Today African Digital Art grows a year older. Over the past 5 years ADA has matured and managed to continue to inspire new designers, illustrators, photographers, animators and digital artists.
When I begun africandigitalart.com I had very little idea about the impact that we would have around the world. I am ecstatic that since we begun we have seen an explosion of creativity, not only that but more of an awareness of what Africa has to offer today.
I am pleased to say that African Digital Art has grown into becoming a leading platform for creatives inspired by our continent. We’ve seen a lot of growth, hosting creative events across Africa, building a social networking platform dedicated to creatives, participating in Remote Lectures, exhibitions and talks, inspiring a new generations of makers and designers.
It’s a gift to be able to work with some of the most talented, thoughtful, and smart people I’ve ever known and sit right front and center and witness how we use technology and ingenuity to communicate our ideas. A big thank you to my wonderful team and our contributors who join us by the day. I hope the next 5 years brings about more growth, a bigger, better and brighter creative economy on our continent. Help us celebrate, Go Create Something!
Over the years…” is a running joke we have between Jepchumba, Barbara and I. After creating an animated video to show the focus, vision and thoughts behind the African Digital Art Network at our last birthday, those three words made the opening line and as you can imagine creating motion graphics needs mindless repetition of audio and script.
Jokes aside, the journey to this fifth birthday has been a special one. Jepchumba’s always demonstrated tremendous vision as to what she was going for and where ADA’s headed. Tactful enough to bring on the right people at the right time and wise enough to know when to push and pull, she’s an artist in herown right and always a sensible and capable leader. Her impeccable work ethic and drive to see the world’s creatives of African origin and those in the continent excel is unmatched.
For us to see these five years come, with all the relationships made and the accolades has been extraordinary to be around. Barbara’s eye, critique and curatorial instincts make her a gifted creative if ever I knew one. I’ve had the pleasure of working with her and her brazen feedback for us, the artist community and her own work makes her refreshing and charming to work beside.
And then there’s the reason we do this, what gets us up every morning. What keeps us going amidst the peaks and valleys: you. Every email, click, tweet, retweet, mention, link and comment means so much to each one of us. To those that get into African Digital Art’s Community and form our beloved “District” we salute you and your inspirational work. Each visitor, acquaintance and friend from Cairo to Cape Town, From Adelaide to Accra and London to Lilongwe has made this an incredible journey linking digital creatives the world over.
I don’t take for granted to be part of such an incredible team and share my contribution in time, ideas and input. Here’s saying thank you to Jepchumba and Barbara for an incredible 1826 days, and here’s to you our reader hoping you grow with us for the next 1826 days and beyond.
Each birthday of African Digital Art means a whole lot to us. We have grown from a space for creativity and inspiration to a place of understanding of artistry, culture, design and a lot more.
Featuring numerous artists and also having time to interact with designers and photographers we have featured is something we love to do and want to continue doing. Meeting creative minds gives us a great confidence in the community we continue to inspire.
In many ways we want to thank you our audience mostly. Your tweets, retweets, mentions and encouragement about ADA has helped us grow. We do this knowing we have a community of designers, enthusiasts and fans to keep feeding inspiration, photography, film, design and more and we find ourselves blessed to continue what we do.
Our hard work has also uplifted a modest blog and site to a massive resource of design culture and more that has now found its boarders extending Africa.
Lets celebrate another year and pleased that you too are part if it.