Green Sky Thinking: I make therefore I innovate

by Colwyn Elder (@colwynelder) Design-hungry patrons certainly got their fill at the end of February 2014 with Design Indaba’s signature lineup of creatively inspirational speakers, complemented by the prestigious GUILD exhibition, Africa’s first international design fair. In keeping with Cape Town’s WDC premise “Live Design, Transform Life”, sustainability was a key theme across both.

Design Annotator: #designindaba expo product highlights, new Polo Vivo ad a hit

by Uno de Waal (@Unodewaal) Today’s Design Annotator features the best from 10and5 in the form of: Design Indaba Expo highlights and brand activations; the new Volkswagen Polo Vivo TVC “The Hit”; Native VML’s e-reader app, bookly; a TV licence ad; SA-born comic book artist Willem Samuel; Mirage magazine’s Henrik Purienne; more on Absa’s L’Atelier competition; and visual development artist Lorraine Alvarez Posen.

Shelf Life: Inspirational products from #designindaba

by Louise Marsland (@Louise_Marsland) Here are some of the products and designs showcased at Design Indaba Conference & Expo worth highlighting as they are not only about aesthetics but also innovative ways for using design to solve problems.

Design Annotator: Design Indaba wrap-ups, hackathons & floral installations

by Uno de Waal (@Unodewaal) This week on Design Annotator we’ve rounded up: Design Indaba field notes; Absa’s Make Think Become Did initiative; MTN’s Seed It campaign; XooXity hackathon; last year’s Absa L’Atelier competition winners; Marissa Pretorius of Cape Town-based florist, OPUS; illustrator Jaco Haasbroek; Stefanus Nel’s Blink Project; and multi-talented artist Nardstar*.

The haunting of Lauren Beukes in a city of sadness #designindaba

by Herman Manson (@marklives) Violence is the failure of empathy, the failure of imagination, says Lauren Beukes, the South African whose novels have garnered international acclaim. Speaking at Design Indaba 2014, Beukes told us how we create stories to protect us from monsters — such as violence — as self-defence mechanisms.

Marcello Serpa on how to build a successful ad agency #designindaba

by Herman Manson (@marklives) For most people, Marcello Serpa (@Marcello_Serpa) is the guy who made Havaianas famous. It was his first account at his own agency and he has helped grow a local brand in Brazil into a global powerhouse. For ad people, he is that, of course, but more importantly to them, I suspect, is that he and a business partner launched his own agency (AlmapBBDO), made it, and made it fly.

Ije Nwokorie and the messy truth #designindaba

by Herman Manson (@marklives) Design Indaba 2014 speaker Ije Nwokorie believes in making a mess — especially when it comes to brands and branding. His unconventional but highly successful approach to marketing is traced, by Nwokorie himself, to his upbringing in rural Nigeria, and the creativity he had to display in dodging bullies and buses.

Juliana Rotich maps the future with Ushahidi #designindaba

by Herman Manson (@marklives) Juliana Rotich, a speaker at Design Indaba 2014, has a remarkable eye. Show her a map of undersea broadband cables connecting to Africa, and she points out that they still follow the sea routes that helped make Africa a continent of colonies not so many decades ago.

Nandipha Mntambo’s Ode to the Silence #designindaba

Nandipha Mntambo won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art in 2011 and is a speaker at Design Indaba 2014. She has had four solo shows at Stevenson in Cape Town (2007, 2009, 2012) and Johannesburg (2009); and held her first European solo exhibition at Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm, in 2013.

The many faces of Zanele Muholi — ‘Faces and Phases’ #designindaba

Zanele Muholi, a visual activist and photographer, is a speaker at the 2014 Design Indaba. In 2013 she won the Fine Prize for an emerging artist at the 2013 Carnegie International and the prestigious Prince Claus Award, presented in Amsterdam.

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