Top 10 stories of 2014

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1. Milton Glaser's "10 Things I Have Learnt"

Our readers went mad for the celebrated graphic designer's wise, warmly-delivered advice on the limits of being professional, why style is not to be trusted and other career (and life) lessons. Read more here.

2. Reviving a forgotten landmark

Readers were wowed by British designer Thomas Heatherwick's design proposal for the Grain Silo at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town – a project that started nine years ago and which will culminate in it conversion into the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. Read more here.

3. Adventures in Venture Land

Insider advice always resonates with the design community - especially when it is delivered by the likes of Steven Heller and Lita Talarico, co-founders and co-chairs of SVA's MFA Design programme. They tell us why today's designers need to think like entrepreneurs in this opinion piece.

4. The future of Ivory Coast

This article on Issa Diabaté's project to rehabilitate a district of Abidjan, Ivory Coast was a refreshing read. The architect envisions an economically and socially viable alternative for the area. Read about ithere.

5. The vintage guru of Namibia

Loux the Vintage Guru, a budding fashion designer and all-round exquisitely dressed dude in Namibia, captured readers' imaginations. Read Vanessa Gralls's interview here.

6. The Secret Identity of SA Comics

Cape Town-based illustrator Moray Rhoda's piece on the local comics scene uncovered a little-known industry in South Africa. Read his take here.

7. South African artists’ portfolio

Readers loved this sample of artworks by David Goldblatt, Zanele Muholi and Nandipha Mntambo, who all presented their work on the Design Indaba Conference 2014 stage. See the gallery of their work here. Please note: contains nudity.

8. It's all a facade

This unconventional department store, designed by Mexican architect Michel Rojkind's firm, caught readers' attention after news broke that it received a Progressive Architecture citation. Take a look at his design here.

9. Pichulik Spring/Summer 2014 Collection

Everyone likes eye candy, but readers couldn't resist this gallery of necklaces made of brightly coloured baubles good enough to eat. Pichulik's 2014 Spring/Summer collection captured the 50s and 60s-era seaside glamour of the French Riviera. Feast your eyes here.

10. Dakar's new creative wave

Like the group of artists that it featured, this African Report exploded common conceptions of the continent's creative output. It highlighted the work of Les Petite Pierres, a collective of creative activists who are taking back the city of Dakar, Senegal, for the sake of art. Read about them here.