Friday, August 15, 2008

Design Indaba's Winning Streak


Design Indaba Conference will run from February 25 to 27, 2009, and the Design Indaba Expo will follow, opening on Friday February 27 and running until March 1, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.


Design Indaba has been nominated in the Good Hope FM Best of Cape Town Awards. The more nominations we get the more chance of going through to the finals. Go to the website and nominate us in the Creative Cape Town category.


Design Indaba magazine received three awards at this year’s Tabbies, the biggest international competition recognising excellence in business-to-business magazines. Fighting off 700 competitors, Design Indaba magazine received a silver in the Front Cover Digital Imagery category for the “Fanfest 2010” edition, done in collaboration with Grid; a bronze in the Front Cover Photograph category for "Green Living: The Burning Issue", photographed by Paul Hofman; and a bronze in the Best Feature Design category for the "Waste Not, Want Not" story, designed by our resident design director Richard Quintal.


The Jupiter Drawing Room picked up eight awards in the recent Loeries for the Design Indaba Creativity Can campaign, including three silvers in the Mixed Media Campaign, Through-the-Line Communication and Radio categories.


Winner of Design Indaba’s 2008 Most Beautiful Object in South Africa award for his nested bunkbeds, Tsai is on an upwards trajectory. Most recently he was elected to be the South African finalist in the 2008 International Young Design Entrepreneur of the Year award, presented by the British Council.

Tsai will join the other 10 finalists from around the world for a 12-day tour of the British design industry in September, culminating in a visit to 100% Design and the announcement of the overall winner. The winner will receive a financial prize, as well as their own stand at 100% Design 2009.

Also winner of a Red Dot Design Award in 2007, Tsai says: ''South Africa has a lot of need for design-orientated solutions in the low-cost housing area for example, and designers therefore need to come up with design solutions on a mass scale, but there are a lot of entrepreneurial elements that need to go into it as well.''


Sue Kingma of Nuno reports that after five years of consistently being “in the business”, since this year’s Design Indaba Expo, she has come to the position where her orders are more than her capacity to deliver! A large clothing store spotted her at the expo and made an order to supply the UK and California. “All this effort has proved worthwhile – I have assured work for my crafters, and we already have an order to deliver in August!" says Kingma.

Grandt Mason, owner of g-mo, also reports that he met an investor through the Design Indaba Expo. Helping to fund the factory setup, the investment will provide jobs for six households. “It’s an awesome thing you guys are doing - keep up the sterling work,” says Mason.


The Emerging Creatives Programme, sponsored by the Department of Arts and Culture, gives young or up-and-coming designers the opportunity to exhibit at the Design Indaba Expo. The emerging creative can either be a tertiary student or a designer who is in the process of establishing their own design business. Participation in the Design Indaba Expo gives these participants a public platform where they have access and exposure to local and international media, agencies and companies. Participants are also invited to attend the first day of the Young Designers Simulcast.

For more information please contact Beverley Cupido on (021)465 9966 or


Don’t miss the opportunity to enter SOUTH, a traveling exhibition sponsored by the SABC and launched by Design Indaba in collaboration with the Creative Circle and the Loerie Awards. SOUTH is a celebration of the gloriously positive, ridiculously na├»ve and relentlessly spontaneous creativity inherent in our country.

Prizes to the value of R175 000 are up for grabs. Submissions for SOUTH are open to creative practitioners of any genre over 21 years of age. Selected centres will be receiving work in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth between November 13 and 15, 2008.

For entry forms and more information please visit


It’s time for the next installment of the Creative Cape Town Cluster meeting (a networking and development forum for creative industries in the Western Cape), brought to you by Cape Town Partnership in association with Woolworths through the Creative Cape Town programme. Taking forward the theme for the year "Imagining Cape Town," speakers for the next session include: architect Luyanda Mpahlwa speaking about his low-cost housing solution for Design Indaba’s 10x10 project; trend analyst Jonathan Cherry suggesting ways to turn the city centre into a playground using new technology; and entrepreneur Iain Harris proposing that human capital is the new gold of the cultural economy. Listen to these stimulating presentations, ask questions and add your own voices. The session will be rounded off by a networking session including delicious Woolies snacks and a re-launch of Cape Flats Details, a collection of photos by Chris Ledochowski.

  Where:   Woolworths House, 93 Longmarket Street, Cape Town, behind the City Hall
  When:   28 August, 17h00 for 17h30
  RSVP:, 082 929 1899

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