Arts and Culture
Daniel Ting Chong
In 2005, when Daniel Ting Chong looked at his
matric results, he was amazed to find three digits
next to his design practical. The young artist had
confidence in his abilities, but 100%? "I thought it was
quite ridiculous," he admits. But the remarkable mark
was a sign of things to come.
Now 23, Ting Chong is one of Cape Town's
most sought-after young designers, creating
everything from pillowcases and toys to phone
apps and websites. After graduating from the brand
communication school Vega, in 2009, Ting Chong
cut his teeth at the President design studio before
opening his own studio with three partners, in
At Rondebosch Boys High School Ting Chong's
love for design flourished under the tutelage of
renowned Cape Town artist Andrew Putter. Guided
by him Ting Chong and a few friends started a digital
magazine called I Eat Soup, which became a medium
for other high-school artists to exhibit their work.
Ting Chong believes design is all about tangibility,
so, although he would be honoured to see his work
on your home or office wall, he would much rather
see it in your restaurant or on your T-shirt, out in
public spaces, interacting with people and cultures.
It is this principle that guided the creation of his
Design Indaba magazine cover in December 2010.
Drawing on the "Do it Yourself" theme, Ting Chong
used the cover as a template for readers to cut out
and create a 3D typeface, forming the letters DIY.
Off the page and into your personal space is
his style. So it's not surprising that when he is not
designing clothes or putting designer touches to
restaurants such as Dear Me in Longmarket Street, he is
projecting lights and custom graphics on to packed
dance floors as resident VJ at the Assembly club.
- Eric Axelrod