Design Indaba 2018: More Than A Soundbite

Seven speakers whose insights transcended a character limit at Cape Town's annual festival of creativity

Anyone following along on Twitter during the three-day Design Indaba conference last week would have seen no shortage of inspiring soundbites dropped by the 31 speakers who graced the stage in Cape Town. And while perfectly packaged words of wisdom from an industry heavyweight like Tom Dixon are a major draw, one of the best things about DI is that it asks everyone to open …

Experience Designer Dr Nelly Ben Hayoun’s “Homo Sapiens, I Hear You”

Dissecting Maslow's hierarchy of needs in a series of workshops at Brooklyn's A/D/O space

In her continual quest to bridge narratives, future-thinking and science in unconventional settings, the extraordinary experience designer, Dr Nelly Ben Hayoun is unravelling Maslow’s hierarchy of needs in a year-long series of workshops at Brooklyn‘s multidisciplinary creative space, A/D/O. Composed of 12 classes and associated programs, hypnosis radio sessions and other sublime experiments, the workshops—entitled “Homo Sapiens, I Hear You“—are framed as an expedition, or …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The importance of doodles, the smell of old books, the power of Prince and more in our look around the web

1. Scent Detectives Define the Smell of Old Books You know the sensation of pressing your nose into an antique book or walking through a historic library. But we’ve long struggled with the exact adjectives to describe these scents. Thankfully, two University of London researchers have developed guidelines for describing these characteristics through chemical analysis of volatile organic compounds. To translate this academic approach to …

Artist Jon Burgerman’s Nicer Tuesdays Talk

As part of It’s Nice That’s “Nicer Tuesdays” design talks, CH favorite Jon Burgerman headed to London to discuss his Instagram account, animation experiments, the power of doodles and more. He explains that doodles can be almost anything, not just scribbles on paper—he says it’s “thinking and making at the same time.” Watch the full talk over at It’s Nice That.