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Young creatives from left - Cedric Nzaka, Nandi Dlepu, Morena Sefatsa and Yanga Yaya at the 2019 Design Indaba.
Top 5 key take-outs from Design Indaba 2019

Monare Matema, associate brand architect at DNA Brand Architects, shares key take-outs from the 2019 Design Indaba conference...

By Monare Matema 6 Mar 2019

Architect, Tshepo Mokholo.
#DesignIndaba2019: Creating architecture for the African continent for the next 100 years

Design can and should have a positive impact on communities, says architect and African Design Centre fellow, Tshepo Mokholo...

By Louise Marsland 4 Mar 2019

#DesignIndaba2019: Ikea's Överallt collection a global showcase of Africa's top design talent
#DesignIndaba2019: Ikea's Överallt collection a global showcase of Africa's top design talent

The anticipated launch of Ikea's Överallt homeware collection is described as a marriage between African rituals and Scandinavian design...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 4 Mar 2019

Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu in conversation with Terry Levin and Louise Marsland. © .
#DesignIndaba2019: Human myth vs AI machine

One of the most exciting aspects of this year's Design Indaba was a sense of camaraderie between designers of all disciplines from font to film...

By Terry Levin 4 Mar 2019

Kenyan filmmaker, Wanuri Kahiu, on the set of her film, Rafiki.
#DesignIndaba2019: We need to believe in African mermaids

It is important to tell the joyful African stories, not just those of pain and suffering...

By Louise Marsland 4 Mar 2019

Design Indaba CEO and founder Ravi Naidoo with David Droga, founder and creative chairman, Droga5. © .
#DesignIndaba2019: Droga: Make advertising that people give a shit about

Three days of Design Indaba inspiration culminated in headline act David Droga, whose career in advertising traverses Saatchi & Saatchi in London, Publicis, NYC, to starting his own New York-based agency, Droga5 in 2006...

By Terry Levin 4 Mar 2019

David Droga on stage at Design Indaba. © .
#DesignIndaba2019: "Find the emotional connection in a pure, authentic way" - David Droga

Ann Nurock interviews David Droga, the most awarded creative at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity and the youngest person ever inducted into the New York Art Directors Club Hall of Fame...

By Ann Nurock 4 Mar 2019

#DesignIndaba2019: Designing with dignity
#DesignIndaba2019: Designing with dignity

Bizcommunity.Africa interviews Niger architect Mariam Kamara on how architects have an important role to play in designing "thinking spaces"...

By Louise Marsland 2 Mar 2019

Houtlander's curvilinear Interdependence II bench voted Most Beautiful Object
Houtlander's curvilinear Interdependence II bench voted Most Beautiful Object

Houtlander's curvilinear Interdependence II bench was judged the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa and announced as the winner on Friday, 1 March 2019 at the annual Design Indaba Conference...

1 Mar 2019

CEO of Fjord, Olof Schybergson.
#DesignIndaba2019: Olof Schybergson on embracing frustration and hope

Internationally recognised domain expert, thought leader and CEO of Fjord, Olof Schybergson opened day 3 of Design Indaba with the statement that "design is not a new thing, it has been around for a while, helping to shape society and culture..."

By Angie White 1 Mar 2019

Moon Ribas, a Spanish avant-garde artist with Neil Harbisson, a cyborg artist. © .
#DesignIndaba2019: What you might need to know

Things are getting real down at the 24th Design Indaba conference currently running at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town as a brave new guard of designers share their journeys and stories about new parameters in design...

By Terry Levin 1 Mar 2019

#DesignIndaba2019: Kagiso Lediga on storytelling in entertainment
#DesignIndaba2019: Kagiso Lediga on storytelling in entertainment

Award-winning and celebrated stand-up comedian, actor, writer and film director, Kagiso Lediga, took to the stage on Day 2...

By Angie White 1 Mar 2019

#DesignIndaba2019: "#metoo means so much more" - Ellie Frymire
#DesignIndaba2019: "#metoo means so much more" - Ellie Frymire

On day 2 of Design Indaba 2019 communications designer, Ellie Frymire talked about her thesis, #MeToo - An exploration of tweets using cluster analysis...

By Jessica Tennant 28 Feb 2019

#DesignIndaba2019: Making packaging disappear
#DesignIndaba2019: Making packaging disappear

Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez started day 2 of Design Indaba on a high note when he presented on the Ooho! - the disappearing biodegradable water-filled bead made from brown algae and calcium chloride (seaweed)...

By Angie White 28 Feb 2019

#DesignIndaba2019: From algorithms to Al Gore
#DesignIndaba2019: From algorithms to Al Gore

In a world where many assume a font is accessed via a dropdown menu, it is a privilege to be exposed to real fontographers - those responsible for the actual creation of typefaces...

By Terry Levin 28 Feb 2019

#DesignIndaba2019: The commonalities of bad design projects
#DesignIndaba2019: The commonalities of bad design projects

London-based design critic Alice Rawsthorn spoke all about bad design on Day 1 at Design Indaba 2019...

By Jessica Tennant 27 Feb 2019

Nicole Nomsa Moyo. © .
#DesignIndaba2019: Together, we can change systems

Designers need to work together to solve crises in the world. This is the message from one of the first speakers at Design Indaba 2019 in Cape Town, 27 February to 1 March, Nicole Nomsa Moyo...

By Louise Marsland 27 Feb 2019

Typeface designers María Ramos and Noel Pretorius.
#DesignIndaba2019: Conference kicks off with NM type feat Andile Vellem

The first speakers for the day consisted of a collaboration between NM type (a collaborative type foundry between typeface designers Noel Pretorius and María Ramos) and performance artist Andile Vellem...

By Angie White 27 Feb 2019

#DesignIndaba2019: A bouquet of innovation
#DesignIndaba2019: A bouquet of innovation

Day 1 of the 24th Design Indaba 2019 conference kicked off with the buzzing of excitement and activity at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town...

By Angie White 27 Feb 2019

Ikea's African Överallt collection to be unveiled at Design Indaba Festival
Ikea's African Överallt collection to be unveiled at Design Indaba Festival

Two years ago Ikea teamed up with a group of designers, architects, artists and creatives from five African countries to collaborate around modern urban rituals and the importance they play in the home...

1 Feb 2019

Dutch trend forecaster Li Edelkoort. ©
Li Edelkoort to present 2019 trend seminars at Design Indaba

At her inspiring annual trend seminars, the Dutch trend forecaster Li Edelkoort will be discussing key topics like cultural appropriation in fashion and how to cure "colourphobia" in our interiors...

30 Jan 2019

Polls open for the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa
Polls open for the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa

The polls for this year's Most Beautiful Object in South Africa officially opened on Friday, 25 January 2019 and members of the public can submit anonymous votes online...

28 Jan 2019

Poet, performer and theatre producer Koleka Putuma.
Design Indaba appoints Koleka Putuma as theatre producer

Design Indaba has announced that award-winning poet, performer and theatre producer Koleka Putuma will be joining their team...

19 Dec 2018

Daniel Ting Chong.
#DesignIndaba2019: Why Daniel Ting Chong's computer is the real hero of the 2019 campaign

Here's how the Design Indaba 2019 campaign breaks new ground as it was born out of creative curiosity and collaboration between man and machine...

By Leigh Andrews 9 Nov 2018

Award-winning designer Es Devlin. Image supplied.
Es Devlin's interactive installation responds to EQ technology

A new interactive installation designed by award-winning designer Es Devlin, and commissioned by Mercedes-Benz South Africa, is now open to the public...

7 Nov 2018

#DesignIndaba2019: More speakers added to lineup
#DesignIndaba2019: More speakers added to lineup

Four months away from the Design Indaba Conference 2019 and six new speakers have been added to the lineup...

25 Oct 2018

BizTrends 2019 is here!
BizTrends 2019 is here!

2019 is almost here and with it your annual invitation to join BizTrends...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 27 Sep 2018

Wong at TEDx Talk. © .
#DesignIndaba2019: Dong-Ping Wong announced as speaker

Dong-Ping Wong, founder and director of Food, a design firm based in New York, has been announced as one of the speakers at the 2019 Design Indaba...

By Juanita Pienaar 24 Aug 2018

Architect and founding principal of Selldorf Architects, Annabelle Selldorf. © .
#DesignIndaba2019: Annabelle Selldorf announced as speaker

Architect and founding principal of Selldorf Architects, Annabelle Selldorf has been announced as one of the speakers at the 2019 Design Indaba...

By Juanita Pienaar 17 Aug 2018

Wanuri Kahiu | © .
#DesignIndaba2019: Wanuri Kahiu announced as speaker

Renowned filmmaker and author Wanuri Kahiu has been announced as one of the speakers at the 2019 Design Indaba...

By Juanita Pienaar 14 Aug 2018

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