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: 


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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Ogilvy and Nunu Awarded at Ad Review


Last night was Tony Koendermans Ad Review Awards. The Awards give recognition to the ad agencies and individuals that have performed best during the previous full calendar year – from January to December 2011

Ogilvy South Africa picked up the 2011 Marketing Group of the year award. Our ever wonderful CEO Abey Mokgwatsane, sent a message to all staff saying

“Awards like this would not come without the tenacious commitment of our people to our business and our clients. It was an absolute honour to receive the award on your behalf. Thank you. It’s also worth noting that Ogilvy South Africa is the Leading Agency at Apex – the industry’s Strategy and Effectiveness Awards and also the Leading Agency on the AdReview creative league table. This confirms our Twin Peaks objective of being the most creative and effective agency in the country.”


Our group Chairman, Nunu Ntshingila received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 10th Annual AdReview Awards last night. Tony Koenderman, in his announcement speech, said "Nunu had taken over the largest communications group in the country and made it even stronger, earning the love and respect of her colleagues and competitors along the way."

What makes Nunu’s journey even more incredible is that she started off her career as a trainee account executive at Ogilvy. As an agency we stand on your shoulders as you continue to inspire us, from us all at Ogilvy, thank you, we salute you.

All the winners:



Agency of the Year


Lifetime Achievement Award

Nunu Ntshingila

Cape Agency of the Year

The Jupiter Drawing room

Durban Agency of the Year

The Hardy Boys

Gauteng Agency of the Year


Media Agency of the Year

The MediaShop

Small Agency of the Year


Advertising Achiever of the Year

Dawn Rowlands

Breakthrough Agency of the Year

M&C Saatchi Abel

Agency Group of the Year

Ogilvy South Africa

Design Agency of the year

The Jupiter Drawing Room Cape

Advertising Achiever of the Year

Mike Abel

Baobab Award

The Old Shanghai Firecracker Factory

Magazine Campaign Award

Ireland/Davenport for National Geographic

Specialist Agency of the Year


Volkswagen Polo: Fire Truck & Sightseeing commercials

A new retail campaign from our Ogilvy Cape Town team to advertise special offers on the VW Polo. The commercial was directed by Smuggler New York’s Jun Diaz.

Exec Creative Director: Chris Gotz
Creative Group Head/Writer: Peri van Papendorp
Creative Group Head/Art Director: Jamie Mietz
Agency Producer: Iris Vinnicombe
Director: Jun Diaz
Production Company: Gatehouse / Smuggler

Stimorol Infinity: Neverlasting Love

Executive Creative Director: Chris Gotz
Associate Creative Director: Anthony Walton
Copywriter: Dean Paradise
Art Director: Emma Butlin
Every year, tens of thousands of young, confident and, well, horny students descend upon the sunny and shirtless shores of South Africa for their post high school Matric RAGE. For them it’s a holiday made for weekend hook-ups and meaningless relationships. We were asked to promote Stimorol Infinity, the gum that goes on and on, at Stimorol’s countrywide Matric RAGE parties. But how do you promote a long lasting gum at an event where everything is so short term?
We created the Stimorol Infinity Neverlasting Love Chapel – because nothing lasts as long as Stimorol Infinity. Thousands of clubbers were hitched Las Vegas Style in their very own frivolous and tacky marriage ceremonies. Once married, they received a Neverlasting Love Marriage Certificate, a wedding photo, a spouse (if only for the night) and the shock, horror and congratulations that come with
changing your Facebook relationship status to ‘Married’.
Thousands of people experienced a night to remember. Or forget. And even more people uploaded photos, changed their profile pictures and commented on friends’ relationship statuses. The Stimorol Infinity party became the most well attended in the history of Rage. And we proved that Nothing lasts as long as Stimorol Infinity. Not even love.

SXSW: Ogilvy Notes


This year again Ogilvy South Africa was in attendance at SXSW. For those of you not familiar, SXSW is a must-attend event in the world of creative technology that brings together the brightest minds in emerging media and scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders. Ogilvy Notes was on hand to capture the key messages from major keynotes and panels with talented graphic artists creating detailed visually inspiring sketches.

This innovative program provides the connection for those unable to attend the SXSW experience in a fun and unusual way, while giving a creative outlet for attendees to reflect on insights from the many events and happenings. See some of the drawings below, or go to http://ogilvynotes.com/49790/sxsw-2012 to see all of this years visual overviews.

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Social@Ogilvy: An Introduction

Ogilvy South Africa will today be announcing the launch of Social@Ogilvy, a worldwide practice connecting all of the agency’s social media experts around the globe to deliver solutions across all areas of business.

The launch will take place at Ogilvy Joburg and involve thought leaders including, Luke McKend, Brett StClair, Chris Roper, and Bob Skinstad.

Social@Ogilvy aims to build on our already existing Social Media expertise connecting marketing, communications, CRM, sales enablement, shopper marketing experts and more to deliver seven big social solutions. In addition to Social Media Marketing and Communications, these solutions now include Social Shopping, SocialCRM, Social Care, Social Business Solutions, Listening and Analytics, and measurement model, Conversation Impact™.

To follow the launch live follow @OgilvySA or #SocialOgilvy

Blog – social.ogilvy.com
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