The Ethical Agency’s top 10 projects for 2019

by | Jan 9, 2020 | Animal cruelty, Environment, Ethical Branding and Website Design, Green economy, Sustainable

With the new year rolling in, we’ve been reflecting on some of our favourite projects for 2019 and WOW, what a remarkable year it has been! From crunchy tacos and cabinet ministers to car rentals, we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 projects for 2019 below.


10. Mail & Guardian – Women changing South Africa

Services provided: Website design, development and maintenance 

The Mail & Guardian Online is South Africa’s oldest quality news source and Africa’s first online newspaper. An ode to all the powerful and exceptional women doing magnificent work in the country, they’ve compiled their annual list of 12 different categories ranging from politics to entertainment to celebrate and accredit these extraordinary South African individuals. 

Link to project: Mail & Guardian – Women changing South Africa


9. Violet + Wilde

Services provided: Website design 

With a brief to rebrand the website for Amsterdam based photography gallery, Violet + Wilde, we were tasked to create a sleek and sophisticated online platform. On a mission to turn Art Lovers into Art Collectors, Violet + Wilde’s new site would undoubtedly catch the attention of even Anton Corbijn himself.

 Link to project: Violet + Wilde

8. Marc Sheratt 

Services provided: Website design, website development, website maintenance

Considered one of the leaders in the ‘green building’ and sustainable architecture movement on the African continent, MSSA sought our help to update and refresh their website. With our united mission to produce sustainable work that leaves the lightest impact on our planet, this collaboration was a match made in the green heavens.

Link to project: Mark Sheratt

7. Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans  

Services provided: Website design

Yet another wonderful opportunity to work with Africa’s first online newspaper, the ‘200 Young South Africans’ project comprised the most prestigious list of people under 35 years of age in the country. The overall design concept was created by alumni of M&G’s list, the seriously talented David Tshabalala of Suketchi (for whom we built their website). We worked closely with Suketchi to design and build the website in line with their overall style guide. 

The cherry on top? This project took home the title of ‘Best Digital Project to Engage Younger and/or Millennial Audiences’ at the 2019 African Digital Media Awards!

Link to project: Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans 

6. Plan International

Services provided: Publication, brochure, graphic design, illustration, infographics

Getting to work with clients who make a positive impact on the world is always gratifying for us. Plan International runs a powerful initiative to bring an end to child marriage and teen pregnancy in Africa. We were commissioned to compile a 40-page report detailing the background, successes and brave work being done by these modern-day heroes. We also produced a project synopsis documents.

Link to project: Plan International 

5. Rent My Ride  

Services provided: Graphic design

With hundreds of unique rental cars to choose from and up to 40% less than traditional car rental companies, Rent My Ride tasked us to produce compelling social media and Google ads to let the people of South Africa know about this disruptive new concept in car hire. The brightly-coloured orange ads are a noticeable contrast on social media platforms.

Link to project: Rent my Ride

4. Tortilla Mexican 

Services provided: Graphic design

The project that sent Mexican food cravings throughout our office, this family-run Cape Town fast food chain commissioned us to create store promotional material in the form of posters and table talkers. Their wide range of halaal, fresh, locally-sourced, vegan and carb-free meals aren’t one to miss.

Link to project: Tortilla Mexican 

3. Western Cape SPCA 

Services provided: Graphic design, illustration, infographics

Having our very own office dog as a colleague, working for an organisation that supports animal welfare is very close to our hearts. 

We created a range of promotional material encouraging people to adopt SPCA dogs, posters to help people learn more about microchipping and produced a brochure for their vet stores.

Side note: we tried to hold back on the gushing over cute animals and failed miserably.

Link to project: Western Cape SPCA


Services provided: Infographic, illustration, graphic design

SAFCEI (Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute) is a multi-faith organisation committed to supporting faith leaders and their communities in Southern Africa to increase awareness, understanding and action on eco-justice, sustainable living and climate change.

We worked closely with this SAFCEI to educate consumers and retailers of the poor living conditions of egg-laying hens in South Africa through an infographic, detailing what egg labels really mean. The tragic reality is that 70% of hens live in the most appalling conditions and high time we all learnt the truth and did something about it.

Link to project: SAFCEI 

1. Mail & Guardian 2019 Cabinet Report Cards

Services provided: Website design 

Undoubtedly our most prestigious project for 2019, Mail & Guardian commissioned us to create a captivating website highlighting the efficiency of the thirty South African cabinet ministers for 2019. 

From the highs to the lows our country has experienced over the past year, this website provides a comprehensive report of each minister and how they are running their respective portfolio.

Link to project: Mail & Guardian 2019 Cabinet Report Cards

We are thankful to our wonderful clients whom we’ve had the pleasure of working with in 2019. We certainly look forward to what’s to come in 2020 and beyond!