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Terry Levin
Reading the fine print

Whether remembering the banning of newspapers such as New Nation and South, being detained in Pollsmoor by the security police, drawing up the 1994 election “how to” posters or being served a bouquet of multi-million rand lawsuits by Jacob Zuma, Jonathan Zapiro has graphically embodied the essence of truth, freedom and a good laugh. Well deservedly garnering one of the biggest ovations of the conference, cartoonist Zapiro was the opening speaker on the last day of the 10th Design Indaba, Friday, 23 February 2007.

By Terry Levin 27 Feb 2007

Louise Marsland
Imagine designing a whole new world...

Imagine only buying and consuming products which you know are good for you, your family and the environment because you know their history? Imagine a world in which we as humans weren’t killing off other eco-systems on our planet in our quest for rampant consumerism? Activist talk or our future reality…?

By Louise Marsland 26 Feb 2007

Design with solutions in mind
Design with solutions in mind

Having grown up among awful architecture in South London, Cameron Sinclair started the non-profit ‘Architects for Humanity’ when he was 24 years old. Transitional housing for Kosovo's Returning Refugees, HIV clinics in Lagos Nigeria, which incorporate movie theatres, organic farms and encourage input from communities to ensure the most effective solutions.

By Terry Levin 26 Feb 2007

Terry Levin
Design does not need to be trendy

A standing ovation before the first tea break at Design Indaba yesterday, Thursday, 22 February 2007, for Massimo and Lella Vignelli, New York-based design and life partners, was just one of the highlights of the day. Obsolescence is a social crime, challenges Vignelli, for although there would be no fashion industry without it, design does not need to be trendy.

By Terry Levin 23 Feb 2007

On the wings of a butterfly...
On the wings of a butterfly...

Thursday afternoon’s programme at the Design Indaba swept us into the heart of contemporary European design. Actually, one can think of few things more delightful than an afternoon in the company of four European designers at the peaks of their powers.

By Terry Levin 23 Feb 2007

Louise Marsland
Winning over the fans

The three-way agency pitch, which has become an interesting feature of Design Indaba in recent years, this year focused on concepts for the 2010 Fan Fests – the officially sanctioned areas in our cities where fans will gather in their hundreds of thousands to watch the World Cup Soccer matches. The agencies were Enterprise IG, RSVP King James and Grid.

By Louise Marsland 23 Feb 2007

Louise Marsland
Design for innovation

Do you still know how to do the Vulcan hand salute? Remember the beehive hairdos from Captain Kirk’s Star Trek odyssey last century? How about the replicator which made you anything you wanted? Well, that might not be as farfetched as we think as Prof Neil Gershenfeld from the USA’s MIT explained in his 20 year roadmap for the future at Design Indaba yesterday, Thursday, 22 February 2007.

By Louise Marsland 23 Feb 2007

Design is the new gold
Design is the new gold

The contingent of design devotees at the milestone 10th Design Indaba which opened at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in Cape Town yesterday, Wednesday 21 February, is this year encouragingly made up of 56% business decision-makers, with approximately 20% of delegates from destinations as far afield as the Netherlands and Nigeria.

By Terry Levin 22 Feb 2007

Terry Levin
Get it in writing

Freestyle illustrator Paul Davis, also from London, urged us to “hang out our dirty laundry on paper” and draw as this could be the only antidote to the fact that computers can do 73 billions calculations per second in binary terms and the possibility of the reduction of designers to “people going to meetings in Chinos”.

By Terry Levin 22 Feb 2007

Louise Marsland
Designing in hostile territory

Do you talk about your ‘moron’ clients that you just can’t work with because they don’t understand design or your creative challenges particularly? ‘Designing in hostile territory’ was the focus of business design and competitiveness guru from Canada, Roger Martin’s presentation at the 10th annual South African creative showcase: Design Indaba in Cape Town this morning, Thursday, 22 February 2007. The fact is, designers scare clients.

By Louise Marsland 22 Feb 2007

Terry Levin
Brand the Beloved Country

What would you do if you had the opportunity to do an image makeover of your country? Respected idea people, Thebe Ikalafeng from TwoTone, Gary Harwood of HKLM and Gaby de Abreu of Switch, were invited to measure their branding and design skills - in the hardest brief ever: 'Brand the Beloved Country', in front of the toughest audience anywhere at Design Indaba 9.

By Terry Levin 23 Feb 2006

The next big thing in design is YOU
The next big thing in design is YOU

Design revolutionary, Li Edelkoort, dissected the human body to open up designers to future trends affixed to a colour palette that was more organic in nature, in a presentation entitled 'Future Lifestyles' at the 9th annual Design Indaba in Cape Town yesterday, Thursday, 23 February 2006.

By Louise Marsland 23 Feb 2006

Louise Marsland
Your consumers' opinions matter more than yours

One of the best presentations at Design Indaba this year was that given by Ze Frank. Best described as an internet anarchist, great speaker, poor dancer and trend maven, Frank is adamant that people no longer want to hear the opinion of brand makers and advertisers, or even get info from traditional media any longer: it's all about the consumer getting their own opinions across.

By Louise Marsland 23 Feb 2006

Terry Levin
Raising the bar on design

The world has no face value for designer, Ji Lee, who wowed at Design Indaba, yesterday, Thursday 23 February 2006, with a mind so conceptual, a vision so inspired, a craft so utterly mastered and honed, that one might well think of giving him the brief to Brand the Beloved Country, just to get a fresh perspective on things.

By Terry Levin 23 Feb 2006

Terry Levin
Wrapped in thought at Fashion Indaba

'Has clothing in South Africa got us thinking', was the title of the first presentation of the Fashion Indaba stream of the DI9 conference currently on in full swing in Cape Town. "Do the clothes we wear reflect our thoughts, are we letting people into our minds via what we wear without even knowing it?" asks Durban-based designer Amanda Laird Cherry.

By Terry Levin 23 Feb 2006

Terry Levin
Getting it together at Design Indaba

The 9th annual Design Indaba kicked off at the CTICC yesterday, Wednesday 22 February, with an uncharacteristic lack of ceremony - no address by the Premier, Deputy Ministers of Arts or Culture, no choirs and no praise singers. Perhaps this was fitting because in a climate where so much in the world needs to be redesigned, there is little time to waste. Arguably the world's most pressing design challenge is that of environmental degradation.

By Terry Levin 22 Feb 2006

Terry Levin
Design's soft sell

In pursuit of doing things differently, better, or with more integrity in design, you seldom have to look further than the Japanese. With a seemingly endless supply of masters such as Shigeru Uchida. Maybe it is lost in translation, but the title of his presentation - 'Weak Modernity' did not sound particularly promising, yet in reality contained all the secrets of successful consumerism.

By Terry Levin 22 Feb 2006

Louise Marsland
Bring down the creative silos, says John Hunt

Let your brands breathe and break down the creative silos, was the plea from TBWA worldwide creative director, John Hunt, who opened the 9th annual Design Indaba conference in Cape Town today, Wednesday 22 February 2006. Rolling mass blackouts in Cape Town continue, with business centres being given priority during the day and residential areas in the early evening, with mass cuts at night across most areas expected to continue to Friday.

By Louise Marsland 21 Feb 2006

Terry Levin
The morning after... Design Indaba

First slot of the last day of the Indaba is not a favourite for speakers, due to the rigors of the customary Thursday night party. The task went to Chip Kidd, famous New York book designer, who is a bit like all the characters out of Will and Grace rolled into one - only funnier.

By Terry Levin 27 Feb 2005

Terry Levin
Design Indaba: Lifestyle trends of the year

If someone says something can't be improved on, he is not to be taken seriously. The word 'designer' has been applied to any more-or-less well turned out product - improvement to almost anything can be achieved by as little design as possible. This was the view of Dieter Rams, head of Braun in Germany since 1961, speaking at Design Indaba yesterday, Thursday, 24 February 2005, in Cape Town.

By Terry Levin 24 Feb 2005

Terry Levin
Design Indaba: The future will be by visionary thinkers

If the presentation Thursday of the co-founder of trend forecast company Future Laboratory, in the UK, Martin Raymond, is anything to go by, the future, through the rose spectacles of design at any rate, is looking exquisite. The new global consumer is self-actualised and buys for emotional, rather than rational reasons and products of the near future will need to anticipate this.

By Terry Levin 24 Feb 2005

Terry Levin
Let's talk about Design

A veritable feast of design, inspiration, innovation, creativity and skill is being showcased at Design Indaba 8, which was opened Wednesday, 23 February 2005, by, you've guessed it, Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rassool, with his customary sense of occasion and well chosen words about the importance of design in the transformation of our society. He reiterated the support of government and the DTI for the Indaba and design in general.

By Terry Levin 23 Feb 2005

Terry Levin
Making headlines at Design Indaba this week

Perched on a sea of scarlet ottomans at the Arabella Sheraton Monday afternoon, the press invitees of the 8th International Design Indaba were extensively briefed by host and founder, Ravi Naidoo, on the exciting design proceedings for the week.

By Terry Levin 21 Feb 2005

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