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Why Design Indaba always ‘fills my cup'
Why Design Indaba always ‘fills my cup'

Design Indaba happened to me two weeks ago… An overload of seminars, art and design installations, music, and film; a celebration and an examination of creativity and beauty...

By Brad Reilly 13 Mar 2017

#DesignIndaba2017: The grand finale
#DesignIndaba2017: The grand finale

A full house last session saw Craig Edward Dykers founding partner of Norwegian architecture and landscape design firm Snøhetta share some of their project, including the reconstruction of The Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt, the Times Square reconstruction and the expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art...

By Terry Levin 6 Mar 2017

#DesignIndaba2017: Designing with empathy
#DesignIndaba2017: Designing with empathy

Designer and coder, Ekene Ijeoma, is one of the creative minds behind The Refugee Project, and advocates design with empathy…

By Louise Marsland 6 Mar 2017

#DesignIndaba2017: Dances with data
#DesignIndaba2017: Dances with data

The discipline of design is increasingly the place where data and the drawing board collide, with almost all of the designers on stage at Design Indaba 2017 touching on, one way or another, how they apply their skills to help make sense of an info-saturated world...

By Terry Levin 6 Mar 2017

#DesignIndaba2017: All the trends and key themes
#DesignIndaba2017: All the trends and key themes

A clear thread of emphasising tolerance towards all cultures emerged from speakers at this year's Design Indaba Festival. Here are the trends and key themes that emerged this year...

By Louise Marsland 6 Mar 2017

Brian Collins and Ekene Ijeoma in the Design Indaba media lounge, photographed by Terry Levin.
#DesignIndaba2017: The brain of Brian, an interview with Brian Collins

Terry Levin of Bizcommunity chats to Brian Collins, CCO of award-winning design and experience company Collins – 'the brand consultancy for the Convergence Era', based in New York and San Francisco...

By Terry Levin 6 Mar 2017

#DesignIndaba2017: How to know if you're swimming in it
#DesignIndaba2017: How to know if you're swimming in it

On day three at Design Indaba 2017, Carina Bonse, an art director and design graduate from Red & Yellow, introduced attendees to Swimming In It (Sii)...

By Ilse van den Berg 4 Mar 2017

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#DesignIndaba2017: Fashion and tech empowering people with diversabilities

If we're going to be designing for the future, shouldn't we maybe challenge ourselves to design beyond human augmentation? How do we design inclusively?

By Ilse van den Berg 4 Mar 2017

#DesignIndaba2017: Cool creators forgive their copycats
#DesignIndaba2017: Cool creators forgive their copycats

Dubbed as "the creators of cool", Dutch artists and filmmakers, Lernert & Sander (Lernert Engelberts and Sander Plug) had the Design Indaba audience in stitches with their presentation, "Copycats"...

By Ilse van den Berg 3 Mar 2017

#DesignIndaba2017: The 'duct tape' design solution that is Airbnb
#DesignIndaba2017: The 'duct tape' design solution that is Airbnb

Joe Gebbia, entrepreneur and co-fouder of Airbnb, was a highlight of day two at Design Indaba 2017. The company is currently worth US$30bn dollars with 2 million listings in over 191 countries...

By Ilse van den Berg 3 Mar 2017

#DesignIndaba2017: Lessons in cool
#DesignIndaba2017: Lessons in cool

Having attended over a decade of Design Indaba conferences, I can attest to the fact that the standard of speakers and the relevance of topics hardly ever wavers from excellent, however, the second day of the 21st Design Indaba might be remembered for having showcased one of the coolest speaker lineups ever...

By Terry Levin 3 Mar 2017

#DesignIndaba2017: Storytelling through visual language and art
#DesignIndaba2017: Storytelling through visual language and art

It is the bushmen and their paintings as well as the community's reliance on storytelling in the form of colourful murals that has become Robin Rhode's motivation and inspiration for his art...

By Ilse van den Berg 2 Mar 2017

#DesignIndaba2017: Nedbank inspires clients to see money differently
#DesignIndaba2017: Nedbank inspires clients to see money differently

I had the pleasure of attending Nedbank's official launch of its new brand repositioning during the first day of Design Indaba. The bank's new tagline challenges clients and society to ‘see money differently'. And this it does...

By Ann Nurock 2 Mar 2017

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#DesignIndaba2017: Every chair tells a story

Designer Yinka Ilori has turned the chairs he designs into memorabilia from his life and the lives of the people he encounters…

By Louise Marsland 2 Mar 2017

#DesignIndaba2017: Think inside the box
#DesignIndaba2017: Think inside the box

‘Thinking outside the box' a business term from the 1970s, is still occasionally heard by those in the pursuit of elusive creative solutions deemed to exist somewhere outside the bounds of corporate dry walling...

By Terry Levin 2 Mar 2017

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#DesignIndaba2017: Dokter and Misses creating clean, modern beauty

Kicking off Design Indaba 2017 was husband-and-wife team Adriaan Hugo and Katy Taplin of the multidisciplinary product design company Dokter and Misses (DAM)...

By Ilse van den Berg 1 Mar 2017

#DesignIndaba2017: Emerging Creative Lauren Dixon-Paver
#DesignIndaba2017: Emerging Creative Lauren Dixon-Paver

Lauren Dixon-Paver is a plush toy crafter, rising Youtube personality and one of Design Indaba's Emerging Creatives. We chat to her about her handmade plush creatures, video tutorials and being proud of your craft for #DesignMonth.

By Ruth Cooper 28 Feb 2017

#DesignIndaba2017: Emerging Creative Kgotso Letwaba
#DesignIndaba2017: Emerging Creative Kgotso Letwaba

Kgotso Letwaba, founder of fashion label The After Skool Life and one of Design Indaba's Emerging Creatives, creates activewear informed by his love of sport and street art. We chat to him about design and authentic storytelling for #DesignMonth.

By Ruth Cooper 23 Feb 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: Unique activewear with Mieke
#EntrepreneurMonth: Unique activewear with Mieke

On the back of a successful reception at the recent Autumn/Winter 2017 SA Fashion Week, up-and-coming fashion designer Mieke Vermeulen launched her collection of uniquely South African activewear.

By Ruth Cooper 15 Nov 2016

Getting to know Design Indaba's creative director - Selly Raby Kane
Getting to know Design Indaba's creative director - Selly Raby Kane

Design Indaba has been blowing the minds of creatives for the past 21 years. Next year (2017) they'll be taking the awe-inspiring initiatives to the next level with the help of Selly Raby Kane, Design Indaba's very first external creative director...

By Beverley Klein 15 Nov 2016

[Design Indaba 2016] The empathic design narrative
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
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

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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