Origins Garden Exterior Panels 2017

Origins Centre 2017

The Origins Centre is the world’s only museum dedicated to exploring and celebrating the history of modern humankind. The Museum provides visitors with a unique experience of Africa’s rich, complex heritage and boasts an extensive collection of rock art from the Wits Rock Art Research Institute.

The aim of the project is to explore and deliver design solutions on the subject of the Middle Stone Age. This will take the form of redesigning portions of the entrance hall exhibit as well as conceptualising a space and interactive areas concerning Blombos Cave (Cave Quest).

The focus of this project is on the innovations of Middle Stone Age period in southern Africa. The archaeology of this period reflects a plethora of new and innovative items that have helped archaeologists understand the timing and location of the development of complex (or ‘modern’) human behavior. Blombos Cave is an extremely significant MSA site that has produced phenomenal archaeological material. This project links up with a new museum and interpretative centre that is being built in the De Hoop Nature Reserve, on the southern Cape coast. The opening of the De Hoop Human Origins Centre is planned for 2018.


The objective of our group was to create illustrations of a select number of plants that are found within the property of the origins centre. We had to filter through the 135+ plants that are found on the property, with the help of a botanist to pick the most 13 interesting in terms of food, poison, health, and tradition, ecology and construction. We were then tasked to create clear and comprehensive information panels for both the plants signage and the information panels for Cave quest.

The information on the plants has to include factual, medical and folkloric information and had to corresponded to the plant it accompanies and has to instil enough interest in the plants and to develop a consciousness about their continued importance in our ecosystem and to our health and culture


After brainstorming several different ideas we have chosen a few a few design concepts to move forward with.
• the illustrations for the plants are done with a simple line drawing, for the Information panels and then vector colour has been added to the drawing for other designs that could use the illustrations.
• The panels will have minimal text on them so the visitors to the centre do not have to read long winded paragraphs that they will loose interest in. Icons have been designed for some of the properties the flowers have so that the information can be presented to viewer visually.
• A calendar has been designed to be sold in the gift shop. The calendar will provide any curious visitors with a more detailed description of the plants and will also display the beautifully done illustrations of the plants. The calendar is a collaborative effort from Dominique (illustrations), Kamo (Edited Illustration) and Savannah (set up of calendar)