate two players in their for every match. “So each day there’s a game, there will be a new illustration,” Ngaka explains.  “You can see the improvement from the first illustration up until the last illustration,” he said, pointing out the importance of continuous practice.

It’s been a month and a day since the final, so in true #ThrowbackThursday style, we are hooking you up with the highlights through the art of illustration. Keep pushing and keep learning.


Check out their work below...

Written by Amanda Stemmer

Visuals by Nomthandazo Mkhwanazi

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