Design Indaba 2013: What to see and do

By philip
27 February 2013

“Of all the creative conferences around the world, few have the pull of the Design Indaba. We round up the highlights”, reports Mandy Allen.

When pioneering American graphic designer Paula Scher takes the stage at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Wednesday morning she’ll be kick-starting the 16th Design Indaba Conference – a three-day creative fest that attracts a stellar cast of local and international speakers as well as delegates from the corporate, creative and academic professions who come to power up on inspiration.

Ravi Naidoo, the founder of the Design Indaba, has a talent for consistently assembling programmes that are an inspiring mashup of the well-known design elite with less mainstream names who deliver a real shot in the arm. This year is no different, with the bios of the 30 headliners running the gamut of disciplines and localities: American Matthew Carter, designer of some of the world’s most recognised fonts; British artist, writer and designer Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, whose work explores futuristic concepts like synthetic biology; Sir John Hegarty, founding partner of legendary global advertising agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty; South African artist Nicholas Hlobo; British starchitect David Adjaye; South African musician Spoek Mathambo; Catalonian food, industrial, product and interior designer Martí Guixé; Dutch designer and artist Daan Roosegarde; Tokyo-based creative director Masashi Kawamura; and Brazilian chef Alex Atala.

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