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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 09:50

[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 13:38

[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 12:25

[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 11:10

[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 09:18

[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 12:24

[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 09:15

[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 14:45

[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 11:30

[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 10:30

[Design Indaba 2014] Nobody needs a logo anymore

The hard fact is, when it comes to civic and even corporate design - nobody needs a logo anymore - they need a system.

By Terry Levin 26 Feb 2014 15:00

[Design Indaba 2014] People want cities for people

Cities around the world all have one particular thing in common - they are made up of people. The problem is though that most cities have not been built to accommodate people - but to accommodate cars and traffic. (video)

By Ilse van den Berg 26 Feb 2014 08:00

[Design Indaba 2013] David Adjaye shines the light

Back on the Design Indaba stage after seven years, David Adjaye shared his story ... born in Dar es Salaam to a diplomat father, he was brought up to be a professional in the world.

By Terry Levin 4 Mar 2013 10:09

[Design Indaba 2013] Design in context (part II)

Stuck away at the far end of Africa, Design Indaba provides some much-needed perspective on our craft. Nothing replenishes a jaded inspiration better than an annual shot of pure cultural energy from New York's design elite.

By Terry Levin 4 Mar 2013 08:37

[Design Indaba 2013] Design in context (part I)

Context could be said to have emerged as an underlying theme of day two of Design Indaba 2013, which took place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

By Terry Levin 1 Mar 2013 09:44

[Design Indaba 2013] Music of the spheres

The human UI (or the interface where the human body meets machine) made quite a few appearances on the first day of the 2013 Design Indaba Conference which took place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). [video]

By Terry Levin 28 Feb 2013 09:36

[Design Indaba 2013] Brave new design world

With information and media channels currently at critical mass, clarifying the state of design today has become more important than ever. Many of Design Indaba day-one speakers demonstrated how design thinking is showing the ways for business and even governments to balance traditional best practices with new uncharted technological territories.

By Terry Levin 28 Feb 2013 08:30

Designs on exclusivity

Law firm Adams & Adams is passionate about all things creative and more importantly the protection of that creativity. The firm is well-versed in championing the cause of the ingenious mind having worked with creatives across a broad spectrum of industry since 1904.

By Theresa Wright 4 Feb 2013 05:52

[Design Indaba 2012] Q&A with MBOISA, expo winners

This year, the big winners at the Design Indaba Expo were jeweller Kirsten Goss, whose Lily Pad Ring is the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa 2012; graphic designer and Creative Stand winner Mike van Heerden; and Andy Cartwright of Andy Cartwright Homeware, who walked off with the inaugural Innovation Award. finds out what these wins mean and how the expo was for them, as well as their plans for the future.

By Simone Puterman 8 Mar 2012 12:47

[Design Indaba 2012] There ain't no grave

Presenting at the closing session of the first day of Design Indaba 2012, Chris Milk, an accomplished music video producer, and Aaron Koblin, who has the enviable job description as head of the data arts team at Google Creative Lab, spoke about their collaboration in reinventing the music video using new digital thinking. [video]

By Terry Levin 6 Mar 2012 16:37

[Design Indaba 2012] That personal touch at the expo

Studying at the AAA School of Advertising has given me the opportunity to go to the Design Indaba Expo for the last three years. Each year I am blown away by the creativity and innovation that moves through the veins of Cape Town, its surrounding areas and the rest of South Africa. What was most interesting about this year's event was that it had a much more "personal" feel to it.

By Jordan Scott 6 Mar 2012 11:04

[Design Indaba 2012] Invest in people

Coincidentally, while thousands at Design Indaba last week were being inspired by bold urban design that challenges our thinking, the former mayor of Bogota, Columbia, was challenging urban development policies at a conference in Stellenbosch. Screened during the Design Indaba week, the documentary Urbanized expounded on Enrique Peñasola's initiatives. As bold and controversial as these are, the benefits to the citizens are profound. As he states, "We invested in people."

By Anton Crone 5 Mar 2012 16:31

[Design Indaba 2012] SENSEable cities

Presenting at the 2012 Design Indaba conference, which took place last week at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, Carlo Ratti and Assaf Biderman highlighted the role technology and information can play in optimising city planning. speaks to the two about their philosophy behind their approach and the tools used in their research.

By Herman Manson 5 Mar 2012 15:10

[Design Indaba 2012] Cities that speak

One of the dominant themes to have emerged from Design Indaba 2012, held as usual during the last week of February, at Cape Town's CTICC, might be said to be one of a new kind of assisted or enhanced intelligence - with almost every presenter demonstrating the new narrative and emotive potentials of digital interfaces to connect.

By Terry Levin 5 Mar 2012 14:04

[Design Indaba 2012] Andrew Shoben on how a 'design capital' should view public art

Andrew Shoben makes art in public spaces. His artists' collective Greyworld has become known for creating artwork in mostly urban spaces that resonates with many rather than an 'arty' few. posed a few questions to this Design Indaba 2012 speaker.

By Herman Manson 2 Mar 2012 13:57

[Design Indaba 2012] Clive van Heerden sees the 'far-future' of design

Clive van Heerden is the senior director of Design-Led Innovation at Philips Design. In its simplest terms, Van Heerden and his team researches how sociocultural and technology shifts only just emerging today might shape society and the way we live 10 or 20 years from now. caught up with Van Heerden to ask him a few questions.

By Herman Manson 2 Mar 2012 12:33

[Design Indaba 2012] An architect's manifesto

The failures in our urban design were recognised by the two South African architects speaking on the day two of Design Indaba 2012, the annual design conference currently taking place in Cape Town.

By Herman Manson 2 Mar 2012 10:06

[Design Indaba 2012] Who said you can't change the world with design?

On Wednesday, 29 February 2012, the opening day of the 2012 Design Indaba conference being held in Cape Town until Friday 2 March, the new pioneers of positivity presented their visions of a new world order.

By Terry Levin 1 Mar 2012 14:04

[Design Indaba 2012] Interaction design with Hellicar & Lewis

Hellicar & Lewis is the interaction design partnership between Pete Hellicar and Joel Gethin Lewis. The two were guest speakers at the recent Design Indaba 2012 in Cape Town.

By Herman Manson 1 Mar 2012 12:16

[Design Indaba 2012] Find courage and leave the Wookie pant-less

Design Indaba 2012, the annual design conference held in Cape Town, 29 February-2 March 2012, got underway last week Wednesday with a call from speakers to approach design from unconventional viewpoints as a route to true creative solutions.

By Herman Manson 1 Mar 2012 11:47

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