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[Design Indaba 2016] The empathic design narrative
[Design Indaba 2016] The empathic design narrative

The evolution of Design Indaba from how design can reengineer a better world, to focussing on the human narrative and design as responsive and empathic, was the key theme at this year's festival.

By Louise Marsland 23 Feb 2016

Agrawal
[Design Indaba 2016] Lighting up product design

The inspirational Yogita Agrawal hails from Mumbai and focuses on solving problems in emerging global communities with innovative products and sustainable technologies. She makes beautiful and meaningful objects and experiences that touch people's lives...

By Ann Nurock 23 Feb 2016

Image of Alex McDowell by Terry Levin.
[Design Indaba 2016] Never never land

If you are in advertising, marketing, media, branding or that sort of thing, you will have heard about the storytelling trend more or less ad nauseam over the past few years...

By Terry Levin 22 Feb 2016

[Design Indaba 2016] Less tests, more testicles
[Design Indaba 2016] Less tests, more testicles

Friday at Design Indaba 2016 showcased a girl power beginning and ending. From motion-charged fashion accessories to ethereal meets tech gesture-controlled gloves, the third and last day was bracketed by creatively powerful women.

By Ruth Cooper 22 Feb 2016

[Design Indaba 2016] Five themes from Design Indaba 2016
[Design Indaba 2016] Five themes from Design Indaba 2016

The Design Indaba speakers were like a refresher course that brought back to life some of the many ideals that I used to naively embrace when I didn't take myself too seriously...

By Rebone Masemola 22 Feb 2016

[Design Indaba 2016] Bringing sexy back to Design Indaba
[Design Indaba 2016] Bringing sexy back to Design Indaba

Returning to its original 'home', Artscape, Design Indaba 2016 was edgy, street, sexy, intimate, inclusive, fashionable and felt more creative...

By Louise Marsland 22 Feb 2016

[Design Indaba 2016] The cutting edge of the cutting edge
[Design Indaba 2016] The cutting edge of the cutting edge

Speculative fashion is a term coined by Kazuya Kawasaki, one of the new guard of Global Design Graduates who presented at Design Indaba 2016...

By Terry Levin 22 Feb 2016

[Design Indaba 2016] Building for social change
[Design Indaba 2016] Building for social change

Most of the speakers at this year's Design Indaba were inspirational, but there were some who just consumed one with emotion in their quest to do good for society...

By Ann Nurock 22 Feb 2016

[Design Indaba] Nights at the Museum
[Design Indaba] Nights at the Museum

The Cape Town-based Design Indaba Festival, held in February each year, features a three-day showcase of globally-acclaimed speakers, handpicked by Indaba founder Ravi Naidoo to present case studies that are changing the world for the better...

By Terry Levin 22 Feb 2016

[Design Indaba 2016] A font of wisdom
[Design Indaba 2016] A font of wisdom

Design is not a neutral word. It is a term that on hearing it, somehow makes people feel obliged to question its relevance against their entire world view...

By Terry Levin 19 Feb 2016

[Design Indaba 2016] An Indaba dabba doo
[Design Indaba 2016] An Indaba dabba doo

I am in town with some of the immedia team to soak up the stimulation from Design Indaba 2016. We have been to many conferences, but this is our very first Design Indaba...

By Anice Hassim 18 Feb 2016

[Design Indaba 2016] Once upon a time...
[Design Indaba 2016] Once upon a time...

The first day of Design Indaba brought with it two performances illustrating design, from excerpts from a Pidgin-English Opera to a play about the dreaded design pitch...

By Beverley Klein 18 Feb 2016

Design Indaba is not for designers
Design Indaba is not for designers

The annual Design Indaba Festival, which annually attracts thousands of delegates from around the world, celebrated its milestone 21st anniversary when it opened on 17 February 2016, at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town...

By Terry Levin 18 Feb 2016

[Design Indaba 2015] The Internet of Things
[Design Indaba 2015] The Internet of Things

Over the duration of a three-day conference and accompanying EXPO event, Design Indaba has become known as the platform for the showcasing of the best contemporary examples of made things...

By Terry Levin 2 Mar 2015

[Design Indaba 2015] On fashion and identity at Design Indaba 2015
[Design Indaba 2015] On fashion and identity at Design Indaba 2015

The 2015 Design Indaba provided fertile ground for even the most ardent fashionistas and Afrophiles. In this context both topics took on a new importance...

By Terry Levin 2 Mar 2015

[Design Indaba 2015] The language of William Kentridge
[Design Indaba 2015] The language of William Kentridge

World renowned South African artist William Kentridge presented his performance piece "Refuse the Hour" at the City Hall in Cape Town on 26 & 27 February 2015 as part of the annual Design Indaba week...

By Megan Holt 2 Mar 2015

[Design Indaba 2015] The selfie shapes monolithic fashion
[Design Indaba 2015] The selfie shapes monolithic fashion

"... Me and the beach, me and my food, me and my shoes, me and my boyfriend, me and Li taking lots of selfies." - Li Edelkoort

By Jessica Taylor 2 Mar 2015

[Design Indaba 2015] Reinventing the wheel and other stories
[Design Indaba 2015] Reinventing the wheel and other stories

As the 20th annual Design Indaba Conference gets underway at Cape Town's CTICC, Terry Levin unpacks some of the infinitely inspiring insights presented by the world's leading global thinkers, doers and change-makers.

By Terry Levin 27 Feb 2015

[Design Indaba 2015] FilmFest '15 on the fringe of unusualness
[Design Indaba 2015] FilmFest '15 on the fringe of unusualness

The redeeming power of tattoo art; the conscientising power of hip hop in places like Yemen, Uganda, Columbia and Cambodia; gay life in Kenya where homosexuality is criminalised; and the strange case of American art forger, Mark Landis, says something of the unusual stories...

By Jessica Taylor 23 Feb 2015

Sajidha Gamieldien
Tips for the virgin exhibitor

So, you've finally taken the leap and decided to exhibit your product designs, but you're worried about copycats lurking at the exhibition waiting to pounce on your prized creations...

By Sajidha Gamieldien 4 Feb 2015

Louise Marsland
The legitimacy of authenticity

There is always one speaker at Design Indaba that you fall in love with. Not just because of their inspiring or beautiful work, but because of them. Their authenticity. Their essential humanity that comes across.

By Louise Marsland 7 Mar 2014

[Design Indaba 2014] Inside the Expo
[Design Indaba 2014] Inside the Expo

The Design Indaba 2014 Expo was once again a feast for the eyes and mind, while providing creatives from all walks of life the opportunity to showcase their crafts on an internationally-attended playing field.

By Shan Radcliffe 3 Mar 2014

[Design Indaba 2014] Overview - Poetry in motion
[Design Indaba 2014] Overview - Poetry in motion

Anyone in the creative communications milieu at this stage of 2014 will tell you the importance of storytelling and story-making as a creative trend, this year other kinds of storytelling genres emerged.

By Terry Levin 3 Mar 2014

[Design Indaba 2014] "Let's design the future of urban Africa" - Issa Diabate
[Design Indaba 2014] "Let's design the future of urban Africa" - Issa Diabate

Those who did arrive early on Friday at the Design Indaba were rewarded by listening to Issa Diabate, who apparently even trended on Twitter during his presentation.

By Terry Levin 3 Mar 2014

[Design Indaba 2014] What's in the box Lauren Beukes?
[Design Indaba 2014] What's in the box Lauren Beukes?

How does one define a designer these days? Designers are so much more than building constructors, typography poets and chair and vase crafters. Designers are creators, activists, humanitarians, revolutionaries, risk takers, visionaries.

By Ruth Cooper 3 Mar 2014

[Design Indaba 2014] From design to advertising
[Design Indaba 2014] From design to advertising

At a creative conference you always expect to hear from pros in the industry, but boy, was Marcello Serpa a treat on day two of Design Indaba. (video)

By Ilse van den Berg 28 Feb 2014

[Design Indaba 2014] A sense of place
[Design Indaba 2014] A sense of place

Almost every Design Indaba presenter refers to their country or city of origin as being formative to the success of their design approach and ethos. The evidence stacks up annually as one case study after the next demonstrates that the best design solutions grow out of a sense of place, context and location and are fundamental to inspiration.

By Terry Levin 28 Feb 2014

[Design Indaba 2014] UK Starchitect for landmark V&A CT development
[Design Indaba 2014] UK Starchitect for landmark V&A CT development

Easily the most mythical of all designers - part alchemist, part shaman, with the sensibilities and integrity of the Dalai Lama, Thomas Heatherwick was back on the Indaba stage after an absence of nine years.

By Terry Levin 27 Feb 2014

[Design Indaba 2014] Modular phones, bioprinting and touching strangers
[Design Indaba 2014] Modular phones, bioprinting and touching strangers

There's one slot at Design Indaba I implore you never to miss, and that's the Pecha Kucha presentations. Seven top graduates from around the world presented their projects at this year's event, but three stood out - particularly in the simulcast auditorium where they all received a rousing applause.

By Sindy Peters 27 Feb 2014

[Design Indaba 2014] It's getting crowded in here
[Design Indaba 2014] It's getting crowded in here

The Cape Town Design Indaba running this week from 26-28 February 2014 at the CTICC is celebrating its 20th year in existence, coinciding with 20 years of South African democracy.

By Terry Levin 27 Feb 2014

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