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10-point guide to becoming a trend expert

Are trend gurus drowning in an ocean of their own opinion?

By Terry Levin 12 Mar 2014 07:53

[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] 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] 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

[2014 trends] African Renaissance

It is hardly clairvoyant to acknowledge that Africa's natural and human resources will be pivotal in almost every category you care to name in the decades to come; here's how...

By Terry Levin 10 Feb 2014 13:51

Q&A with Quirk's executive creative director, Conn Bertish

Bizcommunity pitched Conn Bertish (@connbertish) executive creative director at Quirk, a few questions about his current role in charge of all material created for World Design Capital Cape Town 2014.

By Terry Levin 21 Jan 2014 06:30

[The Bookmarks 2013]: Cresting the digital wave

The Bookmarks Awards, honouring the most measurable and meaningful creative work in the digital land was held at the Artscape theatre in Cape Town last night 14 November 2013.

By Terry Levin 15 Nov 2013 10:09

[The Bookmarks 2013]: Q&A with Bookmarks chair, Nikki Cockcroft

On digital goddesses, role models and looking hot! Nikki Cockcroft kindly takes time out of her busy schedule as a mom and chair of the Bookmarks Awards to answer our questions.

By Terry Levin 8 Nov 2013 07:00

[The Bookmarks 2013]: Q&A with Bookmarks judge Laura Jordan Bambach

Bookmarks Awards 2013 judge, visiting creative director and multi-award winner, Laura Jordan Bambach chatted to me about life in the digital 'verse.

By Terry Levin 6 Nov 2013 07:30

Dixon on the Bookmarks

Terry Levin interviews Financial Mail Agency Leader of the Year 2012, Draftfcb CEO John Dixon in advance of his role as Jury President of the Bookmarks Awards.

By Terry Levin 24 Oct 2013 05:52

[Loeries Last Word - 1]: Loeries cleans up in Africa

Presenting some of the awards at the 35th Annual Loerie Awards, guest creative director from Hamburg, Gotz Ulmer, was heard to wonder why those receiving prizes were so blasé, so "like Germany" and when they might start behaving "a bit more African"!

By Terry Levin 26 Sep 2013 10:18

[Loeries Last Word - 2]: A bird in the hand...

Screeds have been written about whether advertising creates or reflects pop-culture. Marketing philosopher Marshall McLuhan, was quoted as saying 'Advertising is the richest and most faithful reflection that any society ever made of its entire range of activities'.

By Terry Levin 26 Sep 2013 10:08

In a digital world if you're not brave, you don't exist

Part 2... At the Loerie International Seminar of Creativity on Friday, 20 September, some of the world's most esteemed advertising practitioners showed how to turn fear into tangible rewards.

By Terry Levin 23 Sep 2013 07:51

Fear and loving at the Loeries Seminar of Creativity

Some of the world's most esteemed advertising practitioners provided a snapshot of the state of the global creative industry.

By Terry Levin 23 Sep 2013 07:33

Hope, housing, heritage - towards the densification of Cape Town

As the Open Design Conference @opendesignct, gets into its second week, it might help you to get to know some of the many players in whose hands the outcome of Cape Town's design future rests, as it can get a bit confusing.

By Terry Levin 28 Aug 2013 13:41

Flea market economy

The media preview of the Open Design Cape Town conference held Tuesday, 20 August 2013, was organised as a guided fact-finding mission to locations around some the city's public spaces.

By Terry Levin 26 Aug 2013 10:53

A sense of belonging - bite-size lessons from the Big Apple

Most people would not consider an information board an ideal subject for a holiday snap. Following a two week trip, Terry Levin unpacks how a simple sign on a bridge proves New York is still the Granddaddy of World Design capitals.

By Terry Levin, Issued by OffTheShelf 5 Aug 2013 10:16

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