TDC&Co Retail Therapy

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius Good advice is hard to find. There’s a lot of solid advice out there in the form of motivational guru talk and social media memes, but it all seems a bit empty without context. Even an often-quoted sage like…

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Big Box

Catch up with Neville As TDC&Co’s Creative Director for over a decade, Neville Wills plays a vital role in maintaining the quality of The Design Company’s creative output. Transitioning into interior design from branding, his deep knowledge of consumer behaviour and retail trends – and its shifting nature – means that Neville is instrumental in…

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TDC&Co Wins Global Design Award

TDC&Co were recently awarded the coveted store design of the year award at this year’s SHOP! Awards in Chicago. Coming out tops in the ‘Department Store’ category, the award went to TDC&Co’s design of the stunning new Makro store in Riversands, Johannesburg, which launched in November 2017. We would like to congratulate Makro and the…

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Retail Design Trends 2018

In the last 5 years, the words CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE have come to define the future of retail. Trend analysts forecasted that by 2020, CX would be the key differentiator in business. In our opinion, we are already there.   During this same time, the retail world has been in a state of panic. First, Amazon…

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Retailing the Mall

The phrase “zombie mall”  was coined by the American press to describe the rising phenomenon of shopping centres that are devoid of both shops and shoppers. “The lights are on, the escalators keep moving, but their purpose in life has gone,” ran a 2017 New York Times article. Sound familiar? The South African retail landscape…

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Q&A with Senior Designer, Claudia Kiessling

Claudia Kiessling Senior Designer   Claudia Kiessling, our resident Senior Designer, has been working with Sportscene – one of South Africa’s most exciting retail brands – for 2 ½ years. We caught up with her when she got back from her recent trip to London and Amsterdam to find out how Sportscene stays current with…

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TDC&Co at the SACSC 2017 Part 3

TDC&Co’s Top Takeouts Image: Unsplash   Sitting back to take it all in, we asked ourselves what our 3 biggest insights from the congress were: 1. Experience is the key differentiator in retail Image: Sublimotion   Over the last 5 years, trend forecasts have all pointed to the importance of experience design. But it’s no…

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TDC&Co at the SACSC 2017 Part 2

People that Wowed Us Image: http://www.destinyman.com/2015/05/04/skinny-sbu-socks-the-story-behind-the-brand/   1. Herculano Rodrigues Image: https://twitter.com/hercretail   Rodrigues is the Associate Director of Javelin Group – an Accenture Strategy company that helps brands (particularly in retail) formulate and drive their digital transformation strategies. In his talk, he sketched a picture of retail in the year 2027 with a focus on…

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TDC&Co at the SACSC 2017 Part 1

Our Top Highlights and Takeouts from SA’s Biggest Retail Innovation Event Image: https://twitter.com/hercretail   For the last 21 years, the South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC) has hosted an annual congress that, quite simply, has been leading the way in how we look at retail design – both locally and abroad. This year was…

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Pennypinchers is now Buco

When Pennypinchers decided to do a rebrand to BUCO earlier this year, they approached TDC&Co to come up with a Brand Wrap design concept.  This concept would see all of their 32 stores, across South Africa and Namibia, change from the traditional red and white, to a very striking colour palette of Buco, orange and…

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