design indaba conference 2014
‘standard chartered’ campaign by stefan sagmeister
image courtesy of stefan sagmeister




design indaba gears up for its 20th anniversary, which also happens to coincide with host city of cape town being named as the 2014 world design capital. from february 26th to 28th, a line-up of international speakers working across all creative disciplines – from advertising and branding, to furniture, product design and art, as well as science and technology experts – will take to the stage at the cape town international convention centre as part of the event’s conference programme. this year’s lecturers include: danish design experts (nille juul-sørensen, henrik vibskov, mikal hallstrup, vinay venkatraman), jake barton, lauren beuks, el ultimo grito, naoto fukasawa, experimental jetset, chris gotz, thomas heatherwick, david higgs, tom hulme, margot janse, ije nwokorie, dean poole, michael rojkind, juliana rotich, SA photographers (david goldblatt, zanele muholi, nandipha mntambo, south african photographers portfolio), stephan sagmeister, scholten & baijings, marcello serpa, DJ stout, clive wilkinson.


as always, a pecha kucha presentation delivered by students from the world’s top design schools will take place as part of the talks.

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‘garden bridge’ in london by thomas heatherwick
image courtesy of thomas heatherwick




in addition to the three-day conference, there will be the design indaba expo (held from february 28th to march 2nd) whose special features include ‘africa is now!’ a presentation of africa’s creativity, delivered in the form of an exhibition that highlights design and innovation, offering a survey of emerging and established talent from across the continent.


part of the expo will include a series of 20 ramp shows, offering a look into the south african fashion industry, including: lara klawikowskidax martin, thula sindi and david tlale.

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‘tea with georg’ by scholten & baijings for georg jensen
photo by scheltens & abbenes




off-site programmes include a film festival, which premiers a collection of full-length features that are dedicated to architecture,  fashion, motion graphics, photography, street and performance art and urban design. the screenings can be found here.

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‘whitney museum identity’ by experimental jetset




once again, designboom is an official media partner of design indaba. stay tuned for our exclusive coverage!

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‘havaianas’ ad campaign directed by marcello serpa




design indaba conference 2014

dubbed ‘the conference on creativity’, the design indaba conference is all about how design, creativity and innovation can positively impact the world. so much more than a ‘how-to’ conference, this is a forum fueled by inspiration that breeds ideas, ingenuity and innovation. the conference is an opportunity to listen to the world’s foremost creatives, entrepreneurs and trendsetters. it’s the not-to-be-missed creative event in africa.