British Designers Invade the Design Indaba Conference ⇒ As CovetED told you earlier today, the annual Design Indaba Conference of Creativity is set to take place from 21 to 23 February 2018, at Cape Town’s Artscape Theatre. British designers Tom Dixon, Thomas Heatherwick and Es Devlin are among 30 high-profile speakers who will present at this year’s conference.
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“The Design Indaba Conference is going beyond design to create a multi-sensory event where you can hear, see, learn and experience the future of creative thinking and design activism”, said the event’s organisers. “[It] aims to make a positive impact on society by building a movement that attracts producers of meaningful culture and business, regardless of sector or industry”.
Tom Dixon. Image Source: South China Morning Post
The European continent, particularly the United Kingdom, is one of the main cores of this year’s conference. London-based product designer Tom Dixon is back to Design Indaba after speaking at the event more than 10 years ago, back in 2006. British Thomas Heatherwick leads the design of all Heatherwick Studio projects, working in collaboration with a team of 180 highly-skilled architects, designers and makers, and is also a returning speaker, after attending Design Indaba Conference 2014. Set designer Es Devlin lifted audiences into new ways of experiencing musicians like Adele, Beyoncé, U2 and Kanye West on tour, and now she’s a newcomer as an Indaba speaker.
Thomas Heatherwick at the 2014 conference. Image Source: Core77
Joining Dixon, Heatherwick and Devlin, Design Indaba Conference will also include other based or native British. Morag Myerscough is a UK designer that makes large structures with neon geometric patterns, often incorporating positive messaging hand-painted onto plywood. Astrid Stavro is the Creative Director of Atlas, an independent brand and design consultancy working from offices in London, Mallorca and, occasionally, New York. Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves of Studio SWINE (Super Wide Interdisciplinary New Explorers) explore themes of regional identity and the future of resources in the context of globalisation, manifesting a deep research into materials and modern industrialisation. All of them will be making their debut as lecturers in the South African event.
Es Devlin. Image Source: Watvi
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Morag Myerscough. Image Source: Icon Magazine
Besides the high-profile speakers, the selection of Global Graduates is often amongst the most popular talks of the conference. Sharing fresh projects, the graduates offer the audience an original perspective and a glimpse into the minds of our future leading designers. These young graduates will present projects that speak to the water crisis, the power of sound, social entrepreneurship and so much more. This year, the organization has selected graduates from MIT, Ku Leuven & Parsons School of Design in New York, ÉCAL and the University of Johannesburg, among others.
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The conference unites graduate speakers from the American continent – Nicolás Kisic Aguirre (architect and sound artist from Peru), Renata Souza (product designer from Mexico) and Aleksandra Gosiewski (eco-fashion designer from the United States) -, from Europe – Ini Archibong (designer from Switzerland), Simon Dogger (emotion whisperer from the Netherlands) and Iwo Borkowicz (architect from Poland) -, from Asia – Tomo Kihara (playful interventionist and design researcher from Japan) – and from the African continent itself – Shaakira Jassat (design researcher from South Africa), Israel Ogundare (architect also from South Africa) and Leroy Mwasaru (social entrepreneur from Kenya).
Sir John Hagerty at the 2014 conference
“With three full days of engaging speakers, exhibitions and a film and music festival, the 2018 conference is set to amaze, uplift and motivate delegates to find new ways in which to design a better world”, said the organisers. In order to increase the accessibility to the event, the Design Indaba Simulcast offers a live broadcast of the main conference to several venues around South Africa at a reduced rate. The initiative was developed by the event to cater to those unable to attend the conference in Cape Town, such as emerging designers, students and young professionals.
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Source: Design Indaba Conference of Creativity, Dezeen
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