Inside the TDC&Co Drawing Studio From Design to Reality

Our notion of design is that by the time we’ve laid eyes on a floorplan or a 3D mockup of a space, the work’s done. All that remains is to set a deadline, book the construction team and lay bricks to mortar, right? The answer is a resounding no. In fact, the details and technicalities…

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Women of the Sea

Sailing is often seen as an exclusively masculine pursuit. The embodiment of man against the elements and a test of his brute strength; wielding massive sails bellowing in the wind, salt spray bearing down from all angles and a tumultuous ocean to command beneath the bow. Or so they thought…   “Not true,” says Heidi…

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TDC&Co UK Research Trip

TDC&Co recently sent two of our top senior designers to scope out the retail design scene in London. The West End’s Regent and Oxford Streets alone boast some of the biggest brands in retail – from luxury brands and retailers like Burberry, Liberty, and Selfridges to more accessible stores like, H&M, Zara and Mango. And…

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Interview with Pride Maunatlala

Celebrating Women’s Month – Part 01 Meet the cheerful, buoyant, confident, positive Pride. For anyone who has ever met her, this is what a Pride Maunatlala word cloud looks like. She’s an optimist driven by brands and their people – both those who create them and those they’re created for. Pride currently heads up the marketing…

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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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