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#Loeries2019: Being different is your superpower
#Loeries2019: Being different is your superpower

Tara McKenty, creative director at Google APAC in Sydney and Loeries digital communication jury president for 2019, was the second speaker at the Dstv Seminar of Creativity at Loeries 2019...

By Angie White 23 Aug 2019

#Loeries2019: Nando's building brands through creative collisions
#Loeries2019: Nando's building brands through creative collisions

The second session of the Loeries Masterclasses included one from Nando's on authentic brand-building, based on the notion that the best way to build a brand is not to try...

By Angie White 23 Aug 2019

#Loeries 2019: Brand SA tells untold stories
#Loeries 2019: Brand SA tells untold stories

One of the first Loeries Masterclasses for the day was hosted by Brand SA. Sithembile Ntombela, acting chief marketing officer of Brand SA, opened the floor for speakers stating that the session was about building the South African brand, and how all stakeholders can (and should) be involved...

By Angie White 22 Aug 2019

Young designer Kadi Matsaung has been chosen as this year's Decorex Joburg's Emerging Designer. Image supplied.
#Newsmaker: Kadi Matsaung announced as 2019 Decorex Joburg's Emerging Designer

Young designer Kadi Matsaung has been chosen to feature at this year's Decorex Joburg - taking place at the Gallagher Convention Centre from 7 to 11 August - as the 2019 Emerging Designer...

By Juanita Pienaar 29 Jul 2019

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Advertising: Making it mean something

After Cannes, I found it difficult to write anything. It felt like everything had been said. It had been dissected in a million different ways...

By Damon Stapleton 24 Jul 2019

African design showcased at Bloomingdale's The Lion King pop-up
African design showcased at Bloomingdale's The Lion King pop-up

African brands like MaXhosa by Laduma, Pichulik and AAKS are on show in the U.S. as part of The Lion King pop-up concept shop at Bloomingdale's...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 22 Jul 2019

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Meaningful connections, by design

For brands, the first and most important purpose is to make a connection between themselves and their audience...

By Tyler Greer, Issued by Exponential 18 Jul 2019

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How to use design thinking to build the next Amazon

Anyone aspiring to build the next Amazon needs to adopt a similar approach to Jeff Bezos's insistence on an empty chair...

By Anne-marie le Roux 15 Jul 2019

From left to right Michael Kennedy, James Hedley and James Tagg.
#AfricaMonth: Quicket striving to become first pan-African ticketing company

Quicket founders, James Tagg and James Hedley elaborate on the company's aggressive growth trajectory, especially throughout Africa, on what it is that sets them apart and on their future plans...

By Juanita Pienaar 3 Jun 2019

#AWE2019: Highlights from Day 2
#AWE2019: Highlights from Day 2

The Augmented World Expo is underway in Silicon Valley, USA, and Johan Walters shares highlights from Day 2...

By Johan Walters 31 May 2019

#AWE2019: Highlights from Day 1
#AWE2019: Highlights from Day 1

The Augmented World Expo is underway in Silicon Valley, USA, and Johan Walters shares highlights from Day 1...

By Johan Walters 30 May 2019

#AfricaMonth: The rise of Afrocentrism and its impact on the luxury business
#AfricaMonth: The rise of Afrocentrism and its impact on the luxury business

Africa has been a rich source of artistic inspiration for many parts of the world for centuries, but what's changing now is that Afrocentric culture is being spearheaded by the sons and daughters of the African continent...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 29 May 2019

Design-thinking as a strategic advantage
Design-thinking as a strategic advantage

Technology has brought a lot of new ways of marketing. That is why it is paramount to think about designing differently without losing the essence...

By Rirhandzu Shingwenyana 27 May 2019

#Indaba2019: Indaba unveils giant mural
#Indaba2019: Indaba unveils giant mural

The giant mural, which was unveiled by the South African Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, was created by four artists and represents Durban as well as broader South African society.

By Danette Breitenbach 6 May 2019

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Norah Jones, KFC and forgiveness

We had been waiting almost an hour. An hour is a long time to wait. You start playing weird games in your head. I will count to thirty. When the big hands gets to the five, I am definitely out of here. You also silently seethe...

By Damon Stapleton 1 May 2019

#CNILux: Creating Noonoouri - high fashion's virtual darling
#CNILux: Creating Noonoouri - high fashion's virtual darling

Immaculately-dressed, globe-trotting and adorably doll-like, Noonoouri has made an enviable splash in the world of high fashion - but she only exists on the web...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 29 Apr 2019

#CNILux: The creative cultural legacy of MaXhosa by Laduma
#CNILux: The creative cultural legacy of MaXhosa by Laduma

The striking textile and knitwear designs conceived by South African golden boy Laduma Ngxokolo are not simply stylish collectables, they're vehicles of cultural preservation...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 16 Apr 2019

#CNILux: Global luxury industry shifts gaze to Africa
#CNILux: Global luxury industry shifts gaze to Africa

The fifth annual Condé Nast International Luxury Conference kicked off in Cape Town yesterday, bringing some of the biggest names in global luxury to African soil...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 11 Apr 2019

#ECO19: Is your mobile commerce strategy excluding the mass market?
#ECO19: Is your mobile commerce strategy excluding the mass market?

When you design for mobile, consider who you're building for. For the small percentage with beautiful, high-end phones, or for 61% of the market?

By Lauren Hartzenberg 22 Mar 2019

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

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

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