Multiple award-winning Durban-based graphic designer Garth Walker founded well-known Orange Juice Design in 1994. OJ was later acquired by Ogilvy South Africa as their graphic design brand. A decade later in 2008, Garth reverted to a smaller, more intimate studio, Mister Walker. MrW works across a wide range of disciplines for many of South Africa’s best-known brands.
Garth Walker is the only African member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI). He is also a member of British Design & Art Direction (D&AD) and is a Life Member of the Type Directors Club New York (TDC).
What we do
Proper old-school graphic design. By hand. Done by Garth on Mac or paper, all day and every day. “Speak to the chef, and not the waiter” – unlike many studios, Garth is both ‘the chef and the waiter’. That’s a huge advantage for any client. After so many decades in the business, MrW has a vast range of collaborators to call on if need be. It makes for good business sense too, as clients can call on outsourced specialist services, and only pay for what they actually need when they need.
Literally, a Who’s Who of South Africa’s top corporate, private, and public sector brands have worked with us. We’ve been doing this for a long time now. Like any marriage, it helps to have the right partner before you walk down the aisle. Mister Walker and their clients are a team. We don’t have A or B clients, so every client gets the same specialised attention. Mister Walker is the name on the door, meaning it’s personal – and Garth Walker is here to help with ‘brains and experience’.
Mister walker offers graphic and production services in:
Advice, thinking, strategy.
Naming, logo’s, identity systems, and branding design.
Publication and editorial design.
Tactile design and packaging design.
Exhibition design, wayfinding, signage, display, and livery.
typography & Photography
Bespoke lettering, hand-drawn letterforms, and photography.
Garth’s personal graphic design website covering a selection of non-commercial graphic design, photography, and a smattering of his now vast collection of vernacular design from the streets and townships of South Africa.
Beyond just graphic design, Garth publishes ijusi, a personal take on “what makes me African – and what does that look like?” In 1994 issue #1 of the print magazine was published to great acclaim. Some 34 issues later (and counting) ijusi enjoys a cult following and world-wide recognition. To explore further visit the ijusi website.
The Constitutional Court of South Africa
SAPPI South Africa
Nando’s Central Kitchen
South African Mint
UIA2014 Architecture Otherwhere
eThekwini Metro IRPTN
Rio Tinto Group
Ogilvy South Africa
Limited Edition Collectors Books