Design Indaba 2019: Alice Rawsthorn on “Bad” Design

The critic encourages seeing offensive, ugly and impractical approaches as lessons

For 24 years, Design Indaba has remained one of the most exciting events to attend and learn about creativity. Three days of conferences, lectures, workshops and exhibitions introduce audiences to concepts, philosophies and innovations pertaining to design. This year, Alice Rawsthorn—journalist, design critic, and author of books Hello World and the recent Design as an Attitude—spoke at the event in Cape Town. She chose to …

South Africa’s Southern Guild at NYC’s The Salon Art + Design

Cape Town‘s Southern Guild was the only African design representative at NYC’s high-end showcase, The Salon Art + Design in mid-November. And, as Lynsey Chutel points out for Quartz, the gallery presented furniture that “punctured the outdated image the west has of an African aesthetic.” Southern Guild makes clear that it’s important African design maintains attention—and a competitive edge—on a fickle global design stage. Further, the …

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 …