If you haven’t heard of it before, the Design Indaba Conference is a yearly three day event held in Cape Town, South Africa. It features creative thinkers and doers from all over the world and from all areas of design, making it rich and diverse in content. The Cape Town event has many smaller events that happen as part of the overall Design Indaba Festival, and the conference is also available live via simulcast to other areas in SA.
This year will be the fourth simulcast event I attend, and I’m really looking forward to it. Instead of looking at pretty pictures and portfolios within specific fields, you get to hear the thinking, process and experiences behind some amazing creations in varied fields. It’s always interesting and exposes you to creations and ways of thinking you may otherwise not come across. This year’s Durban simulcast is being held at our magnificent City Hall, at the Durban Art Gallery – a big favourite for me!
Some of the speakers I’m looking forward to:
How Far From Home – a South African couple who quit their jobs and travelled 86 000 kilometres across the world – check them out on Instagram
Imogen Heap – yes guys, THE Imogen Heap from Frou Frou. She’ll be talking about the future of the music industry
Twins Cartoon – a twin brother duo who are leading the comic scene in Cairo
Snask – a Swedish creative agency who moonlight as a rock band
Margaret Calvert – a British typographer and graphic designer known famously for her design of many of the road signs used throughout the United Kingdom
Jaime Hayón – a Madrid-based artist-designer known for the bold-yet-whimsical look and feel he brings to his work
Fred Gelli – the designer behind the Rio 2016 logo
Elena Arzak – a world-renowned chef and pioneer in the food world who creates new and inspiring dishes in a laboratory rather than a kitchen
The conference runs from the 17th to the 19th February. Check out the program and the rest of the speakers here, book here and let me know if I’ll see you there! 😉
Check out this post from the 2013 event for more of a taste of what you can expect.