Design Indaba Emerging Creative: Suzan Mbhali Manzini

WORDS Michaela Stehr

Johannesburg-based graphic designer and 2019 Design Indaba Emerging Creative, Suzan Mbhali Manzini, uses illustration to highlight the importance of self-love.

After getting positive feedback for her work on social media and requests for personalised illustrations, Suzan started her brand, ForMeByMe, at the end of 2017. The brand aims to be a form of expression and an alternative to corporate work. “It’s mainly about self-love and appreciation in today’s world where we are very quick to idolise celebrities and forget to appreciate, embrace and celebrate ourselves,” explains Suzan.

Suzan aims to add to the diverse richness of South African design through her work. Her goal as a designer is to solve problems, and inform and educate through beautiful imagery. “I love learning more than anything because that allows me to look at things beyond my own perspective,” she says.

ForMeByMe creates personalised illustrated phone cases, T-shirts, portraits and laptop stickers.

Follow ForMeByMe on Instagram to keep up to date with the brand’s latest designs.