We’ve been looking forward to sharing this with you all day. Here are the coolest things we saw and heard at the final day of the inspiring Design Indaba 2014 conference. 1. Design generates the appropriate solutions to the problems we have. Design with a broad vision makes things possible – Issa Diabaté, architect at Koffi & Diabaté, Ivory Coast 2. I challenge ideas that threaten transformation – Jody Brand, SA visual artist who forms part of 89 Plus, a project co-curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets, featuring a group of young artists born in 1989 or later. 3. Interdisciplinary artist and fellow ‘89er’ Haroon Gunn-Salie believes in social justice. Here is a clip of him changing ‘Zonnebloem’ back to ‘District Six’ on street signs in Cape Town. 4. As an artist, I’m not interested in judging people. That’s not the role of the artist – SA performance artist, Bongani Sekhukhuni, who is also part of 89 Plus. 5. Designers Rosario Hurtado and Roberto Feo make up the UK-based design studio, El Ultimo Grito. One of our favourite things they showcased today was their MICO Magis, which now form part of the permanent collection at MoMA in New York City. Multifunctional design at its best.
(Image via hivemodern.com)
6. Maybe as designers we should start pulling our socks up and start to design with meaning – Nille Juul-Sørensen of the Danish Design Centre, speaking about the future of Danish design. 7. I use mistakes and thoughts. They are really important for the human mind to be creative – Henrik Vibskov, fashion designer and professor at Central Saint Martins 8. Dean Poole is the creative director at AltGroup in New Zealand. His designs were stuck in our minds all afternoon. This one really made us smile:
(Image via bestawards.co.nz)
9. The iconic and inspiring photographer David Goldblatt received a standing ovation after his presentation. While he claimed he’s ‘a bit of a plodder’ and ‘not all that creative’, we wholly disagree. This photograph says it all.
(Image via The Goodman Gallery)
10. Naoto Fukasawa’s ‘banana milk juice’ bottles are not only fun, they’re indicative of his creative thought process as one of the world’s most esteemed industrial designers.
11. Renowned US-based graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister reminded us about something very important during his presentation of his work. The perfect way to end the conference, we think.
(Image via sagmeisterwalsh.com)
Compiled by Lindi Brownell Meiring