Emma Strydom, a Capetonian designer, has walked away with the top prize at the 2019 Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents (SDAY 2019).
Cape Town, South Africa (10 February 2020) – Emma Strydom went up against 224 designers from around the world and walked away victorious! She submitted her design to the Communications Category and was selected as the grand prize winner thanks to her creativity and professionalism.
Emma’s winning project was called Sifunda “We learn by talking together”. The project focusses on learning opportunities in spaces where a child and their guardian might frequent, the grocery store is a prime example. Her project’s design features the alphabet, using grocery items and turning them into characters.
Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Assets Management, Alderman James Vos feels that Cape Town has developed a reputation for being innovative and creative. He congratulated Emma on her winning design.
“We are delighted that the talents of a young Cape Town designer are now being recognised internationally through this award, and we whole-heartedly congratulate Emma on this fine achievement,” – Alderman James Vos
Emma was equally as chuffed for her win. She aims to inspire others through her work and to uplift the under-resourced! She uses her works to raise funds and secure donations, which are then used to change lives.
“To be able to compete against incredibly talented people from across the globe, and win, is just mind-blowing. It’s even more exciting to see creativity get awarded for trying to improve human lives and real-life problems,”
“There is a power of hope amongst our people despite all the odds against us and the only way I can help make a difference is through my creativity. Designers have the very rare privilege to paint a picture of the world for others. It is our responsibility to make sure that a picture is both inspiring and visually pleasing,”
Emma plans to change South Africa, one design at a time!