Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Design Indaba magazine crafts the future

In today’s virtual world that runs at the speed of broadband, where do the slow making, culturally sensitive, hand-touched qualities of craft fit, asks the newest edition of Design Indaba magazine, “The Cr*ft.”

Turning to Design Indaba’s experts – conference speakers, exhibitors and media partners – an intriguing debate emerges with contributions from the likes of Justin McGuirk, Alex Steffen, Christine Moosman, Paul Priestman, Nkhensani Nkosi, Professor Neil Gershenfeld, Stefan Sagmeister, Marisa Fick-Jordaan, Inga Sempé, Geraldine Fenn and many more. Li Edelkoort also weighs in with a considered essay exploring the underlying cultural and popular forces at play in the resurgence of craft as a production model.

The Design Indaba Conference 2009 speakers in turn speak about the value of considered production cycles and the responsibility of designers to make excellence; with features on the oh-so fabulous Marcel Wanders, design for change provocateur Bruce Mau and graphic-designer-with-a-twist Marian Bantjes.

Sometimes the answer is spiritual, as Cape Town ceramicist John Bauer finds happiness with his fingers in clay. In turn, freedom and time-imbued quality is what has distinguished illustration outfit Am I Collective and their newly launched animation shop, Disko.

It’s a challenge to the mass-produced status quo and an expression of disillusionment, writes Daniel Friedman in his survey of South African new folk music, which has surprising parallels to the design world.

It is just this hankering that comes through in Bob Dylan’s quote: “The future is already a thing of the past.” Pinning their spectacular fashion and design photo editorial on this quote, photographer Brett Rubin, décor stylist Kate Boswell and fashion stylist Carey Watson show just how futuristic the products on show at Design Indaba Expo 2009 are.

In the news section, we receive word from Ji Lee, SeymourPowell, Makoya Makarabas, Shin-ichi Takemura, Frank Tjepkema, Louis Minnar, the Boyms, Joe Paine, Gazelle, the Campana Bros, Ze Frank, Rex, Carrol Boyes, Bigwood and more.

Meanwhile in the book section find Dion Chang’s 2009 Flux Trend Review and Michael MacGarry’s Skill Set 1 – Graphic Design: A Primer in South African Graphic Design – of which there are also three copies to be won. Other design orientated books and music are also featured.

Design Indaba, Q109, “The Cr*ft”, 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 or Tel: 021 465 9966.

Design Indaba magazine is featured in the Top 100 Most Innovative Publications in the World at Colophon 2009 from 13 to 15 March 2009.

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