Design Indaba Conference 2015: Quotable Quotes

The Design Indaba Conference is such an amazing inspirational (and motivational) experience – this year wasn’t any different. I’m always astounded by the talent and innovation – creativity truly has no boundaries for these design greats. I love to be surprised by a speaker – someone I would not have thought would interest me and then ends up blowing my mind.

As last year I left the note scribbling and just listened. Often the gist of a speaker’s talk or believe system can be summed up in one powerful quote. The folks at Design Indaba also create these super cute and quirky quote cards for each speaker (you can see the rest on their website: here).

Below are some of my favourite quotes and nuggets of wisdom from each of the speakers I had the privilege to listen to. I’ve also include a link back to the various Speaker Profiles – do yourself a favour and check out the unbelievable things each speaker has accomplished…

There’s just too much shit design in the world.Hella Jongeruis, renowned Dutch industrial designer,  issues plea to return to quality at the Design Indaba Conference 2015

When you have to redesign the same thing over & over again, you become just ‘garde’ not ‘avant garde.’Emily Oberman, a multidisciplinary design working for Pentagram (the world’s largest design consultancy), at the Design Indaba Conference 2015.

I believe that if you give people honesty & something to trust, they will want more of it.Roy Choi, creator of LA’s celebrated gourmet food truck culture, at the Design Indaba Conference 2015.

Fail harder. You have to be able to fail! – Dan Wieden, American advertising executive who coined the Nike tagline “Just Do It“.

I love imperfections. The flaws keep the imagination open. Perfection kills everything.Hella Jongeruis at the Design Indaba Conference 2015

Imperfection is beautiful and not just something ‘good enough for Africa‘”Studio Propolis, a husband-and-wife design team based in Kenya.

Colours are like musical notes. You can play endless games.Rosita Missoni, matriarch of the famous high-end Italian fashion house, Missoni.

The difference between fashion & the home is that designs for the home are meant to last.Rosita Missoni at the Design Indaba Conference 2015

Colour is a topic I can investigate for the rest of my life, it’s really an ongoing research. – Hella Jongeruis at the Design Indaba Conference 2015

Make the most of what you’ve got. Everything has potential, even if you don’t think it does.– British designer, Dominic Wilcox, at the Design Indaba Conference 2015

“I was a ‘cast out’ kid and that gave me some other perspectives” says Yoni Bloch, Israeli musician and co-founder of Interlude.

Architecture today is pornography. It’s all about beauty. My buildings are like your ugly friend. – Santiago Cirugeda, an activist architect from Seville, Spain.

“One thing I have learned is the work is so much better if you are having fun.” – Omar Victor Diop, a globally heralded photographer from Senegal.

Playfulness is the most powerful way of finding ideas. – Dominic Wilcox, at the Design Indaba Conference 2015

The nature of creativity is to not let your brain default to the known … creativity requires independent, unprecedented thinking. – Casey Neistat, a maverick American filmmaker whose wildly popular YouTube videos are redefining the industry.

{Images via Design Indaba}

Emerging Creatives 2015: Our Picks

By Marica

I have to confess, I did not enjoy this year’s Design Indaba as much as I did previous years. Not because it was any less inspiring or amazing but because I was trying very hard to suppress a bad case of mutant sinusitis/flu. You know, the kind that laughs in the face of antibiotics.

A took a rather fevered (pun intended) rush through the Expo space and tried to absorb as much beauty as possible. It was also good to finally put friendly faces to some of the local creatives we’ve cheered for in the past – the talented ladies behind Touchee Feelee and Handmade By Me for instance.

As always I lingered around the Emerging Creatives section – they did not disappoint!

Here are some of my favs…

Ash Ceramics:

I adored the colourful ceramic pieces by Cape Town-based artist Catherine Ash. Her handmade range included delicate tortoise shells sculpted from porcelain and interesting ceramic wall installations. However, my favourite part of her vibrant range was the contemporary collection of plates, bowls, vases and mugs which featured striking trendy geometric patterns in bold colours.

Ash Ceramics:  website  |  facebook page

Maria Magdalena:

Ag, you know I can’t resist quirky illustrations – of course I fell head-over-heels for these detailed black ink beauties by Maria Magdalena van Wyk! En dan het sy so mooi Afrikaanse naam ook nog (I too come from a loooong line of Maria Magdalena’s and Maria Johanna Catharina’s – guess what “Marica” is short for…)

Each line drawing takes inspiration from Van Wyk’s life, such as poetry, strong female influences or her favourite songs. She sells these limited edition illustration prints through her eponymous company, Maria Magdalena.

Maria Magdalena:  website  |  facebook page

Kiara Gounder:

I know we rarely touch fashion here at The Tabloid – it’s not really our bag – we’re all about the décor. However, the stunning creations by fashion design graduate Kiara Gounder had me drooling! The structured clothing pieces were beautifully sleek, edgy yet elegant. The real showstopper however was a jaw-dropping 3D printed neckpiece that seems incredibly delicate and detailed.

Kiara has been exploring the potential of 3D printing in fashion. For this particular range she sought inspiration from microscopic images of fossils, plant cells and insect cells for inspiration for the detailed patterning.

Design Indaba FilmFest 2015

Design Indaba Festival 2015 kicks off tomorrow with its annual 10-day celebration of creativity. This year Design Indaba teams up with The Labia Theatre, Cape Town’s oldest independent cinema, to present the annual Design Indaba FilmFest from 20 February to 1 March. Ten days, thirteen movies to inspire and entertain you, covering hip hop, architecture, comics, newspapers, gay life, fashion, art forgery, photography and folk art.

I perused all the trailers of the films and doccies that will be screened at the FilmFest and there are two I’m dying to see. One – a doccie about  quirky and infamous art forger, Mark Landis, the other – a Tim Burton film about the life of artist Margaret Keane. See the deets and trailers of both below:

Oh, and see you at The Labia!

Art and Craft:

This documentary follows the story of one of America’s most prolific art forgers, Mark Landis.

With a career spanning 30 years and a talent for painting and drawing across different art styles and periods, Mark Landis is a master art forger. This film follows the cat and mouse chase between Landis and art registrar, Matthew Leininger.

Once duped by Landis’ skill, Leininger is now consumed by the desire to expose Landis’ charlatanry. But Landis isn’t in it for the money. He’s donated his forgeries to hundreds of institutions across the states. When asked why he thinks it is that he hasn’t been prosecuted, Landis answers “’Cos I haven’t done anything wrong or illegal. I decided to be a philanthropist.”

Directed by Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman and co-directed by Mark Becker, the humorous film leaves you unsure of where your sympathies should lie.

“There is a kind of performance art quality to the act,” says Leininger.

Big Eyes:

Director Tim Burton lets the viewer step inside the life and work of acclaimed American artist Margaret Keane in this brilliant, biographical comedy-drama.

Based on the true story of Tennessee-born artist Margaret Keane, the film Big Eyes takes the viewer on a journey filled with the highs and lows of Keane’s creative endeavours.

Keane painted women and children mainly, recognisable by their oversized, doe-like eyes. In the 1960s, she burst onto the San Francisco art scene where her works became collectors’ items and were sold as original oil paintings, prints, postcards and posters. However, her then-husband, Walter Keane, took praise for her work and sold the unique paintings under his own name.

Big Eyes, directed by Tim Burton and starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, follows Margaret’s journey from a promising artist to her heated divorce trial where she accuses Walter of stealing the credit for her work.


FilmFest kicks off with Tim Burton‘s “Big Eyes” on Friday 20 February at the Labia Theatre. If you want to take a peek at the FilmFest program or you want to book tickets, see the Design Indaba website here: http://inda.ba/film2105

MBOISA 2015: Nominations!

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It’s our great pleasure to once again share the much-anticipated Most Beautiful Object in South Africa (MBOISA) 2015 finalists with you. Beauty is profoundly subjective, at times even divisive. This year’s nominations feature a wildly mixed bag – from the personal to the practical to the political…

I won’t lie, I was rather surprised by some of the choices. I mean, a DSTV decoder is not my idea of a beautiful object. I am however sure the reasoning behind its nomination was sound. My vote would probably be a toss-up between the funky Haywire Chandelier by David Krynauw or the beautifully whimsy Centre Point: Dancing Ballerina by Llewellyn Davies.

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“Every year Design Indaba invites the public to engage with the question of what constitutes beauty through the MBOISA award. More than just an object of visual delight, MBOISA encourage a wider definition of beauty – one that encapsulates attributes such as social significance, economic impact, usability, sustainability and even humour.” – Design Indaba

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The winner will be determined by public vote. Vote for your most beautiful object in South Africa, via SMS or online. The designs of all the MBOISA finalists will be on show at Design Indaba Expo, open to the public from Friday 27 February to Sunday 1 March at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. 

{Go to the Design Indaba website (here) for a full description of each finalist’s design and to vote!}

So what do you think, see something you like? Who is going to get your vote?

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{All info and images via Design Indaba}