Vian Roos | About
About | Vian Roos is a visual storyteller using photography and design, telling the storeys of everyday South Africa.
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My objective as a creative is to use my years of experience as a designer, who always focuses on the emotional impact the object will have on a person, and to evolve this into a new approach of using creative thinking and experience design and explore new possibilities in the field.


I am currently the art director for Farmer’s Weekly magazine as well as an accomplished photographer and part-time lecturer.


User Experience Design Certificate


University of Cape Town, GetSmarer Online


BA Honours in Graphic Design

2014 – 2015

IIE The Design School Southern Africa, Pretoria


BA Graphic Design

2009 – 2011

IIE The Design School Southern Africa, Pretoria



2003 – 2008

Bethlehem Voortrekker Hoërskool, Bethlehem


2019 Nominated for Blinkers award in best Vrynge visual arts, neXus: A Transnational Exposition, Vrystaat Art Festival.

2018 Named one of Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans in media.

2016 Student achievement award, The Design School Southern Africa.

2015 Special mention for best layout, Caxton Magazines excellence awards.

2014 Designer of the year, Caxton Magazines excellence awards.

2011 Finalist in student category for package design, Loerie Awards.


2019 neXus: A Transnational Exposition at Vrynge, Vrystaat Arts Festival (Curator)

2018 Connected at Colour My World, Brighton Pride, United Kingdom (Group)

2017 Connected at Vrynge, Vrystaat Arts Festival (Solo)

2016 Fotostaatmasjien at No End Contemporary Art Space (Group)

2016 Vrystad at Vrynge, Vrystaat Arts Festival (Solo) and at Inextricable, Brighton (Group)

2011 – 2016 Zuma’s oath, Camp David, Waterbok en Bidsprinkaan, April & September, Urban City in iJusi Magazine

Work experience

Art director – Farmer’s Weekly
February 2014 – Present
> Overseeing the design department and ensure the flow of work.
> Time management of weekly and daily deadlines.
> Responsible for the look and feel of the magazine and its brand for print and online and that the work is up to standard.
> Signing off the magazine for print and digital issues.
> Layout of features, regular articles and advertisements.
> Setting the magazine’s pagination.
> Create and develop creative plans for online material.
> Design all brand extended properties such as magazine’s promotions, tours, conferences and information days.
Reference: Denene Erasmus (Editor)


Part-time lecturer and course developer – Vega School
July 2016 – Nov 2017 and February 2019 – July 2019
> Lecturing students on illustration. The module focuses on applying conceptual problem-solving and illustration techniques and skills.
> Assisting with students in keeping to project requirements, deadlines and outcomes, and helping them improve relevant skills.
> Develop module material learning outcomes, projects and rubrics.
Reference: Jana Santilhano (Academic co-navigator)


Graphic designer – Farmer’s Weekly
February 2012 – February 2014
> Layout of features, photo editing and designing advertisements.
(Promoted to art director)


Reference contact information available on request.


Curator and co-creator – neXus: A Transnational Exposition.
1 to 7 July and 7 to 11 August 2019
> Develop, design and execute the final exhibition space.
> Design all relevant marketing material and documentation.
> Co-curator and selected artists for the exhibition.
> Communicated with artists and festival organisers.


Member of the Programme Advisory Committee – CTU Training Solutions
November 2018
> Participate in developing and giving feedback on the course material and learning outcomes for the diploma in visual communication programme and moderating the modules.


> Problem-solving and critical thinking.
> Organisational skills.
> Flexibility and time management.
> Multitasking and project management.
> Strong communication skills to internal and external teams.
> Team player.
> Adobe Creative Cloud: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, XD.
> Print and digital design knowledge.
> HTML and CSS.
> Marketing and social media.
> Design: Layout, colour theory, composition, illustration and typography and photography.
> User-centred and experience design.
> Conduct user research and troubleshooting.
> Wireframing and Prototyping.
> Lecturing and teaching.


+27(0)84 702 6306