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#DesignIndaba2019: Dong-Ping Wong announced as speaker

Dong-Ping Wong, founder and director of Food, a design firm based in New York, has been announced as one of the speakers at the 2019 Design Indaba...

By Juanita Pienaar 24 Aug 2018

Architect and founding principal of Selldorf Architects, Annabelle Selldorf. © .
#DesignIndaba2019: Annabelle Selldorf announced as speaker

Architect and founding principal of Selldorf Architects, Annabelle Selldorf has been announced as one of the speakers at the 2019 Design Indaba...

By Juanita Pienaar 17 Aug 2018

Wanuri Kahiu | © .
#DesignIndaba2019: Wanuri Kahiu announced as speaker

Renowned filmmaker and author Wanuri Kahiu has been announced as one of the speakers at the 2019 Design Indaba...

By Juanita Pienaar 14 Aug 2018

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#DesignIndaba2019: David Droga announced as speaker

Advertising legend, David Droga, founder and chairman of Droga5, has been announced as one of the speakers at the 2019 Design Indaba...

By Juanita Pienaar 10 Jul 2018

Design researcher, Shaakira Jassat, speaking at the 2018 Design Indaba. © Design Indaba.
#DesignIndaba2019: Ticket sales are open!

Ticket sales are now open for Design Indaba 2019 and here's all you need to know, from dates to discounts, speakers and more...

10 Jul 2018

Design Indaba Emerging Creatives - Open for applications
Design Indaba Emerging Creatives - Open for applications

Applications for the Emerging Creatives Class of 2019 are now open and will close at midnight on 10 September 2018...

2 Jul 2018

#AfricaMonth: The authentic design stories of Thandazani Nofingxana
#AfricaMonth: The authentic design stories of Thandazani Nofingxana

At only 21 years of age, Thandazani Nofingxana - a fashion and textile designer and one of the 2018 Design Indaba Top 40 Emerging Creatives - has already established a strong design aesthetic that draws from his culture and experience as a young African man.

By Ruth Cooper 14 May 2018

Design Indaba 2018: A copywriter's expert opinion
Design Indaba 2018: A copywriter's expert opinion

No, I'm not a designer, but I am a human being. And Design Indaba 2018 spoke to me like one...

By Jeff Harvey 25 Apr 2018

#DesignIndaba2018: Video interview with Ravi Naidoo
#DesignIndaba2018: Video interview with Ravi Naidoo

In this video interview, Ann Nurock sits down with Design Indaba founder Ravi Naidoo to unpack the true purpose of Design Indaba, beyond creating an immersive experience for showcasing amazing creativity...

22 Mar 2018

TBWA\Hunt Lascaris upskills designers and creatives at Design Indaba
TBWA\Hunt Lascaris upskills designers and creatives at Design Indaba

This year, three of TBWA\Hunt Lascaris' designers, Kayla Roelofsz, Itsoseng Matsane, and Sibusiso Mkhwanazi, experienced the Design Indaba for the first time...

Issued by TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris 1 Mar 2018

Lebo Mashile in conversation with Leigh Andrews at Design Indaba.
#DesignIndaba2018: 'Advice for the African girl child' - Lebo Mashile

Lebo Mashile on African females as the future of humanity, the importance of having a mentor in the industry and honouring the legacy of Hugh Masekela...

By Leigh Andrews 26 Feb 2018

British designer, Thomas Heatherwick, on the Design Indaba 2018 stage. © Design Indaba.
#DesignIndaba2018: Thomas Heatherwick on designing with heart and soul

For most South Africans, Thomas Heatherwick has become a household name for his design of the Zeitz Mocaa in Cape Town. But there is so much more to this man, which he revealed in his talk at Design Indaba...

By Ann Nurock 26 Feb 2018

"We were kings here." - South African filmmaker, Sunu Gonera.
Highlights and higher powers at Design Indaba 2018: The superheroes of design

Terry Levin lists the highlights of this year's Design Indaba Festival...

By Terry Levin 26 Feb 2018

#DesignIndaba2018: Be inspired by problems in Africa
#DesignIndaba2018: Be inspired by problems in Africa

Design Indaba showcased the work of Leroy Mawasaru, a Kenyan teenager who is changing the world and showing how Afrofuturism can unfold for the continent...

By Louise Marsland 26 Feb 2018

#DesignIndaba2018: Thabiso Mjo's Tutu 2.0 light voted Most Beautiful Object in SA
#DesignIndaba2018: Thabiso Mjo's Tutu 2.0 light voted Most Beautiful Object in SA

Thabisa Mjo's Tutu 2.0 light judged has been named the 'Most Beautiful Object in South Africa' by public vote at Design Indaba 2018...

26 Feb 2018

Neri Oxman, architect, inventor, engineer, designer, scientist and founding director of the Mediated Matter Group at MIT Media Lab. © Design Indaba.
#DesignIndaba2018: Neri Oxman is naturing our future

Neri Oxman, architect, inventor, engineer, designer, scientist and founding director of the Mediated Matter Group at MIT Media Lab, who spoke on Day 3, thanked Design Indaba's founder, Ravi Nadoo for letting her be "suntanned by the Mother City's spirit...

By Sue Disler 26 Feb 2018

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#DesignIndaba2018: Es Devlin on moving from thoughts to words to actions, fast

You know you're in for a treat when the final speaker reaches the Design Indaba conference stage, they tend to save the best for last. Here's how 'kinetic stage sculptor' Es Devlin wowed us in sharing how she makes global musical performances more visually appealing...

By Leigh Andrews 26 Feb 2018

Mark Kamau, user experience design director, BRCK.
#DesignIndaba2018: Connecting the unconnected in Africa

Design Indaba speaker Mark Kamau is a Kenyan on a mission to connect everyone in Africa, and then the rest of the world, to the internet...

By Louise Marsland 26 Feb 2018

#DesignIndaba2018: Seeing the world through a grain of sand
#DesignIndaba2018: Seeing the world through a grain of sand

The moment designer Lonny van Ryswyck took her shoes off on the Design Indaba stage, she opened many eyes to see the same thing in a different way. Isn't that what design is really about?

By Jessica Tennant 23 Feb 2018

Aleksandra Gosiewski
#DesignIndaba2018: The next generation of fashion is biology

New York-based Fashion Institute of Technology graduate and biomaterials research company AlgiKnit co-founder and COO Aleksandra Gosiewski gave a thought-provoking presentation at Design Indaba on Wednesday on why they, at AlgiKnit, believe that biology is the future of fashion and their revolutionary work in their search for a sustainable product...

By Jessica Tennant 23 Feb 2018

Mashile on stage at Design Indaba 2018.
#DesignIndaba2018: Lebo Mashile on why she keeps coming back to gender and race in her poetry

Weaving her lyrical way through history, the ultimate lyrical female linguist, Lebo Mashile unpacked the power of design language...

By Leigh Andrews 22 Feb 2018

Dr William Mapham.
Image © Christopher Larson/Scott Gorman.
#Designindaba2018: SA's crowd-sourced solution for a global problem

Dr William Mapham, an ophthalmologist hailing from the Eastern Cape, who conceived the Vula app, whilst working at the Vula Emehlo Eye Clinic in rural Swaziland and experiencing first-hand the difficulties faced by rural health workers in need of specialist advice, spoke on Day 2 of Design Indaba and received a standing ovation...

By Sue Disler 22 Feb 2018

Rob and Sam Paddock, co-founders of GetSmarter | Photographer: Terry Levin
#DesignIndaba2018: Getting smarter at partnering by design

Brothers and co-founders of GetSmarter, Sam and Rob Paddock addressed Design Indaba delegates on how partnering at the student, as well as the employee and executive, level has not only increased their course completion rate but resulted in the turnaround of the business...

By Jessica Tennant 22 Feb 2018

on Design Indaba set she built at Artscape, Cape Town South Africa by .
#DesignIndaba2018: Speaking in colours

While admiring the work of Edel Rodriguez and Morag Myerscough at Design Indaba 2018, Terry Levin contemplates if perhaps the value of any graphic design may be determined by how effective it is in influencing a desired outcome, provoking a specific mental or emotional response in the viewer...

By Terry Levin 22 Feb 2018

Zach Lieberman, artist and educator - creative coder.
#DesignIndaba2018: Zach Lieberman's magical world

Academic, rockstar or DJ? This was one of the questions Sue Disler had for artist and educator - creative coder, Zachery Lieberman in her interview with him on Day 1 of Design Indaba 2018...

By Sue Disler 21 Feb 2018

Sunu Gonera. Filmaker. Storyteller.
#DesignIndaba2018: 'This is Africa's moment'

The Design Indaba stage was a cathartic moment for the first speaker of day one, Zimbabwean-born filmmaker, Sunu Gonera, who told Bizcommunity.com that it was a "coming of age moment" for him to tell his own story to his peers and have it well received...

By Louise Marsland 21 Feb 2018

#DesignIndaba2018: 'Best conference in the world'
#DesignIndaba2018: 'Best conference in the world'

The 23rd Design Indaba conference, taking place at the Artscape from 21 to 23 February 2018, kicked off with a reminder not to film proceedings and to keep phones on silent. Tweeting, Facebook check-ins and Instagram tagging were allowed - clearly, as it's all about sharing the inspiration...

By Leigh Andrews 21 Feb 2018

Five Fingers for Marseilles.
Film screenings at the Design Indaba Festival 2018

A list of specially curated films that will be showcased at this year's Nightscape, at the Artscape in Cape Town, from 22-23 February 2018...

21 Feb 2018

Li Edelkoort | Photographer:
The Goddesses of the past and present (Part 2)

This a continuation of Dutch trend forecaster Li Edelkoort's presentation at Lisof, on her latest trend book, Goddesses for spring/summer 2019...

By Jessica Tennant 20 Feb 2018

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