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Design Indaba Day One

Here are a few clips and pics from some of the speakers at Design Indaba 2014. We simply had to share. 1. Chris Gotz, Chief creative officer, Ogilvy One of Ogilvy's most notable campaigns (and one we absolutely love) is the Goodbye Citi campaign, which allowed South African citizens to bid farewell to the iconic 25-year-old Citi Golf. Watch this clip to see what they did:

(via Ogilvy & Mather South Africa on Vimeo)

2. Juliana Rotich, computer scientist, Kenya Juliana Rotich is the executive director of Ushahidi, a firm that develops open source software that connects people across the continent. Today she inspired us by sharing the story of BRCK, which she described as 'the backup generator' for the internet and a 'rugged way to stay connected when the power goes out'. Make sure you read more about BRCK. BRCKUshahidi

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3. Experimental Jetset, graphic designers, The Netherlands These three Dutch designers took us through an A-Z of their work, including some iconic and trendy designs. We loved these tees too much, one, which has become one of the most famous T-shirt designs in history depicting the first names of the members of The Beatles, and another designed exclusively for Sonic Youth. ExperimentalJetset

(Images via Experimental Jetset)

4. Jake Barton, media and interaction designer for Local Projects, USA While Jake Barton and Local Projects are responsible for a number of interactive designs, including the 9/11 Memorial and Gallery One, we were touched by the Big Heart NYC project, an interactive sculpture of a heart that, when you touch the interface, beats in time with your own heart. Love! BigHeartNYC

(image via Local Projects)

5. Ije Nwokorie, brand guru, Wolff Olins Simplicity in design can bring about change that affects people's lives in the most extraordinary ways. The Little Sun project should inspire us all: (via Wolff Olins on Vimeo) 6. Dave Hakkens (Pecha Kucha) Dave Hakkens is trying to make the world better through, as he puts it, making things. We were inspired by Phonebloks, his idea to create a phone that makes use of replaceable parts to combat electronic waste. Watch below:


7. Thomas Heatherwick, designer and founder of Heatherwick Studio, UK

Two words: London bus. Thomas Heatherwick and his team redesigned this iconic vehicle to meet the requirements of its passengers. Just look at it!

Thomas also announced that he will be designing the Cape Town's Museum of Contemporary Art in the old silos at the V&A Waterfront. Here's an earlier piece we did on MOCAA.



Compiled by Lindi Brownell Meiring