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Vian Roos. I am a creative person, who focuses on photography and publication design. I am currently the art director of Farmer’s Weekly magazine, one of South Africa’s most respected agricultural magazines. I am responsible for managing and overseeing the design team and its schedule, the magazine’s brand and the general ‘look and feel’ of the print and digital issues. In 2016, I redesigned the magazine’s look for its 105th birthday issue. This included working with the well-established brand, and, while retaining the essence of the magazine, bringing it up to date to reflect the ever-changing industry.


BA Honours in Graphic Design (cum laude 80%)

2014 – 2015

The Design School Southern Africa – Pretoria

*Honours research paper and practical work on request only.


BA Graphic Design

2009 – 2011

The Design School Southern Africa – Pretoria

awards & publications

iJusi contributor with ‘Zuma’s oath   2016
iJusi magazine #31 iZuma


Vrystad Exhibition
At Inextricable in September   2016
Digital:Diaspora series of Urbanflo (Brighton, UK)
At Vrynge in July   2016
Vrystaat Arts Festiva


Student Achievement Award for BA Hounours in Graphic Design   2016
The Design School Southern Africa


Special Mention for Best Editorial Layout    2015
Caxton Magazines Excellence Awards


iJusi contributor with ‘Camp David’   2015
iJusi magazine #30 Pencil on Pretoria


Designer of the Year   2014
Caxton Magazines Excellence Awards


iJusi contributor with ‘Tattos   2013
iJusi magazine #28 Tattoo Issue


iJusi contributor with ‘April & September   2012
iJusi magazine #27 LP Cover Issue


Finalist in Student Catagory: Package Design for ‘Bacchannal Wine   2011
33rd Loerie Awards


iJusi contributor with ‘Urban City   2011
iJusi magazine #26 Africa Typografika III


Art Director

Farmer’s Weekly   (February 2014 – Current)

>Overseeing the design department to ensure the flow of work between myself, the designer and photo editor, as well as ensuring that all necessary work is completed.
>Scheduling and managing the weekly and daily deadlines and time of the department to ensure the deadlines are met.
>Finalising and signing off the magazine for the print and digital issues.
>Devising the magazine’s pagination in conjunction with the different departments.
>Responsible for the look and feel, layout and design of the weekly magazine and its brand.
>Laying-out of features and regular articles.
>Designing advertisements and material for the magazine’s promotions, tours and conferences, as well as for advertisers.


Part-time (contract position) Illustration Lecturer

The Design School Southern Africa   (July 2016 –Current)

> Lecturing final year design students on illustration. This module focuses on applying conceptual problem-solving and illustration techniques and skills.
> Consulting with students to assist them in keeping to project requirements, deadlines and outcomes, and helping them improve relevant skills.
> Working at open days to consult with prospective students and assisting with the application process.


Graphic Designer

Farmer’s Weekly   (February 2012 – February 2014)

> Responsible for the layout of features and articles, photo editing and designing advertisements for clients.

(Promoted to Art Director)

vian roos

+27(0)84 702 6306

instagram @vianroos