They've nailed it on the head: "a better world through creativity". Yes, I may be biased but I'm clearly not the only one who believes in the power of creativity to create a better future. Design Indaba, founded in 1995, has been acting upon this belief and demonstrating just how design, and creativity in general, can drive an economic revolution in South Africa. With their annual conference, an acclaimed international design event, they bring together creatives from all sectors – graphic design, advertising, film, music, fashion design, industrial design, architecture, craft, visual art, new media, publishing, broadcasting and performing arts.
Their other initiatives include their expo – giving global exposure to local designers; their quarterly magazine – which has won several international awards; their trust that provides training and opportunities to young people; workshops; advocacy and much more.
Images: on the left is a Design Indaba magazine cover designed by Canadian creative genius Marian Bantjes. Right – images from the Design Indaba Superstars campaign, a competition to put together a national creative team. Visit the website to find out more!