Design Indaba’s Conference begins this week 29th February to March 2nd. The main conference takes place at the Cape Town International Conference Centre and with simulcasts in Cape Town, Joburg and recently added Durban.

This year will have two of Pentagram’s Partners in attendance, Michael Bierut – who will also be one of the two MC’s at the conference and Eddie Opera a new addition to Pentagrams Design Partners.

Alongside the conference will be a film festival, and expo inviting crafty designers to display their work, a fashion show  and various parties.

A few of the conference highlights include a Pecha Kucha session: talk in 20 min X 20 slides : Some of the speakers are graduate students and designers in various applied design disciplines like industrial design, graphic design, Architecture etc.


Among the featured projects for interactive  film projects is The Wilderness Downtown by Chris Milk created for Arcade Fire and made only available for Chrome. Chris Milk , an award winning music director, & Aaron Koblin artist & digital designer will  be speaking at the conference. Their collaborations in music & video direction as well as new projects involving web interaction are remarkable.


Visual & Moving art installation designers UVA (United Visual Artists) are also among this years speakers. Their work has won numerous awards and their live performance art in music concerts has elevated design in visual performance.

There will be a few noted designers also in visual & interaction art also speaking. Design Indaba involves a large scope of all disciplines of art related fields and bringing all these disciplines in one place allows one to learn from artists they  would not normally interact with.

Post conference – please check out Design Indaba’s website for video highlights from the conference.