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3 March 2011
Design Indaba 2011 | Special Edition Newsletter




I LIKE Design Indaba 2011

A black eye, caused by a post-U2 motorbike accident, did not deter Design Indaba organiser Ravi Naidoo from acting as gracious host to the 14th Design Indaba conference, dubbed DIXIV by incumbent advertising agency The Jupiter Drawing Room. As per last year, conference goers were entertained in the breaks by the biz twitterfall supplied by Projector Central.

Glitter pork and cupcakes were not on the menu at this year's conference. Instead, delegates were treated to a range of fascinating characters from the design world, sharing global design best practice in areas as diverse as architecture, service delivery, advertising technology, interfaces, products, furniture, interiors, film titles, crafts, fashion, typography, social and even target="_blank">astrophysics. Then there were the group of graduate design students assembled for the Pecha Kucha presentations, making up a remarkable collection of young design talent representing a broad range of design interests.

While the second day of the conference may have been a chair kind of day - in fact, a chair was crowned the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa - by day three, following two days of talks and the opening of the Design Indaba expo where the fashionable were encouraged to part with their cash, it's visual overload and delegates, while enthusiastic as ever, find black spaces in their memory of the final day.

With a better-than-ever showing of local talent at the expo and fringe party activities, the Bizcommunity team gives the 2011 Design Indaba a resounding thumbs-up! Speaking of which... as a proud supporter of the South African design community, we have just launched a new biz design showcase on our portal, where you can show off your best portfolio pieces to the world across 12 different design categories.

Make Africa proud, julle!
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Design Indaba overview

#DesignIndaba: glittering er design lights
[Herman Manson: @marklives] Fear not, glitter pork and cupcakes were not on the menu at this year's Design Indaba conference (23-25 February 2011), the annual design calendar highlight held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). Instead, delegates were treated to a range of fascinating characters from the design world, sharing global design best practice in areas as diverse as architecture, service delivery and advertising. Read more >>

Design Indaba conference: day one

#DesignIndaba: contradictions in architecture
[Herman Manson: @marklives] As riots and revolution rocks the Arab world, the rulers of Abu Dhabi are building yet another offshore island villa complex for the super-rich. Designer Dror Benshetrit, speaking on day one of the annual Design Indaba conference at CTICC in Cape Town, admitted he spent several minutes laughing loudly over the phone during the call in which he was told he'd won the design contract that he'd designed in only five weeks. Read more >>

Seven key design takeaways from #DesignIndaba #dayone
[Herman Manson: @marklives] Here are seven key design takeaways from Wednesday, 23 February 2011, the first day of this year's Design Indaba conference held at CTICC in Cape Town. Read more >>

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Overview of #dayone of DIXIV (Design Indaba XIV)
[Terry Levin] The last week of February has become synonymous on the global calendar as being the time when the world's design evangelists foregather at the CTICC for the conference known internationally as Design Indaba. Lessons - many, various and thematic - were presented on Wednesday, 23 February 2011, by both the established legends of the design world and those in the making. Read more >>

Design Indaba XIV: it's all about location, location, location
[Sindy Peters: Africa editor] Design Indaba XIV is a fountain of knowledge, not just for designers but for all creatives. The lineup consists of the highest calibre of speakers and for us to be able to share in the knowledge they provide is certainly a privilege. I'm no designer, but I left inspired at the end of day one with an urge to draw upon my inner child and create something that could change society for the better - I left on a high. Read more >>


Design Indaba conference: day two

The kids are alright #designindaba #daytwo
[Herman Manson: @marklives] The group of graduate design students assembled at the 2011 Design Indaba conference for its Pecha Kucha presentations on Thursday, 24 February 2011, made up a remarkable collection of young design talent that represents a broad range of design interests. Read more >>

Overview of #daytwo of DIXIV: a 'chair' kind of day
[Terry Levin] If you've ever attended Design Indaba before, you'll know what I mean when I say that Thursday, 24 February 2011, was a 'chair' kind of day. You can learn the history of the world from its chairs, but there was also a whole lot more going down, at this, the second leg of the XIVth annual Design Indaba. Read more >>



Design Indaba conference: day three

It's a (square) wrap #designindaba
[Herman Manson: @marklives] Talk about visual overload and you are probably talking Design Indaba by day three of its annual conference. Following two days of talks by some of the foremost designers in the world across a wide spectrum of design interests, and the opening of the Design Indaba expo where the fashionable are encouraged to part with their cash (feel like a Droog door stop? You can. At Design Indaba.), delegates while enthusiastic as ever, do find their black spaces in their memory of the final day Read more >>

Overview of #daythree of DIXIV: a better life for all
[Terry Levin] Thanks to the irrefutable evidence of the 45 speakers who presented at this year's Design Indaba conference, the question of whether design improves lives, is no longer debatable. It therefore follows that in South Africa, where the objective of "A better life for all" has been at the centre of our agenda for a decade or more, design thinking should be employed in any and all economic revival strategies. Read more >>

In-depth interviews with Design Indaba speakers

Will graphic designers evolve design? #DesignIndaba
[Herman Manson: @marklives] Harley-Davidson, IBM, General Electric, Coca-Cola and Nike. How is this for a client list? Bizcommunity.com spoke to Dana Arnett, a founding principal and CEO of VSA Partners. Read more >>

Big in Britain #DesignIndaba
[Herman Manson: @marklives] The UK-based Design Council is a UK government agency with a Royal Charter, funded by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills, and aims to promote design as an essential component to a competitive economy. The Design Council facilitates access and engagement between designers and interested parties from the public and private sector. Read more >>

No Pants, thanks, this is #DesignIndaba
[Herman Manson: @marklives] Improvisation can land you in trouble, as participants in the recent "No Pants Gautrain Ride", organised via social media to coincide with the global "No Pants Subway Ride", found out the hard way. News reports suggest that the management of the Gautrain prescribes a dress code these days (participants were fined R700 each for wearing the "wrong clothing") and doesn't take kindly to people who believe a bit of public theatre every now and again can contribute to our social space Read more >>

Other Design Indaba news

Chair crowned Most Beautiful Object in South Africa
Design Indaba's Most Beautiful Object in South Africa (MBOISA), presented by Mini, is not about labelling beauty, but instead about asking: "What is beautiful to you?" This year's winner, as voted by the public via SMS, is the Dreams for Africa Chair by Woza Moya. Read more >>

Innovation and creativity at the Design Indaba expo
[Jordan Scott] Imagine every creative thing you've ever seen or thought of and put it all into one very big room. Bam! You have this year's Design Indaba expo. Not only was it all so very innovative, but also the majority of the artists had begun to "go green" and are trying to create art while still helping the environment. Read more >>

Greatstock at Design Indaba
[Greatstock] MD Margi Sheard reports that there was great interest in Greatstock's offering of photographic imagery and motion content ("footage") at the Design Indaba. Read more >>



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