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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 1 day ago

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 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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

#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

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

Design Indaba's global graduates. Image credit:  Design Indaba website.
Ten global graduates at Design Indaba

Kicking off on Wednesday, 21 February - Friday, 23 February, the 23rd edition of the Design Indaba will see ten global graduates presenting projects that speak to the water crisis, the power of sound, social entrepreneurship and so much more...

By Juanita Pienaar 20 Feb 2018

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