Recently it’s emerged that a new South African online platform has launched, hosting the work of photographers, artists, ‘architects’ and others creatives largely without their consent, knowledge or input. The profiles that have been created for the various (1598) non-voluntary members include work from other online platforms and members’ websites.

The privacy policy on the site states control of profiles, and of course the option to opt in for membership of the site – yet the large majority of the featured artists had not been contacted or notified of their profiles, in the name of exposure of, empowerment and support to local artists.

‘Silvaman is an online platform which allows students, graduates and creatives to showcase their work – search for inspiration and seek employment to pave the way for and exciting design career.’

Although the intention of the site – still in development – may be a cause for support, the execution of the idea has been poorly guided. In an age where internet accessibility and shared inspiration leave young designers easily open to exploitation, copyright norms must be protected, and the little guy defended.

The website claims to purely showcase the work of the artists, and not claim any imagery/content as their own.

If your work is on the site against your will, email Jason on to remove it. Go to to check out the site.

The site states the following:

We provide an online platform whereby students, designers and institutions can upload and showcase their work to a global audience as well as the opportunity to communicate and collaborate with like-minded individuals. This tool works simultaneously with Silvaman Inspire: the search will showcase Silvaman users’ content/imagery in the search engine, thereby further exposing their work. The portfolio section is project-specific but users can upload an unlimited number of projects. Their avatar is fully customizable and the user will have access to the activity on their works: likes, comments, shares and views will be calculated and neatly presented to encourage the individual/institution to further develop their public popularity.

The Silvaman Portfolios department will have access to the wealth of talented creative individuals registered with the site. Companies looking to employ individuals will be able to do so and individuals seeking employment will hopefully find their dream jobs through the site. We are looking at incorporating a student-exchange-program, as we believe the cross-pollination of ideas is vital in empowering designers on a global scale.


Share this

1 Comment

  • Reply

    bianca luyt

    February 9, 2014

    I saw that my work is linked to this site and it makes me beyond furious as I was not asked and my work was simply copied.

Leave a reply

Latest Blog Posts

Featured Posts


“Geology SS17” by Thebe Magugu

Thebe Magugu’s latest collection, Geology SS17, was inspired by the idea of escapism. Here in... Read more


New Music Video. Bye Beneco – Jungle Drums.

Bye Beneco are back at it again with the sweet tunes and even more enticing... Read more


Ninja Tells About The Time he Balled with Drake and Kanye.

Ninja and Yolandi have garnered a fair amount of traction from their previous stories of... Read more


Katja Marr by Aidan Tøbias

Two Cape Town based photographers, Aidan Tøbias and Katja Marr, teamed up to create together... Read more


Interview with Lazi ‘Greiispaces’ Mathebula of Beautiful Boys

Lazi Mathebula, who goes by the name Greiispaces’, is one of our favourite Johannesburg-based illustrators... Read more

Featured Film


friendsofmine | Alice Phoebe Lou – Fynbos

Shot a year ago in the beautiful forests of Natures Valley, Adriaan Louw and Gerdus... Read more

Top 5 places

1 9/10

The Power and The Glory

13b Kloof Nek Road, Tamboerskloof

2 9/10

Mungo and Jemima | Cape Town

108 Long Street, Cape Town

3 9/10

Cornuti Stella e Luna

South Africa

4 9/10

The Wolfpack

21 4th Avenue Parkhurst

5 9/10


238 E 14th St (2nd Ave)