Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Design takes a stand

Reading the newspapers these days can make one feel dejected about the state of the world and South Africa. The newest edition of Design Indaba magazine, “Tough Love”, is dedicated to what creative love can bring to tough situations.

With a radical, eye-popping cover by Athi-Patra Ruga and Chris Saunders, the Q308 edition of Design Indaba magazine demands a progressive attitude to the social responsibility inherent in good design.

DI Magazine - Page 22-23

Poster boy of solutions-driven architecture, Cameron Sinclair tells Design Indaba about what goes into being nice. Trailblazing Belgian designer Arne Quinze uses chaotic wooden constructions to revive public spaces. Constantin Boym finds power in miniatures to memorialise buildings brought down by chaos and disaster. Kosovan typographer and information designer Yll Roguva tells Peet Pienaar about designing a new nation.

On the local front, Design Indaba magazine visits Johannesburg and invites over 30 designers to reclaim their city in the Jozi is Mine feature. Photographer Nontsikelelo Veleko gives Design Indaba an exclusive peak into the scrapbook that informs her street fashion lens.

DI Magazine - Page 52-53

Jozi jewellers Beverley Price, Geraldine Fenn, Deirdre Coleman and Philippe Bousquet share their thoughts on gold. Further, independent design studio Ontwerp.tv tells us what it takes to get ahead in the big city, while The Pavement Special tells us about the underground music scene.

Stretching into the built environment, Design Indaba celebrates legendary architect Pancho Guedes’s first retrospective on the African continent, and meets up with two South African architects who are shaping Toronto – Jack Diamond and Shirley Blumberg.

DI Magazine - Page 73-74

In the news section, we receive word from Ilse Crawford, Jan Kaplicky, Doshi Levien, Li Edelkoort, Yves BĂ©har, Marije Vogelzang, Toshiyuki Kita, David Byrne, Kudzanai Chiurai, Whatiftheworld and more. Five Mingo Lamberti T-shirts are also up for grabs in the competition.

This edition also sees the launch of our new books section, Text.Doc, which includes reviews of Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far by Stefan Sagmeister; Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy, designed by Abbot Miller; Book of Warriors by Shumeng Ye; and Jaime Hayon Works – the designer's first monograph.

Design Indaba, Q308, “Tough Love”, is available in selected Exclusive Books stores, Melissa’s and other outlets nationwide. Click here for a full list of distribution points.

To subscribe contact Lucinda Johannes at lucinda@interactiveafrica.com or Tel: 021 465 9966.

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