2017 Design Indaba Wrap Up

The 21st Design Indaba festival kicked off last week where there was a widespread use of natural elements as a source of inspiration, tackling issues of misrepresentation & examples of how beautiful data can be. Below are a few of the highlights from the 3 day conference.

  1. TAPPUTI AND THE SEA by Kaja Solgaard Dahl

Dyed natural sea sponges hold the handmade solid perfume made of only natural oils sourced from the African continent and around the Cape. Simple & beautiful design.

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Great Things To People is a Santiago, Chile based design firm involved in varying projects that focus on architecture, art and design. One of which blew us away – the invention allowed them to produce delicate, individually unique ceramic pieces.The Chilean firm and Eastern Cape-born ceramic artist Andile Dyalvane teamed up to collaborate on a never never-before-seen installation also featured below.

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3. UNWIND by Marko Ahtisaari

Tech entrepreneur Marko Ahtisaari is the CEO and co-founder of The Sync Project, which investigates the therapeutic effects of music on the body and mind. Music that can literally put you to sleep.

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Check it out on your mobile here: ‪http://bit.ly/2m8rJ4f

4. WHAT3WORDS – Chris Sheldrick

Chris Sheldrick is the founder of what3words, an addressing app that assigns a sequence of three simple words to any location in the world. Simply brilliant. Now everyone is the world has an address – from the peak of Kilimanjaro, rural landscapes in KwaZulu-Natal to the dance floor at ERA.

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precaustions.playable.gallows – Ogilvy Cape Town’s 3 word address. Find yours here: https://map.what3words.com/amused.thunder.wins

5. Lernert & Sander

Ever since they began collaborating in 2007, the artists and filmmakers Lernert & Sander have been known for their high-conceptual art films, eye-catching installations and keen fashion aesthetic. These two were a solid highlight from the conference. Hilarious, kind and brilliant.

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See more incredible work here: 

http://lernertandsander.com

6. Kate Moross

Kate Moross, London based unicorn in the illustration world. She and her team have brought multiple projects to life – from Disclosure to Lorde, One Direction, Katy Perry & The  MTV Video Music Awards. Pretty much portfolio that any designer DREAMS to have.

Check out one of Studio Moross’ latest pieces:

7. Georgia Lupi & Kaki King

Giorgia Lupi interrogated the humanity behind big data. By removing the computer and forcing herself to imagine data in a different way. She is able to reveal patterns and nuanced aspects of the human experience that data would otherwise drown.

She collaborated with the INCREDIBLE Kaki King’s magical guitar playing to bring her data to life – an example below:

 

8. Wage Islands by Ekene Ijeoma

An interactive installation about wage and housing inequality in NYC. It’s a 3d topographic map of monthly housing costs submerged in water to show where New Yorkers can afford to live based on hourly wages.

 

There were SO many incredible moments – Check out the Ogilvy Instagram handles to see more. Thank you to the Joburg & Cape Town teams who co-curated this article!

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M-Net: Forever Magic (25 Years)

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Our sister agency up north, Ogilvy Johannesburg, this month celebrates M-Net’s 25th Birthday with a campaign that salutes the stars that have helped the brand become synonymous with ‘magic’. Click on the image above to zoom in.

The campaign, ‘Forever Magic’, rolls out in print and outdoor media and on the M-Net Facebook page during the month of October, and features the likes of Derek Watts, Ashley Hayden, Shaleen Surtie-Richards and Proverb in glamorous poses – Vanity Fair style.

The shoot took place in Johannesburg’s classic Old Park Station – the perfect stark backdrop to the beautiful designs that the celebs wore courtesy of some of South Africa’s top designer.

"Gathering all this talent together was quite a challenge," explains Robyn Bergman, Creative Director at Ogilvy Johannesburg. "We had people flying in from all over the world, and the clothes delivered straight from the Cape Town Fashion Week runway…I imagine that this is probably as glamorous as some of our male stars have ever been seen! It was difficult to co-ordinate everyone’s diaries and to choreograph the whole ensemble of stars and outfits, but everyone was so professional and looked so gorgeous that it made our job easy."

Ogilvy Johannesburg has been working with M-Net and its holding company DStv for over 17 years now, and has worked on iconic campaigns that include Loerie 2011 winners Firefly, Ladybug and Cat.

"The 25th Birthday celebration campaign is definitely a highlight," enthused Bergman. "We look forward to the public’s response to seeing South Africa’s brightest star looking especially sparkly."

The celebrities were dressed by the following South African designers:

Ashley Hayden – Marianne Fassler; Bongani Bingwa – Carducci cz; Brumilda Van Rensburg – Lunar; Coenie de Villiers – Blue Collar White Collar; Collin Moss – Naked Ape; Connie Ferguson – BIJI; Derek Watts – Own Suite; Dineo Moeketsi – Jagadi; Doreen Morris – Lunar; Eku Edewor – Tiaan Nagel; Elana Afrika – lunar; Hykie Berg – Fabiani; Ik Osakioduwa – Jagadi; Lungile Radu – Aphymol; Michelle Pienaar – Spiero Villioti; Nico Pannagi – Craig Port; Pro Verb – Fabiani; Rolanda Marais – Leigh Shubert; Shaleen Surtie Richard – Gideo; Shona Ferguson – Fabiani; Sibahle Mtongana – Marianne Fassler; Siyabonga Ngwekazi – Ephymol; Tammy-Anne Fortuin – Rosenworths.

Greenpeace: White Roofs

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Wonderful work from our sister agency at Ogilvy Johannesburg for Greenpeace. White is the new green. Simply painting your roof white reflects the sun’s rays, which helps cool down the environment. in the fight against global warming, one degree cooler in our cities equates to three degrees cooler at the poles. Which means a better chance of survival for Arctic animals, whose home is melting at a rapid rate.

Executive Creative Director: Fran Luckin
Creative Director: Mike Martin
Art Director: Marianne van Onselen
Copywriter: Stephanie van Niekerk
Retoucher: Paul Vermeulen
Photographer: Mike Lewis