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Cassandra Twala on this year's Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair
Cassandra Twala on this year's Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair

Jessica Tennant interviews fair curator Cassandra Twala to find out more about her involvement in the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair over the years and what she's most excited about this year...

By Jessica Tennant 21 Sep 2018

#Newsmaker: Nkanyezi Masango - Cape Town could become the next Cannes
#Newsmaker: Nkanyezi Masango - Cape Town could become the next Cannes

Last month the Perth Advertising and Design Club (PADC) announced Cape Town as The Skulls 2018 judging city with chair of judges, King James CD Nkanyezi Masango...

By Jessica Tennant 30 Aug 2018

Designer turned ethical artistic jeweller, Charmaine Taylor. Image supplied.
#WomensMonth: Pass on wisdom and knowledge and support local businesswomen

Marketer and designer turned ethical artistic jeweller, Charmaine Taylor has a passion and vision to promote the message of forgiveness and peace that former President Nelson Mandela shared...

By Juanita Pienaar 29 Aug 2018

Wong at TEDx Talk. © .
#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

Fabian Frese, CCO of Kolle Rebbe Germany and #Loeries2018 film, and radio and audio jury president. © Al Nicoll, Gallo Images.
#Loeries2018: The power of fear and boredom

Fabian Frese, chief creative officer at Kolle Rebbe in Germany, second-last speaker at the DStv Seminar of Creativity, spoke of the boredom that inspired him to make the best move in his career...

By Angie White 17 Aug 2018

#Loeries2018: Welcome to the hypermarket
#Loeries2018: Welcome to the hypermarket

The second speaker at the 2018 DStv Seminar of Creativity was Lethepu Matshaba, vice president of Homecare Southern Africa at Unilever SA, who spoke on the relevance of creativity in a hyper-fragmented world...

By Angie White 17 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

Grid takes branding to new heights
Grid takes branding to new heights

As part of Absa's recent rebrand, I interviewed Grid Worldwide's chief experience officer Yatish Narsi to find out how they came up with the idea to conduct a drone show to showcase the vision for the brand, South Africa and the African continent as a whole...

By Jessica Tennant 15 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

Mensa merges wine quaffing with digital storytelling
Mensa merges wine quaffing with digital storytelling

With South Africa being home to a host of world-class wine brands, newly released expressions can easily go unnoticed because consumers are faced with so many quality options...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 13 Aug 2018

Prince Zwane and Kaylee Germann of Publicis Johannesburg at the Cannes Lions Festival.
#CannesLions2018: Don't underestimate how big and life-changing this opportunity is

Cinemark Cannes Lions winners share their experiences while in Cannes, their favourite campaigns showcased during the Festival and share some valuable advice to young creatives...

By Juanita Pienaar 31 Jul 2018

#Apex2018: How to build a global brand with a local insight
#Apex2018: How to build a global brand with a local insight

Veteran marketer Sharon Keith shared four basic principles in explaining how to build global brands at the local level and examples to demonstrate these at the ACA SA's Apex 'Next Level of Thinking Masterclass'...

By Jessica Tennant 26 Jul 2018

Local artist Chris Slabber wins big at international A' Design Award and Competition
Local artist Chris Slabber wins big at international A' Design Award and Competition

Commercial artist Chris Slabber recently won Platinum for his work on the 'Doom Insects' campaign and was named Designer of the Year at the A' Design Award and Competition in Como, Italy...

By Jessica Tennant 13 Jul 2018

David Droga © .
#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

Jonathan Liebmann, founder and CEO of Propertuity. Image supplied.
Urban renewal: The physical manifestation of innovative thinking

A powerful lesson in how to turn vision into reality...

By Gil Sperling 15 Jun 2018

Designing the future of self-adapting sportswear using bacteria
Designing the future of self-adapting sportswear using bacteria

Puma and MIT Design Lab have been collaborating on a research project that looks at how bacteria can be used within sportswear design to improve performance and sustainability...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 5 Jun 2018

#Newsmaker: Adrian Miller, ECD at Riverbed
#Newsmaker: Adrian Miller, ECD at Riverbed

Having consulted for Riverbed since the beginning of the year, the agency recently made Adrian Miller's appointment official as ECD...

By Jessica Tennant 1 Jun 2018

What's seen and what's said
What's seen and what's said

Within the complex world of advertising, what's really doing the selling: the image or the copy? The reality is that both play an integral part in the selling process for almost every piece of design and campaign. So wherein lies the invisible harmony between eye-catching imagery and cleverly written copy?

By Nick de Beer 25 May 2018

Kaylee Germann and Prince Zwane are both from the Johannesburg-based agency, Publicis.
Cinemark Young Lions: Two different perspectives create broader outlook

Juanita Pienaar chats to graphic designer, Prince Zwane and copywriter, Kaylee Germann from Publicis who have won SA's Cinemark Young Lions competition...

By Juanita Pienaar 21 May 2018

The new Norval Foundation and why we should care about South African art
The new Norval Foundation and why we should care about South African art

The recently opened Norval Foundation in the Cape Town suburb of Steenberg offers a proud, new public resource and new levels of excellence in the curation and display of South African and African visual art.

By Terry Levin 16 May 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

Lauren Bloom is a junior designer at Superunion in Johannesburg.
#OneShow2018: SA's bronze student campaign winner

Lauren Bloom and the AAA School of Advertising CT have been awarded 2 Bronze Cubes at The One Club for Creativity Student ADC awards...

By Ann Nurock 9 May 2018

Amsterdam workspace concept comes to SA
Amsterdam workspace concept comes to SA

Following last month's launch of the Amsterdam-based workspace concept, Spaces at Atrium on 5th in Sandton, I interviewed Dutch founder Martijn Roordink to find out what it offers the South African workforce besides a place to plug in your laptop, and for his views on this new way of working...

By Jessica Tennant 24 Apr 2018

#Newsmaker: Daniel Moleka to showcase 'Immortal' collection at first Cannes' Fashion Street Show
#Newsmaker: Daniel Moleka to showcase 'Immortal' collection at first Cannes' Fashion Street Show

SA's own Daniel Moleka has been invited to showcase his 'Immortal' collection at the inaugural Fashion Street Show at the Cannes Film Festival...

By Jessica Tennant 10 Apr 2018

The stormy voyage of mobile engagement automation
The stormy voyage of mobile engagement automation

The ship has sailed on silo-driven batch-and-blast email and vomit-and-hope SMS campaigns. Today's attention- and time-deprived consumer expects personalised communication built on seamless digital experiences that offer relevant, timely forms of value...

By Nick Orton 14 Mar 2018

#Newsmaker: Trend Forward's Nemeth is Designing Ways' new editor in chief
#Newsmaker: Trend Forward's Nemeth is Designing Ways' new editor in chief

Regarded by many as one of the leading trend analysts in the retail, business and built environment, Dave Nemeth of Trend Forward has taken over the reins from Bev Hermanson as editor-in-chief of Designing Ways...

By Jessica Tennant 12 Mar 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

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

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

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