Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Congratulations Tsai!

The winner of Design Indaba's 2008 Most Beautiful Object in South Africa award for his nested bunkbeds, Tsai is on an upwards trajectory... He's just been nominated as the South African finalist for the 2008 International Young Design Entrepreneur of the Year award!

Tsai is one of ten finalists who will compete for the actual award drawn from a range of sectors including: architecture, graphic design, product design, design promotion, and interactive and digital media. The countries taking part in this year’s award are Egypt, India, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, South Africa and Slovenia, Taiwan and Turkey.

As a finalist, Tsai will join 8 - 10 other finalists in September 2008, for a twelve day UK tour of the national design industry, which will culminate in them attending 100% Design (18-21 September 2008) and London Design Festival (September 2008). There the overall winner will be chosen and will receive a financial prize and their own stand at 100% Design 2008.

''Personally, it will be a great privilege to bring our work to the international arena as an emerging South African designer, and to have access to international audiences and possible clients. We have many other ideas and products that are designed in the South African context, but also have international appeal. I believe the IYDEY participation will allow us to expand our vision and ambition,” said Tsai upon hearing about being selection as a finalist.

Check out his website to see some of his other amazing work:

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Design Indaba mag wins three Tabbies!

More than 700 entries were received for the 2008 Tabbie Awards, with nominations coming from the US, Canada, UK, Australia, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Lebanon, Singapore, Switzerland, UAE and South Africa.

Design Indaba mag got a Silver award in the Front Cover Digital Imagery category for the ‘Fanfest 2010' edition, done in collaboration with Grid. The judges said: "Great use of type! Love the way the image has movement! Great cover! The flags arranged in such a fashion is very interesting. The colors are wonderful."

AND a bronze in the Front Cover Photograph category for the "Green Living: The Burning Issue", photographed by Paul Hofman. The judges said: "An absolutely amazing idea to illustrate global warming. The cover is very well done."

AND AND a bronze in the Best Feature Design category for the "Waste Not, Want Not" story in the Burning Issue. Designed by our resident design superhero Richard Quintal. The judges said: "Great use of imagery, love the type for the callouts, nice use of type on the title. Very interesting use of spot art! The entire piece is pulled together very nicely. Good use of colors and photos."

Tuesday, July 01, 2008



The Pan African Space Station (PASS) is a 4-day music intervention from 1-4 October 2008 across Cape Town, South Africa. The festival, curated by Ntone Edjabe and Neo Muyanga, is presented by the Africa Centre with the support of Spier.

One of the headline acts of the festival will be a unique radio station that will broadcast 30 days of cutting edge music and information from Global Africa to the world from 12 September - 12 October 2008.

We are asking radio makers, sound artists, DJs, musicians, producers, generally, music lovers from around the country (and the world) to contribute.


The PASS Festival is about music from Global Africa. We will seek, identify and present music that articulates the literal cacophony of nation-building in the African world. Artists will not be expected to represent a country or cultural group. Instead, progressive and experimental, new and historic music that transcends stereotypes and that speaks for self and the world will be favoured.

Please complete and return the following form:


If you think you're up to presenting a programme, let us know. Those with some radio experience would be preferred. E-mail:


A 1001 things need to be done to keep the station running – we'll need all the hands we can get. If you're interested in helping with just 1 aspect, tell us about your skills and past experience if any.


If you wish to get involved in PASS, please let us know BEFORE 31 July 2008. Please feel free to pass this information on. Thank you.