Thaakierah Abdul

This graphic designer has a playful approach to breaking design principles and having fun with every colour in the crayon box.

Thaakierah Abdul is a graphic design student at the University of Stellenbosch. She works in the world of visual communication, finding new solutions and experimenting with type and image to create striking compositions.

Abdul sees herself as a social activist, exploring the Cape Malay identity through artistic expression in reaction to her experience of marginalisation. Spurred on by her feelings of isolation in the social sphere of Stellenbosch, Abdul now creates visual artworks that speak of her heritage and her position now as a young woman in South Africa.

“I aim to speak my culture into existence in order for it to gain the recognition it deserves,” she says.